There are different definitions of a power gamer.
- A person that copy/pastes powerful lists.
- A person that wants to WAAC.
- A person that is unsportsmanlike.
- A person that knows the rules like the back of their hand.
- A person that tries to exploit rules to their advantage.
- A person that simply builds effective lists.
- A person that plays skillfully.
I do NOT copy/paste lists.
I do NOT want to WAAC. It doesn't bother me if i lose.
I always get the highest sportsmanship scores at tournaments.
I DO know the rules like the back of my hand.
I do NOT try to exploit rules to my advantage.
I DO build effective lists.
I DO play skillfully.
My group of regular players consider me a power gamer, but only because i build effective lists and play skillfully, which results in me winning 90% of my games.
However, it does not bother me if i win or lose. Like everyone, i play to win, but if my opponent beats me i enjoy the challenge and congratulate them on a good game and compliment their skill.
Players are happy to play against me because i make the game a fun experience. I compliment them on certain tactics they use, and always show enthusiasm for the opponent to win.
For example, if they need a 5 or 6 to blow up MY vehicle, i will always say "Come on! 5 or a 6!
", then say "Nice work!
" when they get it.
If we have a new player at the club, i will play with less skill and go easy on them, and make it as close as possible. I take no pride in beating a new player.
A common phrase we use at our club is "Annihilating a newbie is like bashing up a cripple kid and bragging about it".
So yes, i consider myself a power gamer, but ONLY because i build effective lists and play them skillfully.
As far as all of the other negative definitions listed above, none of them describe me.