It’s just a fucking game asshole…..

Apparently 40K is just a game,
There’s no need to get all angry or annoyed or pissed off or depressed about it because…..it’s just a game….
Because people who play games don’t get angry do they?
I mean in an event where two people compete directly against one another in order to see who’s the best nobody ever get’s emotional now do they?
Of course they fucking do, lol.
I’m in no way condoning aggressive behaviour in what is essentially a game of toy soldiers but I do understand why it happens. For a start, most people have invested a lot of time and money into that pile of toy soldiers. As has been said many times this is not a cheap hobby. A decent sized army will have cost you several hundred pounds, dollars, etc. and some may even have cost thousands…..
Combine this with the amount of time it takes to assemble, undercoat and paint the aforementioned army to even a semi-decent standard and that’s probably an amount of man* hours that’s in the hundreds.
* or woman hours, obviously.
So you’ve invested a lot of yourself in your shiny new army and then it gets violently ass raped (figuratively speaking) on the tabletop and suddenly all that money and time seems like a complete waste and not everybody takes that revelation with the good graces modern society seems to require. There have been many articles published over the years in various places about embracing the learning possibilities of those losses and some of them make good points. Of course if that’s the twenty seventh ‘learning experience’ in a row then the novelty may have began to wear off slightly…
There are those amongst us who claim to play ‘just for fun’ and I’m sure some of them even believe it but is losing ever really fun?
Once maybe?
Twice?
Double figures?
We all have our breaking point. I may have on one occasion implied that if my opponent rolled another six for vehicle damage I was going to punch him in the face…At the time I may even have meant it…
It’s not really in the spirit of the game though, is it?
This investment in time and resources is why I am myself what is probably referred to as a ‘competitive’ gamer. I play to win because that’s what I bloody well deserve after I’ve spent hundreds of pounds and hundreds of hours of time on those aforementioned toy soldiers. So if I get a result of one for the 8th consecutive die roll or my opponent makes all twenty three of the armour saves he needs then my frustrations may begin to become obvious but that still doesn’t make it right now does it….
Or is it really that bad to show how much you care about the game your playing?
Well obviously there are reasonable parameters to that emotional outpouring. Shouting YES!!! at the top of your voice when your opponent immobilizes his Land Raider on the edge of a tiny crater might represent exactly how you feel at the time but it might also be considered just a little unsporting. Of course go too far along the passive route and your bound to meet somebody who will take advantage of your good nature and that’s not a nice feeling either.
Some of you are probably by now waiting for a startling revelation about behaviour or at the very least some kind of conclusion but to be honest I don’t have one…..sorry….
In the end, the level of emotion you express at the gaming table is up to you and your own value system, as is your opponents reaction to it. the real question is I suppose what do YOU find acceptable or not…..
Thoughts and comments are (as usual) most welcome.

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