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Thanks For Listening WotC…. But This Changes Nothing.

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Wizards of the Coast made an announcement today that affects the way most of us play Magic. If you’re a Standard player, this affects you, so I’d read up. You can find out all about it here: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/revisiting-standard-rotation-2016-10-19. Just so you know, the rest of this article assumes you read the announcement. If you’re part of the TL;DR crowd, well, I guess you’re just fucked. Sorry. Expand your horizons.

Tournament Etiquette Part 2: Pre-Game and Post-Game Behavior

Welcome to the second article in the Tournament Etiquette series! This time, we’re going to talk about the way you interact with the other people you meet at a tournament and how your behavior effects them and their perceptions. With Sportsmanship scores being a part of many of the larger tournaments these days, they way your opponent perceives you is especially important.

I’m going to make the assumption that you’ve shown up in a timely manner and found your table. If this isn’t the case, you can stop now. In all honesty, you’ve already blown it if you are late. If you’ve made your opponent look for you or wonder whether you were actually going to show up before the game starts, he’s going to have a bad impression of you from the start. Once you give a person an obvious flaw, they tend to look for more as they go along and are less likely to excuse the honest mistakes. Don’t start off on the wrong foot! Be on time!

Now that you’re at your table,

Tournament Etiquette Part 1: Dice

When you first start playing Warhammer 40K in a tournament environment, things can be a bit intimidating. Things move at a faster pace, there are generally more people present than at a game night, and the prospect of winning prizes can make some people a little more uptight than they would be otherwise. You also play multiple games instead of just one, so several hours of standing and playing add exhaustion on top of the stress. Let’s face it. Tired and stressed out people don’t think very well, and they tend to have a harder time dealing with unfamiliar situations.

Buying an Airbrush for Cheap-Asses

The time has come for me, like it has for many of you, to start using an airbrush to help speed along my painting and hopefully improve the overall quality of my work. I’ve been a die-hard brush painter for years and it’s been hard for me to embrace the “cheating” ways of airbrushing, but after seeing how much faster it can make one and seeing some of the beautiful vehicles getting produced these days, I just had to make the switch. As always, I’m trying to do this with as little money as possible, just in case it doesn’t work out and I have to scrap the idea entirely. Hey, you never know and I HATE to waste money.

Maximizing Your Minutes

I first heard the term “maximizing your minutes” in relation to pro wrestling.  WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross always gives talent the advice to make the most out of the time you’re in front of the camera.  If you have three minutes to perform, you make sure that at the end of the night the crowd remembers those three minutes.  Warhammer 40k is no different really, every round you only have a set amount of time, and it is up to you not to squander the precious time you have every round to have both an enjoyable game, and a complete one.  Let’s face it; no one likes dice down endings.

New FRAG Warhammer 40K Tournament Rules Released

Two years and an edition change later, it’s well past time for new FRAG tournament rules. We took a long time and playtested several different variations of this ruleset to make sure it was the most fairly balanced for 6th edition and we’re very pleased with the results.

As you all know, we run the Midwest Massacre GT every year, and we wanted to make our regular tournaments match the GT as much as possible while still remaining fair and balanced for the smaller crowds. With this new tournament ruleset, we’ve done just that. FRAG tournaments will now all follow the same general format, no matter the size or venue.

Spray Sealing Models

Spray Sealing Models

Now that you’ve spent countless hours painting your models to perfection, it’s time to seal them to protect the finish from nicks and scratches. After all the work you put into the paint job, this step may seem like a piece of cake, but there are some pitfalls you’ll want to avoid and a few pointers that are better shared than learned through trial and error. So, in the interest of making your modelling experience a more pleasant one, I thought I’d write a little guide to walk everyone through the process.