Insider 5-2-2012

Recently at AdeptiCon 2012, I found myself thinking about my favorite sort of player. I get asked fairly often about my favorite faction, favorite model, favorite theme force, favorite project I’ve worked on, and so forth, but I don’t think anyone’s ever asked me about my favorite type of player.

There are all sorts of possible answers to this question, because there are all sorts of players. I could prefer players of a particular faction, competitive players, casual players, new players, players well-versed in the rules, players who only play painted armies, or any number of other possibilities. But even as I was running through these options while judging events at AdeptiCon, I knew there could really only be one answer.

My favorite kind of player is a courteous player.

We’ve had Privateer Insider blogs about how not to be "that guy" no one wants to sit across from at the WARMACHINE or HORDES table, but the opposite is just as important, if not more so. How do you become the guy that everyone wants across the table (and who makes a judge’s life just a little bit easier)?

For my money, the number one thing is courtesy. Measure fairly and never stretch your positioning to gain an advantage. Always let your opponent see your die rolls before scooping them up. Be consistent in how you treat "cocked dice" and discuss it with a new opponent at the start of the game. Discuss the terrain to make sure you’re on the same page before it could become a disagreement. Make sure to mark your damage accurately and keep your opponent apprised of lost systems, lost aspects, or nearly disabled models. Play to beat your opponent fair and square rather than through trickery or conveniently "forgetting" a rule until an opportune moment. Don’t mope over bad die rolls or gloat over good ones, but instead maintain a positive, friendly attitude no matter the dice.

If these things all sound blindingly obvious, and you’ve got a whole list of courtesies jumping to mind that I haven’t specified, then that’s awesome! I love playing against players like you and judging for players like you. You are the type of player who makes games enjoyable for opponents and who makes those games memorable in a very positive way.

If you’re already in that boat, encourage other folks at your local game store or hobby club to follow the same practices. It’s all too easy to get caught up in winning rather than making sure both players are having a good time. After all, that’s what we’re here for.

Have Fun!