Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Heretical Thoughts: The Club

Over the past two years, we have been asked many times what we are about as a club. As Deathwolf has said, there are many announcements coming soon as well, so I thought it would be good to write what the purpose of the club is and what we are trying to accomplish.

Prior to getting into what our club is about, let me state what our club is not:

  • We are not WAAC Gamers. We do not go out and play in a lot of tournaments. Occasionally, we do take the time to go play in them, but we are not a group that goes to GTs to prove we are the best and beat face on other people.

  • We are not in this to be internet personalities. There are enough internet personalities out there already. We do not use our blog to say which army is bad, which tactics are bad or publish hate about GW. It just does not happen here or by us. We are not going to ensure there is a blog post every day.

  • We are not in this as a competition. There are many groups that support the 40k community throughout the state and the nation as well as other countries. It is a small community for the hobby that we participate in and if we do not support each other, we should accept that the community will eventually die and no one wants to see that happen.
So, now that we know who we are not, lets explain what we do.
  • The primary goal of our group is to promote Games Workshop and primarily the Warhammer 40k game within Western Pennsylvania and Northwestern Maryland. We are interested in building the community at the local stores we support. We are there to help new people learn how to play and with advice on how to get started in the hobby. We try to build the community by running campaigns and tournaments at the stores to encourage people to play and have a good time. By building the community, it helps support the local store and ensures that the hobby continues into the future.

  • The next goal is to promote the Games Workshop hobby by participating in Games Days by providing club tables for the event. To date, we have gone to three Games Days and run tables at each one. By doing so, we have built tables that have been as enjoyable making as they have been playing on at Games Day. We have also met a lot of different people at each of the Games Day and continue to talk to a number of those people / groups that share the same goals and enthusiasm that we do.
  • Lastly, it is to have a good time. We have continued to enjoy ourselves as a group because we do not get ourselves wrapped up into believing this hobby is anything but that - a hobby and a game. Pushing little plastic men across tables pretending to shoot people is not something to get angry over as we have seen many people do. It is something to do outside of work, outside of our daily routines to escape from reality for a brief period of time whether it is in modeling, painting or playing the game. We enjoy the hobby for that. We enjoy the hobby by playing the game and then getting a drink afterwards. After all, this was designed as a beer and pretzels type game.
Over the past two years we have been successful at performing both of these goals. We continue to look forward as to what we are going to do next and hopefully, you will see that in the upcoming announcements. Look for more tournaments, new campaigns, apocalypse events as well as many other things. We encourage everyone to get ready for Legions Tournament in November and hope to see you all there.


"And what are the achievements of your fragile Imperium? It is a corpse rotting slowly from within while maggots writhe in its belly. It was built with the toil of heroes and giants, and now it is inhabited by frightened weaklings to whom the glories of those times are half-forgotten legends. I have forgotten nothing and my wisdom has expanded far beyond mere mortal frailties." - Ahriman

Monday, August 22, 2011

Games Day Coverage

Games Workshop has posted their coverage of Games Day Chicago. You can find plenty of pictures and coverage here: Chicago Games Day 2011.