Warhammer 40k 101 - 5 Steps to Becoming a Better Player
You finally took the plunge and invested into Warhammer 40k. Maybe you bought an army off of eBay or purchased Dark Vengeance. Maybe you've been collecting and playing for just under a year, but you can't quite seem to get over that hump. You lose more often than you win and when you do win it seems due to just outright luck rather than anything special you might have done as a player. Does this sound like you? It's okay to admit this. We've all been in your shoes. The greatest 40k players didn't just jump in, buy an army, and start winning major national Grand Tournaments. Fortunately, there is hope for you, because believe it or not, you can become better. In this article I'm going to cover some of the very basic things that can improve your game. Just remember, you're only going to get what you're willing to put in. So, let's get to it.
1. Know the Basic Rules
2. Know your Codex
3. Know your opponent's Codex
Wait, I'm expected to know my opponent's rules too? While you might not need the same devotion to your opponent's books as your own codex and the basic rules, a good basic understanding of your opponent's army will give you an edge in how to prepare to deal with them. My recommendation would be to evaluate what you intend on doing with the game. Are you just going to play your buddies all the time in your garage? Maybe you only need to gain familiarity with one or two other codices then. Planning on going to major tournaments and playing? That brush stroke becomes much more broad. Knowing what your opponent is capable allows you to counter them in list building and on the battlefield. Don't bring a knife to a gunfight. Know your enemy and it will allow you to prepare accordingly.
4. Play...a lot
Books are all well and good, but just like learning any skill, if you don't practically apply the knowledge you learn in them regularly, it isn't going to do you much good. If you want to become a good player, you will play often. At least once per week if not more. Obviously that can be challenging when balancing family, work, and all the things that mundane life can throw at you. Try and set time aside once a week. Visit your local FLGS and inquire about a regular wargaming night. Nothing you will ever do will make you a better player than playing the games. Try and diversify the lists and opponents you play against. Not all lists are created equal. A list and army might totally dominate one opponent and get destroyed by another. Play different armies to get an idea of what units in your army are going to give you the most in every situation.
5. Watch others play
Those are just the very basics. Fortunately while Warhammer 40k does take some strategic skill to learn and play well, it is a skill that can be developed. With the right amount of time and dedication, you'll be winning games on the table in no time.
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