Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Waac vs Faac: The Two Extremes and Gamers Versus Hobbiests
As an example, I will use someone I know and shall call Will. This person was the person that became to define what I came to think of WAAC. This person was so bad that they described sportsmanship in tournaments as "Sportsmanship is about sucking up and telling your opponent you like their paint job, asking them about the tournament so far, yucking it up over your own bad dice and talking about lunch." and had this idea only so he wouldn't lose points in a tournament and have the best chance of winning. I once saw this guy play at a tournament and he made a younger kid cry. The kid had spent his entire game setting up for what he thought was the game ending move. It was something that was against the rules and at the last moment he found out and had pretty much lost because of it. He got a little teary eyed and was visibly upset. At this point, instead of just relaxing and playing through the rest of the game, he is a dick to the kid as he is about to cry and goes about crushing him. The win was so important to him that he didn't care at all if this kid cried or not and certainly didn't care if anyone had fun. He wanted a Win and to go to the next round.
My example of the FAAC player isn't pretty. Just so you know, I used the phrase "Basement Dweller" to try and figure out the guys name and everyone knew exactly who I was talking about. Not a good start for him. He would try to add fluff into any conversation even if it wasn't game related at all. No one wanted to talk to him if they could help it. First time I met the guy, I genuinely felt bad for him. That was when I Started to talk to him and I even played him in a game once. I only ever played against him once. Orks versus Blood Ravens. He brought tactical heavy marines and I brought boy heavy Orks. I don't mind that everything had a story or had some back ground in fluff. It really makes the game better sometimes. This guy used every once of fluff he had to whine about anything he could. 20 boys with nob with Power Klaw kill a 5 man tac squad on the charge and he would use tons of fluff to complain. Something went right for him and he would use tons of fluff to pat himself on the back. Things slowed down to such a crippling pace that I nearly lost my mind in a single game. He lost by quite a bit and the fluff never stopped. Any and all fun was dashed against the rocks in the name of fluff.
Where does that leave the rest of us? That is what I want to spend the second half of this article talking about. I feel we all drop into the realm of gamers and hobbyists. Very few people actually fall into the extreme categories of WAAC and FAAC. Often times these two groups clash over what they want out of Warhammer to a degree. Few people are pure hobbyists or pure gamers. I will use myself and a friend as an example of what the two sides want.
This is Bob. He is a hobbyist. He does things with paint that are amazing. He has several painted armies and tons of highly detailed models. He also will play almost any one once , but he likes painting and the fluff almost as much as gaming. He reads the books, buys the paint books, and generally knows a lot about all things Warhammer. His armies are almost all themed and while they play really well, theme is important. His NorlandEmpire army and Deathwing themed Dark Angels army are his pride and joy. They are both fun to play against and amazing to look at. He is a fun person to have no matter what you are playing.
Neither of us are pure gamers or pure hobbyists. Few people are. Even less people are pure WAAC or FAAC. Next time you want to claim either, think about it before you say it.Trust me, you will know them when you see them.