There was an interesting post on the Bell of Lost Souls this week in response to some recent posts that received lots of negative comments. Goatboy has been posting a lot of lists that seem to really strike a nerve in a lot of readers. Their response was a set of points on how to have fun, and keep your opponent having fun. Here's my take: The only way to have fun is to focus on creating a fun light-hearted atmosphere.
1) Learn to enjoy losing the game. Everyone enjoys winning so that's a given. But learning to enjoy losing is a gift to both you and your opponent. It's easier to enjoy losing when you've done the next thing:
2) Paint your army. The spectacle of two fully painted armies facing off is a big part of my enjoyment of the game.
3) Say yes to your opponent rather than no. I'm not the best at this. In a recent game, I said no to my opponents request to call a WAAAGH out of sequence. Saying Yes is a rule I should have stuck by.
4) Create new scenarios.
5) Conduct yourself in a happy, courteous manner. Don't argue rules, look them up. If the book doesn't provide the answer, roll the dice. I just got this really big D6 that I am planning on using as "The Ref" whenever we have to roll for a rules answer. But the point is, let's not argue.
6) Taunt your opponent in a geeky way using quotes from your army's fluff. Tau players should be cursing the barbaric nature of Space Marines and the weak technolgy of the Imperial Guard. Some people hold a moment of silence when their army commander dies.
That's it, focus on making the game fun and light-hearted and all will be there better.