Friday, August 13, 2010


So there has been a lot of blogosphere criticism getting tossed about on the NOVA Open. So I just thought, I would quote Ol' Teddy in response.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”


Sholto said...

Horses for courses, mate. If you want to play narrative games or fun missions, WarGamesCon has you covered. If you want to play as close to a competitive game of 40k as you can get in the USA, NOVACon seems the one to go to. I would enjoy either, I expect. Best of luck! Show those gue'la a thing or two :D

Muskie said...

You've been reading my webpage again haven't you? ;-)

I recommend Astronomi-con for anyone and everyone who likes the Best of the Warhammer 40,000 project. Vancouver is coming up, but being good Canadians we exported the model to Texas this year, so you have four opportunities to play in the best Warhammer 40K tournament.


Marshal Wilhelm said...


What I don't get is this:
There are many holistic tournaments out there. This will not change.

When someone bothers to make an actual tournament based on winning games to be the winner *gasp* people are threatened by this.

"I play 40K badly, and you competitive types make me sad" is basically what it boils down to.

We don't want to know who is the best overall hobbyist. With such different categories, how can you have any idea of what being the tournament winner means:
In '09, Bob could have been an amazing painter and had a super fluffy army.
In '10, Jim could have been a great sport (whatever that means - usually he didn't argue with me, lol)
In 11, Rick could have destroyed everyone with his list of doom.
They have nothing to do with one another, except that they all competed at the same event.

So how does the title mean anything? Are you feeling me?

Why do people who like a certain aspect of the hobby have to go through the rigmarole of all the other parts?
Golden Daemonites aren't forced to play games to show off their talent, so why should those who want to game competitively?

People are just old-minded: I like it the old way, don't change anything, it makes me nervous, the edition I grew up in is the best one, BL stuff is not canon, etc.

Lol, we are funny creatures.