Gentleman's Ones and Strictly Average: Which B..?

You know how it's the simplest questions that are the hardest to answer?  Just such a question has become  a topic of conversation with Brian, the Gentlemen in Question behind the Read Up To Keep Up Blog, A Gentlemen's Ones.

You're probably familiar!

Since this series promises to lead right up to and through Adepticon, let's set up a standard opening with hyperlinks.  That's a very bloggie, forumy thing to do, right?

*and key music*  

Brian and Brent, Brent and Brian... two men, two perspectives, one mission:  prepare for Adepticon 2012!  Guys with a mutually supporting but totally manly self-supporting goal:  to assist one another in marshaling little metal and plastic warriors to do battle on fields of styrofoam and flock.

Who will bring dishonor upon himself and his blog?  Who will be forced to seppuku due to the sheer shame of it all?  Who will fall in defeat; who will rise from ignominy?  

Who will meet his goal:  one, both, or neither?  Find out in this week's exciting installment of...

Which 'B' Will It Be?

(Or as I like to call it, WAAC You!)

Hell, yeah!  That's an intro!

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So, here's a thought; is the tournament condition as it pertains to the hobby a spectrum disorder?

By that I mean certainly not everyone falls exactly on one end of the WAAC vs FAAP paradigm or the other.  Let's take a look at a line illustrating the point:

WAAC -------------------------*------------------------- FAAP

WAAC:  Win At All Cost
FAAP:  Fluffy At Any Price

So you've got both poles, and the star represents a middle ground, yes?  And we tend to think of players - at least, if the fights on the internet are any indication - as being either one or the other.  Life just isn't that way.  Even you straight-ticket types out there probably have some opinions more in keeping with the other side.

It's why, contrary to the thinking of a Rush Limbaugh and Bill Maher, most of us are a little less ideologically driven in our daily lives... and moderate or free-thinker isn't a bad thing.

It's a spectrum, from one pole to the other, and it's a concept in thinking that allows more substance than 'either-or.'

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Here it is again:

WAAC ------------B------------*------------B------------ FAAP

For the sake of argument, let's assume we're looking at the WAAC/FAAP spectrum; my 'B' is more left of center...

...uh... just a second...

FAAP ------------B------------*------------B------------ WAAC


Much better!  So my 'B' is more right of center while Brian's trends closer to FAAP.  I can't say for certain, but I'd argue those points represent us as we normally are.


Brian's a bit more the fluffy hobbyist and I'm a bit more the tournament player.  That's us...

I should point out, his army is still a work in progress.

...but what if we're going into Adepticon needing a bit more of the other in our approach?

And that's this series in a nutshell.  Brian is playing in the Combat Patrol Tournament at Adepticon, while I myself need to improve my painting scores over last year's.  I hope as many of you as possible will follow this series and provide advice and insight.

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Just keep in mind it wouldn't be much of a series if we immediately adopted all the great insight I'm sure you fine folks have to offer!  Sometimes, the process is the thing.

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Here's the Bell of Lost Souls Article that kicked this whole mad mess off, and here's Brian's first article on A Gentleman's Ones.  We'll be responding and corresponding on either or both blogs, as appropriate.

Wish us luck!



Porky said...

I think it's more complex than two poles. That's the divide and rule route of so much modern thinking.

How about plotting positions on a circle instead, like the thinking here.That gives us a lot more subtlety. We could have say COMPETITIVE / COLLABORATIVE opposite each other at 0 degrees / 180 degrees, and maybe NARRATIVIST / MECHANICALIST at 90 degrees / 270 degrees.

A setup like this can show players interested in narrative-driven competition as compared with mechanically-driven competition, and players interested in narrative collaboration in setting up campaigns or better representing the world in play, as compared with those who want to collaborate on a ruleset which plays more smoothly or with better balance.

This is just a starting point of course - other terms might well describe the interests of the player base better.

Brian said...

I like your style, Brent-not-Brent.

We've only just begun (thank you, Ms. Carpenter) ...and already you've given me plenty to consider.

Food for thought. Food for thought, indeed.

(A new favorite!) Anon: I haven’t even bothered playing a game of 6th yet, cause I have read the rules, and actually understand how they interact with units. I know my armies no longer function how they should, and so I need to change them.

Strictly Average: 'cause 6-inches is all you get.

Stalking Jawaballs since 2009.

Jawaballs: "My butt just tightened up."

Brent, preferred 2-to-1 over Not Brent in a recent, scientific poll.

Brent: emptied the Kool Aid and DRINKING YOUR MILKSHAKE with an extra-long straw.

Unicorns don't exist.

Home of the Stormbuster, the Dyson Pattern Storm Raven.

I'm a comment whore and this whore is getting no play.

Not Brent hurts Brent's feelings.

I think, therefore I blog.

"You should stop writing for everyone else and worry about your crappy blog." - Anon.

Not Brent has been spotted lurking around with a green marker.

He's not like a bad guy from a cartoon, all devious but never quite evil, Not Brent is bad beans, man, bad beans.

Dethtron: "Again I feel obliged to remind you that trying to sound smart only works if you are."

MVB: "I am not one to join the unwashed masses of self-titled 40k experts out there distributing advice from their blogs about exactly how your list should be built..."

Shiner Bock on tap: that's how I choose hotels.

Strictly Average: The Home of Hugs and Gropings.

Don't feed the trolls!

MoD: "Welcome to Brent's head."

Competitive is Consistent.

Dethtron: "...you could use that extra time to figure out a way to get your panties unbunched and perform a sandectomy on your vagina."

Dethtron: “When calling someone an idiot, it's generally best to avoid making grammatical mistakes.”

Warboss Stalin: "You know, if it actually WAS funny, maybe I wouldn't mind."

Mike Brandt: "It's not a successful bachelor party if you don't misplace someone".

"The Master Manipulator (every store needs one): "...now, enough stroking."

Kirby: "I don't know about gropings. Seriously, Brent, keep it in the pants, please."

Loquacious: "No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't get Hugs & Gropings or Stalks Jawaballs into Brent's little tribute."

Captain Kellen: "I rate this article a Brent on the Faith Hill to Nancy Pelosi scale!"

Drathmere: "Come for the balls, stay for the Brent? Kind of disturbing, man."

Go no further, lest thee see something thine eyes would fain look past!

Isabelle: "So, thank you for supporting your local and not so local unicorns. A noble gesture like that can show some scared kids out there that they don't have to hide from everyone and it's ok to be who they really are."

There is nothing more interesting than We The People... in all our beautiful, ugly glory!

On Internet Advice: You see, I have an almost religious belief that's it's a huge, colossal waste of time.

...I think I'll call it the Gun Shy Pattern Stormbuster, because after the Internet destroyed my first humble effort, I find I'm a bit worried about the reaction to this one.

Lauby: "Is it left over from that time you thought that you could just complete step one 12 times to meet the mandates of that court order?"

Not Brent: "I guess we'll have to read on and find out. Signed, Not Brent. Especially today."

Cynthia Davis: "I think the scrolling text is from Glen Beck's new book."

Grimaldi: "Spamming certain units creates interesting possibilities but also fatal weaknesses."

Purgatus: "Math can inform decisions. It cannot make decisions."

Thoughts? Comments? Hugs and gropings?

You'd be that much quicker to figure out what I mean when I refer to a Unicorn if I covered it in a rainbow flag.

SinSynn: (To Brent) "Curse you and your insidious influence on the internets..."

Dave G (N++): "You know you're an internet celebrity when your following is more akin to tabloids."

I prefer the term Internet Personality (or IP) myself, seeing as how I coined it.

Lauby: "Your attempt to humanize him as failed. I feel nothing but scorn for his beard - it's like a warcrime or something."

BBF: "I've always thought you are a good player but I finally figured out that you are a great player. It's hard to see sometimes because your personality is engaging, sincere and quite charming - to me that is kind of a rare combination."

'Clearly cheating?' I didn't misspeak: you jumped to conclusions. If you'd like to apologize I'll be happy to send you an autographed picture of my ass.


I thought I was doing alright before I realized I was losing.

Age and treachery beats youth and vigor every time.

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