Originally, I was a 40k only player. Like many of us, as time went I started to develop an interest in the square bases. I started a vampire counts army last year. I slowly built it up to 2000 points, painting as I went. I started to become a regular part of my gaming rotation, 40k on Saturdays and fantasy on Sundays.
In early January though, I started to get tired of it. I had suffered some major loses during a tournament which caused me to sit down and critically think about the list I had with the available models I could field. Basically, if I wanted to play more competitively, I would pretty much have to shelve about half of my currently painted models. That wasn’t something I was willing to do, so I shelved the whole army instead.
Now, don’t take that the wrong way, I usually don’t win my games. I never really keep a record, but it definitely feels like I lose more than I win. There was a difference between 40k and fantasy though for me. If I made a mistake or had some really crappy dice in fantasy, I often felt like I was completely out of the game. No chance to claw my way back. In 40k, I don’t get that feeling.
Thus bringing us to the point I want to make. To me, fantasy is a more strategic game than 40k. I can understand the strategies, and to some extent, try to use them. 40k on the other hand feels like a story to me. I can get into the characters and the armies being played. Maybe that is because I know more of the fluff for 40k than fantasy. So, in the end, I can enjoy a loss in 40k more than I can in fantasy.
That’s the point of this all to me. Have fun and relax. Yes, I care about winning. Yes, I get upset when I lose. With 40k though, I can still enjoy the cool moments narrative. I feel like there is a chance to claw my way back into the game. So ultimately, I get more enjoyment out of a game of 40k than I do fantasy.
It’s not fantasy’s fault. Its more likely my lack of experiences with the game and the fluff that makes it less enjoyable to me. Maybe one day I will pull my vampire counts out of the closet. But not right now. I got to figure out what I am doing wrong with these Iron Hands.