Monday, October 11, 2010

The Article That Every Gamer Should Read!

Charles Black is one of the elder statesmen of the Australian Fantasy community and current captain of the Australian ETC team. Back in 2003/04 he wrote an article for the now defunct "Irresistible Force" magazine published by Andrew Galea, entitled "Warhammer Tactica". A copy of the IF issue that contains the article can be downloaded from here

To me this article is one of the best pieces of advice that a gamer (not just Warhammer Fantasy generals) can read. It breaks the thinking about your game down into stages and causes you to really think about your army, your enemies and the tactics you employ.

More than anything it has stood the test of time. Although almost seven years old it transcends the various editions of Warhammer and focuses on core principles. I find myself reading it once or twice a year....and always when I am planning a new army. Charles goes through a series of steps that you should consider and encourages you to plan for your tabletop battles.

Rather than regurgitate the article here I'd encourage all gamers to download the article and read it.

Earlier this year Charles spoke about the article with Ben Curry on the Baddice podcast. This was released as a bonus episode on the Snake Eyes section. For this interview alone I'd encourage people to sign up to the Bens' premium section. Charles presented his thoughts in relation to the current (end of 7th Ed) game in the context of the article. As I mentioned above the article was as relevant today as it was when it was written.

If you really want to improve your game I urge you to download the article and read it. You are probably doing a lot of the things contained already but if it gives you one area where you can improve then it has to be worth it.


  1. He's a very wise man, I think you can apply this to almost any game.

    Keen for orkfest? :)

  2. I certainly am James. There are a few things I don't like about the pack - the changes to core rules, only limited scenario use etc.

    However there are some things that I am interested in.....truncated scoring in the first three rounds being the most intriguing.

    Orktoberfest is my favourite tournament of the year....well it was before The Sundering....I'm hoping that it lives up to past years and that I have as much fun as 2008 and 2009.

    Hopefully we'll meet up across the table :-)

  3. I'm actually a big fan of the truncated scoring. Means you have to be consistent not just 83% of the time :P

    Sounds great! Orkfest is a big one for me potentially making masters/etc so i'm pumped up :D

    If I don't play you then most likely at the masters :D