Friday, 11 October 2013
Is the 40k tournament scene in the UK dying?
Edition – 6th editions isn’t ideal for tournaments, there’s a lot of random elements to game which means the real die hard waac player are less in control of the outcome of their army, but I don’t think this would really cause a serious drop off in players. The edition has also introduced some timing issues around the points and game lengths. 1750, 1850, 1500pts ? 3hrs, 2hrs30 there’s a lot of change in the scene as TO try to solve the problem with games not running their full course.
Now this might self-correct; Stockport gaming centre appears to be holding more tournaments and with Caledonia moving their next year it could really launch itself. Caledonia Uprising also appears to be selling well to the Mid-Table crowd as well as the hardcore players, Timmaa (the TO) also appear to be actively adding elements which cater more towards the Mid-Table crowd, the best in race awards, the Highland league and even the Caledonia Open (although that could quite easily be dominated by the power build too).
The meta issue will shift again with more codices being released, Marines are likely to shake the tree especially with their impact on the Monstrous creature builds of Tau and Eldar, but you do run the risk of simply replacing one of the power three with another build which the Mid-Table player will have a poor game against (You only have to have your key elements destroyed a couple of time by 30 scouting grav gun armed bikes whilst 3 thunder cannons rain death from behind a hill onto your troops to know there’s little you can do to respond). So only time will tell on this.
So is the tournament scene dying? I suspect that there might be a number of the mid sized tournaments which struggle to find a place in the next 12 months and may disappear from the calendar, either than or we’ll just see the rise of much smaller 36 player tournament being run by a local club for player from their club and the surrounding cities, that’s where the Yorkshire clubs seem to be going.