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Playing your first game of Warhammer 40,000

As I write this, I’m just over a day away from playing my first game of Warhammer 40k 8th Edition, and a few days away from attending my first MAJOR gaming convention and playing in a game of Necromunda there.

I feel like I’m ready for them both, and not ready all at the same time.

In a lot of ways, I’ve been working up to my 40k game for years. The first 40k models I ever bought about five years ago, were second-hand Dark Eldar parts that, honestly, I just bought so I’d have some experience assembling multi-part models. I wasn’t at all interested in 40k at the time. From there, I’ve built up my 40k collection to the point were I’ve got my Death Guard army completed except for minor basing details. With the kind of schedule I’ve had throughout 2018, this game will actually be the first wargaming I’ll have done all year.

I’m not new to wargames – I’ve played a number over the years – but I’ve never actually sat down and played 40k straight-out. I’ve built my list, read the rules, and and prepped my army. And it’ll be a friendly game, but there’s still that pre-game anxiety. What if I forget one of my minis at home? What if I forget a rule? And so forth.

For my Necromunda game at the convention, I’ve set a particular challenge for myself, which was to finish up my Escher gangers in time for the convention. I’ve never done this before. Ever. At the time I signed up for the convention, I had one of the 10 miniatures in the gang finished; the remaining nine were built and primed, but no other work had been done on them yet. I’m an admittedly slow painter, but having those nine minis finished in two weeks seemed to me a doable, if not challenging, assignment. As of this writing, I only have a few small details to do, and then I’ll be set. So, we’ll see.

The other challenge, however, is that I’ve never played Necromunda before. I have the rules, and I’ve read the basic gameplay, but that’s it. I intend to take some time over the next few nights and reacquaint myself with the rules so I’m at least not looking like an idiot when I play.

Playing a game at a convention against unknown opponents can be a daunting proposition. While I’ve played various games at conventions before, and 95 percent of those I’ve played against have been gracious and good opponents, it’s that extra 5 percent that always gives you pause.

Realistically, I know there’s nothing to worry about. Folks come to conventions and play in non-tournament sessions like this to have fun, not smash face. And I’m just coming to roll the dice, move minis around and enjoy myself. I really have no interest in, or designs on, winning. I just love the experience.

So, wish me luck as I roll those bones on the table in the coming days. And I’ll wish you luck in your own gaming endeavors. Remember, we’re all in this together.


About the Author;

Peter Kuebeck is a writer, gamer and award-winning mini-painter living in the Midwest. He wages a constant battle against the ever-growing tide of unpainted minis in his basement, and occasionally GMs role-playing game sessions with friends. Catch his hobby shenanigans on Twitter at @popculturecube

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