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Old 15 Aug 2005, 21:31   #1 (permalink)
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I wanted to start this thread as a way for people to talk about their experiences with sportsmanship good and bad, along with what the define as good behavior during a game.

I'll start. A few weeks ago, I had a game against Dark Angles, with plenty of vehicles. I was playing Tau. I got first turn. Half his army was gone before he moved his first piece. His army was gone by turn 5. He was pretty upset about how the game went, so I tried to have good sportsmanship, so I shook his hand and told him good game. I wondered if a might have just rubbed his lose is his face, since that was not my intention.

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Old 15 Aug 2005, 21:48   #2 (permalink)
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I usually have a good time at my local GW I have at least 15 people that show up that I talk to/play. Sometimes i smash them and sometimes the destroy me other times we cut it real close. I generally don't have to deal with bad sportsmanship. Heck i got these space wolf blood claws in my army that can take the most brutal of punishment then when they get hit by 1 sniper the fail there armor save and get pinned. For example I was playing a match against a tau player with gaurd auxilaries. he pulled the infamous FoF on my blood claws hit with 20 of his 24 shots wounding 18 of them. I made every save. then a guardsman squad comes up rapid fires with 5 las guns wounds 4 and I roll four ones bringing them to 25% casualties they fail
there leadership fall back 12 inches into dangereous terrain where they all proceed to get killed :P. We both had a good laugh at this of course. When i make friends with people at GW i usually have good experiences out of it. Not to many jerks only the ocasional one.
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Old 15 Aug 2005, 21:59   #3 (permalink)
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We have the anything but a one curse at our hobby store which we all have a laugh about.

When making dice rolls and to wound or save only needing a 2+ on your roll. Statistically out of 12 dice all but 2 will succeed. If someone says "Anything but a 1" the odds are you'll wind up with 6 ones if not worse. At that point a groan comes from the table, everyone laughs and the game goes on.

On the other hand sunday is when the kids 14 and under come in(They're not allowed on saturdays when the older players play without an invitation from an older player).
WOW those kids are the worst sports ever. This one kid has Eldar and he'll claim things that are crazy. Such as, well I have a cover save, and usually I'd lose my cover save with that, but because I'm Eldar and I'm fleet of foot my guys would be able to get under cover from the orbital strike.
These kids argue, hit each other, and are without a doubt the worst sports I have ever seen and give me a headache over it.
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Old 15 Aug 2005, 22:18   #4 (permalink)
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I think the Markham game clubs are pretty blessed with good members...
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Old 15 Aug 2005, 22:22   #5 (permalink)
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I just laugh alot, win or lose. Infact, I tend to laugh more when I'm losing.

I try not to laugh in a mean way, more in a 'I'm having fun' sort of fashion. Unless I know my opponant, of course, then I grin like a maniac at him when he fails a dice roll and snigger when I make amazing rolls. Adds to the fun, I think, and they tend to reply in kind.

I always shake hands and say good game afterwards - it's only polite. I never try to rub their noses in it, and say what I think went wrong for either of us when we're packing up.

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I find that harsh unyielding logic delivered with an air of sardonic reasonableness will eventually destroy any bad sport. They'll either give in under the pressure, or explode and make utter fools of themselves. The latter usually ensures you either never see them again, or that they start behaving well to avoid future humiliation.

Ar, long time since I played a bad sport though.

As far as I'm concered, a good sport is someone who enjoys playing a game whether he wins or loses, doesn't cheat or try to come up with convoluted rules interpretations to get an advantage, likes a fair match with roughly even sides, is willing to blame himself for his own mistakes, is willing to debate rules issues but not get angry if there is disagreement, is willing to make compromises to get a good game. The latter means things like allowing proxied models for friendlies, or re-doing terrain/mission if the first selected is going to give too much of a one-sided game, etc.


I think a bit of banter in a game is a good thing, and I think most good sports can take it. If I win I usually do some heavy mock-gloating, but always make sure the other person knows I'm only doing it for laughs.
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Old 16 Aug 2005, 01:36   #7 (permalink)
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I find that I don't enjoy a game unless my opponent is having fun. If he is frowning and serious,

the game is awful. Does anyone else fell this way?
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When you fail 3 out of 4 3+ saves you cant help but get pissed off.
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Old 16 Aug 2005, 13:24   #9 (permalink)
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When I lost 17 Conscripts from a single Barbed Stranger shot, I was mock crying as I scooped them all up in one hand and placed them in a box. That brought up a laugh from half the store.

I try to entertain everyone around me, even if they aren't playing. I'll tell them little tid-bits about my army, point to certain 'secret weapons' on my army list and have a generally have a laugh. This generally gets several people watching my games, which only adds to the fun.

One thing I have noticed is that if you're a good sport, your opponant is more likely to stop you making mistakes and remind you of certain rules. I do it myself as well, even if it puts me at a disadvantage - just adds to the challenge and story of the game.

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When I lost 17 Conscripts from a single Barbed Stranger shot, I was mock crying as I scooped them all up in one hand and placed them in a box. That brought up a laugh from half the store.

I try to entertain everyone around me, even if they aren't playing. I'll tell them little tid-bits about my army, point to certain 'secret weapons' on my army list and have a generally have a laugh. This generally gets several people watching my games, which only adds to the fun.

One thing I have noticed is that if you're a good sport, your opponant is more likely to stop you making mistakes and remind you of certain rules. I do it myself as well, even if it puts me at a disadvantage - just adds to the challenge and story of the game.

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I still have yet to play a match, but yeah, we've got a lot of guys like this at our store, and it really makes new people welcome. I salute you!
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