So as I get ready for the BFS, I begin my standard internal tournament prep.
Here's how I go into each game:
1) This is an opportunity to develop a connection with a peer, a fellow gamer and hobbyist, a fellow human being. If nothing else comes out of this game, let a positive connection come out of it.
2) This is an opportunity to play a game you enjoy.
3) Do the best that you personally can do.
4) Care nothing for the outcome, presume your opponent is excellent and will take you down.
I go into every game looking to make a connection, expecting to lose, and seeking only to compete with myself in an effort to be at my best - socially, ethically, competitively, and overall as a human being.
Here's another good one for you all ...
At the NOVA, a player in attendance got into a bit of a scuffle with his opponent during the course of the game. Things started off that way b/c his opponent did not pop smoke at the end of each vehicle's movement, and then at the end of the movement phase went "these all popped smoke." This is technically illegal, but is a bit of a throwback to the game's history, and is the way a lot of people play it. Instead of allowing this, the player flatly refused to permit the popping of smoke after the fact.
There are some players who are so focused on the game and not the experience of competing against a peer ... they will NEVER permit anything like this to be fixed. They won't even allow it once and ask for playing more specifically by the rule thereafter. I AM NOT THIS GUY. AS a general rule, if you forget something and it's more or less just after the fact, I'm going to let you go back and do it. If I win, I want to win against you having a good game, and you at your best doing what you intended to do. If I lose, I want it to be doing the same - that's to say, I certainly would like the same behavior in reverse.
What kind of gamer are you? Do you ruthlessly act unforgiving of all your opponent's simple gaffes? Do you see the game as an opportunity to develop a friend first and win at warhams second?
I fully anticipate losing a few games this weekend at the BFS; it's a tough crowd and I'm looking forward to some tough games. I know I'll come out of each game on friendly terms with my opponent (if I Can at all manage it), scoring highly on sportsmanship, and winning only if I meet or beat my best possible performance, and get a little fortune and favor along the way.
PS - I know Jawabals and I and several others will be getting brews together in the Palisades Center on Friday night of the BFS ... anyone care to join us?