5 Tips on How to be the Sun Tzu of Wargaming
Written By: Tyler Watts
"I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure."
- Sun Tzu (544-496 BC)
Explain your intent as the game progresses
“I am running this Space Marine tactical squad 8 inches into this ruined building for cover from your forces.” Narrating your actions to your opponent will make things clear, and eliminate mistakes or misconceptions. Plus, it is boring to watch someone move miniatures in silence. At the very least, throw in some sound effects, like “Whoosh!”, “Pew Pew”, and “Bzzap!”
Be clear with your tools
Do not recklessly swing your measuring tape over the table like it is a lightsaber. Lay it down on the table, and then move the miniatures. Also, roll your dice where everyone can see the results. Always have your army list and rules ready, and not sloppily scribbled in pencil. Neatness counts!
Do not ask to rewind the game
If you forgot something earlier in your turn, just remember to not forget in the future. Everyone looks like a jerk when this happens; asking for a take-back makes you seem shady, and it makes your opponent look rude if they say no. Just admit that you made a mistake and move on. Asking for rewinds can become a crutch, and you will eliminate this type of mistake faster if you just move on.
Play to the mission
Games have objectives; remember them well. Everyone loves to crush your enemies and see them driven before you, but a trail of blood is not always the road to victory. At the beginning of your turn, take a moment to survey the table and check for what you need to do to win. Sometimes ignoring the opposing force is necessary to accomplish an objective.
Play with your toys, not your emotions
Do not allow your feelings to overwhelm you. Keep things in perspective so you do not tilt. Boxers throw jabs to throw off their opponent, not to knock them out. Do not get angry; you will have a better chance of winning. If you cannot keep yourself centered, then take a break from that game. Remember that you learn more from a loss than a victory.