So this year I kept a tally of the games of 40k and fantasy I played. I wasn't particularly planning to do anything with it, it was out of idle curiosity. As we've come to the years end, I decided just to sort through and tot up some totals for the interest of myself and some friends. It's looking at it like this that makes the whole rigmarole worthwhile throughout the year! :oP
So, basics. I played 75 games of 40k or fantasy last year. Some were competitive, most were friendly. Some were apocalyptic, and some mere combat patrols. Most were with my own army, but I occassionally borrowed someone elses, and in an interesting fun tourney came up with a dreamteam comprising Orks, Guard and Nids! It's been an interesting year I'll give it that!
Of those 75, I've won 41, drawn 12 and lost 22. After so many years of being the poor guy in the corner who, bless him, brought GUARD of all things week in week out, and duly got his backside kicked - well, suffice to say this win record is unprecedented for me, and I am somewhat proud of it! I even managed a 16 game undefeated streak, and an 11 game winning streak!
Breaking it down into 40k and fantasy, I find where I have more talent/luck/bribe money* (delete as applicable) I played only 19 games of fantasy, yet just over half of them (10) were losses, along with 4 draws and a mere 5 wins. This of course did leave the 40k stats looking all the better. Of 56 games, I had 36 wins, 8 draws, and 12 losses. And yes, that is where the 16 game undefeated streak came from by the looks of it!
Looking deeper and comparing my two main armies of Guard and Orks, I discovered a shocking and indeed troubling fact - I got in more games with my orks than guard this year! However, given at the start of the year the Orks were being built up as part of a Tale of Four Gamers and were then part of a campaign and taken to a tournament, I suppose I can forgive them. This year I have already planned to do Guard for tale of four gamers, ready in time for a tournament, so they should get some more love. This decision was made before this discovery was made I will say now though! :oP
I did have more success with the Orks, winning 19 of 28, whilst suffering only 5 losses and 4 draws. They established an undefeated streak of 17 games! The guard managed to win 13 of 23, drawing 4 and losing 6. They didn't get up much of a streak though, only managing to remain undefeated for 6 games at most!
Oh, and in case you're wondering why I didn't mention the undefeated streak for fantasy, it's cos it's a measly three... which matched my losing streak for fantasy! So not a good year for the swords and shields!
And finally on to personal friends. Chris went from being my nemesis last year (whose plague marines I just could not touch, in every sense of the word) to being a bit of a whipping boy this year as he switched to guard. My knowledge of that army allowed me to pick him apart on 6 out of 7 occassions, with him clinging to some pride with a solitary victory to deny me inflicting pool-hall rules punishment on him. Ken and I also played 7 games, and he seems to have slipped from being a permanent annoyance into being someone more manageable, with 5 wins out of 7 (1 loss and 1 draw accounting for the other results.) I've played far less games against Nige than I realised this year, only facing him 4 times. I scored 2 victories a loss and a draw there. Have to get more games in against him next year. And then there's Rich. He complains that he has bad luck against me, that I always cause him problems... well the statistics tell the lie of that! Of 14 games I won a mere 3! And no, we aren't well matched opponents who regularly draw - there were no draws. He beat me 11 times out of 14! And some of them were rather irritating ones, such as the recent Tau that managed to pass 4 armour saves to hold my squad in combat away from the objective, gifting Rich the game. It's not like I can look for ways to raise my game against him, he just seems to be my nemesis - whether it's my Stompa refusing to turn up and face him, or a man who can survive getting run over by a deff rolla 5 times, or genestealers that break from Ld10, run through dangerous terrain and lose enough of their numbers not to rally... my point is something uncanny always seems to happen in his games against me to bely the odds. I don't see that ending any time soon!
Anyway, this post is a little dry, so will hopefully replace it with something better soon. But it may be of interest to the people mentioned, so I'll post it anyway :oP
Hope your 2010 was as good as mine, hope your 2011 looks better than mine does :oP
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