Since the last time I posted about Warmachine I’ve picked up a second faction, The Legion of Everblight, and acquired a lot more little Menoth dudes. The little rules still catch me up; I spend the same amount of time asking “Is this how it works?” as I ever did, but I’m less frustrated about it. Persevering is just about always the right answer. When it comes to playing this game for me it’s not about getting better at the mechanics, it’s about overcoming my own fallacies. So far, it’s working.
A few months back I played in a big 50-point timed tournament. That’s as big as a Warmachine tournament game tends to get. I threw down Kreoss, his first version (warcasters/locks can come in three different variations of the same character with different spells/stats) and lost spectacularly. It was always to little mistakes (mis-measuring, putting Kreoss in a bad spot, losing to not being aggressive enough), I was disheartened but still having fun. 50 point games could still leave me thinking, “I never want to do that again.” There’s a lot going on for me to keep track of and remember. Two of my weakest points. I came in last but still laughed about it.
Fast forward to a couple weeks ago. We play a Mangled Metal Tooth and Claw tournament (only 20 points, just ‘jacks or ‘beasts, the signature unit types of the game). I play my Legion, Absylonia the first, with a carnivean, the Typhon and a single shredder. I won every single game I played. Even against some of the strongest players in our group. The victory left me feeling happy and more capable than previous. I had been playing more games than normal, pushing through the frustration I feel so easily, and it payed off. I still frequently lose 50-point games, but I’m having more fun and feeling less frustrated.
Next Mangled Metal Tooth and Claw will be Menoth and we’ll see if I can pull out another win (probably not). I’m just happy to continually work at it and maybe one day soon that horrible frustration, no matter the outcome, will completely fade away.