POWERGAMING WITH JAY #1
I had paused writing articles for the blog in an effort to develop a theme that would hopefully be interesting for a series of posts. I have decided upon on a format that is going to join my two favorite hobbies. It may surprise many people, but Warmachine is actually my second favorite hobby. My first true love is reading. In the Power Gaming with Jay blog posts I am going to write about strategy books that cover a wide range of topics and try to relate the book back to Warmchine. I’ll close each post with a book recommendation that will not related to Warmachine.
My articles will be written with a slant towards competitive play and how to get better at playing Warmachine. The games of Warmachine that I find most enjoyable are ones that are highly competitive. I do not believe that my preference is inherently better than the preference of another player, but it is impossible for me to divorce the way that I play Warmachine when writing about this game.
PLAYING TO WIN: BECOMING A CHAMPION BY DAVID SIRLIN #1
This book was recommended to me by Chad Shonkwiler, who said it shaped many of his views on competition. David Sirlin has a background in competitive Street Fighter. The book uses many examples from fighting video games, but its principles apply to all games. It is an excellent book that I would recommend to any Warmachine player that wants to strive towards the pinnacle of competition. I will dedicate many blog posts explaining concepts from this book.
The first question that you need to ask yourself before starting to climb the mountain of becoming champion is if you are willing to make the necessary sacrifices. Many people automatically answer yes to this question without considering the implications. The path to becoming a champion requires sacrifices of time, travel, and money. There are many things in life, like excelling with your job, schooling, children, or spouse, that may make it difficult to concentrate on something as trivial as learning to dominate a game.
If you decide you wish to become a champion, your next task is to determine if you are climbing the correct mountain. Not all games are created equal, and some games do not have the depth that warrants the devotion of hours to study, practice and play. Luckily for us, I believe that Warmachine is a deep and complex game. There are many games that are worthy of play, but I find particular beauty in this mountain!
Next week I will delve into concepts on why we enjoy competition in games.
My first book recommendation is The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon. This is a science fiction novel set in the near future. The story is told from the point of view of a man that has high functioning autism. This man is presented with an opportunity for a medical treatment for his autism. He is faced with the question of if this will too severely change who is at his inner core. Will he be the same person?
Moon has a child that with autism and does an amazing job helping you experience the world from the viewpoint of someone with autism. Even though the book is set in the near future, this change of perspective introduces you to a world that is alien to our day to day life.