Having reviewed Wrath, I have learned something about what it takes to be a good player of Warmachine and Hordes. It isn’t just about the models, or the encyclopedic knowledge of the rules; its knowing what you and your opponent has on the board.
I’ve always admired General Sun Wu, which being a wargamer; is always a good thing. Sun Wu (aka Sun Tzu to Westerners), for those that don’t know; was a Chinese General and philosopher. Some would even say the greatest military strategist in history. He wrote a book about 6th Century BC, called the Art of War. Sun Tzu wrote down his thoughts on battle, warfare and ultimately how to achieve victory.
Part of the reason I am rambling, is going back to the original paragraph. One of the quotes is very apt in this circumstance –
It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle.
What I have recently learned, with reviewing Wrath; is that I know very little about my opponents. A year on since I started playing WM/H, I am still struggling to learn my own faction(s); let alone others. It hit me last night after posting the last section of Wrath review, just how much work (or pleasure) it is going to be. Not that I am daunted, I love the game and will plunge into this new challenge with relish and excitement. Page 5….bring it on!
Free ebook of the Art of War – http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/132