I know it's lame, but I get excited for tournament days. I'm lucky to get one game in per week and I thoroughly enjoy it whether I win or lose. I reckon I've played 100 games since getting back into 40k in March 2010. One hundred games, each entirely different from each other due to the incalculable combinations of terrain, mission, deployment, opponent's codex and build. Even playing the same opponent twice in a row and only changing who takes the first turn can create two opposite outcomes.
Two hundred and fifty hours of sci-fi battles on alien planets and I'm still learning new tricks and ways to avoid tricks on the battlefield. If I replayed all those games starting at dawn and playing until dusk, it would take three weeks and I have yet to face even half of the popular competitive lists. I recently faced a Kan Wall for the first time at the ATC. I faced dual lash for the first time last week. I still haven't had the pleasure of setting up across from razorwolves, decent of angels, deathwing, draigowing, or venom spam.
I know lack of experience is my biggest weakness as I'm usually able to overcome an opponent if I practice against them enough. In response, I'm bringing a list that nobody around here has attempted or played against in all likelihood. I will face opponents who have played ten times longer than I, and try to put them in my shoes and take them out of their comfort zone.
I look forward to tournament day as I would Christmas if it came once a month. Three games in a row to further increase my library of experience and tactics. Three chances in a row to meet a new hobbyist, get a rematch with your nemesis, or goof off with a friend when you both end up on the bottom tables. Last month I missed out on our local tournament so I'm jonesin' for these three games.
The army is packed along with two tables worth of terrain. Lists are packed in with templates and the codex. My energy drink is in the fridge and the gas tank is full. Today will be the second best day of the month. On the 24th, we find out if we're having a boy or girl!
I hope to post minimal updates through the day either before or after each game, if anyone will be following along. Wish me luck, as I wish all of you luck on 'ArdBoyz Day!