Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics

ok, so I don't plan in issuing any of the first two, just the brief annual rundown of my year in gaming... a little early this year but I intend to play a boardgame at the final geeknight of the year and they don't count towards my stats.

It was a bit of a quieter year this year than last, as my end of year round up only includes games when it is down to me alone to win or lose, and with various campaign multiplayer battles going on and Triumph and Treachery being released and running a combat patrol doubles event, I've got quite a few games that don't technically count... but they were fun to play which is all that matters, so no regrets.

For a glance at last years round up, follow the link

Well, looking at the trend, I got off to a good start this year flying out the blocks with a lot of good results, and while there may have been the occasional patchy result it was overall a good year. That is, until the new Dark Elf book came out. I got off to a good start, smashing a high elf player. But the army enjoyed it too much, and when I tried to pit them against lesser opponents (smelly ogres, lizards, tomb kings) they sulked and refused to co-operate - culminating in a sequence of failed leadership tests and miscasts in a single turn that I (rather naively) calculated the odds on. Han was right, finding out you just had a 20 million to one series of bad luck events in one turn is not good to hear. Impressive none the less...

I also get the feeling that the Druchii threw a curse at me for my trouble, as my general luck in all games took a dip around this time, and has only recently started to recover after passing the army (hereafter known as the accursed host) on to Jason, a fellow Dark Elf player, to bolster his army ahead of an upcoming campaign...

Anyway, on to the stats.

Not a bad year overall, recording 30 wins, 19 losses and 7 draws. The bulk of that coming in 40k, with 25 wins, 13 losses, 6 draws.

My Star Wars Guard were dusted off for a tournament, and while I picked up a couple of wins in practice games, their win some lose some performance at the tournament got them 4 wins and 2 losses for the year.

My regular guard forces (which I have counted separately since the inception, to avoid a fluff designed theme army ruining the good rep I have with my guard) did far better, scoring 8 wins, 2 losses and 3 draws. I remember both losses keenly - both against Tyranids. The first, the Scouring ended turn 5 with my opponent winning 8 points to 5. We played turn 6 out of interest and I was winning 11-3 with him having a single model left. Gutted to lose that one. The other was a recent game against Ken, where I was fairly confident I was heading for a turn 5 tabling... until his Gaunts managed to get 9 glancing hits against the back of my FLYING Vulture... a spectacular run of shooting that saved his Flyrants arse and completely turned the game on it's head - meaning my recklessness with my scoring units when I was looking at tabling him really came back to bite me in the arse...

Orks had a good run, 7 wins 4 losses 2 draws. Most of these were during the Crusade of Fire campaign that sort of fizzled out after a while...

The Necrons were bloody good for me this year, getting 5 wins 2 losses and 2 draws - both losses coming against Ken. One of those was against Tau fighting for one objective each longways down the table - a scenario combination that my Necron army just cannot cope with, but that is my own fault for limited list design. It works in most games, just that was a horrendous matchup. They also lost to Kens Tyranids, in a somewhat closer encounter.

My Empire were probably the stars of the year, getting 5 wins 1 loss and 1 draw (the loss coming after Karl Franz managed to fail a rerollable break test on 3 dice discarding the highest and get run down by gutter runners, gifting my opponent enough points in the final turn to change a solid victory into a defeat.)

And then there are the Dark Elves. 1 win, 5 losses, and a dark cloud of ill fortune that seemed to affect all other armies that played at roughly the same time they were used. Bastards! I'll give them a go again next year, in the meantime I'm going to purchase some of the new toys to try to bribe them into playing nice when they are returned to me from Jason, once the Badlands campaign has run it's course.

On the bright side, the Empire (the army I plan to use in the campaign) did well for me this year, so let's hope to keep that one rolling...