Before we get into the question being posed in this post – please feel free to take a moment and complete the ObSec 40k 8th ed survey – its a chance to have your say in the future ObSec events (and maybe see us submit the results to other organising bodies)!
Hi everyone, we have a curly question for you! As you know we ran our first 8th Ed game last weekend. It was only a month after the game was released, for some people this was their first games in the new edition, for others they had got a few games under their belt but in all reasonableness the game is new to everyone in the room.
We have just had one of the players contact us to let us know that they made a mistake with how they were playing their list. This has given the player an unfair advantage and could potentially have significantly affected the outcome of the games played. It also would impact the overall standing of results should this player be disqualified. Firstly I want to publicly thank the player for getting in touch and letting us know, that shows great strength of character and integrity.
As I have mentioned repeatedly that we are all about transparency and so I am putting the question to you. What do you think? This has obviously been an honest mistake on the players part or they wouldn’t have brought it to our attention. The player had a responsibility to make sure that they knew how to play their list in the new edition but at the same time the opponents had a responsibility to check on the play to make sure the moves were legal. None of the opponents noticed. Given we were only 1 month out from the edition being released it is understandable that no one noticed because they were all to busy remembering what their own army does to think too hard on what the opponents army does.
So I guess the question is, does inadvertently playing an army incorrectly based on a lack of cohesive knowledge around the new rules for the army still count as cheating? Should the player ranks for the event still stand or should the player be disqualified?
M and I have been talking on this for the better part of an hour trying to decide where we feel we should go with this. On the one hand everyone was still learning and it was a genuine mistake, on the other hand all players have a responsibility to know how to play their army, on the third hand…the debate goes on. I feel like Kali, the Indian Goddess with many arms, there has been so much ‘on the other hand’ going on!
While I would like feedback on this via our Facebook page where this post is listed, I will very strongly request that any and all feedback be polite, courteous and respectful towards the player in question. Again I would like to reiterate my admiration for the player to bring this to our attention. They could have kept quiet about it and none of us would be any the wiser so any negative or derogatory comments will be deleted – so…
What do you think?