Today I write with a heavy heart, that our precious X-Wing community has been trampled into dust.
We lowly local mortals of the X-Wing world are now simply, shadows and dust.
In case you are unsure of what I am referring to, I point you to the new ruling within the tournament regulations called "Intentional Draws". To briefly summarize, if players would like to intentionally draw, they agree to a tie game rather than playing it out. No shoosting, no fancy flying, just chilling and agreeing to not play the game.
At first this does not seem like much, but in higher level play you can end up with some sticky scenarios where those holding the top places can intentionally tie and typically make the top 4 or 8 cut depending on the size of the tournament. Talk about some slim shady (man that was one of the best songs ever, am I right?) business going down.
As the regional tournament scene heats up and the stakes become even higher, we run into some folks using the intentional draw.
Then this dropped on my bookface page:
I am not entirely sure who this Doug Kinny fellow is, but I hear he perfected the TIE swarm and won some stuff. He had some nice words for this other fellow who apparently has won some stuff as well.
Then came a lovely article well written article by a good friend of the bar the Table Top General.
Dang, this stuff is getting more intense and seems to have hit a nerve with some X-Wing players.
And, another article from Rule 37.
And this post on Reddit.
And another one.
This list goes on and one it would seem.
So players are pissed. As am I. As you should be as well. However, here is the caveat: the rules are the rules, and as such we must abide by them. We do not have to respect them, but we must adhere to the rules until they are altered.
This also includes TOURNAMENT ORGANIZERS.
I have heard of a few TOs who are refusing to acknowledge this ruling as they feel it falls into the unsporting conduct area of the game. However, I strongly disagree. The rules read as follows:
"Players are expected to behave in a mature and considerate manner, and to play within the rules and not abuse them. This prohibits intentionally stalling a game for time, placing components with excessive force, inappropriate behavior, treating an opponent with a lack of courtesy or respect, cheating, etc. Collusion among players to manipulate scoring is expressly forbidden. Players cannot reference outside material or information during a round. However, players may reference official rule documents at any time or ask a judge for clarification from official rule documents.
The organizer, at his or her sole discretion, may remove players from the tournament for unsportsmanlike conduct."
But but but Nic, isn't collusion wrong? Ins't an intentional draw collusion? NO! As the rules read currently, intentional draws are not unsporting behavior but fall within the realm of the tournament rules (as of March 16th, 2016). As such, this is not unsporting.
To ignore this rule or state that you will not adhere to it as a TO is flat out wrong. If you do not like it, then do not be a TO. Plain and simple.
Some might disagree with me (you are welcome to as this is an opinion article), however the rules are the rules. Feel free to rage, rant, yell, scream, and flip tables (actually don't miniatures are expensive and fragile).
Most of us can agree that we would never do this in competitive play, but I imagine it would be very tempting in order to secure a place within the cut. I know I would personally refuse to do so (as I enjoy playing the game and I do not get to play in tournaments as much as I like), however it is rather seductive. Careful, those thoughts are one that lead to a pathway some might consider...unnatural. If anyone at our local store, Galactic Comics and Games, intentionally draws (outside of a tournament) I will throw rotten fruit at them until they run away in shame.
Here is a simple way to avoid this ruling: WIN!
Rant over. Go shoot some Palp mobiles or whatever folks and enjoy using, abusing, or flat out ignoring the rules.