Saturday, August 14, 2010
What does "cost effective" mean?
I know that by now, you guys must be asking yourselves: Hey, this guy talks about cost effective units all the time.. but what the hell does it really mean? In short, being cost effective means the "best bang for your buck".. in gaming terms.
This isn't going to be a terribly long post.. since I'm currently worked to shit and I'm kinda tired. First, a short bio of who I am and why do I think cost effective choices are the way to do things. For starters, I've played RTS games since I can remember clearly. My first game was Command and Conquer, then I moved onto StarCraft, WarCraft, the expansions, played Dawn of War, Company of Heroes, all the BfME games, all the Age of X games... basically, every single RTS game ever made. I'm currently in Diamond Legaue in SC2 and I barely get to play. Not to brag or anything, but I have a natural affinity towards playing these kind of games. I know how to optimize, adapt and execute on my strategy.
You know what all these RTS games have taught me over these long years? That being cost effective is the way to victory. There's no way in hell that I'm not going to take something that's cheaper and can do the same job as something more expensive. It just doesn't make sense to me. Like a computer trying to run a program in some language it doesn't understand. When fluff players talk to me and brag how they like to take 10 Terminators in every game, my head draws a blank: A real life question-mark. A state of confusion. Pretty much a giant WTF.
When I first started playing minis games 10 years back, I used the same RTS mentality and skill and applied it to Warhammer 40K. In a game like StarCraft, if I was given 2k minerals and I was told to construct a solid Terran army (pretend that nothing costs gas), I could hand you Marines, Medics, Tanks, Sci Vessels and some Goliaths. Apply that in 40K terms, I'll hand you a bunch of Grey Hunters in Rhinos, some Long Fangs, a Rune Priest or two and some Terminators in a LRC. That's just how my head thinks. I see every table-top game as a small "macro" game in StarCraft which sole purpose is to maximize on damage vs. all types of enemies. This is why my lists always come out strong, powerful and can take on any foe. This, is the very definition of min-maxing and the only way you can truly understand how to min-max is by knowing your shit. Maybe that's why I can play Marines effectively. I understand the value of PPM (Points Per Model) and I know that wound saturation does not mix with a poor PPM ratio. When building an army list, I make sure I use every available facet of knowledge I have in the game and construct a army that's both powerful and balanced.
I'd like to finish this post off with a very rewarding quote from a very respectable person. It just comes to show you that no matter how many times you lose, you will always walk away a winner.. As long as you learn from your mistakes that is.
“I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
-- Michael Jordan
PS - I'm currently looking into Flames of War stuff. I'm a huge WW2 buff and I've always wanted to play Germans in a miniatures game.