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The End of the Valhalla Society

Posted November 12th, 2011 at 09:49 PM by kolakoski
Updated January 6th, 2013 at 12:42 PM by kolakoski
Well met!

It is with aheavy heart, but a sense of relief, that I hereby withdraw from, and dissolve, the Valhalla Society.

I have attempted to explain, however inadequately, in the post below.

Re: The Valhalla Society

Well met!

Those familiar with the history of warfare are aware that the "great equalizer" (the Colt "Peacemaker", and, by extension, all firearms) ended the primacy on the battlefield of the warrior's individual skill, strength, and stamina acquired after years of disciplined effort and sacrifice. As a practicing martial artist, in the spirit of the Last Samurai (except for that stupid frontal charge against the cannon at the end of the movie, when a flank attack would have won that battle too), it is my opinion that firearms are an affront to all true warriors, and those bearing them should never have been permitted to enter Valhalla. Within the Native American tribes, there were various warrior organizations called Societies. Membership was limited to only the best warriors of proven bravery and skill. I hereby announce the creation of the Valhalla Society for Heroscape. Membership is open only to those who vow to eschew fielding figures bearing firearms in their armies.

But is the player's pain any less whether it is Q10 or the Warhulk that dies in his army? Is my courage any less for playing Q10 instead of Kaemon in a build where the extra 30 points would be wasted otherwise, and statistically they are almost identical?

200 Mindflayer x 2
150 Q10
100 Ornak
100 Cutters x 2
555, 13 spaces, for C3V Reverse the Rumble

In the context of the game,

1) there is no difference between Q10 and a custom armored human knight with the same stats. The figures are inanimate, and have no innate virtues of their own;

2) Q10 allows for a larger variety of viable, balanced builds than practically any other unit, except for perhaps Kaemon - with Q10 as your range, you can focus the rest of your army on melee and/or interesting mechanics/combinations, without feeling power-deprived;

3) Q10 is not Q9 - Q10 does not unbalance/unfun the game (in anyone's mind), any more than Kaemon does; and, therefore,

4) I have decided/determined that I no longer need/want an arbitrary dogmatic reason to play, or not play, whatever units I wish, as I deem desirable and/or appropriate, in the current metagame.

This will enable me, for example to play Q10 (or, under the right, according to me) scenario/point value/tournament situation, Q9) and/or Me-Burq-Sa with the Romans, and the new Warlord, Mogrimm, or the Krav, as opposed to Syvarris, to make my WoB/Werewolf Lord or Heavy Grut army competitive on an elite level, etc., or not, but, I will make that decision freely, without restriction except for my own assessment of what will be the most satisfying/challenging/appropriate/fun.

I say all this to say that there are certain units, under certain circumstances, that I want to be able to play, that will enhance the fun/competitiveness of other units that I want to field, but don't, because of their lack of viability without them. While continuing to adhere to the spirit of the principles that led me to create the unit restrictions of the Valhalla Society in the first place, I will no longer arbitrarily adhere to them.

So it is that I formally withdraw from, and dissolve, the Valhalla Society.

Let it be . . . War


I hope Sylvano's daughter will forgive me.
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lefton4ya's Avatar
Oh No - and my C3V Reverse the rumble army was going to meet Valhalla Society requirements!

I guess you were tired from all the slack you got and had enough convincing that guns aren't that bad after all. In real war, guns take away ability to show feats of strength but you can show skill with hand-eye coordination and composure under pressure instead.
Posted November 15th, 2011 at 03:23 PM by lefton4ya lefton4ya is offline
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kolakoski's Avatar

You Can Still Use 'Em, Lefty!

Well met!

Remember that you can continue

. . . to adhere to the spirit of the principles that led me to create the unit restrictions of the Valhalla Society in the first place . . .
Posted November 15th, 2011 at 03:30 PM by kolakoski kolakoski is offline
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Sylvano the Wasabus's Avatar
Another warrior falls...
You will not be forgiven.
You cannot dissolve the Society. Its arbitrary dogma is not yours to dissolve. It now floats away from your tenuous grasp like a helium balloon at midday. Soon you will not be able to see it ever again, and there's nothing you can do because you've already let go.
I suppose you could try shooting the balloon with a great big gun- or some other insulting metaphor.
Soon the light will die in your eyes as it does to all those who abandon the true path. Perhaps Dead Eye Dan is not named for his shooting ability...
Posted November 17th, 2011 at 11:22 AM by Sylvano the Wasabus Sylvano the Wasabus is offline
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kolakoski's Avatar

The Curse of Sylvano!

Well met!

Noooooooooooooooo!

Posted November 17th, 2011 at 12:08 PM by kolakoski kolakoski is offline
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chas's Avatar
Speaking as someone who is about to turn Sixty next month, about Kolakoski, (who is a year or so older than I am), I say:

NEVER TAKE ANTHING TOO SERIOUSLY THAT SOMEONE WHO IS OVER SIXTY SAYS!
Posted November 18th, 2011 at 08:56 AM by chas chas is online now
 
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