So I played my first game last night.
The guy that has been deemed the organizer of the 40k group at the store, decided I should team up with two other newbies. These were two 16 year old kids who were very spastic and couldn't focus on the game for more than 5 minutes without looking at their phones. They were a duo playing the same space marine army, and I had my Tau.
I suggested I start off in a 500 point game versus a vet who knows what they're doing, the 40k Jarl took this as a personal affront to his leadership ability and before I knew it, the teen duo and I were up against a 2000 point ultramarine army, who just had to
So it's 1000 points of new person tau and 1000 points of space marines, versus a veterans 2000 points of ultras. I had to scramble a list together, and had to deal with not knowing literally anything about how to play. The teens didn't try to strategize with me at all.
The vet got to deploy first, and won initiative. Turn 1 he wiped out my broadside, half my markerlights, took 2 wounds from my riptide and a few kroot. Next turn I took 3 wounds from Gulliman. Turn 3 Gulliman charged and wasn't aware of tau supporting fire which allows every unit within 6" of the charged unit to fire overwatch. By this time the teens conceded.
I rolled over 40 dice, and Gulliman saved every single one. Next turn Gulliman wiped all my firewarriors, a tank obliterated my riptide, and some other crazy unit took out 2 of my remaining 3 crisis suits.
Last turn I threw everything at Robute, killed him, then he rolled, and came back next turn.
I ended up with 3 victory points, and killed 2 bikes. The vet had 12 vp.
Now, there were a few guys who were trying to help me out. I think it was not only because I was new, but because they knew the dude was being too harsh. The vet was trying to be helpful with the rules, he just didn't try to go easy on us. The vet and i talked for about an hour afterwards. He seemed nice about it, but just couldn't seem to put the competitive side down for a second. He wanted to win more than help.
Out of the 20 or so guys that play there, about 6 of them are normal well adjusted people who knew what was going on. The rest have a superiority complex, are too competitive, or can't function civilly.
I'm not going to write the store off just yet because there are some cool, chill dudes there who were all looking at the guy like "really dude?" During the match. Some guys even came up to me afterwards and offered to play smaller more helpful games with me next week.