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Everyone's a Winner at Warhammer 40K (or, at least not a loser)

M Harrop, M Gibbs, M Carter

DiGRA 2013 - Proceedings of the 2013 DiGRA International Conference: DeFragging GameStudies | Published : 2013


© 2013 Authors & Digital Games Research Association DiGRA. Warhammer 40,000 (W40K) is a non-digital strategy war-game involving the tactical manoeuvring of miniature figurines on a 6′ by 4′ tabletop. These figurines are painstakingly assembled, painted and often modified by players to accord with the game's backstory. Our research explores the ongoing success of W40K in the face of ubiquitous and pervasive computer technologies and presents the results of post-match interviews with players. One element of the W40K experience that we found striking was the capacity for players who lost matches to rationalise their failures into a narrative of success, one that underplays the importance of w..

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