In the Finest Hour Podcast
Ep74: Best In Faction vs Best Overall

Ep74: Best In Faction vs Best Overall

June 21, 2021

When you are going to a tournament, it is worth considering what your goals for winning are when writing your list; this episode, we talk about how you should approach things differently when aiming for best of your faction versus winning the whole tournament.

Ep73: Getting Back Into the Game

Ep73: Getting Back Into the Game

May 27, 2021

We've all been out of the game for a while thanks to COVID; this episode, we talk about how to get back into things.

Ep72: Charge and Fight Phase

Ep72: Charge and Fight Phase

May 19, 2021

This episode as part of our series on different phases of the game, we talk about the charge and fight phases together.

Ep71: Problems and Solutions

Ep71: Problems and Solutions

May 11, 2021

This episode, we look at a ways of approaching list writing that focuses on the sorts of threats that the enemy can throw at you and how you answer those threats.

Ep70: Discussing Supplements

Ep70: Discussing Supplements

May 3, 2021

How do supplements affect the game, and are they good or bad? How should GW handle them in the future? Our hosts discuss the matter.

Ep69:Imperial and Chaos Knights

Ep69:Imperial and Chaos Knights

April 28, 2021

We interview our guest for the episode about Knights, how to play them, and how to beat them as well as their role in the meta.

Ep68: Taking Notes

Ep68: Taking Notes

March 28, 2021

Practice games (and tournament games) are important for getting better, but you won't improve from that practice unless you are able to accurately understand what happened during the game and what went right or wrong. In that respect, taking notes during the game can be a tremendous help, giving you a better (and more permanent) recollection of what went down and how your game plan succeeded or failed. In this episode, we talk about different methods of taking notes, including both paper and electronic media as well as photos and video, and what sorts of things you should pay attention to when detailing the game. We also look at how and when to go back to your notes, how your opponent can help you, and the methods each of the hosts prefer for their note-taking.

Ep67: The List-Writing Process

Ep67: The List-Writing Process

March 14, 2021

Being able to write a good list is one of the most fundamental aspects of playing Warhammer 40K; your list is the toolbox that you bring to the table, and so defines what it is you're capable of during a game. But contrary to what the internet may sometimes tell you, writing a list is much more than just choosing the six most efficient units and fielding as many of them as possible. So how do you go about approaching the process of writing- and rewriting- a list? In this episode, we talk about the process that the hosts use; where we start, how we make cuts, and how we analyze our lists for success or failure after a game. We also look at the sort of solutions you want to have access to, what to think about when considering balancing yourself against the meta, and the tradeoffs you'll have to make as part of the process. And, of course, we talk about the cardinal rule of list design: Boyz Over Toyz.

Ep66: Bad Matchups

Ep66: Bad Matchups

March 7, 2021

If you play at tournaments, sooner or later you are going to run into a bad matchup- the one army that you just aren't prepared to face. But being able to power through disadvantageous situations is one of the biggest indicators of a skilled player, so this episode we talk about how to identify such matchups and what you can do about them. We discuss the ways to look at things during all phases of the encounter- from when you write your list to the game itself to post-game considerations and what lessons you should take away from your performance. There's a lot you can do to mitigate bad odds in a matchup, but it all starts with understanding the hows and whys.

Ep65: Playing the Mid Tables

Ep65: Playing the Mid Tables

February 28, 2021

As competitive players, we like to focus a lot on the upper strata of the game- what the best players are doing, which lists are finishing top 4, etc. But the reality is that by definition most players do not play at the top tables, they play at the middle tables instead. This episode, we discuss what sorts of obstacles you'll face if you're sitting in the middle of the pack, the unique concerns that you should be thinking about, the types of players you're likely to see, and ways you can work towards your goals even if you aren't going undefeated. It's middleriffic!

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