Just a quick post today. I heard about this a little while back from one of my regular opponents but forgot about it instantly (working nights does that to you).
I won’t mention names because it doesn’t matter really, but a couple of months back one of the top 40k players in Australia was caught cheating at a tournament, using loaded dice. They were dice filled with mercury on one face and required a special way of rolling to take advantage of the loading, so even if another player rolled them it wouldn’t be obvious they were loaded. According to the info on the Wargamerau forum, this player confessed to using them in other tournaments, as well as friendly games(!). The other top players are pretty angry, as you can imagine. They’ve played and hung out with this guy at tournaments for years.
He then went on to enter Golden Daemon under an assumed name with miniatures painted by a commissioned Polish artist. He won several trophies before the artist recognized his own work and uncovered the deception. GW is “investigating.”
A few weeks back Bell of Lost Souls reported on match-fixing to get into ‘Ard Boyz. The thing that struck me about this was that the response of one of the cheaters when he was confronted was “that’s ‘Ard Boyz bro.”
Competitive players like to distance themselves from cheating by making a big deal of the whole competitive-versus-WAAC dichotomy. But the fact is that the more valuable victory in an event is (and by valuable I don’t just mean prizes – pride and respect are values too), the greater the temptation to cheat will become for people with, shall we say, “undeveloped morals.”
Eventually you get to the level of respect and prize-money in professional sports, and then even people with strong morals and a good attitude will be tempted and may falter.
I’m not saying a competitive attitude to gaming leads automatically to cheating. But you can’t have one without the other.
In conclusion though, a grown man habitually cheating at Warhammer? Seriously, that’s pathetic. At least have the ambition and balls to cheat at something important.