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JBW: Hey Paul, Thanks for taking the time to talk to me. So how did you get into 40K?

I got into it when I was a freshman in college.   One of my good friends had his space marine army and his BFG fleet out on a bookshelf.  I started asking questions, and later that day, I was buying my first box of Imperial Guardsmens (back when they came 20 to a box).

JBW: What other Games/ Systems do you play?

I also play Fanasy, Battle Fleet Gothic, Flames of War, Firestorm Armada, and Dystopian Wars.

JBW: Do you have other 40K armies? Would you mind giving us a quick list of them?

I also have Imperial Guard, Tau, and Necron armies.

JBW: In your opinion what do you think makes a good tournament player?

Someone who is able to make a list to take on all comers.  It’s easy to tailor a list to fight a specific force, be it armour, hordes, or whatever.  Also, being able to build redundancy into your list so that a single loss doesn’t cripple your force is key.

JBW: What excites you about tournaments, or what do you expect from an organized event?

I like the idea of having several games ready to play without having to try and find pickup games at the local store.  I’m also looking forward to facing off against some nicely painted and themed armies.

JBW: How are you planning or prepping for this event?

Working like mad to get my stuff ready.  I didn’t expect to make it to the finals and had a couple of pieces that I recently got that weren’t fully painted, or even assembled.

JBW: Say there was someone reading this who wants to try and qualify for the 2015 Cage Match at their local store. What advice would you give them?

Pick an army you like, find your preferred play style, and go with it. Don’t follow the crowd when deciding what to play or how to play it.  Sometimes it’s having a new strategy, or just a different army, that can throw off your opponents and bring you victory.

JBW: Well thanks again for doing the interview.

Thank you for interviewing me and I look forward to seeing you in Tuscaloosa.

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