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Last year I polled the known Finalists that received byes. This year I want to expand that as much as I can to the rest of the state. I sent out a few questions to the 2014 Finalists to get a glimpse of history, insight, perspective, and advise.

I’ve been down to Dothan a handful of times for work. Each time I go, I try to stop in at FANATIX and say hello. Each time I’m there I meet more eager gamers, but I’m never there long enough to really get to know them. So I’m glad that FANATIX has continued to participate in this event and we get to meet new players and catchup with others. Robert, or Rob2.0 as he’s called locally, has decided to give us a chance to get to know him. This is Robert’s first time to qualify at FANATIX, and will be traveling to Tuscaloosa with fellow previous Finalists, Jayce and Doug.

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

A few years ago at the first FANATIX location in Dothan, I was playing in a Friday Night Magic tournament. Some of the 40k players were there having an absolute blast. I wandered over, got to talking, and they showed me some of what was going on. A few months later I traded all of my magic collection for a large Space Wolves army and I haven’t looked back since.

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

Well I no longer have the Space Wolves. I currently own Eldar, which is my main army, and I also have a huge Ork army (which I am looking to sell to a prospective Ork player).

JBW: What’s your favorite part of the game, is it the hobby, gaming, or something else?

I am addicted to rolling dice! I love the game, especially the camaraderie that it brings about. I have just recently started painting my Eldar, and I am learning that it can be nice to just zone out and paint for hours.

JBW: In your opinion what qualities do you think makes for a good tournament player, or a good player overall?

To be a good tournament player, you have to be flexible. Know your armies synergy and you will be able to adapt to anything that your opponents can throw at you. The other thing that makes a good tournament player, and this is arguably the most important, is to be a good sport. No one likes to play an asshole, so don’t act like one.

JBW: This is your first time attending the CAGE Match. What do you look forward to by attending this event?

I look forward to playing new people and seeing the great paint jobs that I am sure will be up there! I am always looking for painting inspiration.

JBW: How did your Qualifier go? I heard that there were some close battle being wage on those awesome tables.

We had a typical qualifier, and 6 people attended. There were indeed some close battles fought. The Daemons and the Eldar put up the toughest competition throughout the day. Thanks for the invite to come play with you guys and gals. I can’t wait!

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