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

My group of friends in Huntsville all play wargames, but some of my best friends only played 40k while I only played fantasy. So one Christmas I bought myself a starter army so I could play with him whenever we hung out.

JBW: What other Games/ Systems do you play?

I’m a fantasy player at heart and I play Hordes and have some Infinity stuff too.

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

I have a really nice looking Dark Angels army that hasn’t gotten much playtime, a smallish Ork army,and an assortment of Chaos Space marines and Chaos Daemons.

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

I think it comes down to having the right models, putting them in the right places, and rolling the right rolls. You also have to be able to do all that with a smile on your face. I admire people who are well rounded and show up with an army that’s well painted, play a good game, and tell some good jokes.

JBW: Being someone that travels from Huntsville and back, what differences in gaming culture do you see that other players might need to cognizant of when they travel?

Definitely be aware that you need to break the ice when you show up to a new club. Don’t expect to just walk in and know everyone. Also be sure to talk about what terrain is/how to play it. There’s almost nothing worse than thinking a unit has cover when they really don’t.

JBW: Is Bentley the player to beat this year?

I think so, he finished first in our store and even though I didn’t play him that day, I played him in a practice game a few days before and he knows what he’s doing. I’m still surprised with how well he does. He’s also a pretty good hobbyist. He beats me in Fantasy too.

JBW: You really helped a lot in the 2013 CAGE Match as a walking judge. We will miss you this year. Does being able to see the event from a judges point of view help you as a player?

Maybe, you get a different view of the action from 12 feet away as opposed to 12 inches. You see the whole board. What I really learned from being a walking judge is to take their word when they tell you something, they’re all pretty smart guys.

JBW: What is the aspect of the CAGE Match that you are most excited about?

The single model painting contest. Hands down.

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?

Just hang out at your local store. Play good players, play hard matches. Show up for your qualifier with an open mind even if you don’t think you’re a “top table player”.

JBW: Well thanks again for doing the interview.

You’re more than welcome.

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