Friday, February 26, 2010

In the Grim Darkness of the Far Future, there is only Cake!

Today my eldest son turned 6, so first of all Happy Birthday! The Emperor Protects!

I've known since before he was born that I'd be geeking him to some extent. The kid loves Star Wars (I'm So Proud!) and his army men get daily play and for the longest time I've known that I was going to teach him how to play Warhammer with me.

The wife has made fun of me because I've already picked out which armies are going to which boy. My eldest is non-stop energy, rambunctious, loves the thrill of speed and has on occasion painted himself green so naturally he's going to be an Ork!

I've been slowly gathering an ork army together (and of course I've had to play with it a couple times to make sure nothing was broken hehheh) and I think we're getting to the point where he'll be able to understand the very basic rules. I don't want to dive headfirst into the big fancy rule book but I'm thinking we stick to the simpified game rules such as Kill Team or Combat Patrol. This way it limits the number of figures on the table, provides the opportunity to learn how the pieces and dice interact and with the simplified rules it keeps him from being overwhelmed in some of the more complex aspects of the game.

Has anyone out there had luck with similar situations? I've got all the issues of teaching a virgin player mixed in with the general spazziness of a kindergarten kid. I know he's more than capable of grasping the basics and I'm looking forward to sharing my hobby with him.

So here are my 40k birthday wishes for my son:

The Emperor Protects!


Don't Let the Tyranids Eat All Your Cake!

No opening gifts from Slaanesh until you're over 18. (15 if you don't tell your mom, and so Help me if you tell her that I told you not to tell her!)

Never trust an Eldar gift.

The Tau firmly believe that you should send a present back to them with a thank you card.

Frak the Necrons and the Dark Eldar. Much like those birthday candles that relight themselves, you're better off tossing them off a bridge.


  1. Awesome post. Particular the line: "No opening gifts from Slaanesh until you're over 18. (15 if you don't tell your mom, and so Help me if you tell her that I told you not to tell her!)"

    I'm afraid I don't have any insight on teaching children to play warhammer, but I suspect he'll love it, if only because he wants to be like dad.

    By the way, please tell me that marine thing in the first photo is the most awesome birthday cake ever...?

  2. Congrats to your little lad, my little one is four and he's already into painting tanks with his dad on a Sunday afternoon. I really hope he's into 40K when he gets older.

  3. Actually that marine is a munny toy that I found a picture of. However, my wife bakes and I'm going to get her to make me a 40k cake next birthday!