Return of the birthday!
Can You Roll a Crit turns 3! For 3 years people having been reading, listening and now watching all I do with crits and Warhammer Underworlds. Even still, the birthday always catches me by surprise and March seemingly must always have to be an incredibly busy month for me. Previous birthday articles have had me go over the blog’s past so today I thought I’d do something a little different.
The Past Year
2020 was pretty rough, for everyone really, thanks to the global pandemic. If you didn’t know already, I am an intensive care nurse working in Central London. Work and life in general were, and still are, incredibly difficult but I know it’s the same for everyone. Content from me dropped off quite a bit but I still managed to maintain doing bi-weekly/monthly content. It was a challenge with everything going on but helped me quite a bit. So thank you for everyone who has kept on reading, watching and engaging with all the content I’ve been putting out. It really does mean a lot to me.
Still, even in 2020 I was able to advance Can You Roll a Crit? more to reach even more people. I started a YouTube channel, a regular podcast and even live streaming on Twitch too! It is tough juggling all those along with still writing articles, but I think I’ve been able to keep a good hand on things. I was dubious if I could even do all of the above, however, now that I have it has become a lot easier to an extent.
Another huge step for me was running the (online) Underworlds UK Masters. It was something I always planned on doing and it did work fairly smoothly as a webcam event. Thanks to my experience gained from regularly running store tournaments for Warhammer Underworlds in my local London community, the tournament went well with no real need for rulings. I don’t think the tournament will return for 2021 but there’s always 2022 and 2023.
A big adaptation for me has been the lack of events. For 2020 I only went to 4 store tournaments and a single Grand Clash. I barely even actually play Warhammer Underworlds compared to my old regime. Now I only play about once a month or so via webcam. It hasn’t impacted my ability to play that much but if it wasn’t for webcam gaming, I’m not sure I’d still even be playing Warhammer Underworlds. Thanks to this lapse I’ve started playing other games instead, more notably card games in general. I’ve done this partly to improve my own card-based skills but also to play new things in general. You will have seen this with my new Digimon Card Game content and hopefully I can show some of my exploits with Adeptus Titanicus, Blood Bowl and Marvel Crisis Protocol to name but a few later on in the year.
Don’t fret for my Warhammer Underworlds content, that ball will always be rolling. I’m not going to lie, I did want to retire from the game with the Beastgrave season but things change. My motivation for playing requires me to sense a need to be challenged as well as testing my skills to the limit. This is why I find Grand Clashes so much fun to play in. The January Warhammer World 2020 Grand Clash was one of my most favourite Grand Clashes to ever play in simply because I had so much fun seeing how far I could test myself with barely any practice. Learning a warband while adapting every game is just so exhilarating to me.
The online tournaments for Warhammer Underworlds are a great resource for the community as a whole and help to keep the game alive. Unfortunately for me, they just don’t have the same appeal to me as physical tournaments. I need that glass and those physical crits! Plus, I really miss the social aspect you get at store tournaments and Grand Clashes. For me, nothing can beat the experience of playing in the top 16/finals with an audience while the clock counts down.
But yes, I will be continuing to play Warhammer Underworlds. I started at the launch of Shadespire and I won’t go away now! I may even enter an online tournament or 2 if my schedule allows it. I just find it more difficult to motivate myself to play competitively these days.
Content wise, as I do shift work I can’t stick to fixed content day drops. To get around this, I’ve made a new weekly content calendar! I’ve been posting this recently on my Facebook and Twitter accounts where I simply tell my followers what content I plan to drop for that week and when (pre-order reviews withstanding) usually on a Sunday or a Monday. So yeah, follow me on my social media if you want an idea of when my content will be dropping. This is just one of the ways I can be more reliable as a content creator to you all.
As always, if you want me to cover anything specific (from Warhammer Underworlds topics to any games streamed) just let me know via whatever medium you are comfortable with. Work has started to ease down a bit for me so I’ll have more time to relax and make content. I do plan getting back onto more regular streaming, for example, outside of just tournaments and live Warhammer Underworlds streams.
That’s pretty much it for now. Oh, giveaway! How could I forget! I’m actually not a fan of these because people generally use these only to get new followers. So, this time I’ve already selected a winner from all my social media and blog followers. I wanted to reward someone who already follows me, after all they deserve something for putting up with me for that long. The winner is Rob (Crazeh8 on Twitter and, well, Rob on Facebook). Just hit me up with your address and I’ll be sending you a free pack of out of production Warhammer Underworlds organised play loot! For an idea, here’s some of my collection below (picture is from 2018 so it’s out of date as I have A LOT more loot):
There we go, now I’m done. For now. That’s pretty much all I have for the blog’s 3rd birthday. As always, thanks again for continuing to read and watch all my stuff. Never forget to always ask yourself that burning question which even Plato could never truly figure out; Can You Roll a Crit?