The term is derogatory and divisive. Google tells me that a chump is:
1. A foolish person
2. An easily fooled person, a sucker.
So when you use this term it's disrespectful and it's putting people down. You could argue the term hobby gamer or newbie implies some of the same negativity but at least those terms aren't defined as being a put-down. The use of the term belittles those who are either just getting into the hobby or alternatively don't choose to spend the vast amounts of time on the hobby that the small amount of competitive gamers who dominate the top tables do. There is not only no purpose in creating a divide like this but it is ultimately counter-productive and harmful to the already small Warhammer Fantasy scene in New Zealand. I know that if I had gone to Arch Enemy this year (my first tournament) and been referred to as a chump either by overhearing the term or reading it on the internet, I would probably have been much less likely to dive into the community the way I have.
Now I'll admit I've used this word myself a few times, and the reason I did was because I heard everyone else in the pod-casts and many top players using it and equated that if I acted and used the jargon of the perceived top players I'd play as well as one of them. I put a lot of time into the competitive side of the hobby and when anyone puts a lot of time into anything they usually want to feel rewarded for that. The creation of a them and us divide can be its own reward and I think that this explains most of the phenomenon. It's pointless though and there are better ways to get a reward out of the hobby. People will also point out that actions speak louder than words and that army lists should be changed to prevent competitive players with top tier lists smashing new players in tournament settings. I'm going to have to disagree on this, as long as sportsmanship is maintained, the winner is gracious and the newer player learns something then no harm is done. I used to play football at college, and no good team ever went easy on me, and a few thrashings here and there never dulled my desire to play.
|Do any of us really wanna be the guy wearing the lilac shirt?|
Cheers. Jeff K?nt