• Attack Zone Podcast 2x06: TILT!

    This week, we're back with a new episode, covering the vitally important topic of tilt. Tilt is something that can really self-destruct your game. How can we recognize it and prevent it? Ideas abound. Tell us what has worked for you in the comments!

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    1. memmek2k's Avatar
      memmek2k -
      Still finishing (I listen to half on the morning drive and half in the evening drive) but I'm really glad you guys mentioned Impostor Syndrome - figuring out how to deal with that emotion has been a key point of my life so far. It's definitely an aspect of tilt for me in various areas.
    1. Dave's Avatar
      Dave -
      Quote Originally Posted by memmek2k View Post
      Still finishing (I listen to half on the morning drive and half in the evening drive) but I'm really glad you guys mentioned Impostor Syndrome - figuring out how to deal with that emotion has been a key point of my life so far. It's definitely an aspect of tilt for me in various areas.
      It is such an easy trap the fall into.
    1. msteele999's Avatar
      msteele999 -
      Another fantastic podcast guys. I notice I tilt when I forget basic end of turn or beginning of turn actions. The other time I know I am tilting is when I start purchasing dice because I have energy available - and not because I need the dice.
    1. Dave's Avatar
      Dave -
      Quote Originally Posted by msteele999 View Post
      Another fantastic podcast guys. I notice I tilt when I forget basic end of turn or beginning of turn actions. The other time I know I am tilting is when I start purchasing dice because I have energy available - and not because I need the dice.
      And then it likely leads to further mistakes! What tricks do you use to remind yourself of "end of turn" things. I see players frequently miss those.
    1. msteele999's Avatar
      msteele999 -
      I go analogue - I write it down - 'don't forget to name a target for Constantine before opponent rolls'

      I have no idea if a notebook is permitted in competitive play though...
    1. Dave's Avatar
      Dave -
      Quote Originally Posted by msteele999 View Post
      I go analogue - I write it down - 'don't forget to name a target for Constantine before opponent rolls'

      I have no idea if a notebook is permitted in competitive play though...

      Between rounds yes. I don't know about during games. There may have been a ruling at some point that I am forgetting.

      I've thought about tilting the card or something but feel like I would forget why it was like that and it would lose all meaning.
    1. Scum's Avatar
      Scum -
      I use a notepad during games. I use it to mark life total changes and note why those life total changes occurred in case of a dispute, sometimes I'll leave a note in there, and after games I tend to write what happened during the course of the game for later review.

      I don't tilt easily, and I find making the cut gives me a second wind usually so fatigue is usually not much of a factor. The thing that wears me down is not getting enough liquid. Drink up between rounds, stay hydrated, etc. I find it makes a pretty big difference on my mental state. Stay perky.
    1. Dave's Avatar
      Dave -
      Quote Originally Posted by Scum View Post
      I don't tilt easily, and I find making the cut gives me a second wind usually so fatigue is usually not much of a factor. The thing that wears me down is not getting enough liquid. Drink up between rounds, stay hydrated, etc. I find it makes a pretty big difference on my mental state. Stay perky.
      That's a big one. I know notes are good for life counting and such. I've never seen anyone try to be super detailed at a big event so I couldn't speak to anything further.

      Your second point is spot on. It can be really hard to get enough to drink/eat during these things, and sometimes the stuff you're able to eat is just bad stuff. Planning for that is key.
    1. hwetzel's Avatar
      hwetzel -
      Tilt hits me hardest when I believe a rule/ability works one way and then the judge informs me that it doesn't work that way. I try to ask the question before the game starts or before I apply the rule/ability, but i will still get caught off guard.
    1. Dave's Avatar
      Dave -
      Quote Originally Posted by hwetzel View Post
      Tilt hits me hardest when I believe a rule/ability works one way and then the judge informs me that it doesn't work that way. I try to ask the question before the game starts or before I apply the rule/ability, but i will still get caught off guard.
      Absolutely - that can feel so demoralizing. Also why I'm glad that they are cleaning up language, though doing it slowly.