Working on an assignment for my Public Speaking course (college requirement, otherwise I wouldn't be doping this shit). As an introductory thing, each student needs to give a 2-3 minute show-and-tell presentation/speech. I'm doing mine on 40k. I'll probably bring in the rulebook and some models from a couple of my armies.
What exactly should I focus on? Should I talk on how the game is played, the setting, the hobby? This is where I'm kind of lost because this is a very short presentation, not something that I can or should use to explain everything.
I would talk about the hobby in general, only lightly touching on the fact that there is a setting and specific rules for different games. Essentially present on table top gaming with 40k as an example of a fantasy war game. It would be too easy for the average TTRPG player to go on at length about specific games or settings and that wouldn't really tell people anything they'd understand unless they already knew about TTRPGs.
Unless you handle this with the finesse and charisma of a pope, normies are going to kek hard and your prof might give you a shit grade for being autistic.
Consider switching it to a history of tabletop wargaming in general and make reference to early military commanders using them in serious contexts before going full BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD.
>Consider switching it to a history of tabletop wargaming in general
I would but it's a fucking SHOW AND TELL.
What university prof assigns a fucking show-and-tell to a class ranging in age from 20-45?
If you've got access to a projector, use photos of the minis instead of bringing in minis themselves. Unless you're fine with your little plastic dudes being handed off to ~20-30 people, no one's gonna be able to see shit. And compare it to things most people already know, like model-making or chess. (Blaa blaa blaa each dude has his own rules for movement and attack but you also role dice)
Other than that, 2-3 min sounds really fucking short, I remember my public speaking presentations being closer to 5-7.
I've got a projector (which would be great for timing, as I could make a slideshow with images that I'd know to represent how much time I have left)
I also have a document camera type thing (sort of a mounted camera that I can place photos or the minis under to have them projected)
Do it on the idea of wargames.
Start with about 30 seconds on defining classical boardgames.
Use a bridge like "But some people wanted to try to get games like Risk to more accurately reflect a simulated battle game."
Spend a minute discussing what makes war gaming different, focus on how it's a continuation of the design of classic boardgames (The whole table is the board, very large number of dice rolls). Use old civil war/WWII style boardgames for examples.
Spend 30 seconds showing off the models as an example of how far the hobby has come since the early days, and that a lot of creative energy goes into it.
Finish with talking about how due to the continuing increase in levels of detail, the actual painting and design of the models themselves has become almost as important as the game itself, if not more important.
Don't: Tell how much time you spend
Say how much things cost, except to shock people "Large modern models kits can cost up to $150!"
Get into anything about the lore. You don't have time to not come off as autismal.
Mention anything grimdark, except in passing like "Many games focus on darker themes than children's games, with a dystopian world used to inspire the designs"
Do: Be simplistic without being dismissive "The design is sort of like Lord of the Rings creatures in sci-fi setting"
Explain everything as a process, like how movies have advanced from black and white 30 strips.
In fact, relate it to popular things people understand as much as possible
40k is incredibly hard to explain quickly.
Try doing historical wargaming, which is much easier to explain to people because you don't have to explain the fictional world, just say "This game is about World War 2."
I really don't own anything of personal value. I have sort of a detached way of looking at physical things. I wish I had even one souvenir from when I was in the Army, but even then, there are more than one combat vets in the class and my pog shit would be laughable.
I'm a film student and good at what I do, I've got an amazing girlfriend, I just don't give a big shit about possessions. Outside of some of my /tg/ shit that are associated with great memories, I really don't feel anything towards owning things.
>inb4 you call me an edgelord for being freer of attachment
Be upfront and honest about how the game is basically just a juvenile excuse to make your toys fight another person's toys and focus on modelling and painting as a rewarding hobby. Anything else and you'll just roll eyes. For the love of god don't talk about the setting. It's not as cool as you think it is and people will think you're even more of a manchild than they thought humanly possible.
In short, make a brief presentation of the tiny plastic spacemen you like to build and paint and offhand mention there's also a game you can play with them.
1. Stand before the class and formally introduce yourself.
2. Smile broadly and announce "I will now demonstrate what the experience of playing 40k is like."
3. Turn around and pull down your trousers.
4. Squat down and spread your anus wide.
5. Squeeze out a long greasy Alabama Sausage onto the stage.
6. Plant your face into it and motorboat that turd like you're Bill Cosby and you caught Beyonce fast asleep with her ass in the air
7. Pull your trousers back up and stand up.
8. Take a bow, thank the class for your time and return to your seat.
This is pretty much what I was planning on doing.
I'm not retarded enough to think that 40k's setting is even remotely good from an objective point of view, or anything more than laughable to normies.
I was thinking something like 75% talk on the hobby, painting, modelling, etc. Then 25% talk about the tabletop shit, tucked somewhere in the presentation.
>film making souls like better topic. Pick a history of Disney, comparison of remakes vs original movies, anything.
For the third time, this assignment is specifically a show-and-tell. Bringing in objects of personal significance is required
Like >>45309110 says, just make up any old shit. There's no point being honest when your rep is on the line.
Cause with this 40k idea, all you're going to do is commit social suicide by making yourself look like a bionic hyperautist, while literally boring the piss out of your audience as you do it.
Bring in a claw hammer and say you like climbing stuff. Bring in a GPS marker and say it's from the last time you went geocaching with a friend that died (pretend to break down with grief for a bit of sympathy too, that way they'll forgive any faults in your presentation). Bring some gaffer tape and a hockey mask and say you're a serial rapist. Anything. Just give up on this 40k stuff.
There are worse things than doing a presentation on 40k, trust me, I witnessed them in my public speaking class. Just go in and say you enjoy building and painting models, it's actually a pretty common hobby. Say you like 40k because not only do you get to build and paint models but you can also play games with them. Bring in a centerpiece model and talk about stuff like sculpting green stuff, dry brushing, layering, etc. Wear a damn Bob Ross afro if you want idk.
Just don't touch the lore and you'll be fine. If anyone asks what 40k means just say "It's the year 40,000 cause it's a sci-fi game."
>There are worse things than doing a presentation on 40k, trust me, I witnessed them in my public speaking class
Sure, but that doesn't mean it's good to advertize to your social peers that you're a giant sperglord who likes playing with robot space elf toys.
OP: you're gonna get wiped out if you do this shit. Trust me. Don't listen to the trolls trying to egg you on.
He's in community college. If he has a job and a car, it doesn't matter if he gives his presentation of Slaanesh, he's already more socially competent than half the people in the damn classroom.
>I have a job and a car
>And my favourite TV show is a cartoon about talking ponies XD
Anon, pls. Normal people look at 40k the same way they look at mlp. Doesn't matter what else he's doing. It won't make up for the rest.
Anyone who's basically saying "ABANDON_SHIP.png" is lying to you.
Find a fucking camera and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXsQAXx_ao0
I bought her Dark Vengeance cuz she wanted it. I really didn't need to start Chaos, but she was into Dark Angels at the time. She dropped the Angels and bought her own eldar after about 2 months.
At least she wastes my money on plastic crack and lingerie than stupid shit like food.