Since for whatever reason I can't comment, I'll continue to make new posts as necessary. This is in responce to the discussion going on in my previous post.
I personally would only block the table edge if the opponent I'm playing is someone who would do it to me, is not a friend of mine, and it is in the setting of a high stakes tournament. There aren't many people on that list, and even fewer would fall for it but still. I would never do it to someone I've just met. I had the chance to just recently at a tournament against someone I hd never played before and wanted to get off on the right foot so withheld. Nor would I do it to a friend, I enjoy playing games of 40k, not just winning them ruthlessly, as competitive as I am, making friends and having fun is the primary goal for me.
However, I would do it to almost anyone who wouldn't immidiately lose the game. In the example I used earlier I talked about kroot blocking a board edge in dawn of war to kill long fangs. I find that much more acceptable since I employed a tactic to give me an advantage in a game. My opponent has to pay for their mistakes dearly, but can still come back and win. The loss of long fangs in a space wolf army, while significant, is not fatal. That is much different then blocking a tyranid army from coming on since there are no vehicles to tank shock with or jump infantry to fly over with. That is no longer giving you an advantage in a game, that is depriving both you and your opponent of the opportunity to play a game.
I've had my board edge blocked as a tyranid player uring a tournament. I know how it feels to be given an auto loss. I wouldn't put a friend, peer, or new acquaintance in that situation ever. I would put some dick hole that keeps getting 0's for sports for justified reasons in that situation. I might block off the board edge to kill some long fangs, or stop al rahem from coming in on the correct side to a friend, peer, or new acquaintance, but that is what they must deal with for their mistakes. It would almost be disrespectful for me to not stop them, as it would mean I'm not playing my best. It would not cost them the game, or deprive them of the opportunity of playing it, but it would punish them for their mistake.
On another note, Mechanicon.
Here's why I would go to mechanicon, my friends are going, it's relatively close, I've gone the past 2 years and I haven't been let down, a good friend of mine, Tony Spino is running it.
Here's why I wouldn't, it's $125, expensive for a GT, it's only 5 rounds, I would want to have fun more than win so I'd probably play my tyranids since my tau haven't even arrived yet and I can't borrow Rich's forever, I'd have to kill a weekend which I could spend doing other things.
I'm honest fairly distraught about whether I should go or not. Who else is going? Why should I/should I not go?