Imagine you're a new player for a second. Your friends got you into the game with some intro sessions and the promise of a great new wargame. You took the plunge and bought an army box (and have even started painting!) and you're now keen to get your teeth into the game & learn all the nuance and playstyles of your new army. You come to the forum and go to your new home page, scroll through the stickied threads looking for a tactica and you see: one created four years ago for an old edition... With that strange prickly sensation unique to opening up a *dusty* thread, you open it up: one of the very first sentences you read is about running a 20 order list; the next mentions ITS8... Suddenly you feel like you're boarding a sinking ship. 'Are there really so few players of this game that no-one's written a tactica for my faction this edition?' I'm here to tell you that there are currently four N4 tacticas on this website: IA, MRRF, Bakunin & OSS. Four. It's been well over a year since the new edition dropped and the game changed yet very few senior members of the community have stepped forward to start the collegiate work of writing new tacticas. Why is that? The kneejerk reaction is 'Covid, ofc', but I want to suggest that this doesn't ring true. Most of us have been listbuilding, theorising, TTS'ing and playing during that time. We've sure as heck been posting on threads regarding balance arguments, speculation, flame wars and siocast! But where's all the tactical discussion? The deep dives on list archetypes, addressing army weaknesses, leveraging rule changes, etc? Where's the community consensus that emerges through prolonged evaluation of units in a tactica thread? I think one big reason is the rise of Discord; so much chat now happens on there and while it's great it's also by its nature inward looking, exclusive and invisible. A big impact of that move to faction discords is that the official forum is becoming starved of meaningful content; it's reduced to being more and more about news & general, and less about meaningful discussions about how the actual game's factions play in this edition. You may be thinking "if you want tacticas so much Time Bandit, stop whining and go write some yourself". I have indeed been sorely tempted to, but have resisted due to my inexperience. After writing this, I may just give it a pop with ForCo, my main, and let the community panel-beat it into something serviceable. I'd be more than happy to contribute to one's discussion, if any of the 5 factions I play actually had one! There's also the issue that most of the time an excellent old tactica already exists, and so really the work of overhauling it is what's required, or of passing the torch on to another player to do the work. So what do you say? Am I right, and it's time for us to start a new chapter in Infinity tacticas? Or am I way off target? Thanks for reading.