Running the tournament yesterday was a pleasure – 16 enthusiastic and skilled players turned up and played four very competitive games each. Every game was played in a spirit of camaraderie and any questions I had to answer were genuine rules queries – the players made my job easy. I first advertised the tournament about a month in advance and it was great to see such a good turn out.
The players began appearing at around 10:15 at Gamers World and Stuart, another of our local PGs, was good enough to help me get terrain sorted while I registered players and checked lists. As far as factions go we had 4 Cygnar, 2 Cryx, 2 Trollbloods, 2 Mercs, and then 1 of Skorne, Legion of Everblight, Circle Orboros, Retribution of Scyrah, Protectorate of Menoth and Khador. My friend Phil (from the Subject to Stupidity blog) flew in from Hamburg the day before and used my Khador, rocking a Karchev list in all four rounds.
The first round kicked off just after 11am. I printed five different Steamroller scenarios and randomly chose one for each round. I rolled high for the random element of the round time and let the players know that the clock was running. About this time last year Stuart bought a load of cheap timers from eBay and we use them to track turn times. One or two of the games that round ran long (as people took time to get all of their armies sorted), but none reached the time limit. As the results trickled in I entered them into the (excellent) Dohyou software. It really made my job easy.
And so each round went. As there were 16 players we needed 4 games to sort things out and by 5pm (or so) we had a result (I run a tight ship). I had prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, fully painted (randomly chosen) and also for last position. I decided to go with Minions and Mercenary blisters as the prizes.
Gerry scooped Calaban and a Minions token set as the top prize. He used Rhyas in every game and showed all of his opponents just how competitive she can be! He’s a great guy to play against and is a great example of how the game should be played. Jason and his beautifully painted Cryx picked up second place of Aiyana and Holt and Gorman de Wolfe (as well as the randomly assigned painting prize – 2 speciality brushes). Robbie picked up third and the Piper of Menoth! (I’m sure he has uses for Cygnar too). Conor came in last place and was a little unlucky having fought some tight games. Everyone who played him agreed he was a great opponent too, effectively making his prize of Eiryss a prize for sportsmanship!
Thanks again to everyone for making it such a good day.