WarGamesCon: The Bottom 10 Percent
My win count was at nil, but I had a lot of fun last weekend and I met some great folks. All in all, I got what I wanted out of WarGames Con.
I came in 35th. I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t go home with the Space Marine Battalion box and the nifty last place trophy. I forgot the fact that my Bloodthirster has eternal hatred, that my newly added herald has daemonic robes, and I had a random Chaos horsemen in one of my blocks of flesh hounds due to a missing model. Between that, bad dice rolls, and some really bad strategy against Dark Elves… I got my a** handed to me.
It was a blast. An exhausting, sleep deprived fun weekend filled with geekery and a bit of drinking.
I managed to get my army up to three colors in time thanks to JWolf’s loan of supplies. I sat on my bed between my snoring [but great] roommates and painted details till 3am on Saturday morning. You could definitely see my army from across the room. I hope to complete them entirely in the next couple of months – work and class permitting.
My opponents were courteous about my math issues and understanding in my tournament newbishness. I didn’t sit across the table from an overly competitive, poor loser/winner once. I was really glad to be paired up with some great people.
Day one: My hands were shaking before the first parings were announced. My nerves were not a good tell as to how the day would go. I played a magic heavy lizardmen army first round. I rolled what had to have been a record streak of ones during this game. My daemons on as long as they could, but ended up being tabled in turn 6 after being led into some traps by a bunch of skinks.
|Game One – Turn Two|
|Ryan’s Lord on Dragon|
|The Pink Tide vs. Arica’s Dark Elves|
While I was getting my butt kicked there was a truly epic Apocalypse game going on in the lobby. A report from Rabscutle, who fielded his Oscar the Grouch Ork army:
“Battle Report From the Narrative Track… or Why It Was Worth it to Play in the Narrative Event
Yeah… we didn’t play in the full tournament, we didn’t get to validate our gaming acumen against the best assembly of competition in a great long time. What we did do, however, is have fun from start to finish. There were three Tracks this year. Personally, I played on the Siege of Vraks as Ork Mercenaries. Played the whole weekend with the same 5 other guys, and had a flat out blast.
Why it was awesome:
So really, the reason to play the narrative is that the focus is a weekend spent having a great time. We got prizes same as everyone else. We got to show off skill at the game, same as in each of the tournaments. We had reason to model some really cool stuff and show it off. I got compliments on my Trash Can Ork army and I held a big smile all day, validated for all the hard work I put in to get the army ready.
Oh… and we got to sleep in. The Narrative doesn’t start until 9:30 each morning.
So to sum up… EPIC moments, prizes, really cool models, and we get to sleep in. I’m hooked and will be playing the Narrative from here on out.”