I have played in many tournaments over the last 10 or so years, ranging from Townsville,Mackay,Rocky,Toowoomba,Brisbane and others and I have also ran a few tournaments both large and small, so I know what I am talking about and so say that because I am going to make a bold statement.
GT07 was the best tournament I have ever played in
I hear you say ‘that’s bull Mango, your just saying that cos you did well’ well read on and I will explain myself.
Reasons GT07 was the best I have played in
1 : Age
The average age for this tourney was a lot older than every other 40k tourney I have played in, I didn’t have to play against 12YO who don’t know the rules or just plain cheat. Maybe all of the kids went and played in LoTR because I am sure I saw a daycare setup over there, if that is the case, then suddenly I like LoTR a lot more than I used to
2 : (reasonably)Well Run
Irrespective of complaints about the tourney guidelines, the tourney was well run, Matt was available for any questions and was happy to answer them, the pairings and table numbers were clear for all to see. There is scope for improvement (I will touch on this a little later) but I think they did a good job
3 : MOST IMPORTANT : PEOPLE
I came to this tourney knowing about 10 people, not well, but we are social and have a laugh together, I usually go to tourneys with very good friends but they weren’t available to come to this event so I went ‘alone’ per se.
I sat there on the Sunday morning before the pairings were posted thinking ‘why am I here, I have had 1 great game out of 3 and im not sure I can be bothered continuing’ I realized then that even though I enjoyed playing tough games against good opponents, that the social element just wasn’t there for me and I just felt like going home.
Luckily I didn’t, and the 3 games on the Sunday were awesome, great opponents, great games and a lot of good fun. Getting to the point, I have NEVER played 6 games in a tournament and thought that I would look forward to playing 4 of them if we met in another tournament…….NEVER!
4 of my opponents were awesome, great fun, great interesting games, I swapped some phone numbers with 2 of them and I would gladly play any of those 4 again in any tourney.
That might sounds strange but in most tourneys I seem to get paired up with pedantic painful people who have no social skills/don’t know their army/are 12/are mentally12/cheat or are just wankers.
And that is why I thought that GT07 was the best tourney I have ever played in, it wasn’t the prizes, the missions, the rules pack, it was the people, the players, the TO and assistants. They were the ones that made the event
I would like to congratulate GW for putting on the event, Matt and the other TO’s for taking the time to run the events and also the players who took the time to come out and play some games, I can only hope you guys enjoyed it as much as I did…..thanks
Congrats also to the other place getters, I was certainly surprised when they called my name for a place, I was hoping for top 10 but I never thought I would come close to top 3, I certainly had a stupid grin on my face for many hours after.
Thanks also to the guys who commented that they had seen my army diary and were looking forward to some battle reps, It was good to get some feedback and know that people read the semi-coherant stuff that I write
Lastly, I just want to touch on some minor improvements that I thought could make an event more enjoyable
1 – Player pack – It was mentioned that many hadn’t read it, when I bought my ticket the guys from Chermside ensured I knew where to find it and that I do need to read it, maybe a printout could be provided upon ticket purchase, Im not too sure what is the best solution (see 3)
2 – ‘unpainted armies will be kicked out’ – Lets face it, Its never going to happen, maybe just a point deduction for each game would be better, that way it can be followed up on and most people don’t like to come last, so maybe that’s a better threat/incentive
3 – Missions – I think putting the exact missions in the player pack would be a good incentive for someone to read the pack, also it means that everyone should have a copy of the missions instead of playing a mission that is only in the big rulebook (that noone brings) and not in the BoM book (which most people use these days)
4 – Reserves/Escalation – I have hated reserves for 8 (?) years now and continue to hate it because it gives huge advantages to certain armies over others. In saying that though the 4th game was reserves with take and hold and It was the only reserves game I have EVER enjoyed…..why? well, it was because there was an objective (take and hold) as well as reserves so you only had to get to the center of the table to contest the game, whereas the 3rd game was reserves with just ‘kill the enemy’
Some have criticized the way the comp/sports points were allocated, but I think it is hard for anyone to comment on it until the final standings/placings/points have been posted to see how the final positions were influenced by them. I thought they were clear and an interesting way of doing it, I think sports/comp is the hardest part to integrate into any tourney but it is a part that does need to be there IMHO.
A long post I know, but I wanted to put my opinion out there, thanks for reading…if you did