Winter is Coming… And a change to how we game

Winter is coming… And it’s bringing a change to competitive  gaming.

From my point of view, things have recently really started due to the recent lawsuit by Judges of ‘Magic: The Gathering’ against Wizards of the Coast (WOTC), and Privateer Press’s (PP) recent announcement regarding their Press Ganger program.

A breakdown of the Wizards of the Coast ‘Magic: The Gathering’ case is Here.

Basically, Judges of their (WOTC) tournaments, feel they are treated as employees, and should be due recompense, due to WOTC controlling the Judge program, and are in overall control of the tournaments and Judges duties during those tournaments. WOTC, of course, feel differently.

And given Privateer press’s recent announcement regarding their winding down of their Press Ganger program, which can be found Here.

So the way I see things is on one hand we have a company who expect a group of loyal fans and supporters to act as employees and to run big tournaments, without them benefitting from the rights and entitlements of employees.*

And on the other hand, (it looks like at least to me), that we have a company, that’s (A) trying to avoid a similar situation with their Press Gangers, and (B)  partially using it as part of a cost cutting program. As they’re also planning on no longer releasing cards with their models, instead relying on digital downloads and a print on demand program.

So given what’s happening with these two game systems/ companies, what’s in store from other companies. 

I’m looking at Paizo’s Pathfinder Society and WOTC Dungeons & Dragons organised play, to see how things play out. Both rely on fans and volunteers to run and promote their systems. 

Are we entering a period of gaming where more and more game companies will be leaving it up to the game stores to promote and run their systems. Instead of their previous fan base/ volunteers. I’m aware some systems already have an organised play system in place with game stores, such as X-wing by Fantasy Flight Games and Friday Night Magic  by WOTC, as in my local meta. 

But what about others such as Privateer Press, who relied on their Press Gangers for promoting and organising tournaments (big and small), and who’ll now be leaving things up to the brick and mortar stores. 
It’ll be interesting to see how things develop further.
Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.

– from The Man Cave 

* I’m aware previously WOTC have rewarded judges and volunteers, with limited edition cards, playmats, and other such merchandise, for their contributions and effort during and after tournaments.

Gundam Club Custom Competition WIP 3 – The Finale

Hi all,

The day has come, entry day for my Gundam Club’s Custom Competition. I was up a bit late to get the last few bits done last night.

I named my custom High Grade 1/144 Spartan Hi- Mock GB. My inspiration for my custom was…

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I dropped him off earlier for entry, so before i drag things on any more. Heres my custom Hi- Mock…

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all of the lads did some great work on their customs. We had the future of law and order Hi- Mock Robo- Cop…

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Commander Hi- Mock Shepard dropped by from the Citidel to say ‘hello’…

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A Hi- Mock- ataur raced in to show us what he got during Black Friday…

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Mack + Muin of The Wreckers took a break from laying waste to Decipti- creeps to say ‘hi’…

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Unfortunately I had to leave before the deadline submission so i dont know if anybody else submitted another Hi- Mock.

Everybody worked hard on their submissions and fun was had by all.

– from The Man Cave

Gundam Club Custom Competition WIP2

It seems like ages since I last touched my Hi- Mock. I have been pretty busy lately with work and family but tonight i had the chance to sit down and work on my entry to my Gundam’s Club competition.

As you might remember i’m using this as my inspiration…

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Most of tonight was spent on correcting something I wasnt happy with. I had to go back and redo his ‘clothes’ tonight.

Orginally i was planning on having them in a sort of leather colour. After doing most of it, I noticed it was too close of a colour to his ‘skin’ colour, so i decided to redo them in a darker tone.

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They still need a wash and stuff to darken them down but i’m happier now with them after alternating the colours.

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I also had time to work on his shield, using the rules of the competition (where all the model parts had to be used), i incorporated the Hi- Mocks head into his shield…

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I even began work on his weapon, a spear. I orginally was thinking of just using the spear from the HG GM Striker kit but I had a bit of a brain wave.

I was going to mix the primitive with the advanced, and make a sort of primative beam saber spear.

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Using a bit of sprue, glue, some twine and a spare beam saber handle, I made this…

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I got a good bit done tonight, even managed to start on his new head but its time to head to bed myself.

Expect more soon as the deadline for the competition is only a few more weeks away.

– from The Man Cave

Gundam Club Custom Competition

As i mentioned in a previous post my Gundam Club is running a Gundam custom competition at the moment with a deadline of November 28th.  The model to be used is the 1/144 High Grade Build Fighters Hi- Mock.

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For the competition the Hi- Mock’s were supplied by Dublin City Comics.
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The rules of the competion are easy enough. Firstly, all the parts of the actual Gundam must be used. Secondly, you can add whatever parts you wish to the Gundam.

In the actual Hi- Mock box you get…

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The instruction sheet and a small bag of sprues.

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You get 2 sprues in the bag (a sort of military green and one of a grey shade), a sprue of polycaps and a very small sheet of stickers.

At the risk of giving away my idea for my custom to others in my group, i’m going to share it with yourselves. The idea i had was…

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…Spartan Hi- Mock GB.

As per the rules i’ll be using all of the Gundam. I’ll be using the Hi- Mock’s head as its shield (a little small but it’ll do). I have a spare head from another kit that after a little trimming and green stuff will look like a Spartan helmet with plume. I’ll be using green stuff for making the clasp for his cloak and some red crepe paper for the cloak. So far the biggest issue will be painting him in skin tones. For his spear i’m left with a hard choice. I can try and make one from scratch or kit bash one from another kit i have (although it would mean using up a certain weapon from certain other kit).

I’ve base coated the Gundam yesterday and plan to work on him over the next few days, so when i have more work done on him i’ll have an update for you all.

Hopefully i can do a half decent job.

– from The Man Cave

World Team Championship for Warmachine and Hordes 2015

The WTC 2014 has come and gone. Nations rose and fell. There was some laughs, there was some tears and alot of games played.

We are delighted to announce that Ireland has won the bid to host the WTC for 2015.

September 25 – 27 2015 at the Kilarney Convention Center Complex will be a time and place to mark on your calenders.

For more information check out the WTC’s site at :

http://wmhwtc.wordpress.com/

World Team Championship for Warmachine and Hordes Update

Tonight marks the close of the WTC 2014 and we are delighted to announce the winners of this year  is the USA.

Ryan Chiriboga, Jake Van Meter, Brian White, Will Pagani and Anthony Ferraiolo are members of Team USA Stars who won 6 rounds and 27 games.

I would also like people to give a big cheer for the Irish teams. Team Craic finished 18th out of 52 teams winning 4 rounds and 15 games and Team Ceol who finished 35th out of 52 teams winning 2 rounds and 12 games. Well done lads.

– from The Man Cave