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.


On the road to the WTC 2015 Part 7 – AdamCon 3 High Infidelity

Its been a while since i last posted for this series. Partly due to not being able to attend any tournements and partly due to work and family but just Sunday gone (the 24th of May) I got to attend my first in months.

Myself and 2 others (Brian Leonard aka Lenny and Eoin Brennan) began the long trek across the border to attended AdamCon 3 – High (In)Fidelity at the North Down Wargaming Center.

Now time for a bit of a spoiler… I didnt make it onto any of the Irish Teams for the WTC… #Sadpanda… Ahh well…

Sunday was a day of a few firsts for me. First time to travel on the Luas. First time to travel to attend a tournament in a different country (technically it was only a short Luas trip + a 2 hour drive up the road, but hey, its still a different country).

I met up with Brian at McDonalds on Jervis st for a quick breakie before we got the Luas.

On the Luas we passed by the home of the Black Stuff…

And Hueston station…

We met up with Eoin at the Red Cow Luas stop and the road trip began…

After about 2 hours we arrived… In the shade of an old castle (it’s more impressive in person)…

We arrived at the North Down Wargaming Center.

The format was a 35 point list with a second list optional, 45 minute death clock variant. I brought 2 lists with me (the warcasters i brought were Lucant and Aurora). The lists i brought were:

Optifex directive
Enigma Foundry
Minimum unit of Reductors + UA
Clockwork Angels x 2
Reflex Servitors

Mitigator x 2
Perforators + UA
Enigma foundry
Minimum unit of Reductors + UA
Reflex seevitors x 2
Elmination servitors
Algorithmic dispersion Optifex

(Convergence models/ units sure do have some mad names)

Unfortuneately my camera started to act up so i didnt manage to get any photos of my games (note to self, must remember to charge my phone).

First game was verse Trollbloods (P.Madrak). My opponent had the character heavy beast Mulg, an Earthborne heavy beast, a Mauler heavy beast, an Axer light beast and a warlock attachment. As always Trolls are a hard match up for Convergence due to their Animi. The game came down to his crippled Earthborne Heavy needing an 8 to hit Lucant (he rolled a 6, 1, 1) then a 5 to assassinate Lucant on 1 dice (which he rolled). So first game was a defeat.

My second game was verses Cryx (Goreshade3 with all the banes). I played Aurora. Due to a mishap with the Deathclock setting (it was set at 1 hour instead of 45 mins) i clocked myself. So that was another loss.

My 3rd game was vs Khador (P. Sorcha). I played Lucant. My opponet had Beast 09 (a character Heavy Warjack) and the Great Bears (a 3 man character unit) in his list because of these and P.Sorcha’s boundless charge spell i had to give him 2 Control Points by kill boxing myself to keep Lucant safe. He scored another 2 on his turn by getting P.Sorcha base to base with my flag. So by the end of his turn, he was at 4 CP’s . Luckily for me due to his charge angle he wasn’t able to get his Feat off. I activated Lucant, cast Positive Charge on my Cipher, killed the models in front of the Cipher. Cipher activated and charged P.Sorcha, hitting at Mat 8, P+S 20, he sealed the deal for the win.

So the day ended with only 1 win for myself… Ohh well, fun was had. The 2 lads i went with did so much better with Eoin getting first and Brian getting second place.

Until next time…

– from The Man Cave