Wow. I had a blast. I came home exhausted, happy and with more stuff than when I left, so I’ll call it a success.
Iron Arena was a lot of fun. There were 11 scenario tables you could play on, along with whatever from the 36 regular tables weren’t being used for tournament play.
In Iron Arena, each game you played earned you points – 1 for a new opponent from a different state, 1 extra for large games, 1 for playing a scenario table, etc. Most games got me 3-4 points. I played a 4-way game on a scenario table I had played on before, and I got 5 points while my opponents got 7. You could rack up points fairly easily, but could only report a game once every hour to avoid cheating the system.
You could ‘buy’ prizes with your points. 5 points got you a pair of Templecon dice. For 10, you could get a PP bandana or a small felt PP dice bag. At 20 they had posters and token sets, for 40 you could snag actual models, an out of print NQ #1 or a copy of Scrappers, and at 80, they had a professionally painted Protectorate Battle Box, and a few other cool things. I got myself the dice bag and 4 pair of dice, 2 blue pair, and 2 green pair.
I won the black dice at Midnight Madness: Death Race by being the first to roll snake eyes in the last round. The 10 dice just about fill the little felt dice bag which I forgot to put in the picture.
|Chugga chugga choo choo, pew pew!|
The other prize I won at Templecon was … immortalization. Seriously. The guys at D6 Generation were running demos of Spartan Games’ newest miniature naval game, Dystopian Wars. I was able to walk into their last demo, which consisted of 8 players on a 6′ x 4′ table. Each of us got half a starter box. I chose to play the Empire of the Blazing Sun, or the Trainboats as I call them.
The demo was awesome! The guys were energetic, funny and explained the game basics very well. The objective of the demo was to capture some oil rigs. The person with the most after an hour of playing, won. The game ended in a tie between an FSA (Federated States of America, the South won the cival war, btw) and the Prussians (who have an awesome zeppelin aircraft carrier). They each won a starter fleet, rulebook and card deck.
I lost the game horribly. The first time I tried to take over an oil rig, 4 of my 6 jump pack assault guys got shot down, and the other 2 barely managed to kill the mechanic defending the oil rig before dying. So, I totally failed to capture a single oil rig. On top of that, the two guys next to me decided to gang up and I lost half my fleet! It was fun making “Kerplunk!” sounds and wailing over the pretend captain of the ship they had just killed. Near the end, I tried to give my free re-roll tokens (a demo mechanic to keep people playing fast) to the guy who had killed me so he could kill another player’s big battleship.
After handing out the prizes, I was voted by the entire table to get the sportsmanship award! The D6G guys took my photo, and along with the best sports from the other 3 demos that day, will be turned into characters in the next rulebook for Dystopian wars. I guess the D6G guys promote the game so much, Spartan Games loves them and is also putting them into the game! How cool! I’m pretty excited.
Ok, enough gloating about how awesome it is to lose, Let’s talk about last week’s poll and what’s coming up model wise in the near future! For the record, here are the results:
However, I am falling more and more in love with Skorne. The models are just awesome. At first I was turned off by the whole ‘Hi, we torture baby elephants’ thing, but the models are just too awesome to let that get in my way. I’ll just have a house rule that when a Skorne beast frenzies, even if it’s against the rules, it automatically targets the warcaster. That’d be fluffy and fun! Seriously though, just look at how awesome this 25 pt list looks:
|PG_spacecadet’s Xerxis Skorne Army @ 25 pts|