Another Auckland anniversary weekend spent gaming in The Hutt through baking sun and still breeze (I know! And the Hutt is right next to Wellington!)
20 brave souls ventured from Auckland (thanks Matt!), Palmerston North and our very own Wellington to do battle over 6 rounds of Warmachine.
We also had some great support from the ValleyCon sponsor Mighty Ape in the form of prizes and vouchers. Big thanks to the Ape!!
In keeping with the relaxed and chilled out formats of previous years, ValleyCon was something a little different this year (again :)).
I took PPs Iron Gauntlet format and tweaked it somewhat to suit the new and younger players I was expecting form our local groups:
Instead of 3 lists, 4 rounds at 50 points then 2 rounds at 75 points (making your lists from the 50point lists you had played in the previous rounds) I tweaked it to 3 lists, 5 rounds at 42 points and the final round at 50points (you still had to make your final list using the contents of your lists you had used in the previous rounds)
This gave some people some head scratching moments to begin with but most people got into the format with gusto.
We had a number of first-time-at-a-tourney players with 3 of them being under 16 which was great for the health of the game.
Everyone played their rounds in good spirits with no stress at all - not even at the top table in the final round!
After reviewing everyone's faction choices I was beginning to think I should have renamed the tourney to Thornwood!
The Caster breakdown was also pretty interesting:
Anyway, I'll let you pore over the mix whilst I post the final results. We ended the tourney with one player undefeated and one player on 5 wins which meant that only third place came down to Strength of Schedule tie breaker, a pretty neat result.
A quick shot of all of the prize winners from the event:
Well done to everyone for a great event and I'll hopefully see most of you at some of the one day events that Scotty and I run at the Hutt Club :)
And now for some random shots of the games :)