|This an earlier round, but in Game 7, Brent is playing amidst stucco-looking buildings for at least the third time. Weird, because I would say the terrain has been good and fairly varied at this event.|
I have been hungry like the wolf . And I found him--
--playing another Space Wolf player. Who was giving him tit for tat. Very amusing: they both fit the description Brent gave me. However, I could tell who was instigating the courtroom-like drama. Every time the opponent of the "Uberjerk" declared anything, he paused and looked at the rules nazi to see if there would be an objection. I am going to go ahead and downgrade the Uberjerk to "the Stickler." I could even see him struggling to be a decent guy. "That's ok, that's ok. It's not a problem, no big deal." But it seemed like he couldn't pass up any opportunity to pick at any nit. But there were no judges babysitting the table, and the game progressed at an even pace anytime I was watching. I'm sure I've come across as a rule nazi in some of my games, so I'm cutting him some slack. Some people who played against him may disagree with me, but I think that if he was the worst this event had to offer, then this was a great event.
I overheard that lots of people were getting top marks in sportsmanship, and that the judges were going to have a hard time selecting Best Sportsman. Brent thinks he has a shot at it, but I also overheard that someone (NotBrent) submitted an anonymous, written complaint against him, so we'll see.
I've got to say, there seems to be something for everyone here. With 80 tables of 40k, 3 days of tournament play in the day and open gaming in the evenings, I imagine anyone of any skill level could have a good time. 40k played at 2000 points; Fantasy at 2250. My wife and I are participating in a 7 month build up for next year's 'Ard Boyz. I may actually opt to bring my finished Orc and Goblin army to WAR Games Con. You prefer narrative games? I saw nice, big, fluffy games with some of the coolest conversions and gigantic units. I saw Apocalypse being played. I saw something I didn't recognize, probably Flames of War. Also some card and model games played on a poker table. I saw really cool minis in the painting contest. I had a great time, and I didn't play a single game. Hell, I didn't even have time to crack the BRB I'm reading through right now.
I don't know how Brent did it though. I did one two-day hobby event and I was wiped at the end of it. Brent's been playing at a high level for three days straight while under a lot of outside stress: a net-(we hope it's just net)-stalker, his incipient madness waiting in the wings of his mind, and most recently, a seriously strained bladder.