There are exciting things coming for the world wide WM/H community, as well as the grass roots level of the game.
Recently it was announced there would be a World Team Championships, to be held initially in Belgium in 2013. Each country would be allowed 2 teams of 5 players, to compete against the worlds best. So this got me wondering about how people would finance this kind of venture, from a team POV; not the WTC organisers.
Certainly in Scotland, the 10 best players would be pretty easy to find; but would they be able to pay for it? Not only that, does their real life situation even allow them to contemplate a venture like this; when jobs and family are considered. I think realistically, Scotland could definitely field one team; two would need some planning. This is where the sponsorship idea comes in, where there are many avenues that could be looked at.
Game Related Sponsorship – Kind of like ‘Team Scotland will use X Product to compete at the WTC’
Companies do have sponsorship programs, which might be applied to this.
Fund raising, which could be put towards an overall fund for this kind of thing.
Kickstarter, which has been banded about recently for Team England.
Lastly, just asking for discount, special offers or arrangements. It’s not begging, when all your doing is making a polite enquiry; as to the possibility.
Having worked with a charity in Scotland, I know some of the issues this can bring; but don’t let those rejections get you down. It just takes one kind person, to make all the difference.
It might seem like a strange title for a blog post, but give me a moment to explain. This year (to date), as been one hell of a rollercoaster ride for me. There has been a lot of effort put into building a Scottish presence within the UK WM/H scene, which has only been helped a lot by the recent efforts of some of our more dedicated players. In particular the players from G3 Glasgow Gamers and several players from Aberdeen.
To give you an example, 4 – 5 of the players from Aberdeen travelled to SmogCon this year. On the way, their car broke down and they were towed home again. Normally this would be the end of it, but these guys jumped on a bus; travelled overnight to be at Smogcon. At the UK Masters, quite a few Scottish players were in attendance; with one player coming within the top 10 best in the UK as others gave a respectable showing.
So it makes me wonder why, I am currently struggling with whether to give up being a PG or not. I admit that I am sitting here now, mentally wrecked; having just driven back from Hampshire; through M6 rush hour and torrential rains in the Borders. Nine and half hours, to think about this question; yet I am still no nearer an answer.
I love this game, I love being a PG; but that love is turning sour recently and I hate that. So do I wind up, put myself forward as coordinator and push hard for a Scottish Team at the ETC/WTC; get the Scottish Open off the ground. Or do I just it down, not bother with trying to improve the game for everyone in Scotland. First though, I’m going to get some sleep; night all.
Last month was my busiest of the year, with 4 events I attended (I think? It’s a blur as you will see). So the blog itself has gone a little to the wayside, as I have just not had the energy to direct it in to writing.
Today though, having just come back from seeing Brave with my daughter visiting from Canada; I thought I would try to catch up on what has been happening.
Beginning of July was just getting things ready, I had ordered my PG copy of Heap too; which is a great game. The new Colossals book was also eagerly anticipated, with the first of the new releases in July; in the shape of the Stormwall and Nemo3. If that wasn’t enough, I drove down to Mansfield; home of Maelstrom Games to help officiate in the European Team Championships. It was a long and gruelling 3 days, but one of the best times I have had since starting WH/M. Following weekend, was the Colossals Launch event at my LGS, which was fantastic fun and my first time playing in an open play format.
3rd weekend in a row, up to Perth for the first event in a long time at Intrepidations. 25pts, running my pared down Morty list; was so much fun even if I did get the wooden spoon. Finally on 4th August (yay one weekend off inbetween), I attended Claymore with Scotlands’ newest PG; Scott Burry He demonstrated Warmachine/Hordes, while I demo’d Heap for the first time.
It’s taken me a couple of weeks, to get myself back on track health wise; as the ETC’s took the most out of me. Thankfully having some time to relax and get back to painting, has made all the difference with some glorious sunshine as a bonus. Oh yea, there was one other thing you might have heard, something called War Room was released. I certainly like it, even though some people seem to take a different view of it. Their choice and prerogative, I don’t have to push the product in their face; as it will sell itself eventually.
Well the game isn’t officially out yet, but to help get the game exposure; Privateer Press have allowed the Press Gang to pre-order a set. This is really exciting as it is for me, the first time of getting something ahead of the general release (in August). I’ll be doing demo’s of the game, which looks like a lot of fun; at my LGS as well as Claymore next month.
So what is Heap?
It’s a card game for 2 – 4 players, where players attempt to build; bodge and scrap together the ultimate scrap yard vehicle. With 4 different vehicles to choose between, the race is on to upgrade them from the scrap pile of parts; while fending off your opponents for all the best scrap.
Doombuggy, Gyrohopper, Scrap Hog and the Bigg Rigg. Each one has strengths and weaknesses, which can be helped by adding parts from the Heap.
From the Heap, each player gets to upgrade (add cards to) their vehicles; to help in their quest to win the Pile Up. Each card has different abilities and could affect the player or their opponents. However with the game being every player for themselves, watch out for underhanded tactics that could damage your vehicles parts.
Why take my word for it, watch the video to see how this madness plays out. Look out for demos in your local gaming store in coming weeks.
Just updated the Upcoming Events list, which some of you will notice there is little time to breath between events at this time of the year.
This is in part due to the fantastic player base that is building up in Scotland for Warmachine/Hordes. The Colossal Launch event on 15th July, was posted up on our Scottish WM/H pages; within a week we had 12 players signed up. We now have 17 and with just over a week, we can’t fit any more into the shop (12 player spaces max).
With other venues/stores opening up, this is a great time to be getting into the game. We even have another Press Ganger in Glasgow, Scott Burry; who will be working with Spellbound Games in Glasgow to promote the game there as well. For those going to the ETC’s at the weekend, I’ll look forward to meeting some of you. Just look out for The Mad Scotsman, sans the kilt.