As you will have seen from the blog recently, things have been going a little crazy. First up we had the launch of Wrath, the new expansion to Warmachine MkII. Also building and painting models galore, over the last fortnight. Finally on Saturday just gone (25th June), Worlds at War hosted their launch event for Wrath; where I ran my first tournament.
Given that I am trying to expand the tournament play at the shop, I though this would be a great event for me to organize and actually run. I had also wanted to keep it to local players, as I am trying to encourage them to take part in the tournaments. Tournaments to some people, are daunting at the best of times. With the possibility of facing some of the UK’s top players as well, that can be a scary prospect. I respect everyone I have met in the Scottish scene, Jim Lawrence and Michael Murray; are two of the best people I have met in gaming (not the only ones though). They are willing to help people, even in competitive tournament play. I remember one of the tournaments in Dundee, Mark McKinlay drew Jim in the first round. You would have thought it was a practice match, given the advice Jim was giving Mark; on deployment or what to look out for.
Sorry got a little off track there. What I am trying to say, is that as scary as it sounds; the current WM/H scene in Scotland is the best I have seen. I haven’t come across anyone, like the nightmares I have heard from other games. On Saturday, we had 3 players; who had never played competitive WM/H. It is my hope as a potential Press Ganger, they enjoyed the day and will come back to play again. I can say on a personal level, that I was terrified on Saturday; running my first ever tournament. Thankfully it went off smoothly and everyone seemed to enjoy it. I must have done something right, we already have 12 (out of 16) places booked for Steamroller in August.