(I will post random pictures from the event, as I took over 140 during the weekend).
There are some things you get to do once in a life time, some you take the chance while it is going. When the call went out for PG’s at the European Team Championships, I was eager to get my teeth into something big; but daunted by the enormity of the whole prospect.
I want to say this now, that without the backing of my wife; I wouldn’t have gone. She was fantastic about me doing this, even encouraging me to take this step in the first place. As it was, it turned out to be the longest, most rewarding and enjoyable WM/H weekend I have had so far.
To give you the scale of this event, there was (in the end) 54 teams; of 4 players each. That is 216 players all in the same place, playing the same game; at the same time. GenCon, Lock and Load; I hear you all cry. Well yes they are bigger with multiple events (Masters, Hardcore, Iron Arena, etc). ETC’s is the largest single WM/H tournament in the world, to have been part of that is mind blowing in itself.
Held at Maelstrom Games, the venue was ideally suited to this large numbers of players. With onsite shop, bar and catering; it was an ideal base for players. Between games players from all over Europe, could socialise and catch up with friends they had made previous years. Or like me, make new ones; or put faces to names from the PP forum/WH forum.
I’ll finish this post with a big thank you to Tim King, the Event Organiser for Maelstrom Games and all the staff there. Without them, the weekend would have been chaos (probably was for them); their hard work made it run smoothly. Would I go back next year? I’d love too either be a PG at the event, or even take the plunge and enter a team. Who knows what will happen, I am just glad I was able to be there THIS year.