As I had proclaimed here I was about to visit an open tournament organised by the german Hobbit Tabletop Liga. The tournament’s intention was to bring new players to the scene, therefore it was addressed towards 24 rookies exclusively. I am a long time tabletop veteran but you have to keep in mind that I never played against other people than my club mates let alone visited a tournament. In fact this was quite a scary and unpleasant thought for the last couple of years. As we don’t play that often we mostly end up sitting around the table having a chit-chat and a couple of beers, outperforming each other with our lack of knowledge regarding the gaming rules. Since that’s really not what a tournament is all about I guess you can understand my initial resentment now. Anyway, let the chips fall where they may…
“It’s a dangerous business, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no telling where you might be swept off to.”
I heard Mr. Baggins’ voice echoing in my head while I drove to the tournament last saturday morning. Fortunately I discovered the Took Side in me and gave it a try as the event was a blast! It was a whole day of fun right from the start to the very end. All people I came across were just great! I think I have to add that I was a bit biased regarding the other players as I’ve met a fair share of strange people in some of the Games Workshop stores around in this area. But not only my opponents were really nice folks and very friendly but the tournament staff were top-notch guys aswell. And all of them were able to communicate in an appropriate way and obviously knew what taking a shower means if you can catch my drift. I really don’t want to sound snotty but having the aforementioned encounters in mind this is unfortunately not a matter of course.
Each of the 24 players performed four matches during the course of the day. The tournament staff used the “swiss tournament rules” so that the players end up with opponents who are equally successful (or not) during the later matches. The first mission was “To the Death!”, the second “Hold Ground!”, the third “Domination” and the fourth “Lords of Battle”. The players were able to achieve four results: “terrible loss”, “little loss”, “small victory” and a “huge victory” giving different points for the end result.
Well those were the four matches I had during the tournament. Two minor, one huge victory and one terrible defeat. That was way more than I had even dreamed of as I was more like “please not the last position” in the morning. After the first three matches I was ranked on the third position which was a bit irritating to be honest. After the last and final match I went out with the eighth position of 24 which is great! But the icing on the cake clearly was the fact that my Goblins got the third place for the best painted army of the tournament which I appreciated even more.
I would like to express my regards and gratitude towards all of my four opponents first. Not only were they all relaxed and down to earth gamers, some of them even gave me good advice during the matches. Also I have to give a huge salute towards the tournament’s team, the Hobbit Tabletop Liga. A very great performance from the guys and this will certainly be not my last visit to one of their events. I hope I was able to evoke the Took-side in some of our readers who might end up trying something new themselves.
The only problem I have right now is that I have at least 10 ideas for new LotR/Hobbit armies, oh well…