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Tournaments... My love hate Relationship!!!

Posted May 18th, 2009 at 07:34 PM by Shades fan
I first wanted to say that I love tournaments! no one can change my mind on my opinion that If you haven't played in a tournament you haven't truly played Heroscape!

That said, I have a rather love hate relationship with them...
On the plus side...
  • They are amazingly fun,
  • They test your knowledge of the game, and competitive creativity,
  • It's not really possible to have a bad tournament experience as Jim has proven,
  • They give you a chance to meet the people you talk to, secretly judge,
  • They give a more social aspect of the game and gives better insight to the world of Heroscape,
I have been to 11 so far, and while that may not seem like a lot, it is to me when most have been out of state.

Their are several cons to a tournament that can sometimes leave a bad taste in my mouth!!!

When I went to a tournament this past week, not everyone brought a prize because it wasn't mandatory, this left the people who placed on the bottom, not able to receive a prize even if they brought on.Even though this isn't a major thing, and I would gladly give one of my prizes up for them, it just left a bad taste in my mouth. That's why i like to charge the entry fee as a prize, but that makes it more difficult on a TD to say you need to pay this much and bring a prize.

Tournaments are sometimes pretty far away, which is sometimes a real bummer when you think about how early you must wake up. While this isn't that huge, i would love a nighttime tournament, that people can actually go to not because of my own greed, but because I think the Idea would be fun!

I know this particular one was about 4 hours 13 minutes for us this time, which is a 8 hour round trip. Was it worth the fun... for my yes, but it's a tough trip.

The Addiction of going to tournaments usually grabs you once you go to your first and much like Nicotine, it's hard to quit! This makes the trip to Gencon for those of us who are far away very very tempting, and results in a bunch of money put into this game.

This also makes a person want to put on a tournament, which is even more costly when you factor in Terrain.

I'm happy I have 10 Original MS's, but it's still hard to justify that kind of money for a game.

-Overall, it's more than worth doing if you like the game,and i look forward to going to Gencon to meet all you guys sometime, and meeting the great people in your area.
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NamibianScaper's Avatar
Competitive play killed Magic: The Gathering for me. From 95-99 that's all I cared about. Tournaments were fun for a long time but eventually got sick of it.

Though it's hard not to think about, "Would this be a competitive army," I have vowed never to play competitive Heroscape, for the sake of the family.
Posted May 18th, 2009 at 07:55 PM by NamibianScaper NamibianScaper is offline
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nyys's Avatar
It's just like when you buy your first RotV, no going back. The same applies to tourneys, especially when you find out how laid back they are. Shades describes it perfectly. I'd play in a tourney every month if there was one available... that and if I was given permission by the better half.
Posted May 18th, 2009 at 07:58 PM by nyys nyys is offline
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Einar's puppy's Avatar
I love tournaments. I never get a chance to play against a real person except in tournaments. Going it alone just isn't as good as playing with an actual human. In tournaments I always say the same thing at one point: "I didn't expect you to make that move." I don't ever say that when I'm by myself.

Not to mention I get to play against figures I don't have.
Posted May 18th, 2009 at 08:39 PM by Einar's puppy Einar's puppy is offline
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Cleon's Avatar
Tournaments are definitely one of my absolute favorite things about Heroscape and other games, win or not it is still a blast. But it's a blast and a half when you win (Beantown Beatdown V.....).
Posted May 18th, 2009 at 08:57 PM by Cleon Cleon is online now
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Jexik's Avatar
I don't know if I really see the hate here. You love tournaments and feel like you haven't really experienced the game until you attend one. You're willing to travel to other states to do so...
Posted May 21st, 2009 at 11:28 AM by Jexik Jexik is offline
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Well his parents are willing to travel for him to do so and he can just sleep in the car. :wink:

For us that do choose to drive that time it would be nice if they started around 1 instead of 11 or 12 this way everyone can eat lunch before the event begins. Its still the same amount of driving but the drive home is a little less brutal when you haven't been up since 4:30 in the morning.
Posted May 21st, 2009 at 11:52 AM by Onacara Onacara is offline
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But then that means the tourney doesn't end until 6:00pm at the earliest (and we all know how nothing ever starts on time), which means those that have the 3 or 4 hour drive home are looking at not getting home until 9:00pm and later. To me that's more brutal, though I guess with a nine month old in the house I'm more recently practiced in getting up at midnight, 2am, 3am, 4am...
Posted May 21st, 2009 at 02:24 PM by nyys nyys is offline
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Shades fan's Avatar
Believe it or not, I can't sleep in a car! I usually just stay up the night before and drink a for of energy!

I'll be driving myself very soon!
Posted May 21st, 2009 at 06:00 PM by Shades fan Shades fan is offline
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Shades fan's Avatar
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I don't know if I really see the hate here. You love tournaments and feel like you haven't really experienced the game until you attend one. You're willing to travel to other states to do so...
How far do you usually travel for a tournament? Gencon is a while a way for us here in NY, and I'm sure it's hard to put yourself in our shoes, for someone in IL!
Posted May 21st, 2009 at 06:02 PM by Shades fan Shades fan is offline
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Jexik's Avatar
You have absolutely no sympathy from me. The first tournament I went to was in Iowa. That's just one state over. The total driving time one way was around 6 or 7 hours. I'd cross 4 states in that time in the Northeast.
Posted May 21st, 2009 at 08:29 PM by Jexik Jexik is offline
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You have absolutely no sympathy from me. The first tournament I went to was in Iowa. That's just one state over. The total driving time one way was around 6 or 7 hours. I'd cross 4 states in that time in the Northeast.
I'm obviously not looking for sympathy, but you also have some of that fact wrong. Driving from my house in upstate NY, Galway to be more exact to PotsDam[If you have seen my in my Tye-Dye sweatshirt, you would know] Takes about 4 hours.

A full state trip from long island would take at least 6!

So you may want to check those facts again!


~Casey
Posted May 21st, 2009 at 09:21 PM by Shades fan Shades fan is offline
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Heroscape Elffy's Avatar
Depends what part of the NorthEast you're in, I suppose. Rhode Island or Massachusetts, to name some, are small. You could probably cross through 4 or 5 states that size in 6 - 7 hours. New York is slightly bigger than those states, making it longer to drive through.
Posted May 21st, 2009 at 09:59 PM by Heroscape Elffy Heroscape Elffy is offline
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I know this particular one was about 4 hours 13 minutes for us this time, which is a 8 hour round trip. Was it worth the fun... for my yes, but it's a tough trip.
If you think that's a rought trip . . . let me just say that it could be worse

I'm currently in the unfortunate circumstance of having to work every Saturday and having virtually no ability to take a day off. I'm currently saving up my "paid time off" to have enough for attending GenCon, although hopefully by that time I'll have a better job
Posted May 23rd, 2009 at 02:32 PM by Clarissimus Clarissimus is offline
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Einar's puppy's Avatar
7 hours to cross into one differnt state? Wow...I can get to Maryland in 3 and a half hours, New York in thirty minutes, or pensylvania in twenty minutes.
Posted May 23rd, 2009 at 06:32 PM by Einar's puppy Einar's puppy is offline
 
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