Sorry for how long this has taken me to put together - have been super busy lately and I wanted to really give a summary of the whole weekend because Xtreme (@XtremeBBer) really put a proper "weekend" of fun together.
The canucks made excellent time driving down to Naptown, I think we arrived around 5ish. Checked in at the lake house which turned out to be plenty big enough for 8 guys (they mentioned we might be cramped but the closets were big enough to hold our an air mattress - and Alex (@alexmatusiak) did sleep in the closet hoping for a bit of quiet, though it didn't work out that way as Hickling stayed up watching one of the american pie movies.
So once we dropped our stuff off, we headed over to Xtreme's place which was about a 20 minute drive. Got there and Hickling immediately dove into a game of the BB team manager, while the rest of us hung around waiting for our beer to get cold. Thankfully Sol and the mad dawgs showed up with a cooler and shared the wealth. This party was a huge blast, everyone just hanging out and drinking, we all played silly games like rat ogre bowl (which Alex won) and space bowl (which Alex's team won - even despite my terrible efforts as the hive mind)
|spacebowl broodlord vs. sergeant - that's me pointing!|
|hive mind high five! me, alex, randroid, sarge|
Game 1 vs. Jeff (@ZootSuitJeff) 2-0 win
Jeff was one of the 'mericans crashing with the canucks at the little lake house we rented. Appropriate we got to play each other! Jeff brought a FTLOTG (and was eventual FTLOTG champion) counts as lizardmen team (no Saurus!) that was comprised of a giant robot for the kroxigor and a bunch of tiny robots for the skinks. Very cool looking team.
Game 2 vs. Al 1-0 win
Al was _originally_ going to crash with us, but fortunately a cancellation let him stay in the house with the other mad dawgs whose team he was on, and was travelling with. I'm sure that was nicer in the end for him. Al also did a great job with the grill saturday night at the live after zlurp party. He was the second lizardmen team I played, although he did have saurii (sp?).
At the same time, Alex and Jonny P were playing right next to us, here's Jonny's #1 absolute favourite pic from the entire weekend. Alex's Krox looming over his blitzer (or linewoman or whatever, ther're all blodgers - who cares!!)
Game 3 vs. Tom 1-2 loss
Angry Tom! Septuple Burger Buddy Award winner! THE Tomcat Rummery.
I have played Tom twice before, and with a win and a draw under my belt I figured a bit of smack talk was in order. He got his revenge in this game but the look on his face was priceless!! Tom is part of the mad dawgs crew and ended up winning Zlurpeebowl! He came in 2nd for the RPS tournament, but he cheated me by waiting to see what I chose first! ;) He was also the 3rd lizardmen team in a row I faced.
|guessing I just insulted Tom in this pic|
|waiting for retaliation??|
Game 4 vs. Ezzard 1-2 loss
Ezzard is another American who crashed with us, so throughout day 1 I basically played people I've been connected to somehow, with Tom the only one I'd previously played - that's always nice! I felt for the poor guy, his allergies were going crazy and I am usually the same, but my allergies didn't bother me at all in the States, weird!
live after zlurp party
Well this was a BLAST. Definitely the highlight of the weekend, if you have listened to Episode 36 of Zlurpcast you have already heard all the best stuff. I missed hearing Hickling's interview live as I was scarfing down food, but I joined the crowd just as Jeff was doing his "Go For It". It's always a blast chatting with Main Guy and Other Guy, and I had fun doing my own "Go For It" - especially because Jonny just wouldn't give up until I got a skill roll and (as it had all night) giving away SPP just bugs Bryan! I'm sure if you are reading this you've listened, but as a recap I started as an Orc blitzer and with a few "correct" answers ended up with 6SPP and took Mighty Blow as my first skill, time to crack a few skulls!
|mustard vs. ketchup!|
Game 5 vs. Josh 0-1 loss
Josh was part of the OWFUL crew, and was the guy who told the hilarious Jake Lloyd selling weed story on Zlurpcast Episode 36. A really great guy and we had a super epic game. This was easily my most fun game of the tournament - which always says a lot when you lose!
Game 6 GRUDGE MATCH vs. (@GDubToThaFeetUp) aka Jonny P (@jp4media) 1-1 draw
A man needing no introduction. If you don't know who Jonny P is - I don't understand why you have read this far through this post! Looks pretty soft in this pic eh???
|game 6 vs. "soft" jonny|
|"I put dump off in dis bag" - your face says it all main guy|
Second half JP made a nice push and tied the game up, then after kicking to me again - all of a sudden he started breaking armour like nobody's business around turn 5-6 and in two turns he had KO'd 3-4 and CAS'd another 2-3. It was brutal!! In the end I had like 2 players on the pitch, and all I could do was draw his players close, then run up the field and throw it as far as was safe to do and pray to not fumble. I managed it and JP couldn't manage to score with his chance so the game ended 1-1.
|check out the beating I took!|
The "Eh" Team did pretty well overall.. in fact much better than anyone (even Xtreme) thought because after the fact I determined that we actually should have won "Best Team"!!! This was mainly due to the bonuses from Alex winning best appearance for his lizardmen team (this was what Bryan forgot) and for Hickling being on a top table in the final round. At the event it went to the Legion of Boom from Wisconsin - so we will actually be co-champions. Waiting to hear from Xtreme about possible prizes and I know we are getting certificates! There's a blurb about this in Zlurpcast Episode 36 which is pretty funny!
Hickling ended up with 3rd place. If he won his last game he would have won the tournament. He was the only player to beat Tom (who won, going 5-1) - the results list shows him in 4th, but basically the top 2 tables in the last round make up who places 1-4th, so even though Petre won his last game (the last American who stayed with us at the lake house) and leapfrogged him, Mark still took 3rd. As you can see he spent a lot of time on the top tables! PS. This is the Mark they called "Chops" on Zlurpcast Episode 36.
|hick vs taylor 1.0|
|hick vs. solarflare|
|hick vs. rodney|
Here's my recording of the awards ceremony. Also you can check out the results thread on zlurpeebowl forums.
All in all this was probably the most amazing blood bowl tournament experience I've had. I know The "Eh" Team will be back!!
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