SmogCon this year was a real blast! Had an absolutely fantastic time, and caught up with a few friends from last year. I spent most of my time in the Iron Arena, getting in casual games, though I did foray into the Newbury Suite in the evenings for some non-wargaming fun.
Last year the Exeter Inquisition club (http://exeter-inquisition.org/) hosted the first ever Infinity National Team Challenge. The day itself went about as smoothly as anyone could have hoped – the timetable was adhered to, no games had to be cut short (though a couple started playing into overtime cunningly described as a break between rounds), and everyone left for home on time with a prize of some description (which I think surprised some of the lower scoring teams). Overall victory went to “The Turnips” from Reading, led by the self titled Grand Turnip Overseer himself, i0003. Bonus points go to their themed HVTs (Highly Valuable Turnips) that were specially prepared for the event. Both runner-up spots went to the Pigmar Wargaming Club, who entered two teams – Bacon and Ham, captained by Wintermute and Lupine respectively. Bonus shout-outs to Team AmazingStoke who had matching T-shirts, The Compelling Argument who came to the event with around 20 games of experience between them, having started playing only recently, and Vertically Propelled Johnny Rockets who had by far the best team name 🙂
Well, after the first ever Warmachine With the Inquisition event, I think we can call it a success. Huge thanks to Richard Deane for doing the bulk of the organising and running on the day. After 5 drops outs (due to transportation issues), we ended up with 6 players, playing for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place certificates, as well as a choice of 2 paint sets and a Convergence of Cyriss Steel Soul Keg Protector limited edition sculpt.
The format was a 35point Steamroller, with 3 lists but no Divide and Conquer. Matchups were swiss pairings, but then tweaked so that people didn’t end up playing their own club mates, and everyone got new opponents.