Sunday, August 30, 2015

"Capital City Bloodbath Recap" or "How I learned to stop worrying and love the Librarius Conclave"

CCBB is done! I had an absolute blast this year. 6 great opponents (our of 34 attendees for 40k), 3 of whom were from outside of the Ottawa area. 6 great games resulting in 4 wins and 2 losses!

I'll preface the usual good/bad/ugly with a note that I'm only speaking about the 40k side of the event (which I helped TO/create scenarios for). There was also an Age of Sigmar event that sadly only pulled 10 players, and apparently was lots of fun, but I have no insight on it. Another disclaimer, I am writing this purely from my opinion - this does not reflect that of CCBB staff/sponsors/etc... in any form.

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The Good

- The venue was incredible! I didn't think it would be possible to have a step up from last year's event, but it was. There was 6ft of space between each table, and 3/4 of the venue was still empty (un-needed), AC was great, the catering was excellent, and the accessibility was wonderful.

- The tables were excellent. There was tons of terrain, very little ambiguity about where pieces started/ended (partially in thanks to the player's pack clarifications). and sometimes several LOS blocking pieces of terrain. 

- The comp.We opted to go with ITC comp, and it seemed to help quite a bit. There were definitely some armies that were just flatout better than others, but even then there was a great spread. Top 8 consisted of 7 separate factions with the only duplicate being Daemons, and the two Daemons lists were wildly different!

- The garage sale. There was a gamer garage sale run at the event where attendees (or anyone) could drop off stuff on day 1, and sell it on day 2 with a 10% commission. There were some amazing deals to be found, and people seemed really happy with it. I got a good pull of some Chaos Space Marine stuff!

The Bad

- The paint scoring rubric. Looking over it, I do not believe it was poorly conceived, however I think it should have been communicated out to players in advance of the event more clearly communicated and should perhaps be broken down into more detail like ND Open does (though perhaps not quite as harshly marked).


- The schedule. This is a very personal gripe, but I'm really getting to the point that I don't so much enjoy 4 games in a single day. If it's a 6 game event I'd prefer a 3/3 split, or go for a 5 game event with a 3/2 split. This isn't everyone's opinion, and it was done so out of towners could get home at a reasonable time on Sunday, but it's just not my cup of tea.

The Ugly

- The scenarios. This one is on me. We fixed a lot of the issues that were brought up at Powerfists & Psykers which was very helpful, however the more I play the scenarios (ITC, or our versions) the less I like them. There's so much that rides on the secondary maelstrom missions that it can be a game changer from just a single dice roll. If we're going to continue with this style, they need to be changed to be dramatically more obtainable, as there were some objectives that were practically impossible to achieve unless you were nearly tabling your opponent.

- The scoring. This one is also on me. The scenario scoring (which went entirely without issue I will note!) got a lot of complaints about being a bit too lax. For example, the maximum point spread you could get when losing entirely was 13 for the victor and 4 for the loser. We wanted to discourage people from giving up after 1 or 2 losses, but instead it worked out to some strange results like someone getting Best General after getting minimum points for 2 games (and crushing the others). We'll need to tweak this moving forward, but honestly we'll likely change out the scenarios entirely so it won't be a problem.

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Bottom line here is that the event ran super smoothly, the staff and attendees were awesome, there were no major issues (or really anything past some rules disputes that the TOs were able to settle), and out of 34 people only a single person got a single sports hit! We're a friendly bunch in eastern Ontario!

Huge shoutouts to Andrew (1PlusArmour), Chris (CanHammer), Jason, and all others involved for running a spectacular event! I can't wait for the next one!

Oh, and in reference to the title, 2 of the top 8 lists were running Librarius Conclave, and it's power was felt to full effect by everyone except the even crazier Daemons army that got 1st. No one ran a Culexus Assassin... maybe I'll work that in for next year ;)

Be sure to check out our photo gallery of the event, too!

- Logan (@1PlusLogan)

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