Fleet Command - Star Wars Armada
Monday, May 7, 2018
Heading to GenCon (Biggs Edit: Surprise! It's our 400th post!)
While Biggs (and the rest of the cool kids) were at FFG HQ for Worlds, I was at home signing up for events for this year at GenCon. Aside from playing in a couple of tournaments and checking out some new board games I am hoping to use my press credentials from this blog to get a few interviews.
Here's what I'll be up to:
Wednesday - FFG has moved their In-Flight Report from its traditional Friday afternoon slot to Wednesday evening. This is where they typically announce their new board, miniature, and role-playing games releases. I have been able to attend once, but found that the time would often conflict with other events that I wanted to attend. There would also always be a bunch of empty slots in the display cases at FFG's booth until after the report when they would get filled, causing a huge rush of folks there to check them out.
The new Wednesday evening slot is great as it fixes both of those issues. I have my passes ready to go and assuming my flight isn't delayed I will be able to report on the latest FFG news as the con gets going.
Thursday - Thursday I usually reserve for just wandering around the exhibit hall. And a lot of shopping. I will be grabbing the X-Wing 2.0 core set and upgrades along with whatever else FFG has to offer, likely a new Legion release or two. Hopefully I can track down an FFG rep or two for an interview. Then it will be time to hit a few of my favorite booths to see what's new.
Once my shopping is done I am going to sit in on a session of Dawn of the Rebellion and play some Terra-forming Mars with a friend.
Friday - I signed up to play in one of the SW: Legion Maximum Firepower tournaments. Rather than a North American Championships like they run for their other games, FFG is running three, 32 player Legion events. I will be interested to see what the prizes look like, but mostly I am going to play this out of curiosity. How will a semi-major Legion tournament even look or run? This will be the place to find out. It will also be a great place for rules clarifications. I recall playing in the first Armada tournament at GenCon (back in the 300 point days). The number of rules clarifications that I got from the judges/designers were really helpful.
The other question that I will have to figure out is "what does a tournament level Legion army even look like?" Other than the general sense that I need 2 commanders I don't really know.
Saturday - This is where I get my 3rd chance to play in the North American Armada Championships. I am pretty excited even though the field will be much smaller this year. There is only one day of qualifications this time with the Top 4 players on Saturday coming back to play again Sunday morning.
Anyone want to meetup for dinner and drinks afterwards on Saturday?
Sunday - While I hope to be playing Armada there is no guarantee I would make the cut. But I will still be there to check out the games while I will also be playing in the Lord of the Rings LCG event.
Sunday is also a great day for shopping as many vendors start to heavily discount things so that they don't have to take them home.
GenCon is just 85 days away and I can't wait.
Biggs Edit: Damn it Shmitty, this is supposed to be a big post on how it's our 400th article and you wasted it on prize support for an event 85 days away you're going to blow by bringing some sub-par commander and Hammerheads because all the cool kids are bringing hammerheads or something.