Monday, February 17, 2014

Genghiscon XXXV

Another Con in the bag. The Tournament had 36 players out of 47 signed up. Best overall went to the power house Elizabeth Luben, Best Painted went to Eric Jung, Best General went to Richard Johnson, Best Sportsman went to Matt Vandenheever, Player's Choice went to Tulio Wolford.

After a late start due to selling out of tickets and having a 7 person wait list, and then having 11 registered players not show up, I think the tournament, as a whole, went fairly smoothly. We did have some problems with a few people conceding games, which is a problem I will have to look into, and I have to admit that I was completely unprepared for. Overall, I don't think it would have been a problem, except that one of the games was for first place. We also had a lemonade stand raffle for people who lost games, and that also caused some problems for players. I had thought it would be something fun for all the people who come to the tournament to play, and not really stand a chance of winning any of the big prizes, but it turned into a big thing for a player who won all his games, but didn't have the battle points to win the event, which meant he wasn't eligible for any prize support. I hadn't thought of door prizes as that important to the players at the top tables, and so it hadn't occurred to me that it would offend one of the player's so. The end result was that 4 players went 3-0, with one of them getting best general, and the other 3 not getting anything. I'm not sure if the player thought that a chance for a ~$100 box for taking it to the max was not as worth it as an entry into a drawing for a $10 gift card, or maybe some dice, but I guess it was.

So, a good event(from my perspective), but plenty of hitches and kinks. I think I may have to go back to a book start of 8:30, but an event start of 9:00, even though I get knocked for a late start then, too, at least that way I can mark it down to players not bothering to read their packs. Which are a lot of work, but whatever.

There are plenty more pictures of the event, and those can be expected probably later this week, but that is our photographer's baby.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014


Get ready. Well, get as ready as you can!

Actually, try not to think about it too much.

Okay, better just skip it entirely.

That's right kiddos, it's IRONMAN Painting Challenge time again! Starting Saturday, February 8th at 12:00 PM, the Knights and all welcome guests will be painting for MORE THAN 24 HOURS STRAIGHT!

Yeah, you read that right.

Bring your brushes, paints, lights, super-special helmets, pillows, and crack cocaine to the least advisable hobby event of the year. Get ready for delirium, constant irritating chatter, sleep deprivation, and belated procrastination.  What more could you ask for?

What more, you say?  How about a special guest?!

That's right, this Winter's IRONMAN Special Guest is NATE!! He'll be there to answer any and all of your painting and hobby questions.  Sorry.

The event will run from noon Saturday until we poke our own eyes out mid Sunday afternoon.
You were warned.