Disclaimer 2: Probably going to post some or all of this to my blog too later :).
My friends picked...
Chaos Space Marines
So pretty wide spread of armies and play style. Anyway, long story short, this was my first actual tournament event. I read an article over at FrontLine Gaming and it put me in the right mindset to give it a shot.
So, 40k. There were four main 40k tournaments going on at Nova Open.
40k Trios: Play with your buddies and drink.
40k Invitational: Crush all hope of making friends (your opponent is there to die!)
40k Narrative: Have super fun fluffy games and drink till all hours.
40k GT: Mix of crushing people and having super fun games.
I first met up with Todd and the FTGT crew. Fantastic guys. Really easy going, with great armies. They were playing in Trios as the "The Good, The Bad, and The Hungry" (Eldar, Necrons, and Nids). The way trios works is as follows: Each round (three total rounds) one person plays 2000 points (1v1), and the other two play 1000 points and 1000 points (2v2). Then on the next round, one of them switches to 2k points, and then to 1k/1k. So each player has at least one round at full strength.
These games were really great. It was obvious from the get go that they were meant to be fun and entertaining exchanges. The atmosphere was light, the beer was flowing, and the armies were wildly different, and even had FW and crazy Lords of War showing up (eldar falcon, transcendent ctans, revenant titan). Looked really enjoyable, and would highly recommend it to everyone. The only issue I had with it was the lack of breaks. They needed about 45 minute breaks between the rounds so people could get some snacks and such.
Later in the evening there was the Narrative tournament. This was frigging awesome...it starts late, and goes to basically midnight, so lots of drinking and fun. The armies were wild and amazing, and there was tons of variety, and super epic battles. (Horus died!). Met John, who has an amaaaaazing 30K army, and who is a great guy. I think he was playing for the good guys. Basically, each battle took place in different sections, and they battled each other for supremacy. Highly recommend this group to anyone wanting to play. All sorts of crazy lists, lords of war, and fun times.
Start of the GT. Oh, my god. I was not prepared for both the amount of, and quality of people and armies. Here is the start of the GT Round One.
Today I also had a weathering class with misterjustin of Secret Weapon. I greatly enjoyed myself, and highly recommend having a class with him. He loves demoing and teaching, and I learned an absolute ton. (Took airbrush and weathering courses).
Playing the GT though, was a lot. Eight rounds of play. (three hours a round). That's a lot of 40k...I love 40k, but that might be even too much for me!
Thanks for reading!