Monday, September 24, 2007
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Sunday, September 23, 2007
Top seeded Kevin Mergen, playing Dementation bleed, chose to sit Matt Wedge's Prey. Matt Wedge was playing a finely tuned Una deck. Ira Fay attempted to 2nd Tradition a key action of Una's but the 2nd Tradition was stopped by a Direct Intervention from Ben Peal. Ben clearly was not thrilled by the idea of having Kevin as a heavy bleeding predator. Ira was very unhappy and agreed to layoff Matt Wedge and split the table 3-2 (Matt taking 3).
Matt was burning or torporing vampires at will. He seemed to have a counter for everything. He had multiple maneuvers, flak jacket, Ivory Bow, Owl Companion, Hawg, the Helicopter (at times), Ghoul Retainer (uses bow while minion is immortally grappled). Matt had free Skin of
Steel to prevent damage.
Even though Matt could kill at will, he said he would need about 12 turns by his estimate to obtain the 3 vps (destroy all vamps and bleed through all of the pool) and then Ira would get his 2 vp. Ira continued to build up and increase his swarm. Ira could have ousted Matt but didn't. However, a couple of turns later on Matt's turn (AFTER Matt had already used a built-in rush he had in play), Ira let Matt know that he no longer thought that Matt had the ability to keep
their deal. Matt disagreed but Ira had essentially announced his decision to break their earlier deal. Matt began rushing backwards.
Most of the discussion revolved around getting on Matt's good side and working with him. Ben Peal and Ben Swainbank kept throwing barbs into the discussions to subtly work things in their favor. Ben Swainbank seemed frustrated and sometimes seemed the only sane person at the table and kept trying to get players to just focus on their own preys rather than making deals. Ben's best point was to point out that Matt and Ira's 3-2 split couldn't happen if another player was ousted out of turn.
Matt ousted Kevin Mergen using Mylan's bleed of 1 to finish him off. Kevin was hampered by a hand of jammed stealth.
Late in the game, Ben Swainbank brought out one of the Madness Network he had in hand. Ben Swainbank seemed to be working for a bleed oust of Ira. With all players that Matt attacked (aka Everybody!) being forced to play with an open hand, everybody was able to play with
almost perfect information.
Ira drew a Bonding and, with only minutes remaining, made a lunge at Matt only to find that Una's Blessing of Chaos prevented Ira from playing the card. The spectators gasped.
Matt lunged at Ben to knock down voters. Ben Swainbank lunged multiple times at Ira via the Madness Network but came up short due to Ira's deflections. Ben Peal played a Parity Shift and took 4 of Swainbank's pool. With seconds left Ben Peal played a KRC to take down Swainbank and then got Ira next. Matt Wedge was next to go.
Ben Peal 4VP
Matt Wedge 1VP
Kevin Mergen, Ben Swainbank and Ira Fay 0 VP.
For players who liked lots of table talk and shifting alliances, this was a great game. I loved it to death. Very intense and great play when they were actually playing cards. For some there was too much talk going on but most of the spectators were hushed and very impressed with the level of play. In fact, the game was reminiscent of Ben's last NAC win with 2 fighty decks as his grand predator and great grand predator and again lots of table talk. This time the talking was much more interesting because of Una's terrorizing.
I also noticed how well most of the players took their demise. They reacted almost the same whether they were bleeding for 1 or for 4, torporizing or being torpored, ousting or being ousted--save for Ira but he had his own thing going.
Congrats to Ben Peal and all of the finalists for a very memorable game.
Posted by Robert Goudie at 10:10 PM
The official Walk of Fame star, Danse Macabre print, $100 DriveThruRPG gift certificate, signed Leif Jones SE7EN comic, Lords of the Night starters and boosters, and the sealed box of the original Sabbat expansion. A hefty haul for the champion.
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Sixteen cards on Una. Her one capacity wingmen have a few more cards on them. Una and friends tap out to oust Kevin.
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Larry and his friend whose name I forget (I just called him "Insurance Scam" since he posed for that one) hung out and had a good time with everybody. As most of you are aware, Larry uses portraits as a base for a lot of his art. In addition to the NAC finalists, Larry took pics of a number of other players and we're likely to see a number of them on future cards.
Mark Loughman looked like he'll need almost no Photoshop work to be ready for a card. Robert Scythe will need even less. Robert S. was hobbled by a cane playing basketball just before the start of the NAC and Larry took his portrait with Robert holding his cane and a drink from the bar. Robert with a drink. Imagine that. Who would've thought?
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Una must now destroy all of Swainbank's vampires to live. Matt drops to 1 pool because of the Judgement Cam Seg.
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Jay worked his intercept weenie deck to oust Peter. Peter used his Anthelios and Anson deck to recur his Toreador Grand Ball each turn. Jay would repeatedly destroy the Grand Ball. Jay was down to only a few pool near the 2 hour mark but was able to get and hold the Edge to gain pool. Jay also had a Procurer and some Blood Doll.
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Saturday, September 22, 2007
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Friday, September 21, 2007
Again, we played lords of the night draft with a couple of boosters.
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Matt has Ira foiled and Ira is willing to do anything for Matt. IRS says he is Matt's puppet. Pete Oh declares that this is the turning point of the game when Matt plays a PTO. Most of the players beg or threaten not to be hit. Matt votes down his own vote.
Posted by Robert Goudie at 7:02 PM
Soon after Chris' ouster, Ian Lee lunged at Hugh Angseesing and was able to oust him. Jeff Thompson, who entered the finals as the top seed, held on to just a few seconds short of the win but Ian eeked it out with only 9 seconds remaining on the clock.
Congrats to Ian on the win and for who grabbing the last qualifying spot of the Week of Nightmares.
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Thursday, September 20, 2007
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Drunken replacement judge, Robert Goudie jumped in to fill the judging void.
Thanks to Kevin for getting is setup and for offering his mini qualifier spot for the event.
Posted by Robert Goudie at 8:06 PM
The event finalists are Christian "Xian" Herro, Matt Strehlow, Matt Morgan and Fletcher Gibson, Jeff "The Lasombra" Thompson.
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Wednesday, September 19, 2007
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Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Sixteen players played in the Tuesday night mini-qualifier. Straight from the bar, these tipsy Methuselah fought for their life in the second constructed tournament of the week.
At one first round table, Darby Keeney's Imbued deck leads to lengthy discussions about how on earth these things can be stopped. With a lot of help from Matt Morgan, Fred Scott and another player, Darby was able to build up but never gained a VP. The table timed-out.
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Monday, September 17, 2007
Seven players are fighting for the qualifier spot available tonight.[Updated] Hugh Angseesing won the Mini-Qualifier. The highest finisher that had not previously qualified was Peter Oh. Congrats to Hugh and Peter.
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We handed out the welcome bags. Unfortunately for Hugh, the sunblock in the bag arrived a day too late.
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Friday, September 14, 2007
This snapshot is of some of the crap in our living room and my bedroom and the foyer looks similarly trashed. I'm sure Mike Courtois' place is getting pretty cluttered about now too. I think our spouses will be happy to have us back.
I just got off the phone with the hotel and arranged for water service each morning. I hope we don't forget anything.
Leif Jones sent a package that arrived today. He threw in an original sketch that we will use as a prize. It also included a bunch of signed Theo Bell prints and some signed comics Leif inked. Again, more prizes.
So many details. I hope it will settle into some fun hang-out time with all of my friends who are travelling out here.
Posted by Robert Goudie at 4:30 PM
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
The ballroom where we'll be holding the NAC has been refurbished! The existing room looked great but with the improvements to the room it should be even better. The event manager invited Mike and I down for a nice lunch at the hotel restaurant and for a tour. I'll try and snap a few photos while I'm there. -Robert
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