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 Post subject: Re: Elfball Tournament Sat March 6th in Swindon, UK - THIS WEEK!
 Post Posted: Thu Mar 04, 2010 9:15 pm 
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I spent the morning giving Gav pointers so that he can crush you all. Muh ha ha ha! Wish I could be there.

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It didnt wrk though, the missus just kicked my ass lol

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 Post subject: Re: Elfball Tournament Sat March 6th in Swindon, UK - THIS WEEK!
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Defintly not going to make it unfortunately - to many staff on holiday to get the day off (oh so close though).

Good luck with it, and hope it's a sucess so you run another.

(I'd even pulled out my box to re-read the rules again. :( )

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 Post subject: Re: Elfball Tournament Sat March 6th in Swindon, UK - THIS WEEK!
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 Post subject: Re: Elfball Tournament Sat March 6th in Swindon, UK - THIS WEEK!
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Really looking forward to it but would you be offended if my team is half painted? Two done, one half ready and rest nothing. Got a couple of hours tomorrow but it's not looking good I am afraid.


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 Post subject: Re: Elfball Tournament Sat March 6th in Swindon, UK - THIS WEEK!
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Make sure you get lots of pictures Mike and post them online, maybe Tom would even put them on the Impact site ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Elfball Tournament Sat March 6th in Swindon, UK - THIS WEEK!
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Is there anyone coming accross tonight? Or is everyone arriving tommorrow?

Me and wife leave in two hours, should arrive about 9

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 Post subject: Re: Elfball Tournament Sat March 6th in Swindon, UK - THIS WEEK!
 Post Posted: Fri Mar 05, 2010 4:45 pm 
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I'll be on the road early tomorrow morning. See you all there.

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 Post subject: Re: Elfball Tournament Sat March 6th in Swindon, UK - THIS WEEK!
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Make sure you get lots of pictures Mike and post them online, maybe Tom would even put them on the Impact site ;)


Yes ... yes I would. Be happy to ... and I'd get it done quicker than I did for Ramsay's last project. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Elfball Tournament Sat March 6th in Swindon, UK - THIS WEEK!
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The Touurnament was good fun - 8 players in total so Mike got to play and managed to win! :)

Highlights for me included stealing the ball from Mike in the final game after his tantor went down on a slide tackle. Had a couple of players positioned to get it upfield and won the test.

The Dwarves were solid, and playing Dwarf vs dwarf against valen was just a bloodbath - he spent 5 turns trying to score with 1 remaining player against 5 and I just couldn't hit him hard enough to stop him. Any flop on my part would have meant he scored so it was very tense.

Taking 3 potions helped with attrition greatly and 2 players against Mike picked up might increases!

Will post some pics soon!

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 Post subject: Re: Elfball Tournament - Mike wins :)
 Post Posted: Sat Mar 06, 2010 9:01 pm 
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Thanks Spiky - it was a good day, and an early finish (around 5pm) that people appreciated with long journeys home!

1st - me (Siringit)
2nd - Charon (Pharoahs)
3rd - Spiky (Dwarves)
Most removals - Valen (Dwarves, with the impcrusher)

Some photos from my phone - Spiky's phone is better, and Charon had a camera, so will hopefully have better photos.

The critical game - if Andy had spent 3 more turns with the ball he would have won the tournament!
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An action shot from the final game with too much flash - hopefully Spiky will have some better ones!
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Table 1 - Impact's fantastic custom made board.
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A cake (made by the wife) in honour of the occasion!
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The lower tables :)
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Some quick rules feedback. I won by 2 points (385 v 383), and throughout the day Charon and I had games where we could both have stalled to get more points, and only because we were playing to score as quickly as possible that power-gaming did not take place. In a bigger tournament this would not be viable, so 100 straight points for a win plus casualties seems more sensible in hindsight, or just 100 for a win then using casualties as a tie-breaker. We also played all players removed from the pitch counted as casualties for points purposes.

Most rounds were 1 h 15 min, and only 3 games had to be called (ie were ties). It was a bit strange that a tie did not count for any more than a loss, so might adjust this another time.

Will definitely be repeating the day, and Antipixi was talking about a day round his way, so hopefully this is just the beginning!

All the best,

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 Post subject: Re: Elfball Tournament - Mike wins :)
 Post Posted: Sat Mar 06, 2010 9:20 pm 
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Well done Mike.

Thanks for a great day.

I didn't get off to the brightest start. Before Round 1, I was daydreaming whilst watching Spiky and Hangus play a warm up game. I was looking at the number 6 on the Momentum track that had a dice showing Six beside it. Then you asked me for a number, I didn't quite hear you ask for one between 1 and 4, I just answered the first number that came into my head, 6, much to everyone's amusement. Doh. :oops:

It went downhill from there. 3 Losses and a Draw. Those were my first games of Elfball and will not be the last. I had some fun games and hopefully learned a bit too. I didn't fully appreciate the peculiarities of the Pharaohs and failed to realise how best to play them. I don't think I positioned the players too wisely either.

I will return and hopefully pass on that Wooden Spoon to some other poor bugger.

Looking forward to the next tourney.

Thanks again.

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 Post subject: Re: Elfball Tournament - Mike wins :)
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T-shirt slogan of the day:

"I'm going to shove you from behind with considerable momentum. You'd better hope I get a flop!"

Thanks for the whole day, Mike. I had a great time even with my team's poor show. Lesson for the day, potion trumps cheerleader.

When I get the chance to sit and think I'm gonna start a new thread with my own tournament rules ideas.

Hope that either I or someone else runs another EBT soon. It was excellent fun!

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 Post subject: Re: Elfball Tournament - Mike wins :)
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That custom board was designed by TFF Frank from Germany. Awesome project that he did for us and was much appreciated!

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 Post subject: Re: Elfball Tournament - Mike wins :)
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Some quick rules feedback. I won by 2 points (385 v 383), and throughout the day Charon and I had games where we could both have stalled to get more points, and only because we were playing to score as quickly as possible that power-gaming did not take place. In a bigger tournament this would not be viable, so 100 straight points for a win plus casualties seems more sensible in hindsight
Those were my original rules from GenCon so good to know ... I'll go back to that.

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It was a bit strange that a tie did not count for any more than a loss, so might adjust this another time.
This was done on purpose to encourage more aggressive game play as time runs out. If ties are no better than a loss than both players have a lot of incentive to actually get the win.

Am very happy to hear it went so well!

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Thanks Spiky - it was a good day, and an early finish (around 5pm) that people appreciated with long journeys home!
That was a major design consideration I kept stressing to the playtesters when I was designing Elfball. I really wanted the games to be playable in 75 minutes. So glad to see that that was working. It also means you can have a decent one day event without it lasting forever.

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Most removals - Valen (Dwarves, with the impcrusher)


You can blame this on me ... I talked Gavin into bringing the Impcrusher as it really is just a nasty nasty piece and I walked him through how to use it and why to use it.

The Impcrusher was an option I put in the game for the Thunder Hammer Dwarves to give them a good distinction from the Black Rock Dwarves.

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