Monday, April 13, 2015

Plugging in to the circuit

If you haven't noticed by now, I'm a much bigger fan of fantasy games than sci-fi.  (I really wanted to do some king of Meghan Trainor joke here (because there aren't enough of them here, here and here (you know I'm all about that fantasy, no sci-fi)) but I just it just isn't happening today.

However, as a Mantic pathfinder I can't ignore the games other than Kings of War, and the upcoming Dungeon Saga: Dwarf Kings Quest, there are other games that I need to run and promote as well.   I tried a Deadzone league last year that fizzled, and haven't gotten any traction on Mars Attacks! yet.  However Dreadball is finally starting to take off, if just a little bit.

Mantic has declared 2015 as they year of Dreadball, and with that they have now introduced the NADC - North American Dreadball Circuit.  Essentially this is a series of regional dreadball tournaments, with the winner of each receiving free admission to the NA Dreadball championship at Adepticon 2016.  Not only that, but the winner of that will play the winner of the UK championship, and will start alternating venues (so in 2017 it will be in the UK, meaning the US winner will get a trip to Mantic HQ to play the UK winner).

Basically the US has been split into four regions - North, East, South and West, and each region has 2 to 4 championships in it.


Ohio seems to stick out a bit to fit in into the north region (it seems to me it might have been cleaner to put it in the east, but not my call).  However I end up being close enough to actually reach more than one region.  So currently I'm hosting two regional competitions, on in the North and one in the South.  I don't know if I'll end up with one in the east - but I've got almost a year.

First up is the South regional in Nashville TN at Nashcon on May 23rd.  This is over the Memorial day weekend.  We are calling it the Nashcorp Cup!


The giant music and advertising NashCorp started out with humble beginning. Helviss Cressley was a young singer with a guitar playing to the locals, mesmerizing the crowds with his catch tunes and gyrating hips. It wasn't until Colonel (retired) Tam Pucker saw him on stage, and saw the way the crowd seemed to follow his every word and movement that the partnership was born. 
Colonel Pucker had been in charge of secret projects for the military involving using sound to control and brain wash people without their being aware of it. This research had failed initially, due to the fact that the sound required to implant suggestions and control his subjects was grating and unpleasant to the test subjects. It wasn't until a few years after leaving the military when he took his daughter Milicent to a concert for her 16th birthday that he realized the power that the right type of music had. 
Colonel Pucker quickly made his way back stage after the concert, and instantly signed Helviss to a contract. Helviss would write the music, and then Colonel Pucker would add in the underlying sound structure, and when it was performed they found they could influence the crowds to do nearly anything. The first test on live subjects did not go as planned however, as when the song "You ain't nothin but a storm trooper" was performed worked to influence the crowd to gather arms, they found that the demographic of young teen age girls just weren't able to be the lean fighting soldiers that he needed. He was about to abandon the project when he saw Helviss pick up a bottle of Zlurpmaxx to drink between songs - and all the girls in the audience immediately rushed to grab bottles themselves. The idea was sound, it was just the direction that needed improvement. He realized that if they used this new music not to create soldiers, but to advertise products, that they could be richer than they ever imagined. So out of this partnership NashCorp was born. 
NashCorp quickly grew to be one of the biggest advertising and entertainment conglomerates in the known galaxy. Their secret and patented "earworm" technology allows them to embed any advertising into popular music, as well as to generate the jingles used across the vid screens for every program, including the Dreadball broadcasts. It wasn't long before they began to sponsor their own Dreadball tournament, the NashCorp Cup, drawing capacity crowds influenced by the music constantly playing before, during, and after the games. 
So remember, When you can't get is out of your head, its a NashCorp Earworm!

Then, not quite two weeks later, I'm also running one in the North Region - The Origene Cup at Origins 2015 on June 5th.

Origenes Corp found its humbling beginning with cloning cattle to meet the demand of Enforcer armies food consumption. With the sudden popularity of Dreadball, Origenes Corp found lesser sponsored teams coming to them to clone their star players.  
As more and more teams came to Origenes, the margins exploded. Shortly thereafter, Origenes soon found their focus changed from cloning cattle to cloning Dreadball players exclusively. CEO Obidiah Twinning soon had a spectacular idea of sponsoring a Dreadball Tournament with the idea of increasing company profits by offer team from the tournament cloning services as players are “retired” during the games. 
Now in its 4th season as a tournament, CEO Obi Twinning now sees the NADC as another way of increasing its profits and has made moves to join the NADC.
In order to warm up a bit, I'm also running a non-NADC tournament.  Which basically means there is no Blaine trophy nor free pass to the championship.  This one it down at CincyCon, and while it is not a qualifier it will have some nice prizes (did anyone mention Mars Attacks?), it will still be a fun evening of tournament.

Of course I'm running several Kings of War tournaments (including at OH Con this Friday), but that is another post.

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