Right before the world decided to take this wonderful trip in a handbasket, Indy Storm was the last regional tournament before everything shut down. Last year they tried to have mini "storm cells" for individual tournaments, but we still weren't ready. This year they tried to bring the entire convention back, but again this damned disease caused issues (not directly, but the hotel was being renovated "back" to normal after being used to house semi-quarantined electrical workers. But this year, we did have a successful Kings of War Indy Storm "Cell" tournament.
One of the Indiana War Kings (thanks Matt!) found us what turned out to be a GREAT venue (the 4H Annex building at the Boone County 4H Fairgrounds), and we were able to have a 5 round, 2300 point Kings of War GT on February 12 & 13 2022!
I made some trophies with my handy 3D printer
Plus the Indy Storm folks gave us a cool engraved beer mug, and special storm elemental unit for the winner.
Not only were there trophies, but Mantic provide gift codes for the winners, and Ohio War Kings provided door prizes to everyone that didn't get a gift code, so everyone walked away with something cool.
Unfortunately while we had 20 people registered, by the day of the tournament we lost 6 players, but 14 is still a respectable number these days.
|(Back row) Matt Hodgman, Jon Carter, Jeff Franz, Austin Lesh, Marshall Temple, Mike Hodgman, Kara Brown, Paul Cravo. (Front Fow) Kyle Martin, Grace Patterson, Matthew Temple, Felix Castro, Steve Malone. (Not pictured) John Mullins, me.|
Round 1 started on time
|Jeff Franz with Empire of Dust v Paul Cravo with Sylvan Kin|
|Marshall Temple with Ratkin v Felix Castro with Northern Alliance|
|Matt Hodgeman with Dwarfs v Austin Lesh with Undead|
|Grace Patterson with Forces of Nature v Kyle Martin with Undead|
|Michael Hodgman with Varagur v Steve Malone with Varangur|
|John (Carter) Mullins with Dwarfs playing Jon Carter, playing the John Carter of Mars (Ogre) army. |
|Kara Brown with Abyssal Dwarfs v Matthew Temple with Forces of the Abyss|
We had a break for lunch, where everyone set up their armies for judging and voting. (I don't think the Wendy's in Lebanon IN was quite ready for the drive-thru order they got from us :-) ).
|Jon Carter's John Carter of Mars Ogre army|
|John Mullins Dwarf Army|
|Kyle Martin's Undead|
|Grace Patterson's Forces of Nature|
|Marshall Temple's Ratkin|
|Felix Castro's Forces of Nature|
|Jeff Franz's Nightstalkers|
|Paul Cravo's Sylvan Kin|
|Kara Brown's Abyssal Dwarfs|
|Matthew Temple's Forces fothe Abyss|
|Michael Hodgman's Varangur|
|Steve Malone's Varangur|
|Matt Hodgman's Dwarfs|
|Austin Lesh's Undead|
To make this a bit unique, every player brought a storm elemental model (with a special profile) and special abilities that changed each game. Plus the players voted on the best model.
Crushing Strength(1), Thunderous Charge (1), Pathfinder
Elements will have a subtype that will be announced before
each game as part of the scenario
Rain – add Icy
Breath(6), Radiance of Life
Wind – add Wind
Blast(8), Aura( Wild Charge(+1) )
Lightning – add
Lightning Bolt(4), Cloak of Death
|John Mullins Storm Elemental|
|Jon Carter's Storm Elemental|
|Kyle Martin's Storm Elemental|
|Grace Patterson's Storm Elemental|
|Morgan Temple's Storm Elemental|
|Felix Castro's Storm Elemental|
|Jeff Franz's Storm Elemental|
|Paul Cravo's Storm Elemental|
|Kara Brown's Storm Elemental|
|Matt Temple's Storm Elemental|
|Michael Hodgman's Storm Elemental|
|Steve Malone's Storm Elemental|
|Matt Hodgman's Storm Elemental|
|Austin Lesh's Storm Elemental|
After lunch, round two got started.
|Jeff Franz v Marshall Temple|
|Steve Malone v John Mullins|
|Matt Hodgman v Matt Temple|
|Jon Carter v Paul Cravo|
|Kyle Martin v Kara Brown|
|Felix Castro v Austin Lesh|
|Grace Patterson v Mike Hodgman|
Then we started round 3 right on time
|Jeff Franz v Steve Malone|
|Mike Hodgman v John Mullins|
|Austin Lesh v Kara Brown|
|Jon Carter v Matthew Temple|
|Grace Patterson v Felix Castro|
|Matt Hodgman v Paul Cravo|
|Kyle Martin v Marshall Temple|
After a good nights rest, we got back at a bright and early 9:30 am to start round 4.
|Matt Hodgman v Marshall Temple|
|John Mullins v Jeff Franz|
|Mike Hodgman v Felix Castro|
|Paul Cravo v Kara Brown|
|Jon Carter v Kyle Martin|
|Steve Malone v Austin Lesh|
|Matt Temple v Grace Patterson|
Unfortunately after round 4 we lost a player, so I stepped in to get my butt beat :-)
There was a quick lunch break with free pizza and drinks for all, and then started the final round!
|Paul Cravo v Mike Hodgman|
|Kyle Martin v Matt Temple|
|Austin Lesh v Jon Carter|
|Felix Castro stuck playing me|
|Steve Malone v Kara Brown|
|Matt Hodgman v Jeff Franz|
|Marshall Temple v Grace Patterson|
And with that, it was all over but the cheering (and weeping).
Dice Hate Me: Austin Lesh - Star Saga game, new dice, wound cards
Best Elemental: Jon Carter - $40 Mantic gift code
|Jon Carter's Storm Elemental|
Best Appearance: Matthew Temple - $40 Mantic gift code
Jesse Cornwell Sportsman Award: Grace Patterson - $40 Mantic Gift Code
Best General: Jeff Franz - $70 Mantic Gift Code
Overall Champion: Steve Malone - $90 Mantic Gift Code
A full breakdown of each round and the final scores is available here
So overall a great weekend. Things went extremely smoothly, to the point that while next year we hope to have the full IndyStorm convention, we are considering using this venue for a tournament again! There was really only a single hitch when we lost a player.
Next up in six weeks is Adepticon in Chicago!
Because it is all fun and games . . .
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