This past weekend we ran the Kings of War Grand Prix of Michigan, and once again it was a blast. We had 20 players at the Lansing Convention Center with the other events of the Michigan GT (including Tournaments for Armada, Firefight and Deadzone as well).
|Front - Dave Baker, Rob Phaneuf, Donny Krosch, Matt Temple, Mike Hodgman, Kris Kapsner. Middle - Jason Black, Matt Hodgman, Dylan Scribner, Blake Shrode, Eric Reiss, Daniel Bryan, Scott Schnlichter, Nathan Johnson. Back - Jon Carter, Jeff Franz, Tom Ziegler, Marshall Temple, Erich Trowbridge, Kris Degrow|
We got started bright early at 9 am on Saturday
|Erich Trowbridge v Marshall Temple|
|Rob Phaneuf v Dave Baker|
|Jason Black v Kris DeGrow|
|Dan Bryan v Tom Ziegler|
|Nathan Johnson v Jeff Franz|
|Matt Hodgman v Kris Kapsner|
|Jon Carter v Donny Krosch|
|Matt Temple v Eric Reiss|
|Dyklan Scribner v Scott Schlichter|
|Blake Shrode v Mike Hodgman|
After the first round, we took a lunch break and everyone set up their armies for paint judging and favorite army voting.
|Blake Shrode's Abyssal Dwarfs|
|Dan Bryan's Trident Realms of Neritica|
|David Baker's Salamanders|
|Donny Krosch's Goblins|
|Dylan Scribner's Westeros themed Sylvan Kin|
|Erich Trowbridge's Orcs|
|Eric Reiss' Nightstalkers|
|Jason Black's Ogres|
|Jeff Franz's Salamanders|
|Jon Carter's Squirrelkin (Ratkin)|
|Kris DeGrow's Empire of Dust|
|Kris Kapsner's Herd|
|Marshall Temple's Undead|
|Matt Temple's Forces of the Abyss|
|Matt Hodgman's Dwarfs|
|Mike Hodgman's Nightstalkers|
|Nate Johnson's Salamanders|
|Rob Phaneuf's Kingdom of Men (or Kingdoms of Half-men as he called them)|
|Schott schlicter's Undead|
|Tom Ziegler's Ratkin|
Then Round 2 started
|Nathan Johnson v Matt Hodgman|
|Dan Byran v Jon Carter|
|Matt Temple v Schott Schlicter|
|Erich Trowbridge v Tom Ziegler|
|Jeff Franz v Donny Krosch|
|Kris DeGrow v Dylan Scribner|
|Marshall Temple v Mike Hodgman|
|Blake Shrode v Eric Reiss|
|Kris Kapsner v Rob Phaneuf|
|Jason black v Dave Baker|
There was just a quick break between rounds 2 and 3
|Eric Reiss v Dylan Scribner|
|Dan Byran v Nate Johnson|
|Mike Hodgman v Donny Krosch|
|Kris DeGrow v Jon Carter|
|Tom Ziegler v Marshall Temple|
|Jeff Franz v Dave Baker|
|Blake Shrode v Rob Phaneuf|
|Matt on Matt action!!! - Hodgeman v Temple|
|Kris Kapsner v Erich Trowbridge|
|Scott Scribner v Jason Black|
Thanks to Blake for adding a few additional photos.
Several of us went to Meat BBQ
for dinner Saturday night. The brisket was delicious!
|Back of far table - Jason's friend, Jason Black, Marshall Temple, Matt Temple.|
Front of far table - Dan Bryan, Nate Johnson, Jeff Franz.
Back of Near Table - Kris Kapsner, Donny Krosch, Tom Ziegler, Kim Lederer, Eric Reiss.
Front of Near Table - the TO, Dylan Scribner, Rob Phaneuf.
Mantic had a nice booth and was giving Armada demos
Blake had also set up his 'Big Game' for people to see.
Round 4 started Sunday morning. We had a couple of players just a few minutes late (because the MI-GT web site had the start time wrong), but everyone got playing pretty quickly.
Unfortunately I actually was busy talking about the game with some potential new players, and didn't realize I hadn't gotten any game pictures until the round was almost over
|Donny Krosch and Kris Kapsner|
|Mike Hodgman v Scott Schlichter|
|Matt Hodgman v Dave Baker|
|Jason Black v Nate Johnson|
|Blake Shrode v Dylan Scribner|
|Jeff Franz v Kris DeGrow|
|Matt Temple v Dan Bryan|
|Jon Carter v Marshall Temple|
|Tom Ziegler v Rob Phaneuf|
|Erich Trowbridge v Eric Reiss|
And then it was over. Everyone walked away with a door prize - we were able to give away 7 Army Boxes, a lot of Terrain Crate stuff, and a $50 gift certificate to Elrik Hobbies. So thanks to Mantic and the Michigan GT for the fantastic prize support (as well as the mugs for the winners).
First were the 'favorite' awards - voted on by the other players. First Jon Carter won favorite army for this SquirrelKin.
But Blake would not let him sit down, as he ALSO won the award for Favorite Chariot. (The only awards you can win multiple of are the voted awards).
Matt Temple won the coveted Counter-Charger award, for coming dead-middle for Battle score.
Donny Krosch won Best Appearance for this Goblins
Dylan Scribner won Best General.
Then finally, to no one's surprise, Kris Kapsner won overall Pole Position - i.e. the Champion. Kris is truly a triple threat - he actually had the maximum score for Best General, Best Appearance AND Best Sportsman (but could only win the one award).
Finally, Erich Trowbridge won the Best Sportsman award!
Blake got one more picture of Kris and Donny holding the (wip) trophy that will eventually have each winner's name added to it.
Overall it was a GREAT time, and ran very smoothly. We did run into a couple of actual rules questions (ex - if a devastated hero gets ShadowBeast cast on him, does he halve those attacks as well (with the current CoK 2021 rules YES, but with the new all-in-one book that comes out next year - NO).
Blake and I thank all the players for coming out, and we hope to keep this growing. See you all next year, and I hope a lot of you at War Kings III
November 11 & 12.
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