This past weekend was the return of the War Kings GT - War Kings III - Return of the War King. This year it was held at Game Table Adventures in Newark Ohio, and we had 18 players.
This was a 2300 point, 5 round tournament. In addition, every player had to bring a free unique living legend for their "War King" - using these rules.
It started off a little cold, but the snow held off until we were busy playing.
|Round 1 started right on time|
|Allen Blount v Mike Early|
|Dan White v Steve Mallone|
|Kara Brown v Henry Williams|
|Kyle Ritchey v Paul Crave|
|Ken Crawford v Marshall Temple|
|Roger Connor v Jon Carter|
|Blake Shrode v Felix Castro|
|Grace Patterson v Ray Weiandt|
|Matthew Temple v David Baker|
We brought in Jimmy John's for lunch, and everyone set out their armies and special war king models for display, paint judging and voting.
|Matthew Temple's Forces of the Abyss|
|Azuca the Slayer|
|David Baker's Salamanders|
|Dave Baker's War King|
|Jon Carter's SquirrelKin (Ratkin)|
|Jon Carter's War King|
|Roger Connor's Undead|
|Andar the Undying|
|Grace Patterson's Fishstalkers (Nightstalkers)|
|Grace Patterson's War King|
|Ray Weiandt's Forces of the Abyss|
|Ray'su'zsu the Unknown|
Minor Lord of the Six Circle.
Ba’su’su’s cousin's brother's step-sister's neighbor's plumber's personal accountant.
|Marshall Temple's Undead|
|Ken Crawford's Northern Alliance|
|Ken Crawford's War Queen|
|Felix Castro's Halflings|
|Felix Castro's War King|
|Dan White's Abyssal Dwarfs|
|Dan White's War King|
|Allen Blount's Orcs|
|Stabba Tuffgutz on Bigbite|
|Steve Mallone's Ratkin|
|Steve Malone's Warking|
|Mike Early's Kingdoms of Men|
|Henry William's Forces of the Abyss|
|The Tormented King|
|Blake Shrode's Abyssal Dwarfs|
|Blake Shrode's War King|
|Kyle Ritchey's Goblins|
|Kyle Ritchey's War King|
|Paul Cravo's Sylvan Kin|
|Paul Cravo's War King|
|Jon Carter v Mike Early|
|Paul Cravo v Allen Blount|
|Dan White v Grace Patterson|
|Henry Williams v Felix Castro|
|Ken Crawford v Matthew Temple|
|Kyle Ritchey v Ray Weiandt|
|Blake Shrode v Kara Brown|
|Steve Malone v Roger Connor|
Round 3 started right on time.
|Ray Weiandt v Kara Brown|
|Henry Williams v Allen Blount|
|Steve Malone v Kyle Ritchey|
|Blake Shrode v Dave Baker|
|Paul Cravo v Roger Connor|
|Jon Carter v Marshall Temple|
|Felix Castro v Mike Early|
|Grace Patterson v Ken Crawford|
|Dan White v Matthew Temple|
After the third round most of us went to Roosters for wings and drinks, then off for some much needed rest. Everyone then showed up and round 4 got underway.
|Ken Crawford v Ray Weiandt|
|Roger Connor v Dave Baker|
|Blake Shrode v Steve Malone while Erich Trowbridge enthusiastically watches|
|Dan White v Mike Early|
|Jon Carter v Felix Castro|
|Grace Patterson v Kara Brown|
|Henry Williams v Matthew Temple|
|Allen Blount v Kyle Ritchey|
|Paul Cravo v Marshall Temple|
After the game we all enjoyed Marco's pizza, and the players got to see the prize support provided by Mantic Games and the Ohio War Kings
And then round 5 got underway
|Matthew Temple v Mike Early|
|Dave Baker v Felix Castro|
|Allen Blount v Grace Patterson|
|Kara Brown v Roger Connor|
|Dan White v Marshall Temple|
|Jon Carter v Kyle Ritchey|
|Paul Cravo v Steve Malone|
|Henry Williams v Ken Crawford|
|Ray Weiandt v Blake Shrode|
And with that it was all over but hearing the wailing of the women after the crushing of the enemies.
First off were the voted awards.
|Marshall Temple won Best War King and $25 gift certificate|
|All Hail the King Baby. Give me some sugar. He even has his boomstick on his back|
(and yes, he took the Boomstick as part of his War King Build).
I did say that I wish we had an award for the best backstory in a name for Ray Weiandt's War King - "Ray’su’zsu the Unknown, Minor Lord of the Six Circle, Ba’su’su’s cousin's brother's step-sister's neighbor's plumber's personal accountant." Humor and a Mel Brooks reference - if the tournament wasn't two hours from my home I would have tried to do a quick trophy just for that name!
|Ken Crawford won Favorite Army and $25 gift certificate|
|Marshall Temple won Best Appearance and a $50 gift certificate|
|Roger Connor won Best General and a $50 gift certificate. If he would come out and play a bit more often he would dominate the area - but with a new baby at home that is a bit difficult. At least he comes out a couple of times a year to kick everyone's butt.|
For details on on the event, including round pairings and results (both the round and the finals) go to the event page at the War Kings III event page .
Everyone seemed to have a really good time, and are already talking about next year. We hope to be back at Game Table Adventures either the 1st or 3rd weekend in November (to avoid some players anniversaries and family birthdays that kept them from being able to attend).
One last note - we used to this event to test the new Mantic Companion Tournament Software. This is still in beta testing, and I hope we were able to provide a lot of valuable feedback for when it goes live.
Because it is all fun and games . . .