On Saturday December 3rd, we held the 7th Gem City Massacre - once again at Epic Loot Games in Centerville OH. This year we filled the store with 16 players, a fantastic turnout. This was our capacity, though the store did give us two more tables (Friday night we had 18 players) but we had a total of three people having to drop due to illness.
|Austin Lesh, Jim Livers, Steve Malone, Don Gorman, Tom Ziegler, Henry Williams, Marshall Temple, Paul Cravo, Jimmy Livers, Dave Baker, Grace Patterson, Matthew Temple, Erich Trowbridge, Felix Castro, Dan White and Kara Brown.|
We had three players come up from northern Kentucky who were a little late, so we got started a bit late. Once everyone was there Round 1 started.
|Henry Williams v Paul Cravo|
|Felix Castro v Jimmy Livers|
|Austin Lesh v Kara Brown|
|Erich Trowbridge v Marshall Temple|
|Tom Ziegler v David Baker|
|Jim Livers v Dan White|
|Steve Malone v Don Gorman|
|Matthew Temple v Grace Patterson|
The Ohio War Kings provided pizza for lunch, as well as trophies and door prizes. Mantic Games gave us gift codes for the winners as well.
|Everyone walked away with something!|
Also during lunch all the armies were on display for appearance judging, favorite army voting, and favorite special character.
|Don Gorman's Forces of Nature|
|Steve Malone's Forces of the Abyss|
|Grace Patterson's Fishstalkers (Nightstalkers)|
|Matthew Temple's Forces of the Abyss|
|Marshall Temple's Undead|
|Erich Trowbridge's Goblins|
|David Baker's Salamanders|
|Tom Ziegler's Forces of Nature|
|Henry William's Forces of the Abyss|
|Felix Castro's Halflings|
|Kara Brown's Riftforged Orcs|
|Austin Lesh's Undead|
|Dan White's Abyssal Dwarfs|
|Jimmy Liver's Twilight Kin|
|Jim Liver's Goblins|
|Paul Cravo's Sylvan Kin|
In addition, each player brought a special character - Kringle for good armies, Krampus for evil (and neutral picked). They all had the same profile, and all had specific tournament objectives.
|Don Gorman's Jack Frost as Krampus|
|Steve Malone's Krampus|
|Grace Patterson's Krampus|
|Matthew Temples Reaper Sophie as Krampus|
|Marshall Temple's Jack Skellington as Krampus|
|Erich Trowbridge's Krampus|
|David Baker's Kringle|
|Tom Zieglers Krampus|
|Henry Williams actually did Kringle fighting Krampus!|
|Felix Castro's Kringle|
|Kara Brown's Krampus|
|Austin Lesh's Krampus|
|Dan White's Krampus|
|Jimmy Livers' Krampus|
|Jim Livers' Krampus|
|Paul Cravo's Kringle|
So after much pizza was consumed and the armies were weighed, measured (and hopefully not found wanting), everyone picked their favorites and round 2 started up!
|Jim Livers v Grace Patterson|
|Jimmy Livers v Matthew Temple|
|Erich Trowbridge v Dan White|
|Kara Brown v Tom Ziegler|
|Austin Lesh v Steve Malone|
|Henry Williams v Felix Castro|
|Don Gorman v Marshall Temple|
|Paul Cravo v David Baker|
We took a small break, and then got started on the final round.
|Felix Castro v Paul Cravo|
|David Baker v Steve Malone|
|Matthew Temple v Austin Lesh|
|Erich Trowbridge v Jimmy Livers|
|Henry Williams v Don Gorman|
|Jim Livers v Tom Ziegler|
|Kara Brown v Dan White|
|Marshall Temple v Grace Patterson|
And that wrapped it up. We actually had two players go 3-0 (which can happen with only 3 games and 16 players), but scenario and attrition points gave us clear (but close) winners.
|Don Gorman got the Dice Hate Me award (because it was his dice that caused him to come in last place) and new Ohio War Kings Dice and Wound Cards|
|Henry Williams took the award for Best Krampus for his awesome Kringle v Krampus mini diorama|
|Grace Patter's Fishstalkers took the Best Appearance award|
|David Baker won Best Generall with a 3-0 record.|
|In a repeat of last year, Jim Livers once again came up from Kentucy to win the Jesse Cornwell Sportsman Award.|
|And with a perfect 3-0 record, Erich Trowbridge won overall.|
We tried testing the Mantic Companion Tournament software again - however it has not been updated since War Kings, so we will have to wait for the Elliot to be able to do updates.
It was a great time, and I think everyone had fun. We hope to have room for more next year!
Because it is all fun and games . . .
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