Tournaments: A Decidedly Average Affair
Notes: Not a terribly memorable game. Got eaten alive, and then committed suicide by moving at the double in front of tanks a lot and assaulting 8 tanks with my remaining 10 stands of infantry.
|Dan (left) prepares the Pie Plate. |
Chris (center) and Andrew look on
Notes: Best game so far! Dan and Chris (from Battlefront) faced off with us. Dan had 8 Panzerwerfers with crews and busted out what he termed the 'Pie Plate', or a devastating bombardment template. He pegged 23 hits on one of my Strelkovy in one turn! The game went back and forth and in the end we were down to Dan's half-dozen grenadiers, Chris' three Panthers, four teams from my last Strelkovy company, and a few of Andrew's KVs. A truly epic game! I amy not enjoy tournaments, but I enjoyed the hell out of this game. Thanks to Chris and Dan for an excellent game!
Result 4:3 (barely)
|The business end of Dan's 'pie plate'|
|Where'd that Strelkovy company go?|
|Andrew's KVs await the arrival of Chris' and Dan's reserves|
|My glorious force at the end of game two! (seriously, that was it aside from a mortar company with no targets!)|
Notes: I hate this mission with an unbridled passion, but more on this later. Average game. The game could have done with a stiff dose of fun, like a disco dance-off or silly mustasche & glasses disguises.
For me (and I can't stress the for me bit enough), tournaments are too stressful. Its not just frustrating opponents. A greater amount of responsibility rests with me. I can sometimes grow too competitive and spiteful and I don't like where that can take me. Furthermore, I'm quite introverted and being around a lot of people drains me completely within an hour. That said, it is entirely possible for me to have a great game, as was the case with our second game.
Its a tough call, but I can honestly say that I don't enjoy playing in tournaments, and when you don't enjoy something, it doesn't make sense to keep trying it. So, I'll probably excuse myself from future events until such a time that I can build up the courage to try again or forget why I don't like them, whichever comes first.
Even so, I like watching people playing in tournament and I'm happy to see people enjoying the game. So, I won't be a twisted grump hiding under a rock like Gollum. I think I'll try to visit tournaments and even bring an army along in case there is an odd-man out who would like a pick-up game. I love seeing all of the armies that people have been hard at work getting ready for the tournament. I like talking with people and checking out terrain. So, I don't want my readers to go away thinking I hate tournaments, I just don't enjoy playing in them. I hope that makes sense! Anyway, here's some great pictures of day one of the tournament. :)