Imdaar Alpha was fun and enjoyable, promoting not only the upcoming Wave IV ships but also allowing players to meet new people, see new builds and strategies. With that said, I couldn't help but chuckle at one particular participant who selectively applied rules throughout the event. It's been said competition brings out the worst in people but I couldn't help but laugh at some of the more blatant rules violations. Following is a list of the shenanigans I witnessed:
- ID tokens to distinguish between generic pilots weren't used
- Maneuver dials were placed next to pilot cards versus ship to enable maneuver switches during activation
- Action tokens were placed between generic pilot cards (vs ship) and then shared as situations warranted
- Spent action tokens weren't cleared but were reused in the same round
- Damage cards to one generic pilot were assigned to other twin as to avoid ship destruction
- Faceup damage card effects were ignored
- Check pilot stress step ignored to allow perform actions
- Slow roll the final 10 minutes of match to avoid a loss or prevent an opponent from upgrading from a modified win to outright win
As a rule, I usually don't pay much attention to what other players are doing but in this case after attacking and dealing 8 uncancelled hits to one TIE Interceptor, I couldn't help but notice.
Was winning an advance copy of a Wave IV ship so important to risk getting thrown out of the tournament and suffer damage to your reputation?
On a side note, the player in question here did not place but it sure wasn't for lack of trying!