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  1. Game of Thrones will never, ever be going back to the booster pack model. Not only did the switch to LCG help Game of Thrones from dying off, it has instead helped propel it to thriving status. The LCG model is not FFG's bread and butter for their card games. Asking FFG to go back to a model that was failing them is like asking the mortgage industry to go back to high risk loans that helped lead to the housing crisis of 2008.
  2. I apologize for having to change direction.... But due to a leak in my basement (and the necessary repairs ensuing), as well as a variety of additional issues that have arisen, I will be canceling ValarCon. I appreciate the interest I received in the event, but it unfortunately won't be happening.
  3. You are a f**king coward. I don't know know who are, but you have come on to these boards, hiding behind an anonymous name, calling someone else a snake. You talk about being decent, but you are slinging around the biggest pile of gossipy stinking hypocritical s**t I have ever seen. Congratulations a**hole, you have just made me madder than anyone else in the history of this game. I would give my life for Mr. John Bruno, because I truly know what kind of man he is. Clearly you do not. You, on the other hand, I would like to kick in the nuts with vasectomy-inducing force
  4. lalchant said: There is something that is weighing heavily on my heart. Greg, you are supposed to be a strong supporter of the game and the community but you've done nothing but nitpick and give negative feedback for this idea. Instead of supporting a member of the community who, incidentally, has been playing the game longer than you and your boys, you have been constantly trying to knock down my efforts, turn players away from this tourney and pull attention from this topic. I'm sure it's intimidating to think of facing off against players like Nate French and other real champs instead of players who watched the first 2 seasons of the HBO show and decided to buy a chapter pack as a novelty. Why mention your Valar Con, which is next year, instead of showing some support for an upcoming tourney for this year? No response since I extended the invitation to you, no mention of the King in the North Tourney on your podcast, just some heckling and belittling toward someone who is trying to put something together that is allegedly impossible. Team Covenant has said that if the numbers are there, they will more than likely be involved, I have a celebrity chef catering the event. From what I have seen in your responses, you are more agenda oriented than community oriented. So far, you and yours are the only big names in the community who are responding absolutely negatively and trying to make this impossible. The victors of this tourney will be able to claim that they attained a crown by paying the iron price, not the gold price. BRUNOOOOOO!!! Where are you, brother? I would love to hear from you. A true champion and a true gentleman. You are welcome to email me at gregatkinson38@gmail.com. But attempting to call me out publicly lacks the integrity and respect many players are looking for in a large scale tournament organizer.
  5. In a time not so long ago, and a place not so far…. Before CCG was replaced with LCG…. There was a legend in the Thrones community. He was a man who could throw down drinks with the best of them, whose generosity and contribution to the Thrones community was rivaled by few others. He opened the doors of his home (and pocketbook) and welcomed players from all across the world to match decks, wits and alcoholic fortitude inside the walls of his abode. His name was ProfessorAJ, and for three consecutive years, he hosted Chicon, an event that has never been duplicated. He passed out Booster packs like candy, catered in food and drink to feed the players, and with the help of Ktom and the Sheik, he ran one of the most fantastic Game of Thrones weekends ever seen. There has never been another event that fostered such fantastic community between the Thrones players. And there has never been another player who opened up the doors of his own home to entertain a tournament of 50+ players…. Until now…. Valar Morghulis - All Men Must Die Valar Dohearis - All Men Must Serve Valar Dobblerus - All Men must play Thrones in my home March 7-9, 2014….Nixa, Missouri….Dobbler's home…. ValarCon is coming….
  6. dcdennis said: Wait I thought OP said he already emailed all the best players for feedback about the tourney? Something must have gone wrong because I never got one I think Nate French was the only one who got one
  7. The Red Woman said: Dobbler said: IF I were to get an invite (which is obviously no sure thing), I can't imagine telling my metamates who didn't get an invite "Hey, please drive to Michigan with me. I'm going to play in this awesome tourney, while you guys get the sidekick tourney" Perhaps I misunderstand (and apologies if I do), but I find his point was more of to have a large tournament that is not "Gencon or Worlds". I feel like I would go, though I would never get an "invitation". I'm sure I would have a blast joining the people I went with and seeing the people in this community I've grown close to. Having a large tournament (or two tournaments with a qualifier) mitigates this "exclusive" aspect. With regionals being more spread out this year (something I personally love, but I recognize it has its drawbacks) the competition from regionals is potentially slightly different from years past or "the old ways". Creating an environment for a lot of players (including top players) to travel to is potentially a good thing. I personally am able to travel to far fewer tournaments than I previously intended -- I would never knock another opportunity to do so, especially if it included people on a more national level. However, I also hate exclusivity. While I would attend from a social aspect, you create the difficult situation of creating an environment where everyone feels welcome but you still have the desired effect of "the best of the best" competing. If you use a completely objective scale (winning a world tournament) you exclude some phenomenal players who deserve a substantial amount of recognition -- as mentioned: Nate French and soon-to-be-footrubbed ktom. However, if you make it subjective you make a very difficult decision of you deciding who the best players are, which can be certainly biased based on who you've personally come to see and meet. There are many players that are phenomenal but travel very little. I love the idea, but feel that the execution could have complications. Regardless, I feel that the point was to bring a closer community, not to divide it. While it is stated to be exclusive in its nature, I feel that there could be some benefit by bringing together the "best of the best" in a manner that is not the twice-a-year that FFG has allotted. TL;DR: The idea of a large tournament that is not at Gencon or Worlds has its appeals, and I feel like we should be open to the opportunity. If there is an exclusive aspect to it, side tournaments should be free and plenty. If there isn’t then we should be thrilled for another opportunity to face off against AGoT’s best. Regardless, we should revel in the fact that this community is amazing and worth traveling for. If the idea is truly to build community, then the best example is Chicon (I, II and III). Free drinks, free food, large home, a ton of people coming, no exclusivity, but yet still the best of the best showed up to compete with young upstarts who wanted to prove themselves to be among the best of the best. All of it held outside of the normal convention or formal gaming store atmosphere. Drinks while playing? Sure. Drinks while watching? Sure. Community and relationships built? For sure.
  8. mdc273 said: Dobbler said: For the record, if such a invitation-only tournament was every created, I would not go. I'm not a fan of exclusivity. While I appreciate the shoutout and the props, what makes Thrones great is the fact that both in the OLD days and the NEW days, it is a community game. I built great relationships from 2003-2007, and I have made great relationships with new players from 2008-2013. IF I were to get an invite (which is obviously no sure thing), I can't imagine telling my metamates who didn't get an invite "Hey, please drive to Michigan with me. I'm going to play in this awesome tourney, while you guys get the sidekick tourney" Luigi, while I applaud your attempts at trying to create a larger than life tourney situation, please understand how it will come off to people not invited. And in the LCG era, where the game is packaged, marketed and designed with the intent of encouraging players to jump into the game without card rarity and product exclusivity, a tournament with specific designs of player exclusivity flies in the face of that. What if it weren't exclusive, but required invitees to meet certain qualifications? It appears that right now, the qualifications are something like "previous world champions". Would you object to that? It's no longer subjectively exclusive. It becomes an invitational that is meant to bring the best players around the world, past and present, and see who is the best right now. Heck, if one of my metamates was invited I would be very likely to come with them if asked. Something meaningfully and objectively exclusive is actually a privilege to participate in and I would be glad for them to get to be a part of the experience and would want to support them. That second part is very much something I was thinking during my first post, but I'm already provocative enough that I didn't want to say it, lol. If this tournament becomes subjectively exclusive, it will be derided as simply a clique of players claiming to be the best. If it is objective, then it simply will be what it is. New players could even strive to attend the tournament, so exclusivity is not always bad if it doesn't select out new players for simply being new. Only two players make the final of a tennis tournament like Wimbledon, but just playing at Wimbledon is a privilege that just about any tennis player would want. @lalchant - Props for standing up for the DC guys. They definitely make the game a lot more interesting. "Invitation - only" implies a subjective selection process "Qualification" implies an objective selection process If the idea is to qualify for an event, we already have such a thing. It is called the single elimination portion of the World Championships. The best of the best show up to compete. Only the top 16 records make it to the cut.
  9. For the record, if such a invitation-only tournament was every created, I would not go. I'm not a fan of exclusivity. While I appreciate the shoutout and the props, what makes Thrones great is the fact that both in the OLD days and the NEW days, it is a community game. I built great relationships from 2003-2007, and I have made great relationships with new players from 2008-2013. IF I were to get an invite (which is obviously no sure thing), I can't imagine telling my metamates who didn't get an invite "Hey, please drive to Michigan with me. I'm going to play in this awesome tourney, while you guys get the sidekick tourney" Luigi, while I applaud your attempts at trying to create a larger than life tourney situation, please understand how it will come off to people not invited. And in the LCG era, where the game is packaged, marketed and designed with the intent of encouraging players to jump into the game without card rarity and product exclusivity, a tournament with specific designs of player exclusivity flies in the face of that.
  10. Just in case anyone was wondering, per the official FFG tournament rules, if Captains Command is available this week, it will be legal for this weekends regional! If you aren't sure what cards are in there, they have been spoiled on several of the database sites already. Cards from the following sets are legal upon their release for the 2013 Regionals Season. In North America, all cards are tournament legal upon that pack’s release. Regionals competitors outside North America should check with their TO to determine which cards are tournament legal. Also, one last reminder, if you are coming and need a place to stay on Friday or Saturday night, please let me know.
  11. I have beds for up to 9 people in the new place! Plus a couch that sleeps 2, plus 3 inflatable mattresses. I currently have 9 people confirmed to be staying at my my place for the Missouri regional. Which means I still have more room. And even if we run out of beds/mattresses/couches, I have multiple sleeping bags and 3600 sq ft of floor space. I will also have food and drink for anyone staying here. Only two weeks away!!
  12. Less than a month away from the Missouri regional. I move into my new home in a few days, which means it will absolutely be available for the regional weekend! Please let me know if you are planning on staying!
  13. I've played this game for a decade now. And I simply don't remember another time when the houses were as balanced in the competitive scene as they are right now. As reports of more and more regionals comes forth, I find myself less and less surprised by the diversity of house winnings. Does anyone else feel the same?
  14. Is it really that tough to write an original tourney report?
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