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Chicago Area Regional Info : June 30, 2012

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With roughly 6 weeks to go, I thought it would be a good time to post some more detailed information for the Chicago Area Regional. The Chicago Area Regional will be the LAST CHANCE to participate in a 2012 Regional competition before Gencon in August and the World Championships in November. (Yes, there is a Regional in Tennessee on the same day, but with the time difference, this is still the "last chance".)

 

Place: Games Plus, 101 W. Prospect Dr., Mount Prospect, Illinois, 60056

Date: Saturday, June 30, 2012

Time: 12 noon (registration), 1pm (first round begins)

Format: Joust Format. 4-5 Rounds of Swiss pairing (single game, not best of 3…), cutting to single elimination (4-12, depending on turn out)

Rules: All standard AGoT rules, as outlined in the Core Set Rulebook, Current FAQ, and Tournament Rules will be followed. REMINDER: Cards from the "Beyond the Narrow Sea" Chapter Pack cycle will not be legal at the Regional, even though the first 2 packs may be available by June 30.

Entry Fee: $5. That's right, just $5.

 

Agenda of Events:

Friday, June 29th: Starting around 6pm, we will do a "meet and greet" with casual play of AGoT (and anything else people are in the mood to play) at the store for anyone who is around and wants to get together. It's a great opportunity to get to know people, tweak decks, see how other metas are approaching the game, and so forth the serious competition begins.

Saturday, June 30th: Registration begins at noon. The first round of Swiss will start at 1pm. This will be a Joust competition with a cut to single-elimination rounds for the Top 4-12 after Swiss (depending on turnout) to determine the winner of the Regional. Standard AGoT tournament rules will apply. All deckbuilding rules, including banned and restricted lists, will be used. Cards from the "Beyond the Narrow Sea" cycle will not be legal. Period. Decklists are preferred (please come with them prepared at registration….). Regional Prize support from FFG includes a trophy for the winner, stylish wooden House cards for the finalists, kick-ass play mats for the Top 4, art prints for the Top 8, and special Regionals House cards for the Top 16.

Thinking of heading home if you don't make the elimination cut? Well, don't! During the elimination rounds, we are holding a Draft event for everyone else! We will be drafting from booster packs from CCG sets. For anyone who has never drafted AGoT, it is a blast. The deck construction rules in AGoT draft are as follows:

  1. We will be drafting 4 booster packs for a total of 44 cards. These 44 cards will be supplemented with basic resources (see below)
  2. Minimum deck size is 40 cards. (With 21 possible supplemental cards, maximum size is 65)
  3. There is no copy limit. If you draft 8 of something, you can use 8 of something.
  4. Nothing is banned or restricted. If you draft it, you can use it.
  5. When building your deck, you may use 2 Houses (including "House only" cards from either House) instead of 1. If you do, you may not use an Agenda (if you drafted one) and will need 20 power to win instead of 15.
  6. Plot decks are 7 cards, chosen from among the basic 7 supplemented for each player (see below) and those that are drafted. "House only" restrictions on plot cards are enforced.

 

In building the deck, you can supplement the cards you draft with the following basic resource locations and plots:

  • 3x Crossroads (Core Set)
  • 3x The Roseroad (Kings of the Storm)
  • 3x The Searoad (Kings of the Storm)
  • 3x Kingsroad Fiefdom (Queen of Dragons)
  • 3x Narrow Sea (Core Set, Lords of Winter, Kings of the Storm)
  • 3x Summer Sea (Core Set, Princes of the Sun, Queen of Dragons)
  • 3x Sunset Sea (Core Set, Kings of the Sea, Lions of the Rock)
  • Counting Favors (Core Set)
  • Fleeing to the Wall (Core Set)
  • Summoning Season (Core Set)
  • Wildfire Assault (Core Set)
  • Alliance (Princes of the Sun)
  • Calm Before the Storm (Lords of Winter)
  • Regroup (Kings of the Storm)

While we will try to have extra sets of these 28 cards available at the event, it would be really, really helpful if people could pull their own from their collections.

 

 

If there are any questions, contact me through PM or at kevra1575@yahoo.com

Should be a great day playing a great game. Hope to see tons of people there.

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Da Wolf Pack said:

And by "anything else people want to play" he means that Adam will be pleading with people to play L5R.
Implying that you won't be?

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ktom said:

Da Wolf Pack said:

And by "anything else people want to play" he means that Adam will be pleading with people to play L5R.

Implying that you won't be?

 

Somehow I do not think there will be much pleading.  I think you'll have to make sure that if those two are paired that they actually plat AGoT during their match. 

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tofubones said:

ktom said:

 

Da Wolf Pack said:

And by "anything else people want to play" he means that Adam will be pleading with people to play L5R.

Implying that you won't be?

 

 

 

Somehow I do not think there will be much pleading.  I think you'll have to make sure that if those two are paired that they actually plat AGoT during their match. 

 

There's a new idea, each round of the regional play the card game of your choice.  It would be fine and dandy until Thatcher chooses strip poker…..

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Da Wolf Pack said:

It would be fine and dandy until Thatcher chooses strip poker…..
~ And of that note, I'll be booking my plane ticket to Tennessee now….

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ktom said:

Da Wolf Pack said:

It would be fine and dandy until Thatcher chooses strip poker…..

~ And of that note, I'll be booking my plane ticket to Tennessee now….

 

 

Oh gosh, Ktom, I'm so sorry. Did you not hear that our regional just got cancelled? Yeah, it was about 10 minutes after you put this post up. lol

 

j/k everyone. Please come to TN.

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widowmaker93 said:

ktom said:

 

Da Wolf Pack said:

It would be fine and dandy until Thatcher chooses strip poker…..

~ And of that note, I'll be booking my plane ticket to Tennessee now….

 

 

 

 

Oh gosh, Ktom, I'm so sorry. Did you not hear that our regional just got cancelled? Yeah, it was about 10 minutes after you put this post up. lol

 

j/k everyone. Please come to TN.

 

And by please come to TN he means, pretend you are going to TN to make him feel better but come to Illinois instead.  That's real nice of you to say that BTW.

 

-Goshdarnstud

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CORRECTION:

As per the new tourney rules document posted today, the 1st Chapter Pack of the "Beyond the Narrow Sea" cycle (Valar Morghulis) will be legal for play on June 30th.

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 Executive decision -

Even though Valar Doheris has been officially released today - 2 weeks before the event - I'm worried about practical availability of the cards throughout the meta. That is, I doubt that everyone in this meta will be equally able to physically lay their hands on the cards in a reasonable time before June 30th.

So, the executive decision is "no Valar Doheris cards for this event."

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ktom said:

 Executive decision -

Even though Valar Doheris has been officially released today - 2 weeks before the event - I'm worried about practical availability of the cards throughout the meta. That is, I doubt that everyone in this meta will be equally able to physically lay their hands on the cards in a reasonable time before June 30th.

So, the executive decision is "no Valar Doheris cards for this event."

~I can assume that, even though your meta likely has the highest percentage of lawyers/law school students, that there is no court of appeal on that decision?

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ktom said:

 Executive decision -

Even though Valar Doheris has been officially released today - 2 weeks before the event - I'm worried about practical availability of the cards throughout the meta. That is, I doubt that everyone in this meta will be equally able to physically lay their hands on the cards in a reasonable time before June 30th.

So, the executive decision is "no Valar Doheris cards for this event."

This is a good decision (even though I won't be there). As an aside, my FLGS said she had a hard time getting ahold of more than a few Valar Morghulis in time for our regionals on June 9, so it's a good call that you're taking into account general availability. I'm glad I didn't make it legal for DC simply for this.

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AGoT DC Meta said:

This is a good decision (even though I won't be there). As an aside, my FLGS said she had a hard time getting ahold of more than a few Valar Morghulis in time for our regionals on June 9, so it's a good call that you're taking into account general availability. I'm glad I didn't make it legal for DC simply for this.
I can understand that. When FFG made the decision to include Valar Morghulis in the remaining regionals, the product had been already been on the shelf for a week or two, making their additional 2-week notice reasonable for inclusion. But if the brick-and-mortar store of the "home meta" (and venue for that matter) couldn't get ahold of it, it would be far less reasonable.

Combine that with the fact that the Chicago meta doesn't actually HAVE a "home" brick-and-mortar store, and it can be that much more complicated.

To clarify for everyone, though: Valar Morghulis - legal. Valar Doheris - not legal.

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boben_fett said:

Also are there any suggestions for hotels or places to crash for the weekend?
The store is 7-8 miles from Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, which is a fairly significant suburban-Chicago landmark. So I'd suggest plugging "Woodfield Mall" into hotels.com and seeing what comes up in your price range.

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boben_fett said:

Also are there any suggestions for hotels or places to crash for the weekend?

I just bought a place about half an hour from the venue, and while I can offer little other than protection from the elements and running water (i.e., bring your own sleeping bag) without much furniture, I actually have plenty of floor space.

Send me a message here and we can figure out logistics.

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Maester_LUke said:

I can assume that, even though your meta likely has the highest percentage of lawyers/law school students, that there is no court of appeal on that decision?

 

Ahhh. I'm down in Champaign-Urbana but I won't be coming.

 

Because I'm taking the Bar Exam at the end of July. 

 

Maybe see some of you at GenCon - for my first tournament ever?

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SethB said:

Maester_LUke said:

 

I can assume that, even though your meta likely has the highest percentage of lawyers/law school students, that there is no court of appeal on that decision?

 

 

 

Ahhh. I'm down in Champaign-Urbana but I won't be coming.

 

Because I'm taking the Bar Exam at the end of July. 

 

Maybe see some of you at GenCon - for my first tournament ever?

~Crap…more lawyers.

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