Monday, October 8, 2012

Chaos Cup 2012 "recap"

Warning: after reading this post I can't help but notice how negative it seems. It is my intention to post my personal experience at one of the largest Blood Bowl events in North America for those who may be interested, and for my own historical information. I have nothing bad to say about how Chaos Cup is/was run, nor the fine folks I played against, but as you will see by reading below it wasn't a great time for me. Carry on...

Chaos Cup 2012 Nurgle Legacy Team - photo courtesy of Nuffle Hate Me
Well it's been a month or so since I attended Chaos Cup 2012. I had a bunch of notes taken from my matches and I promptly lost them on my return home. Here is my rough run down of the (mostly personal) events as I recall them now (which isn't well).


- Took the day off to leave early and beat Chicago traffic. Failed to do either. Stuck in traffic for an hour plus near the city but did finally make it to the hotel where the event was taking place. 
- Stopped by a Whole Foods, bought and ate some foods, and bought some beer. Highlight of the weekend? Drinking New Belgium 1554 is certainly up there.
- Played a round of Zombicide in the lobby where many nerds were gaming. Realized I am not really a fan of the Zombicide gameplay and I am glad I didn't contribute to their massive Kickstarter. Really slick board and pieces though!
- Drank a lot, tied my ZWF match during the "Uncivil War" and ran away from hotel security crashed the N64 event and proceeded to get a few hours of sleep. 

- Woke up feeling like death (as I typically do when traveling). Ate a bit of food I brought with me and made my way to the site of Chaos Cup 2012!
- Played 4 games against fun opponents. You can see my results in the "Real Time Bore" feed to the left on the sidebar if you like. Day didn't go well for me. 
- Went to the after tournament drinking spot, got there late and didn't have anywhere to sit. Felt like the "not cool kid" and got bummed out. Bought an $8 glass of beer and got more bummed out. Got a tiny expensive pizza and got downright suicidal. Left to find other amusement.
- Spent the last portion of the evening running around WalMart and the local area trying to get all the photos we needed to win the Skavenger Hunt and looking like a nutter.
- Slept like the dead. 

- Woke up feeling ready to take on the last 2 games of the tournament and dedicated to getting a win. 
- Lost both of my games and got nothing. 
- Lost the Skavenger Hunt in a way that pissed me off. 
- Left feeling bummed out and angry and broke and wondering why I went to the event. 
- Got stuck in traffic on the way home for almost two hours. 
- Figured out a way to restart our local league in the car on the way home.

The end. I took a team I thought might hack it, had miserable dice luck (as is typical - one example is only 6 instances of my opponent's rolling Foul Appearance in 6 full games), and a string of fun opponents, and took almost last place (77th out of 80).

One thing that occurred to me... I should bring better teams. If I am going to lose badly anyway I should stop giving myself a reason to lose before I start. Having said that there were plenty of Nurgle teams higher in the rankings and my matchups didn't even include any Dwarfs! Working on my Necromantic team now...

Our local league is starting up again, here's hoping it lasts so I have a reason to still enjoy Blood Bowl!! I'm playing Vampires (the Strigoi Slash) against Skaven, Humans, and Lizardmen. Should be a fairly even playing field? Our new season starts today.... wish us luck!


Axtklinge said...

That bad huh?

Try to have a humorous look at it. I'm sure next time it will work out better.

For what is worth, your team looks very cool!

Randroid said...

Staying positive certainly made the whole thing more fun, but it only takes you so far.

I wish I had a good way to document the terrible dice luck I have. Perhaps I have some sort of extra sensory ability which allows me to manipulate statistics, only in the way that is unfavorable to myself?

I'm still excited about Chaos Cup 2013!!

Oh, and I finished ALL OF MY GAMES! I only encountered a couple of slow players and we were still able to get all our turns in. That is a win for me... no doubt!

Paul of the Man Cave said...

You should send me the cool swag so it doesnt cause you any bad flashbacks :-)

I'm sure that in the end you enjoyed being there and having some new and different opponents - as I tell my son, we play for fun, and winning is a bonus!

Axtklinge said...

I know what you mean Randroid.
We put so much effort in the entire process (sculpting, painting, brainstorming, etc.), that it really tastes bitter when it all goes down with those - statistically wrong - consecutive bad dice rolls.

It's just like Paul said, we've gotta do it for fun.
Then if we win it's just the cherry on the top, because the fun (having a laugh with new and old friends, watching and picking up ideas for a ton of cool minis, grabbing cool swag, ...), well the 'fun', that no stooopid bad dice roll can take away from us!
Hope it helped.

Randroid said...

Well if my first league game is anything to go by I am in for a long road of crummy dice misery on the way to the roadside "fun".

Better get back to building this Deathroller!!