Friday, November 14, 2014

In the Grim Darkness of the 41st Millenium there is only Grim Darkness

I've been playing 40k for as long as I've been playing D&D. I saw the Rogue Trader book at a game store in 1987. I begged my parents to buy it for me. I got it the book for Christmas that year.  They did and it was all over after that.  I've played every edition of 40k. I now own 5 armies: Orks, Tyranids, Space Marines, Chaos Space Marines, and Eldar. The Orks are my favorite. That army is so large it should probably counts as two.

Back in 2008, my brother, who lives in Oklahoma, and I were playing a game of 40k. We started talking about getting all the Oklahoma and Texas 40k players we knew and play a big 40k game.  I suggested I host a tournament!  And so we did.

Yes that does say "fist" instead of first. Eight people showed up to battle it out over two days.  Everyone had a blast!  So we did it again!
  And Again!
And Again! 

In 2013 we moved it to February, with everyone having kids it was too close to the holidays.

 And now we've been doing it for 6 years. I didn't think it would last this long, but it's the reason we all still play 40k.  Everyone spends all year working on their armies and playing in order to prep for the tourney.  The tourney is a mini-convention now.  Everyone arrives on Friday and we play RPGs or boardgames all day. On Saturday, we play 40k all day and then  more boardgames that night. On Sunday the final two games of 40k are played and everyone packs up and heads home.  A lot of beer is involved.

At some point it grew from 8 people to 10 people, with a few players coming from even further away than Oklahoma. Some players suggested that we might have to move the tourney to a game store if it got too much bigger.  I reminded them that a game store would probably frown on the coolers of beer and multiple bottles of whiskey that go along with our tourney.

This years tourney is already set and I'm planning to playtest my Thundarr DCC game on anyone who shows up on Friday!