Feb 26th, 2013 by Terence Jason Dorman
by Ian Spiegel-Blum, Director of Organized Play
I’d like to start out my February blar by highlighting Ambassador Phillip B, who led a very successful demo event with the University of Tulsa Table Top Club on the 23rd! Twenty new players participated in the event.
Tulsa has always been a hot spot for The Spoils activity thanks to Team Covenant’s continued support, and I’m excited to see what these new players can come up with moving forward. Great job Phillip, and welcome to all the new players!
Many players took part in our Winter Limited Championships during February. Despite winter being almost over, we’re going to extend the final date for the new venues to host a WLC until March 31st to provide even more opportunities for new players to take part. Again, the details are as follows:
Winter Limited Championships!
Dates: February 26 – March 31st
Format: Second Edition Limited
Cost of Entry: $25
1st Place: Winter Championship T-Shirt + Hat + 100 Red Sleeves + 100 Purple Sleeves, Foil EPIC Faction, Micromajig Token
2nd Place: Winter Championship T-shirt + 100 Red Sleeves + Foil EPIC Faction, Micromajig Token
3rd – 4th Place: 50 Red Sleeves
Each participant will receive a random Second Edition Foil Rare
Additional product prize support given out at the host store’s discretion.
Players: Contact your local store for more information – and if they haven’t already set up an event, then offer to help them run it. Remember that it will be possible to participate in the event that you judge yourself using the Three Judge System.
Retailers: To set up an event please contact us at “organizedplay (at) thespoils (dot) com” (or in Europe send an email to “info (at) arcanetinmen (dot) dk”
In January, we began sanctioning Revolution Events to provide official support for unorthodox formats, including Showdown and Pauper, with pewter Micromajigs up for prize.
March Revolution Format: Rainbow Connection
This is a format originally created by El Pez on the forums. While it might sound complicated, the format is actually quite cool! Print out the Faction card below and give the format a try.
The rules as described in the thread “New Casual Game Type- All-5 Sequential” are:
Each player has to build a very specific deck which must:
Use all 5 Trades.
Have a sequence of either a Character or a Tactic of each numeric cost 0-7 for each Trade.
Have a sequence of either an Item or a Location of each numeric cost 0-6 (from any Trades).
Have 6 of each staple Resource (or 5 of each staple and one of each double Resource).
Use 2 face-down staple Resources as the starting Resources.
That means that the deck will have 8 cards from each Trade (not counting items or locations), 7 items and/or locations, 30 Resources, and 2 face-down staples. I sleeved Faction cards backwards for the starting Resources, but you can use staples, or cards sleeved backwards. I know that sounds crazy when your starters provide no threshold, but we came up with a Faction that makes it work. These restrictions make deck-building interesting, and with new cards, new options will become available.
The Faction for A5S starts at 30 Influence and has normal Restore/Develop/Draw/Resource rules, but also lets you pay 5 at any time to search your deck for a staple Resource and put it in your hand. The Faction also provides one of each Threshold.
Once there are more Items and Locations, the deck-building may become a sequence of 0-7 cost Items, and a sequence of 0-5 cost Locations. I have also thought of including one of each 3-Tier Location (Drill Garrison, Heist Training Grounds, etc…) in addition to the Item/Location sequence.
Side Note: As a house rule, we have been playing with no Unique cards. If you and your friends would like to allow or dis-allow Uniques, then do whatever is the most fun! Other options could be one Unique per Trade, or whatever you want. When I thought of the format, my collection was relatively small, and no Unique cards seemed more fair.
I’d love to hear what formats you, the player, would like to see moving forward. Please comment below!
In addition to the Revolution Event and WLC, two conventions are coming up in the month of March!
The Spoils will be at Madicon at James Madison University on March 8-10th. I will be there running free demos and Draft flights all weekend! If you’re in the Virginia area, I hope to see you there.
The following week, March 15th-17th, Ken will be hosting a booth at Megacon, one of Florida’s largest conventions. For a full list of events, check out the forums here.
Oh, and the winner of the Megacon Limited Championships will walk away with one of these…
Isn’t that mat epic? I see a lot of myself in the Doodmaker.
Check back next month for more details regarding Organized Play. While I can’t make any announcements quite yet, I’ll invite you all to speculate on what might be on the horizon. Trust me, if you like the art above, you’ll love what we have coming next.
Stay classy, stay warm, and play Spoils.
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