Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Something New on the Horizon...
I've just gotten done having another lunch meeting with two respected members of Legio Malaysia, Arzmi and Khairul. As some of you may already know, they are planning to run a 40K Doubles Tournament. This tournament is taking place on March 5th, and very soon we'll be posting more details on this event. However, before we do, there's another part of this tournament that represents a brand-new concept to Legio tournament play. This will be the first "Legio Hobby Tournament" we've ever run, as opposed to the "Legio Tournament" events we've run up to this point. "What's a Legio Hobby Tournament?" you might ask...
Legio Hobby Tournaments (LHTs) are events that will feature the "hobby side" of things as the primary award emphasis. Best Army is the highest award that will be given out at an LHT, and the winner of this category also gets the Purity Seal. Unless there's some kind of odd format to the event (who knows what other LHTs we'll do in the future?), there will also be the normal Best Sportsman Award, as well as a Best General award given out to the player that has the highest overall victory points. However, Best General and Best Sportsman do NOT get the Purity Seal in LHTs. That singular award is reserved for the Best Army award, which will typically include painting, modeling, and background detail in the judging.
Don't get me wrong- these tournaments will be just as competitive and fair as any of the others we've run. Swiss system still applies, scenarios are fun and challenging, and players who live for the thrill of designing unbeatable lists can still have a ball crushing everyone underneath their mighty tread. Should this person have the highest battle point total, they will be known as the tournament's Best General and receive a trophy for their accomplishment. The challenge and thrill are still there. If you're not a strong painter, or you dislike painting and just get the minimum standard done, that's completely cool. You'll still get three games and a crack at some trophies.
Hopefully this makes sense to everyone. Personally, I think it's a great idea that came up during our brainstorming for the Doubles Tournament. I know there are more than a few folks out there who get their primary thrills from building and painting armies that tell a story and reflect a particular theme. This type of event is just for you.
For those who do not find much joy in these things, have no fear. The "Legio Tournament" format we've been doing is not going anywhere. We'll definitely run at least one big Legio Tournament next year, and you can expect the same tough games, great armies, and cool opponents as you've experienced in the past. The Legio Hobby Tournament format just offers tournament organizers a chance to create an event that puts the spotlight squarely on the hobby side of things. The 40K Doubles Tournament will be the first one using this format, and we sincerely hope that everyone has a great time.
In the meantime, what do you guys think about this? Post and discuss!