- General who claims the most victory points (kills the most)
- General who loses the least victory points (preserves the most)
- General who is voted best sportsman / most fun to play
- Best painted army determined by all tourney players
- Your name
- Opponent name
- Victory points earned
- Victory points surviving
- Sports is really just a "smoking boots" prize for the person who comes in last in the tourney. Basically a consolation prize.
- He does not personally like painting scores, but the club as a whole requires that all tournaments have a painting score. He probably should have handled it different, but his focus was on beating opponents in a game not on how the armies looked.
I enjoyed myself at this tournament, despite going 0/2/1 W/L/D and ending the 3rd round with a tie on the bottom table. My opponents were all enjoyable to play against, and there were general ideas in this tournament that I really like. I am definitely buying into the idea of providing some type of food at tournaments and like the breakfast served here. I also love the idea that even if you are crushed in the first 2 games and at the bottom table, the per-game-prize provides a solid and tangible reason to keep playing your best and pushing for the win.
Despite a lack of recognition in the form of prizes or scoring, I do feel that I accomplished my objectives as I laid them out. During my first game (against an opponent named Matt), we had a number of situations that we both discussed and resolved very quickly and easily. Not all of these were rules questions, but as with any game circumstances came up. Even though this was the first time I met Matt, we both had a great game and at one point he thanked me for my style of play. When combined with the fun my other opponents exhibited during the game, I can confidently say I would have made consideration for sportsmanship. Regarding painting, no actual scores were handed out. Considering the complete lack of attention or organization regarding painting, I can only base my judgment on comments through the day. I ended up in several conversation about my army, my paint job, and my modeling through the day. I received several compliments on my army, most of which were people actually interrupting an ongoing game to comment and compliment. I count this as an achievement of my painting/modeling ambitions.
I am very disappointed on how the sportsmanship was treated by the organizers. I am shocked that this was completely disregarded during the tournament, and turned into a consolation prize. The idea that the guy who loses the worst should be awarded best sportsman is simply appalling to me. When you combine this with the near disregard for painting and the complete ignoring of theme and modeling, the way this tournament was scored becomes something opposed the reason I enjoy playing the game. Honestly, I would prefer that the organizers had branded this tourney honestly, and called it a mini-Ard-boyz instead of trying to shape it up as anything else. I see nothing wrong with disregarding everything but winning and losing as hard as you can, as long as the tourney is presented that way.
Regardless, these are just my opinions. I will reiterate that my experience in the games does not match my opinion of how the tournament was organized/run. I would happily play again versus any of the players I met at the tournament, and enjoyed all my games.
I will give an overview of my opponents lists on Monday.