I was really looking forward to this tournament and I was not disappointed. There were 15 players altogether giving us a solid four games each. The tournament organizer, Tod, did his best to create reasonable match ups.
|Game 1 Ancient British vs Macedonians|
|Game 3 Ancient British vs New Kingdom Egyptian|
Some of the other games
|Burgundian Ordonnance vs some flashy eastern chariot army|
So will I give up on Ancient Brits and get something more tournament effective? No - while a win would have been nice, just playing was the highlight of my weekend. When my boys do come out on top - I will relish it all the more.
CanGames is a gamer's convention. Apart from the small vendor's area there is nothing to do but game. This appears to be by design or at least tradition. During my volunteer stint we did regular headcounts including people not at the gaming tables. One of the committee remarked that if people weren't gaming, what else were they doing? I also saw one couple cancel a couple of Sunday games on Saturday afternoon because they had been gaming since Friday opening and were burnt out. I am not sure if the venue is big enough to effectively offer other activities and the formula seems to have worked well for the last couple of decades. It is certainly very well run with no major problems left visible to the attendees.
Apart from the food situation mentioned earlier, my one complaint was the noise level. It is entirely due to the characteristics of the building and thus unavoidable but still I found it very difficult to hear even across a 2' table.
Would I go again? Without hesitation.