After a fairly easy drive, with plenty of back-seat shenanigans from Jeremy, we rolled into Lombard Illinois ready for a weekend of gaming!
The first thing I have to say is that the Westin Lombard is a very nice hotel. It is in a rather pricey neighborhood with several high quality restaurants and shopping near by. We decided to register at the event as soon as possible. Many of the booths were still being set up, but the "swag bags" were ready and HEFTY!
The t-shirt and dice were not included, but every early registrant got a FREE WARMACHINE OR HORDES BATTLE BOX! Combined with the other freebies from demos and vendor booths, we will each be coming home with TONS of sweet, sweet gaming stuff.
The grand ballroom is where most of the 40k gaming will betaking place, was PACKED with amazing looking tables and amazing looking armies. The 40K qualifier round was today. Although the number of Necron players was alarming (over 30 out of 120), they had some of the best looking armies in the room. We'll post some more 40k pics after the Team Tournament Saturday and Sunday.
The Iron Arena opened late in the evening and was quickly jumping! We plan on spending a lot of time there tomorrow. Adam managed to squeeze in a quick game and Mike made himself look like a fanboy talking to the many bloggers an PP employees on site. Here are some pics of the new Convergence of Cyriss models. I have to say, I'm still not a fan, but they do look much better in person.
Jeremy took in a demo game of Wreck Age, a post-apocalyptic skirmish game/rpg. He'll be taking in a longer game tomorrow as well and following that up with a lengthier blog post. All I will say now is that Matt and the rest of the crew at Hyacinth Games were SUPER cool! Be sure to check them out. The tables they are using are done by Brian from A Gentleman's Ones (http://agentlemansones.blogspot.com/), the same guy who built the Sin of Alacrity board for tomorrows Boarding Action games. They were incredibly detailed and fit the theme of the game perfectly.
I managed to swing a short Infinity demo. It gave me the hands-on experience with the game that I have been looking for. I can't wait to give it another shot tomorrow! BTW, that table looks enough like the Candidus Capillus Space Hulk the guys built for Foodhammer 1 a few years ago. We plan on breaking that out almost as soon as we get home!
Finally, in the only scheduled event for any of us today, Adam and Mike competed in the Necromunda at Night tournament. The tables were sweet, and the custom scenarios were very interesting. I especially loved the cabana themed one!
Adam brought his Matrix themed Delaque, and Mike dug up his Sacvvies.
After four rounds, Mike found himself with a HUGE lead in points, giving him first place! The player with the best painted gang, a very well done Goliath collection, finished in second. According to Adepticon policy, that took him out of the running for Best Painted. After a second look at points, the judge awarded Adam the tile of Nightrider and the Best Painted award! I wish I had had the foresight to finish basing my Orlocks and give them a run for their money! Hopefully this is an auspicious start for the FCG crew! Stay tuned for MUCH more!