Almost forgot to post about this: I helped organize a quick Shadespire tournament last week at Huzzah Hobbies.
We figured/hoped that the speedy play of the game made it well-suited to a weeknight activity and it’d be an easy way to ensure that a few folks got in a couple of games… and were totally right.
It was hugely successful: on a Thursday night, we got twelve people. We got three games in, and were done at a pretty reasonable time.
I found this Winter 2017 Organized Play packet somewhere (the Shadespire FB group?), and we worked with that. Some key points therein:
- No best two-out-of-three matched play. This makes sense, as it means you get to play more opponents. And, really, we had time for only three games.
- You need to track W/L/D and the Glory Point delta. This actually maps down to Glory Points per player; the rest can be calculated.
- 45 minute rounds.
Things went very smoothly except pairings. According to the packet, you effectively group players into brackets based on their number of Wins, Losses, Draws (3, 0, 1 points each, summed; simple enough) and then pair within brackets, matching the highest net Glory Points player in the bracket against the lowest net Glory Points in the bracket (okay) shifting the lowest & highest within a bracket up and down a bracket to account for any odd number of players (this was just too hard to do).
I worked up a spreadsheet to track the event, ’cause that’s how I’m wired. Came away from the evening with a few revisions to make, but for the most part it worked well. You can access (and copy) an updated version of the Google Sheet to use for your events here: Shadespire Tournament Tracking Spreadsheet.
In terms of warband distribution:
- 2 Garrek’s Reavers
- 5 Ironskull’s Boyz
- 4 Sepulchral Guard
- 1 Steelheart’s Champions
Wade took 1st with Ironskull’s Boyz, Thel took 2nd with Steelheart’s Champions.
I ran Garrek’s Reavers and got the teeth knocked out of me: two losses and a draw. I’d have come in dead last, but that draw was in the last round vs. Casey and across all of the games, I had one (1) less Glory Point loss than he had (-9 Δ vs. -10 Δ).
My games went:
- Round 1 vs. Thel (Steelheart’s Champions) – Loss with -6 GPΔ
- Round 2 vs. Caleb (Sepulchral Guard) – Loss with -3 GPΔ
- Round 3 vs. Casey (Sepulchral Guard) – Draw with 0 GPΔ
So far as I can tell, everyone had a really good time. I think the plan is to do it again in January.