March sees the release of the new Magic the Gathering set Dragon's of Tarkir! I really enjoy 'new set' time with spoilers trickling out and creating a great buzz around the game. It's great to hear players all talking about the new cards and coming up with decks ideas. We will be holding a number of events to celebrate the release with 3 pre-release events and 3 full days of release drafts! I really enjoy running pre-release and release events, seeing all the players excited to get hold of new cards and putting them together in a sealed, draft or standard deck is great.
This month I doubt I'll be able to play many games due to all the exciting events we've got going on. That however isn't a bad thing because I love watching and hosting the games. This month we have our store championships for X-Wing (7th March) and Netrunner (14th March) the third and final set from the Khans of Tarkir block is having its pre-release – Dragon's of Tarkir this takes place on the 21st and 22nd of this month. Then finally we have our monthly Doomtown tournament on the 28th.
If I do get chance to play a game or two I'm hoping to give Castles of Mad King Ludwig a go. I love the idea of a game that changes state as you play it so fingers crossed I'll manage at least one game!
The X-Wing Store Championship has been and gone and what a day it was! We had 6 rounds of X-Wing followed by quarter-finals, semi-finals and the final match that saw a VT-49 Decimator and TIE Phantom square off against 3 Firespray-31s. This month I'm hoping we can build on the success of our Store Championship, as we host the next level of competitive X-Wing events – our Regional Championship on Saturday 25th April.
This month, Fantasy Flight Games are expanding their collection of Star Wars miniatures games with Star Wars: Armada. The game is based on a much grander scale than X-Wing, in that it sees capital ships and frigates facing off against each other while squadrons of fighters intercep enemy bombers as they attempt to bombard the main fleet. I'm really looking forward to Star Wars: Armada because I just cannot wait to fly Star Destroyers of various classes into battle against the Rebellious fleets.
We are looking at starting a new range and series of events targeted specifically to those that don't play much or not at all and i'm excited to see how these pan out. Here we go....