My sister came and picked me up and we headed north toward Indy up I-65. When we arrived, we ate and headed over to the convention center to pick up our tickets, my badge from FFG, and get my mempo from Lisa Sell.
I got to the Convention Center at 8:45 AM. My shift started once I got there. It was going to make a long day.
I’m not sure what went wrong with the video but Twitch is not showing the recording of the Kiku Matsuri event. I’m hoping to post footage that Fantasy Flight Games recorded or I can find the back logged Twitch recording somewhere. The event went very long for both judges and players alike. Fantasy Flight Games Organized Play asked for the input of the volunteers who were involved with the event of what went right and wrong with the L5R events over the weekend. They got my full report both as a judge and as an observant.
One thing that they did get right was the prize support because it was off the charts.
Hatamoto status was awarded at the end of the event to the following clans for finishing the event 5-0:
- 3 Crab
- 1 Crane
- 8 Dragon
- 3 Lion
- 5 Phoenix
- 2 Scorpion
- 0 Unicorn
I like what they are doing with the Hatamoto status.
Another early day on Friday as we moved over to the Panels at the Westin across the street from the Convention Center. The first panel was the Legend of the Five Rings Panel with Brad, Erik, Nate, and Katrina:
Next up is the Fantasy Flight Games In-Flight Report. Now I only recorded the sections on Legend of the Five Rings, Star Wars Destiny, X-Wing, and the Role Playing Game due to some recording issues:
Odd but there was no talk of the first cycle for L5R in that video (which they announced this week).
I rushed over to Flight Control as the Friday event had already begun at noon and I heard a few rumblings of things that happened. The announced event for Friday was original set for two pools of players and 5 rounds taking the Top 16 from each pool to cut to the Top 32 for Saturday. This was changed the morning of to a 7 round event cut to Top 32. While this was in my report to FFG, I’ll repeat it here: Don’t make last-minute changes to an event without at least a 72 hour notice in place.
Now the second item, the tiebreaker change. While I agree that the tiebreaker rules for Thursday needed changing, it is the timing of when the announcement was made that is befuddling. The tiebreaker rules change was announced at the end of round 1. This should have been announced prior to the start of round 1.
At the end of the day, roles were chosen for the clans:
- Crab – Keeper of Air
- Crane – Keeper of Water
- Dragon – Keeper of Void
- Lion – Keeper of Earth
- Phoenix – Seeker of Void
- Scorpion – Seeker of Air
- Unicorn – Keeper of Fire
I believe that the major reason that the Keepers were chosen over the Seekers were based on two factors:
- The +3 influence was better for deckbuilding
- Keeper Initiate is better than the Seeker Initiate
I think the thought process may change as more cards with restrictions.
Roles will stay in place until the Winter Court World Championship when each clan must choose a different role for the next year.
The Top 32 started arriving a 9 AM with the Top 32 starting a few minutes after 9:30 AM.
- Top 32 had 6 of the 7 clans (missing Unicorn)
- Top 8 had 5 of the 7 clans (Crab and Unicorn were absent)
- Top 4 had 4 different clans (Lion, Crane, Dragon, Scorpion)
Most of the matches that I witnessed were close games and were rarely one-sided. Most players liked the LCG and were excited for the future.
After the finals, I did a final recap video in front of Hida Kisada (aka the Wall):
I’m still learning the art of mobile streaming guys.
Unfortunately, Sunday was a blur since my sister and I had to rush home as we found out that my Mema fell and fractured the L2 vertebra in her back. That will set me back from participation in Worlds more than likely this year.
Despite this, there is no escape from the Tiger.