HordesParty '08
The Charles A. Brigham Jr. Masonic Temple - Cincinnati, OH
Saturday, June 21, 2008

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Deep concentration

Amidst the approaching thunder in Symmes Township, OH this Saturday, a field of veteran competitors met to throw steel against claw, spell against faith, and fire against the wind in the fourth annual HordesParty! tournament.

10 players and your humble narrator gathered together to test their metal on the HOTT battlefield. With a record number of games being played, and completely new army types showing up on the field, the games were tighter and the gameplay more thrilling than ever before.

The Warband and Warparty tournaments are a great opportunity for people to get together and play Hordes of the Things in a reduced-competition environment. The fluid "Rolling Thunder" tournament format, used for both the DBA and HOTT tournaments, means people rarely sit still for very long. Most contestants ended up playing between four and six full rounds, against a wide variety of opponentst.

The format has earned a respectable following, and the spirit of cameraderie and good times were apparent to all.

Tournament Format
Rolling Thunder (2.2)
Army Size Scale Round Length
24 AP's 15mm Variable
  • HOTT 2.0 Rules with proposed 2.2 modifications (Shooters move 2", Warband 3", Sneaker Friction Kills and Break-Off)
  • Variable-length rounds, play as many games as you like!
  • Rankings by Win/Loss, Points, Strongholds, Generals
  • Points are number of enemy AP's taken, +2 for taking General, +2 for taking Stronghold
Splintered Light returns!

Final Standings
Player Army Results
Aaron McKibben The Galactican Colonials 6 - 1 (51 Pts ,4G)
Jenny Torbett It's all Greek to Me 3 - 2 (43 Pts )
Paul Potter The Halloween King 2 - 2 (31 Pts ,1G)
Mike Demana The Dogs of War (2008) 2 - 2 (31 Pts )
John Loy Ratatouille Returns 2 - 3 (51 Pts ,1G)
Mike Stelzer Necromancer's Dream 1 - 3 (26 Pts )
Tom Graves Wicked Steppe-Goblins 1 - 5 (24 Pts )
Eric Luczaj Spring Centaurs (Glorious Return) 0 - 3 (12 Pts )
Dave Zecchini The Amazons of Northwyld v2.0 2 - 0 (24 Pts )
John Meunier Rome Reality Warp 1 - 0 (12 Pts )
Zach Meunier The Army To Be Named Later 1 - 0 (12 Pts )
The Halloween King!
The Triumphant Aaron!

The Painted Giveaways!
Mmmmm ... Buffalo.

As always, a huge thanks goes out to everyone who turned out. Everyone walked away with a little something from the Prize Vault, but the big winner of the day was Aaron McKibben . His dual Aerial Hero Galactica army managed to sweep the field of six opponents, with only a single defeat. Nearly everyone at the tournament ended up playing against this extreme and very challenging new army concept.

A hearty congratulations to Paul Potter, up from Bowling Green, whose new Halloween King army was a definitely showpiece. His third-place victory was edged out by the lovely and talented Jenny Torbett in the very last round.

Finally, thanks to everyone responsible for running, attending, and supporting the Warparty convention. Though small, it's a wonderful gathering of players with a fun and entertaining set of games, and a fantastic way to spend a beautiful Saturday in Cincinnati.

As I've said before, so long as there's a place to have it and people to play it, I'm more than happy to run the HOTT tournament, and Warparty is an excellent venue for such a light-hearted play format.


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