For those of you who aren't used to my blog posts, after each tournament I try and write down what I have learned from my experience.
First of all, I have learned that Nate Zettle is a freak. How else would he know when the Breach was found for the quiz? Also, wearing green facepaint on almost your whole body gets paint everywhere.
Seriously though, from a gaming perspective, what did I learn?
I think one of the things I learnt is that Som'er really is the Gremlin Master for me. In the six games I played the only games I lost were the ones I didn't use Som'er. O.K. this wasn't the only thing that was different about each of the games, I was against some of the best players in the country, but thinking back on the games, particularly the last, I can't help but feel that I would have done better with Som'er.
It's not just a question of effectiveness. I have tried playing with Zoraida, but, as I mentioned in one of my report posts, although it worked well it wasn't fun. Simply, it wasn't the way I wanted to play the game. Although I still enjoy the other masters a bit more I still feel like they weren't right for me, they didn't click. Ulix is starting to work for me now, so it might be a question of experience, but I have less inclination to power through the learning curve with lots of the other masters
So the other thing I learnt that is possibly linked with this is that my lists are becoming a little samey and thus predictable. In my game against Peter I am pretty sure he was able to write my list down to a few details and was able to tailor his list to fight that. It didn't give that much of an advantage in the end, but I disliked that the possibility existed.
I don't think I'll stop playing with Som'er though, I love that guy, he's amazing, but I am beginning to think that I need a change of pace for the new year. I am thinking of starting using a new crew. I'll probably do another blog post on that though.
The other thing I am starting to think, and this is a little sad, but I am thinking of playing less competitively. This weekend has been loads of fun and I have had some seriously great games, but there have been mumblings and grumblings from others about games that haven't gone so well and suggestions of foul play. I don't want to play a game that's anything like that and I suspect that not playing at the top tables will make that not happen. For me that's really sad, I don't know about anyone else, but if that's what has to happen so I can have fun then so be it.
So what I have learnt? I have learnt I need a new direction and new goals for the next year of gaming. This probably seems really negative but I am really happy both about the GT itself, I had loads of fun. I am also feeling positive about Malifaux, I am still in love with the game. I am just going to take a new direction with it. I intend to attend story events as a priority, for example. We'll see though, I am not going to be making mass promises and pledges. I intend to do what I want and have fun, this is just my thought process.
I hope it was interesting regardless.