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Arena Montreal May 7, 2009

Posted by crarence in Games, Games Workshop, Miniatures.
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I attended Arena Montreal last month, which is a Warhammer/Warhammer 40k tournament. For the uninitiated, Warhammer/Warhammer 40k is a table top war game that combines elements of Risk and Chess. Essentially, players build, paint, and play with model soldiers in a strategy game. This year, Arena was a doubles tournament, meaning players went in teams of two. This is an interesting format as it allows for neat combinations you don’t normally encounter. I had a great time this year because:

  • It’s really clear that the organizers really care about the quality of the event based on the work and effort that goes into the tournament. This is especially evident in the tables they custom built. Each fantastic table is is made from scratch and themed around one of the major armies in the game.
  • My partner had some bad experiences versus french opponents in the past but this year all three french teams we played were top notch. That is, they were courteous, easy going, and very sportsman-like.
  • I felt the organizers made various improvement over last year. For example,¬† they dropped the annoying special table-specific rules from last year. They also made the tournament more interesting by banning¬† special characters. Many special characters are a little un-balanced and make for boring matches as many players take them.

Right now the Warhammer tournament scene in Canada is a little shaky so I hope the Arena organizers are able to continue running their event bi-annually. They have one planned tentatively for this August, and I would definitely be there had it not been a bad time for my long time teammate. Nevertheless, I would highly encourage any other Warhammer enthusiast to attend.