Dystopian Wars VA Autumn Event 2011
2. Kyle - CoA
3. Steve - CoA
4. Brian - CoA
The runner-up for best painted fleet was our winner at the Uncharted Seas event last year, Mike with his incredible Orc ships.
We held our DWVA Autumn Event 2011 at The Game Vault which served as a good central location for players coming from the D.C. area to the north and Richmond to the south. We used 6 tables which took up half the space in the main room while a group of Hordes players crammed into the back room. But everyone was on time, we had pizza after Round 1, and we finished close to the time I had projected, everyone staying throughout the 8-hour event and playing in all rounds. Several new players learned from playing against different opponents, and all seemed to enjoy themselves.
The setting for the event was the Mid-Atlantic, somewhere near Bermuda, where a Swedish scientific expedition had discovered a strange vortex, and the powerful nations of the world quickly dispatched fleets to converge on the area. The first round involved 400 point advanced recon forces with no support (or cards) moving to photograph mysterious islands and return the intelligence to the main fleet for analysis.
New player Brian played well, asking plenty of questions, beat each of his three opponents and placed 4th overall in accumulated Victory Points. The Covenant fleets, all together, scored the most Victory Points between scenario objectives and sinking enemy ships, and won control of the mysterious vortex in the Mid-Atlantic.
We had 3 fleets each representing the Covenant and Kingdom of Britania. Unfortunately, during the second round when our respective commanders moved their forces to join their main fleets, two KoB forces came within sight of each other and, mistaking each other for enemy forces, opened fire. Or maybe that one player with the borrowed KoB fleet was actually working to achieve gains for the French....
British fleets clashed again in the third round. Maybe the proximity of such a powerful vortex corrupted the minds of the fleet commanders, leading them to think they could control the vortex for personal power. I enjoyed, personally, watching two British dreadnoughts exchange broadsides at nearly point-blank range.
The third round matched the two highest scored players, the Prussians against the Covenant in their arctic camoflage. The vortex between the 4 mysterious floating domes slowed time so that ships within the area could fire all of their weapons twice as fast; but they had to keep moving as any ship coming to a full stop would be pulled down into the vortex.
Andy eventually won overall, not only winning all three rounds but accumulating the most Victory Points by achieving scenario objectives and capturing enemy ships with his elite Prussian rocket marines. Having two Dystopian Wars fleets already painted, including ground forces for both, he found something in the Game Vault to purchase with his prize money.