Thursday, April 9, 2015

Tournament Tips: Getting ready for your first tournament

Going to your first tournament can be a very daunting task for those who are just stepping into the world of competitive play. The purpose of today’s article is to help get you ready for not just your first event, but for every event you go to.
The actual preparation begins the night before with getting plenty of sleep. It’s hard enough to make tactical decisions, but it’s even harder when you are bogged down by being tired. Depending on how early the event is, you may want to set up your supplies the night before. Make sure you have:
  • Your figures
  • The correct cards and accessories for your figures (tokens, mini figures, flipping coin etc.)
  • Favorite dice if you have some
Optional supplies:
  •  Aspirin (because sometimes events go long and having a headache isn’t fun)
  • Drinks/ Snacks (rounds can run long or short and lunch breaks can be outside of your normal eating schedule so having snacks and drinks handy is a great way to keep your body running normally) 
The goal of all of this is to make sure the only thing you need to worry about it the game, and taking care of them in advance can make a day go so much smoother.

On the day of the event make sure that you leave yourself enough time to get there close to the time registration opens.  Once you arrive, check in with the Event organizer and see if there is any pre-event paperwork that needs to be done. If you are new to Krosmaster entirely you will need to get a Krosmaster ID card and may need to fill out a sheet featuring your name and what your team consists of. It’s important to do it early because nothing is worse than having the event delayed because you didn't take 2 seconds to check in and take care of business.

When names and locations are called, make your way to your table and take a seat and get cards out and place them in timeline order. I wouldn't pull out your figures yet in the event of a repairing, but having the timeline out allows you to compare initiatives and get that part of the game moving forward.

During the game have fun, because that’s why we play it in the first place. If it’s your 1st or 100th event it’s OK to lose a game or two as long as you do it graciously, have fun, and make sure you take at least one thing from each loss and try to learn from it to improve for the next time.
-Jeric is an established miniatures player who provides tactical insight, event reports and a few odds and ends along the way

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