|One week down, seven to go.|
We had a pretty good turnout. I was expecting something in the mid-teens and ended up having fifteen. I gotta say, that's pretty solid. We've got pretty much everyone from the previous league returning minus a few stragglers. There is a pretty solid mainstay that we can rely on on that front. We also have a couple new faces. I've gotten to play against some of them, and they're at least decent dudes and good sports which is all you can really ask for.
The selection process seemed to go pretty smoothly. I had everybody draw poker chips from a bag and grouped them according to colors. "Random" doesn't always mean "fair", of course, but you have to be the last guy standing at the end anyway, so no loss in crawling over the toughest competitors in the opening stage anyway. If anything, getting one of the tougher players in your opening group means you can avoid them in round two if you advance.
That said, match-ups are always a thing. Here's what we came up with: Blue group has two Imperial Guard players, plus Tau and Eldar. Black Group has Necrons, Orks, Tau and Marines. Red Group has Tyranids, Blood Angels, and a pair of Orks. Finally, White group has Chaos Space Marines, Grey Knights, and Orks, and fields the ringer or wild card. Interesting, only four power armored forces take the field, which is equalled by Orks, as well as the extremely shooty pairs of Imperial Guard and Tau.
Black group appears to be one of the toughest. Necrons are a heck of an army, while the Tau and Orks are played by two of the better players in the league. Blue group will likely have the most games fought at range, with Tau and both Guard players. Red group is the one I am least sure about who will come out on top. Finally, White group will have the easiest time through, since only three of the people there are eligible to advance. I'm hoping one more person shows up to fill in the gap. Meanwhile, it's not the worst thing to know that I have a chance to get in a weekly game.
Though I didn't stay for the entire night, it was interesting to see the way some of the games were going. Two of the apparent favorites looked to both be on their way to posting losses, while the third was slogging his way through Guardsmen in a Fortress of Redemption. If the first week is any indication, the league is wide open, which makes for an entertaining few weeks.