I meant to do a post last week but was overcome with a fairly serious case of lazy / writer’s block. This week, however, my blog post has practically written itself!
It was Andy Warhol who introduced the world to the idea of ‘fifteen minutes of fame’ when he coined the phrase, “in the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” Well, if this is my fifteen minutes, I sure could’ve done worse…though I do I wish I had gotten a decent night’s sleep so that I looked less terrible for the cameras.
If you’ve been keeping track of this blog for a while, you’ll no doubt have seen me make mention of the events and tournament stuff I’ve been doing over the last few years (some of which have even caught the internet’s attention temporarily) . The last big event we did (and by “we”, I mean myself and my friends, Nathan–of Jaded Gamercast fame–his wife, Teri, and my co-worker, Scott) was the “Drop Site Massacre on Isstvan V.”
That tournament wasn’t so much a metered competition that strove to determine who was the “best” or most-skilled at Warhammer 40,000; it was more than that, being a theme-heavy, Space-Marines-only event where precedence was given to playing out the unraveling of the Imperium and the start of the Horus Heresy. The tables in the event hall were divided into “sectors,” with each sector having different missions from each other during each turn of the event. This really was a “tournament” only in the loosest sense. I won’t go into the particulars much more, as I spent a few of my posts. discussing and covering and reviewing the event (as.did others).
What I made little, if any, mention of during those posts was that before running the event, we were approached by some film students from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (a post-secondary institution that now calls itself SAIT Polytechnic). For a school project, they wanted to make a short, twenty-minute documentary about Warhammer games and thought, after hearing about our event, that our event’s weekend of gaming presented a perfect lens and snippet of time for just such a short film project. (I’m sure the passage of time has helped me get some of the specifics wrong about how their idea had come together…but I’m willing to bet I’m close enough on it.)
With their documentary just going up on Youtube this weekend, I thought, what better topic of a post could there be for this week? (Answer: none—at least none that require little output on my part!)
The film clocks in at just under twenty minutes, and is excellent—especially considering the audience its makers had in mind: people in their film classes and school (the uninitiated: people who have never heard of miniature wargaming).