Almost Famous…?

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).

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6 responses to “Almost Famous…?

  1. Just fabulous. Great work in the organisation too – it looks stunningly well run from here and the campaign approach must have been fun to play. From what got filmed it looks like the mood was ideal and the filmmakers got some superb shots, maybe the best I can imagine in a couple of cases. The vid would make a great intro for anyone not quite sure what it’s all about.

    • Thanks for the compliments!

      Yeah, the three (four) of us did a pretty good job of keeping many different bases covered–did I mention that this was also a FULLY catered event? By catered I don’t mean 2 slices of pizza for each gamer at lunch time, AND the food was included in the admission cost!

      I’m a big fan and big proponent of the campaign-style tournament. I think there’s something pretty …magical(?) thrilling(?) about designing this tournament-esque event that actually designs itself to get everyone in the hall talking to each other (ie: dividing people into different factions and letting them cross over to other factions at specific parts).

      I think competitive tournaments are fine and all (even though GW’s games really don’t lend themselves favourably to the 100% competitive crowd); and I admit that those kinds of tournaments have their place and *can* do their part for the community, but they don’t excite me.

      The campaign event weekends though, these I find MUCH more engaging; and because “coming in first” is not the main goal (indeed HALF the room got prizes for just being on the winning side), it’s my belief that this style of event holds more value for the majority of gamers who go.

      Thanks again for checking out the blog–and the video! Those guys at SAIT Polytechnic did a SUPERB job and they deserve all the kudos they can get!

  2. The real question is….. When is your guys next tournament?????
    I missed the last one, super dissapointing. Tournies give me that little extra kick in the butt to actually finish an army, rather then just a few models of every unit.
    The sait guys did a great job as well.

    • We’re talking about the possibilities for the next tournament right now!

      …Though, really, we’re only at the germinating stages, meaning we’re not sure if we’re looking at late early March (again) or if it will have to be a little later.

      But if things progress how we want them to, I’d think it’ll be Spring-ish for the next tourney.

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