We are living in a fantastic Golden Age of Geek right and are definitely seeing a growth in the tabletop tournament scene because of it. If you go to your local game store on a regular basis, you’ll see that they hold tournaments for games like Magic: the Gathering, X-Wing, Pokémon: The Card Game. On top of the local game stores, we saw some pretty fun World Championship Tournaments and even if you aren’t able to attend, many of these events are live-streamed on Twitch. Here are some of the major events that happened in 2015.
Fantasy Flight Games holds their World Championships each year for all of their major games. This year, players from all over the world came to compete in World Tournaments for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game, Netrunner, Star Wars: X-Wing and a few others. The A Game of Thrones: The Card Game tournament had around 130 players, which was exciting, as the game just recently switched to a new edition. Many of these players competed in qualifier tournaments which are part of Fantasy Flight’s Retailer Organized Play Program that gained them a first round bye, while other players purchased their tickets the regular way. If you want to be a part of the 2016 action, be sure to follow their website. Tickets are limited and usually sell out in the first couple hours they are available, so if you are looking to attend next year, be sure to check out their Qualifier Tournaments.
Settlers of Catan has held large tournaments for their players around the world since 1998. The Catan World Championship now takes place every other year, alternating with the Catan European Championship. In 2015, the Tournament was held at Spielefest in Vienna. Looking forward to 2016, the top Settlers of Catan players worldwide will compete in the USA, most likely at GenCon. If you think you have what it takes to build the longest road and trade for the most sheep, check out their qualifiers at upcoming conventions.
WARMACHINE, the tabletop miniatures game from Privateer Press, has grown a very competitive tournament scene over the last few years. With tournaments every month at local game stores to hardcore championships at different conventions all over the world, there is a strong passion for competitive play in these events. Outside of their own Masters event at Privateer Press’ Lock & Load Gamefest, there is the Warmachine/Hordes World Team Championship, where teams compete in a weekend long event. This past year, teams from over 25 countries flew to Ireland and competed in multiple tournaments. Over 750 games were played, with Team Finland Blue coming ahead as champions. Want to compete in 2016? Check out their website and Privateer’s website for their other Organized Play events too.
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