• Canadian Nationals Live Journal

    Friend of TRP jthomas is going to Canadian Nationals! He's sharing his thoughts as he travels

    3:27 - holy crap this is early. Back to bed, I can afford the time.

    4:15 - ok, a little better. I'll get up now.

    4:38 - on the road. Honestly, I am wondering if I should really be doing this. I invited a couple friends to come with me and they were both smart enough to decline.

    5:21 - drives like this require something to listen to while traveling. I like audio books. I've been meaning to listen to the Bourne trilogy. So far, Scott Brick's voice is making the miles just fly by.

    5:23 - my phone is ringing. Randy! On his way to work, Randy decided to check in with me.

    5:50 - 7 hours to go. ETA 12:54.but I'm going to need fuel. For both me and the car.

    8:58 - late entry... Police in Buffalo, NY don't mess around. 3 with vehicles pulled over in west bound lanes in a 4 mile stretch. Note. To. Self.

    11:30 - back on the road after a quick stop to top off... ETA 1:15. Cop count: 7. New York's contribution: 7.

    12:30 Oh Canada! Long delay at the border. New eta is 2 pm.

    1:55 - here. Holy Heroclix, Batman. (Randy here. Jthomash2 is not getting data coverage in the great white north. So he will be texting me his updates to copy and paste here.)

    2:25 - special shout out to mongooli and fun4willis for showing up and being awesome. Still... Holy Heroclix...

    2:57 - Some still filing team cards. Hope to start soon

    3:51 - 21 in the tourney. Win round one vs flying SK. GG / Formerly Weapon 10 everywhere

    4:35 - Won round 2. Vs Jinzo. (kudos to Mongooli... I'm still nervous and the game is over!)

    5:20 - lost game 3 to a Formerly Weapon 10 team. Another TRP guy, though, so good on you, fun4willis! Take it to your find 4 opponent. No mercy!

    6:12 - now 3-1 after a win vs a well built bolt team that just couldn't stabilize after hulk was in the field.

    7:15 - Swiss rounds over. Finished 4-1. Expect top 8. Of note, the three TRP users here that I'm aware of are all 4-1 with each loss to another of the 3...

    7:20 - top 8. seeded 1, 2, and 5. I'm 5.

    8:27 - top 4! Won game 3 on turns after time. Swung for 20 to do it. TRP represent! fun4willis also in top 4, Mongooli with a chance...

    8:31 - Bad luck for Mongooli. Lost the tiebreaker on a die roll. Was seeded 1.

    9:05 - top 2! I used high hopes game 1, with Tsarina. Game two I got way behind FWX but stabilized and used Tsarina to whittle away for the win. No other Jade Giant in the top eight. And I can't say enough about the community. So freaking cool and friendly.

    9:14 - Going on 17 hours today. Tomorrow. Will. Be. Awful. But it's totally worth it. Reflecting, I've been running amped up for a while. And I know it's affecting my play. Fortunately, it's affecting others too, I think. Now it's just about who can last the longest.

    10:42 - late entry. After winning my top 4 match, I had to wait for the other to finish (a byproduct of High Hopes). Well, FWX reared his ugly head again in the finals. Seriously, he was everywhere. I won in consecutive games, though. What a rush. As an aside, the Heroclix and Attack Wing winners were also from the States.

    10:53 - there was a team that ran Psylocke (assassin), morphing jar (1 cost), the YGO 3 eyed pumpkin, BEWD, no PXG, and a blue dragon... Never ending stream of energy and blockers. I played him in the last round of Swiss. I won, but only because I swung for 14. This was the only team I saw with Distraction. He'd routinely attack with 4 characters and have 4 left in the field. It was unreal. Most other teams fit existing molds. Played 3 people with Human Rocket. Never once bought anything but poly, Hulk, Fury, bw, and invulnerable (emergency buy to put sk on the used pile to them PXG).

    11:59 - ALSO, I need to correct something. The only other Jade Giant I saw WAS top 8, and kinda got hosed out of top 4 (he also was not running PXG). He was the top qualifier, and split two games in the round of 8 at time. Instead of starting a third game, the players rolled all their sk dice and the most character faces won and advanced. Not sure what else you could have done there.

    Ok, pit stop over. Back in the states in just a few minutes!

    5:23 - long drive... Still have a ways to go
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    Comments 29 Comments
    1. RJRETRO's Avatar
      RJRETRO -
      11:11EST: Hope you're doing well! We're all pulling for you!
    1. Jthomash2's Avatar
      Jthomash2 -
      RJ, thanks! I think there are other TRP users competing - I'm pulling for all of us. It's just cool to be a part of this community!
    1. Randy's Avatar
      Randy -
      Reasons I love Canada:
      1. Bret "The Hitman" Hart.
      2. Robin Sparkles.
      3. Hopefully getting full AoU spoilers from 2015 Wizkids Nationals.
      4. Maple syrup.

      Good luck man!
    1. RJRETRO's Avatar
      RJRETRO -
      Quote Originally Posted by Randy View Post
      Reasons I love Canada:
      1. Bret "The Hitman" Hart.
      2. Robin Sparkles.
      3. Hopefully getting full AoU spoilers from 2015 Wizkids Nationals.
      4. Maple syrup.

      Good luck man!
      Thanks for spelling Bret Hart correctly. As a Canadian wrestling fan, it always bugs the heck out of me.
    1. Randy's Avatar
      Randy -
      Quote Originally Posted by RJRETRO View Post
      Thanks for spelling Bret Hart correctly. As a Canadian wrestling fan, it always bugs the heck out of me.
      He's the best there is/was/ever will be... I CAN'T mess up his name.
    1. Wicked Nerd's Avatar
      Wicked Nerd -
      Quote Originally Posted by Randy View Post
      Reasons I love Canada:
      1. Bret "The Hitman" Hart.
      2. Robin Sparkles.
      3. Hopefully getting full AoU spoilers from 2015 Wizkids Nationals.
      4. Maple syrup.

      Good luck man!
      You forgot Tim Hortons. Fun fact no Tim Hortons in AZ but there is one at The Avenues mall in Kuwait.
    1. RJRETRO's Avatar
      RJRETRO -
      I don't think we're going to get much coverage on the stream, so hopefully we can get some stuff from the TRPers there. Really looking forward to reading about the teams there.
    1. Dshute's Avatar
      Dshute -
      They just said they were only going to stream if they had bonus time. That's too bad. I used to play clix but I stopped because it seemed like players were doing the play testing for them. It's really hard to watch streamed as well. Based on Nationals Dice Masters is a better viewing experience streamed.
    1. Randy's Avatar
      Randy -
      That's a shame. I still might leave it on in the background if they do
    1. Indy Mon's Avatar
      Indy Mon -
      Randy - ask him how many people are there.

      Those clix games are near unwatchable. And I enjoy watching games generally. It's just too dense.
    1. Dave's Avatar
      Dave -
      Yeah, Clix gets weird. I've tried, I really have, and I understand why people like it, but it just doesn't work. I guess I keep wanting it to be Heroscape.
    1. Dave's Avatar
      Dave -
      Hopefully we get to know what teams people are running. I'd love to analyze. Take pics if it comes to it! Randy, tell him that! haha!
    1. RJRETRO's Avatar
      RJRETRO -
      21 people showed up for the event.
    1. Randy's Avatar
      Randy -
      No surprise with Hulk and Wolverine... weren't they both on Walsh's winning team at U.S. Nationals?
    1. RJRETRO's Avatar
      RJRETRO -
      Yup. He was the one who really brought Wolverine into mainstream, methinks.
    1. Indy Mon's Avatar
      Indy Mon -
      Why is the twitch feed down? Is it over?
    1. Dave's Avatar
      Dave -
      Disappointing that DM doesn't get the level of coverage in Canada, but it is still young.
    1. Randy's Avatar
      Randy -
      Wow! Strong showing from TRP users. Must be all that strategy talk on the new forums ; )
    1. Indy Mon's Avatar
      Indy Mon -
      Poor man's Twitch: live results posted at http://wizkidseventsystem.com/event.php?EVENT_ID=103834
    1. RJRETRO's Avatar
      RJRETRO -
      Lame they shut down the stream after Clix.