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I figured I'd start a thread about my experience at gamesday this year. Feel free to comment, especially if you attended the event.
The first thing I noticed was the recycled gaming tables. As you walk into the room of the convention center, you're greeted with the 40K tables. I fondly remember the game I participated in last year (Dark Eldar vs the pink Chaos marine guys on a Knornate table), and low and behold, that very table, and armies and everything were right there in front of me. A fluke, I wagered, until I started snooping around. There was the big 8' x 8' table with all the Russ and Basilisk, over there was the Necrons vs the black templar on the huge plateau table. All of the tables were the same! I glanced at the Dark Eldar army list, and it was the exact same as last year!
So then we wandered over to the Fantasy tables. I was not playing Fantasy when I came to GD 05, so I didn't know if these were recycled too, but then I saw something that let me know. A Beastman vs Woodelf table was in the far corner. A friend of mine commented that he'd played that battle last year as both Beastmen and Woodelf. Then I took a look at the army list. Archers, Glade Guard (with spears)? This is the old chronicle list!
At that point, I was disappointed in GW. You'd think that for $40 a ticket, they would put a little more effort into changing things up from year to year, and at least updating armies that were blessed with a new army book since the last gamesday.
At this time, I decided to check out the store they had. I was eager to buy certain things to add to my Tomb Kings, and since my local retailer doesn't regularly stock ANYTHING, I figured this would be the perfect opportunity. Unfortunately, GW deemed gamesday not worthy to have any blister packs for sale at the event whatsoever. I remember last year they had blisters, because people were goading me into picking up those Eldar Fire Drakes. But the only blisters they had this year were the 'specialist' blisters (models of past gamesday figures). Damnit! I needed a Tomb King, Tomb Guard Command, and some Tomb Scorpions! Now I can't get any.
On a highlight, I did pick up the new Tau Empires codex, and I found one of the double carrying cases for $90, that I can't find in the online store anymore.
Speaking of online store, when I got to the cashier, I asked the dude why there were no blisters for sale. 'I'm not really sure, but if you head over there (points), they can order anything you want and ship it to your home free of shipping.'
But I can get free shipping anytime I want, seeing as it's not too hard to have an order go over $100 dollars for me. What a waste.
When we were entering the convention hall, I commented to my friends how this will probably be nothing more than a glorified GW store, and I feel I was right -- y'know, except for the fact that I couldn't buy any blisters.
On a high note, one of my friends really took advantage of the 'Paint and take' tables. Last year, he quickly painted eight Vampire Count Ghoul models, and this year, he did the same. If he keeps this up, he'll be able to amass a whole Ghoul army!
I didn't really pay too much attention to the mega battle. I've never been a big fan of those, as any tactical thought boils down to 'move forward or stand still' and what guns to shoot at what.
Oh, and one last thing. I really think that one of the GW guys working the Fantasy tables had terrets or something. He'd just randomly start shouting things like 'GAMEDAY' or 'WARHAMMER'. I honestly think he was nuts!
Ps, Sometimes I worry about getting too geeky about this hobby, or a videogame, but after being to GamesDay this year, I realize I don't have anything to worry about. Having said this, I highly doubt I'll fork out the $40 next year to be disappointed.
Originally Posted by MobiusPrime
this comment intrigues me...where there some real Napoleon Dynamite-types there then?
PLAN CLAN MAN!!
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That's very disappointing. I've always wanted to go to a gamesday, but i've never made it. Oh well, maybe i'm one of the napoleon dynamite types who would enjoy it. The paint and take tables seem like both great fun and a great way to get minis.
Last edited by mephistophales; March 20th, 2006 at 22:10.
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well, i must say that i had a freaking blast!
me and my buddy, Joker, went there and joined in on the tournament for 40k, he had his Chaos Space Marines and i had my ORKS Waaaagh!!!
well, i got my butt handed to me in all three games and when i did get around to the other events, it was quite alright. the mass IG v/s Tau game was awsome and the Golden Daemon painting was far out too. the table where you make and paint and Keep! your own scenery was nice, not to forget the endless Forge World models available.
i do agree with only one point. the COST. $40 was a little high and i also threw in and extra $25 to play in the tourney.
but all in all i would give it a 8+ out of 10.
i will be posting pics soon in my own thread.
wWWwwAaaaAAgggGGGhHHHhhh!!!! = DeAth
i will be hosting a table at gamesday with a few friends. I have never been to a gamesday before but am looking ot have a good time but mostly get the benfits of volunteerng :shifty:
I went once in 2002, paid only $25, and was still very dissapointed with what I found. Your post convinces me that the only thing which has gone up at games day is the price. No way I'm attending again.
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what exactly are paint and take tables? how welll do you have to paint them? what kind of miniatures are there?
the paint and take tables were just that. gamesworkshop had tables out with paint and various other crap and all you had to do is sit and they would give you scenery bits and all you had to do is glue/snap it together and then paint it and then take it! no knowledge on what the heck you were doing is required! huzzah!
wWWwwAaaaAAgggGGGhHHHhhh!!!! = DeAth
I enjoyed Games Day Atlanta quite a bit this year, but I was also dissapointed that they didn't have any blisters. Another thing that kind of bothered me was the fact that the Tau in the big game didn't get to use the new units The conversion contest was crazy; I missed the first round, waited in line for the second but didnt get in, then finally got into the third one. My conversion did make first cut though, so..not too bad there. At the end of the day I managed to win a Leman Russ by WAAAAAGHing, so I pretty much made up for my ticket price there
A Leman Russ! Last year at Baltimore they were giving out landspeeders and gaunt sprues.