The Slings and Arrows of outrageous peer pressure,
Or to take Arms as an experience player
against a Sea of newbies
And by opposing them: to win, to lose
The Pied Piper tournament is coming up at Huzzah in Ashburn on Feb 18th. The wrinkle to this tourney is that you can enter as either a newbie and come with a fully fleshed out 25 SS list or show up as an experienced player and be randomly assigned a pre-determined list. When I say random, I really mean drawing it out of a hat and playing that list. The Tourney Organizer, Bill, is going to provide all of the experienced players models and lists for the tournament. All in all it is a pretty cool concept and should be a fun tournament.
That leaves me in a bit of a conundrum. I am basically a 'tweener. I don't know which side to pick. At this point, I know Guild pretty well and if I show up with them, I stand a decent chance of doing well in the tournament. If I choose the experienced player route, there is a very good chance I won't be able to do anything at all since there are a number of lists and models I have never played against before.
So with the start of the New Year I decided to keep track of my Malifaux games to get some idea of how I am doing in the game overall. Also, with the data I can get some idea of what I am good at and what I need to work at. That being said, I might be able to use this data to help me make my decision.
I decided to go all out with the tracking in this spreadsheet and I am tracking the following:
- My Faction, Master, Avatar
- My Opponents Faction, Master & Avatar
- My Strategies & Schemes (and how I got points)
- Opponents Strategies & Schemes (and how they got points)
At that point, I can use 1st Gen Awesome Mike's awesome excel skills to do things like pivot tables, graphs and the like. At some point I will get him to show me how to do it. In the mean time, I am just going to read it and cry...
So in preparation for the tourney, let's look at the data. So far this year I am 5-7-1. While that seems okay, most of those wins are against guys who are pretty new to the game. While most of my losses come against experienced players. Against new players I am 3-1, while against experienced players I am 2-6-1. So it really comes down to me beating up on people that don't know better. I am a big bully.
I now need to decide if I want to enter the tournament as a new player and be a bully or lose 3+ games to experienced players. The trouble is that I am not sure I am going to have fun if I spend 4-6 hours losing at Malifaux in a tournament. I think at the end of the day, I am going to register as a newbie and just accept the ridicule from my peers and beat them down (hopefully). This way, I can have fun during the tournament and not be upset and a chore to play against because I am petulant and losing.
With this regard my decision turns awry
And lose the name of newbie? Soft you say,
The fair Ophelia? Gremlin!?! in my GUILD!
Be all my noob-ness be remembered.