The second annual ChiLo City Grudge Match is this Saturday!
In addition to reminding anybody who had forgotten, I wanted to give the newest information and answer some of the criticisms we have received since announcing the event.
First, the logistics. The tournament is on January 24, 2015 at Bluegrass Magic and Games in Louisville, Kentucky. Entry fee is $10. Registration starts at 10 AM and the tournament will start at 11.
Our prize support--I think you'll agree--is as good as any Netrunner tournament in recent memory. Due to the combined contributions of quite a few people from the Midwest Netrunner scene, we have prizes as follows:
First place: a Louisville Slugger "punitive counterstrike" bat trophy, a Chronos Protocol playmat, an alt art NBN, an alt art Gabe, Kate, and Noise
Second place: An alt art NBN, Gabe, Kate, and Noise
Third and fourth place: an alt art Gabe, Kate, and Noise
We also have alt art Kati Jones and some winter kits to distribute. All players will receive a special edition ChiLo 2015 token.
After swiss, the elimination rounds will be run on a best-of-3-games format, rather than the double elimination system used in the last regionals and world's tournaments. In our testing, we found it to work very well without leaving large breaks for any players.
For purposes of this tournament, Astroscript Pilot Program has been errata'd to read "limit one per deck." Unsurprisingly, this change has generated quite a bit of excitement and anger from some players.
We don't hate NBN. We are not trying to ban fast advance or get rid of decks that we can't compete against. We aren't protesting FFG or taking a symbolic stand. We don't think that Lukas is a bad designer or that we could do his job better than he can.
We made this change because we think it will be good for the game and provides a better tournament experience for all players. NBN is widely considered the most powerful corporation, and astroscript is easily its strongest card. While this is not a bad thing, the fact that so many players agree on this point means that a disproportionate number of players are incentivized to play the essentially the same deck. While we certainly hope that NBN (even fast advance) will be healthily represented at our tournament, it is likely that fewer than 40% of players will be playing it due to this change.
With that said, we think that our change to astroscript has been moderate and in keeping with design precedent from other cards. Other FFG games have restricted lists, and one may or may not be coming for Netrunner in the future, but all of our attempts at creating one felt too heavy handed and limiting. Altering astroscript to make sure it couldn't advance other copies of astroscript (limiting the "astrotrain") sounded promising, but there simply isn't a precedent for it within the game itself, and the change seemed more complicated than what we settled on. Ultimately, we hope that this restriction will feel no more draconian than the restriction on Philotic Entanglement.
Our tournament last year had over 40 participants from 6 states and we suspect that this year's tournament will have at least as many participants as last year's. We are proud of the work we have put into this and excited for this Saturday. We hope to see you there!
Thank you for all of your input, criticism, and commentary. We invite your continued feedback at our email address: firstname.lastname@example.org or on this forum.
If any of you would like to come but need a ride, please comment here or send an email. We have quite a few cars traveling between Chicago and Louisville on Friday and Saturday and could perhaps manage to facilitate a ride.