Thirteen people showed up to play in the draft tournament held in Gaithersburg, MD January 18, 2003. The White-Wolf sanctioned Tournament took place in Gaithersburg's newest game shop, Other Realms, just off MD Route 124 at 18226 Flower Hill Way, Gaithersburg, MD 20879 (301)990-0019. It is smack in between a Starbucks and an Asian Resturant that has carry out. Would could be better.
After polling the attendees on their preferences for drafting from Sabbat War or Camarilla Edition (and cajoling the three or four who didn't care to pick one so we could buy cards and start), we had eight Camarilla and five Sabbat players. So the Cam players drafted at two tables of four, and the Sabbat players drafted at one table of five. Each player had nine booster packs from their chosen set, and we Elder Drafted them - separating all packs' vampires from library cards, then drafting all the vampires in open "Rochester draft" format, then all the library cards in secret "booster draft" format. Feelings about Elder Draft seemed to be mixed - at least one person said they preferred straight booster draft afterwards, and at least one said they liked the Elder Draft better - but it seemed to work well enough. I'm still not sure what I think about it myself; it is nice to get to see what vamps everyone is drafting, but it would also be nice to be able to alter your vampire-selection plan partway through selecting library cards (as you can in booster draft).
Anyway... standings after the dust settled were:rank player preGWs preVPs finalVPs TPs
Colin wasn't disqualified for cause, but he left before all the third-round tables were finished and therefore had to be left out of the finals. As it turned out, it wouldn't have taken long, as everyone in the finals was tired of playing (it was about 9 PM by this time due to all the drafting/deckbuilding time required, plus of course my late arrival) and decided to intentionally draw the game. Hence all the 0.5 VPs in the finalists' ranking.
[NOTE: There's a tournament rule where all participants in a game can agree to a draw,
which is scored as if the game had been played to time. The final round was
seated, every participant agreed to the draw, the final round ended.
3.7. Intentional Draw
Players may mutually agree to accept an intentional draw at any time before the game results are submitted.]
Congratulations to Greg on his victory-by-exhaustion!
Thanks to everyone for coming out and playing! From what I heard, everyone had a really good time, so I'll probably be trying to do some more draft events in the future. Although next time I think I'll go with the 2+F plan for draft; 3+F is just a little too grueling with the additional time for setup, it seems. I encourage anyone and everyone who was there to recount their entertaining stories. I might do so myself, a little later..............Back to Home Page