So anyway, the day started with the local boardgame meetup which was supposed to take place at 1pm. The tourney was going to start at 2:30 and I figured I coudl show up, maybe run a demo of KB with the updated steel booster deck I picked up from socal and if I was quick about it, make the tourney around 25 minutes away. Turned out that a bunch of newbies/semi newbies had shown up to the event so in the end I tried to run a basic game and still ran out of time. I ditched the game there with someone who knew how to play, telling them I'd pick it up next month.
By the time I got onto the road at 2:05, I knew I was in deep crap. The traffic was unbelievable due to the thrice blasted freaking christmas shoppers swarming the god damn malls and stores. To boot, mapquest was wrong about the god damn directions to the game store where the tourney was being held. Ever try to drive to a location by using the sun to determine the general direction you must be going in and just hoping you more or less run into the place you're looking for? That's what I ended up doing for what seemed like forever. I had to actually call up one of my sisters on the cell phone in hoboken and get her onto her laptop and get to a internet map site to try to be a navigator. The problem is I had no farging clue where I was, or at least what the name of the town was. All I could do was rattle off street names and local landmarks as she zoomed in and out and all over on the computer trying to figure out where the hell my car was. I really need to get one of those GPS mother fuckers with that thing that gives you preceise directions about where the hell you are.
In the end, she was able to track me down on the map and talked me to the store, at which point what was supposed to be a 25 minute journey (or less really) had turned into something more like 50. I had more or less given up hope that the tourney woudl still be an option but I figured I could at least watch and chat with Andrew, the game designer for the NBC CCG, who I had met in socal and would be running the event personally. Luckily, he had held off starting because there were a few other stragglers who would be late and I got to slip in and play. Of course, I played him in the first game since everyone else was paired up and got my ass royally handed to me.
The problem with never having actually played a game other than doing bits and pieces with myself, is that there were all sorts of intricacies I missed and the deck needed some fine tuning to say the least. We all played 4 games in a swiss style tourney and I won 2 and lost 2 (though one of the losses was a tie in points that went to a tie breaker) coming in 7th place out of like 10 people. Could have been worse I guess.
Even better though, for my 6 dollar entrance fee I picked up a booster pack in which I found an ultra-rare foil card (Odds of 1 in 9 or so). For coming in 7th I got three more packs and picked up yet another UR foil. Then just for participating I got to pick another UR foil. Any day you pick up 3 UR foils is a complete winner in my book. Now I just have to resist the urge to buy any more god darn booster packs/boxes. I've already dropped $138 dollars on this, $144 if you could the tourney. If I don't control the CCG addiction it'll swarm me under.