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Howdy all. I'm quite pleased to announce that Cat & Mouse Games (one of the hosts of the Chicago f.ds meetup) is hosting a TableTop Day Dominion tournament run by yours truly! I'm quite excited for this one and would love to see some f.ds representation! Here's the details:

Date: April 11, 2015 (TableTop Day) @ 1 PM
Location: Cat & Mouse Bucktown Game Store, Chicago IL
Players: 16 total
Style: 4-player games, Swiss with a final
Cards: all of 'em, including promos!, random sets
Registration: required, click here
Cost: $15 (money goes toward prize support)
Prizes:
  • all participants: Prince promo
  • 4th - $25 gift card
  • 3rd - $30 gift card
  • 2nd - $40 gift card
  • 1st - $75 gift card, Broken Token Dominion box kit, RGG Treasure box, pre-qualified for World Masters at GenCon

I was really hoping Adventures would be out before this (the cards wouldn't be in the tournament no matter what) and it could dual-function as a release party, so fingers crossed the printer is quicker than RGG is expecting.

Also, if there is sufficient interest, I'm open to hosting f.ds people (whether you played in the tournament or not) at my apartment (~4 miles away) afterwards for more Dominion/gaming.
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Re: (Chicago) Dominion TableTop Day Tournament (4/11) - all cards!
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2015, 11:49:45 am »
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Will cards be provided, or do you need people to bring cards they own?
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Re: (Chicago) Dominion TableTop Day Tournament (4/11) - all cards!
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2015, 11:50:21 am »
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I would love to go, can't justify the trip this year though.  Hoping to go to Chicago a few days next year, though. 
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Re: (Chicago) Dominion TableTop Day Tournament (4/11) - all cards!
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2015, 11:54:46 am »
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Will cards be provided, or do you need people to bring cards they own?

Cards will be provided.
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Re: (Chicago) Dominion TableTop Day Tournament (4/11) - all cards!
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2015, 11:59:17 am »
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That is very, very tempting... but I suspect I can't justify it to the wife.
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Re: (Chicago) Dominion TableTop Day Tournament (4/11) - all cards!
« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2015, 12:17:56 pm »
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Re: (Chicago) Dominion TableTop Day Tournament (4/11) - all cards!
« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2015, 12:18:05 pm »
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So much going on here I forgot to mention - winner is pre-qualified for the World Masters at GenCon! Updated OP.
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Re: (Chicago) Dominion TableTop Day Tournament (4/11) - all cards!
« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2015, 12:37:09 pm »
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I'll be there for 4-player nonsense. Especially tempting because I already have plans to go to GenCon.
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Re: (Chicago) Dominion TableTop Day Tournament (4/11) - all cards!
« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2015, 10:35:07 am »
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*begins to salivate*

Let's see if we can make this happen.
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Re: (Chicago) Dominion TableTop Day Tournament (4/11) - all cards!
« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2015, 11:53:53 pm »
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Also, if there is sufficient interest, I'm open to hosting f.ds people (whether you played in the tournament or not) at my apartment (~4 miles away) afterwards for more Dominion/gaming.

Temporum?
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Re: (Chicago) Dominion TableTop Day Tournament (4/11) - all cards!
« Reply #11 on: March 18, 2015, 02:52:45 am »
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*sigh*  Alas, I'll be away on a business trip that week.  :-(
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Re: (Chicago) Dominion TableTop Day Tournament (4/11) - all cards!
« Reply #12 on: March 24, 2015, 05:24:54 pm »
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If not for Microsoft College Puzzle Challenge I already registered, I'd love to go :'(
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Re: (Chicago) Dominion TableTop Day Tournament (4/11) - all cards!
« Reply #13 on: March 26, 2015, 10:34:00 am »
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How is registration looking, Voltaire?
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Re: (Chicago) Dominion TableTop Day Tournament (4/11) - all cards!
« Reply #14 on: March 26, 2015, 10:45:31 am »
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How is registration looking, Voltaire?

We've still got space left for you to bring friends! (so long as they register)
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Re: (Chicago) Dominion TableTop Day Tournament (4/11) - all cards!
« Reply #15 on: April 01, 2015, 12:55:45 pm »
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How is registration looking, Voltaire?

We need to sell 5 more tickets for running this event to make sense for the store (which would be a 12-person tournament). If you're procrastinating on registering, do it today! Right now! If we don't get 12 tickets reserved by April 9 (the Thursday before the tournament), we'll have to cancel.

If this event doesn't happen (and it's still on as of right now), I will a) post here immediately with more details (refunds etc) for anyone who did register, and b) I will still host people for in-person Dominion/Temporum/games at my apartment!

(nothing in this post is an April Fools joke, fyi)
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« Reply #16 on: April 04, 2015, 12:05:17 pm »
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Okay, looks like we've got plenty of participants now, we might even sell out, so this is 100% on, no doubt about it, and I'll see y'all Saturday.  ;D
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Re: (Chicago) Dominion TableTop Day Tournament (4/11) - all cards!
« Reply #17 on: April 04, 2015, 01:16:11 pm »
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I just registered. Can't wait!
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Re: (Chicago) Dominion TableTop Day Tournament (4/11) - all cards!
« Reply #18 on: April 07, 2015, 07:14:06 pm »
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Polk and I are going to be brushing up on our 4-player game tonight if anyone wants to meet in Outpost around 8:30 CDT.
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Re: (Chicago) Dominion TableTop Day Tournament (4/11) - all cards!
« Reply #19 on: April 08, 2015, 11:23:43 am »
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What's the parking situation like around there?
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« Reply #20 on: April 08, 2015, 11:31:14 am »
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What's the parking situation like around there?

The store doesn't have a parking lot, but Armitage (the street it's on) has free parking. You can usually find a space within a block or two of the store without any difficulty, though this might be slightly more difficult on a weekend. At any rate, it's way easier than parking almost anywhere else in Chicago.
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Re: (Chicago) Dominion TableTop Day Tournament (4/11) - all cards!
« Reply #21 on: April 10, 2015, 08:23:51 am »
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Is checkin at noon and the games start promptly at 1? Or as soon as everyone is there?

I am wondering if I have to be there well before 12 or can I show up at 12:30?
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« Reply #22 on: April 10, 2015, 10:37:15 am »
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Is checkin at noon and the games start promptly at 1? Or as soon as everyone is there?

I am wondering if I have to be there well before 12 or can I show up at 12:30?

I'm going to send an e-mail out to all participants this morning, but check-in begins at 12:30, overview/tournament rules at 1, games at 1:15 or when everyone is here, whichever is first. (We had to push back the start time to 1 PM due to a standing event ending at 12:30 I thought wouldn't be happening this week).
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Re: (Chicago) Dominion TableTop Day Tournament (4/11) - all cards!
« Reply #23 on: April 12, 2015, 11:45:19 am »
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Whew! The tournament, at least in my eyes, is over and was a huge success!

The tournmanet sold out on Friday night, but we ended up with a cancellation, a no-show, and a player who showed up just in case any of the previous things happened, so we played with a field of 15. It required some three-player games, and not everyone got the same number of those, but I think we did the best given the circumstances.

I can't say enough good things about the competitors we had. I was having nightmares the day before the tournament about what I'd need to do if people didn't shuffle properly, if someone claimed a game should be null and void if someone revealed cards at an incorrect moment, etc, but absolutely none of that came up. Everyone was a good sport and competed fairly, and it looked like everyone had tons of fun. The only problem we had was when a player bought the second-to-last province at his table, only to reveal an estate below it. They called me over, explained the problem (they had no idea if the stack had originally contained 11 or 12 provinces), and asked what to do, since they knew they couldn't look through their own decks to check. I ended up doing that for them (without changing any orders), discovered they had 12 Provinces already bought (that estate belonged in the supply and was just in the wrong stack), and all players agreed that meant the game was over. Another moment where I was impressed with the players.

The kingdoms we played were as follows:

Round 1: Native Village, Crossroads, Watchtower, Trader, Talisman, Monument, Scout*, Moneylender, Contraband, Expand
Round 2: Moat, Courtyard, Village, Smugglers, Treasure Map, Pirate Ship, Navigator, Mining Village, Mint, Council Room
Round 3: Transmute*, Fools Gold, Woodcutter, Shanty Town, Oasis, Loan, Bureaucrat, Bishop, Venture, Fairgrounds
Round 4: University, Workshop, Worker's Village, Throne Room, Remodel, Quarry, Baron, Trading Post, Embassy, Bazaar
Finals: Herbalist, Sage, Lookout, Coppersmith, Soothsayer, Horn of Plenty, Graverobber, Baker, Border Village, Farmland

*I saw both these cards purchased at least once

We ended up with a three-way tie for the 3rd and 4th spots in the finals that came down to the second tiebreaker (most 1st-place finishes), which gave a little extra thrill to the proceedings.

And when it was all said and done, f.ds's own ADK took home the gold. Congrats!  ;D

I learned a lot as an organizer and look forward to (hopefully) running another Dominion tournament in the near future (likely with a different format). Thanks again to all who came out!
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Re: (Chicago) Dominion TableTop Day Tournament (4/11) - all cards!
« Reply #24 on: April 12, 2015, 11:53:31 am »
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If anyone wants tips on how to run a tournament, I'd certainly ask Voltaire. This went extremely smoothly.
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