Cane Toad Cup 2012 was a 2 day tournament held in Logan City. Days were a 9am start and a 5pm (roughly) finish. 3 games were scheduled per day. Full details on the event and how teams were to be organised can be found at the CTC 2012 Rules section.
Cane Toad Cup 2012 (CTC) signalled my return to the tournament scene after a self imposed hiatus of about 6 years. To say I was nervous would be correct, but I was also very apprehensive. I wasn’t sure I was ready for the long days, I wasn’t sure I was ready to interact in a tournament situation. The push to attend was really driven for a couple of reasons:
1) To support Kojihama (the Tournament Organiser (TO) of CTC). As the inaugural year of CTC, I wanted to help out as much as I could. Being a TO many years a go, I remember the hardest years were often the earliest ones. Kojihama was there to help and support me, the least I could do was return the favour.
2) To have great weekend with Scumcleaner and Luke. Tournament weekends really are an excellent weekend away. Full of fun times, bad food and copious amounts of caffeine. We also can’t forget the ubiquitous Tournament Dinner!
So rallying together we set off to CTC 2012!!
CTC was held on location at Irresistible Force, a games shop in Tanah Merah, containing a shop front with an adjoining gaming room.
I’ll keep it brief otherwise it would be a massive article, however the short of it was that i had a fantastic weekend, with quality players. I could not have asked for a better return to tournaments.
Over the course of the weekend I played all 6 games and came away with 1 win, 2 draws and 3 losses. I was playing an Ork team as follows:
– 2 Black Orks with Guard
– 3 Blitzers – 1 each with Strip Ball, Tackle and Mighty Blow
– 2 Throwers – 1 with starting skills, the other adding Accurate Pass and Hail Mary Pass
– 2 Goblins – 1 with starting skills, the other with Catch, Diving Catch, Leap and +1 Agility
(This super goblin goes by the name of Stabby Toebleed and was the teams Star Player. If you ever need to know anything about Stabby, ask Luke.)
– 4 Lineman – all stock, no skills.
By all accounts a soft team (well as soft as Orcs can get, they are still ridiculously hard to damage) but chosen specifically to give a different type of game and so that i could have fun with them.
During my weekends travels I encountered:
Day 1, Game 1 – Professional Elves – we ended up 1 all DRAW. Bloody elves know how to escape from anything and score from anywhere!
(Unfortunately I forgot to get any photos of the first game. I am kicking myself now.)
Day 1, Game 2 – Norse – a 1 – 0 LOSS, was close for a while but couldn’t keep up the pace
Day 1, Game 3 – Lizardmen – another 1 all DRAW. Funnily enough my opponent was Luke. We had a fun game like we usually do. No pressure just rolling dice. Luke’s animosity towards Stabby Toebleed reached new heights in this game, spurred on by Stabby’s 1 TD and a near 2nd, coming from nowhere.
Day 2, Game 1 – Halflings – SMASHED, I think it was a 4 – 1 LOSS. Halflings left me with 2 Orcs on the field. Yes, HALFLING not Treemen. Little bugger had Dauntless and Frenzy and something else and smash me around the board. Embarrassing but awesome to see.
Day 2, Game 2 – Chaos Dwarves – A close 2 – 1 LOSS here from memory. It was a tough game for the Orcs as we were pushed around the park.
Day 2, Game 3 – Dark Elves – A WIN. Finally! 2 – 1 in my favour. I feel a little strange after this game. I believe this win did the following things:
1) Took me off the bottom of the table
2) Pushed my opponent to last place
3) Gave Scumcleaner the 2nd last place prize!
This team was also named Best Painted as voted by the players. It was an excellent paint job as can be seen below.
The rules pack was great. Not once did I feel as if a game was out of reach (other than my lack of playing ability). The inclusions really evened out the field in my belief. I also think that was proved by the spread of teams and in which teams were placed.
I learned a LOT from my opponents. they were all knowledgeable about the game and I took away a few solid tactics and skill combinations.
I also want to take the time to say I was truly surprised by class of the players there. As a new player, they went above and beyond to help, whether it was rules reminders or even suggestions, no matter if this would have caused them grief or not, or whether it would have cost them a score or not. I haven’t seen anything like it before. That is the sort of thing that will make me come back to a tourney.
I DID remember the fatigue that sets in after 7 – 8 hours of gaming, the sugar rushes and headaches, but after the dust has cleared and the sugar levels even out it is a small sacrifice to make for an enjoyable weekend.
In the end, after all games were done, I think all 3 of us placed in the bottom half but we all had a great time. I would like to thank Koji and all my opponents. You all made the experience enjoyable. Oh and one last thing, I’m back!
As for Stabby Toe-bleed – he’ll be in EVERY game – I’ll find a way.
Essential CTC 2012 Links:
CTC Website (with PICTURES!): http://www.plork.org/canetoadcup/
CTC Forum on WargamerAU: http://www.wargamerau.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=137726
2nd Place Prize – Painted Chaos Team: http://www.wargamerau.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=137710
I have a couple of poorly photographed pictures of the prize teams: