MECCG at OrcCon 2019/LAX on Presidents Day Weekend!

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MECCG at OrcCon 2019/LAX on Presidents Day Weekend!

Post by TradewindRider » Sun Dec 02, 2018 5:12 pm

Greetings All,

Am pleased to announce that there will be MECCG at the Strategicon/OrcCon 2019 over the Presidents Day weekend, 15-17 February 2019, at the Hilton Hotel beside the Los Angeles International Airport! Following are the time windows I've reserved for MECCG events, we can be flexible depending on attendance and the players' wishes:

- Saturday, 16 Feb: 11:00 AM-2:00 PM
- Saturday, 16 Feb: 3:00 PM-6:00 PM
- Sunday, 17 Feb: 11:00 AM-2:00 PM
- Sunday, 17 Feb: 3:00 PM-6:00 PM

Please message back to let us know if you'll be attending, so we can prepare accordingly. It will be an awesome weekend--looking forward to seeing everyone!

TradewindRider

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(1) The location of Gateway 2018 is: Hilton Los Angeles Airport, 5711 W Century Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90045.
(2) Here is the link for the convention: http://www.strategicon.net

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Re: MECCG at OrcCon 2019/LAX on Presidents Day Weekend!

Post by CDavis7M » Tue Dec 04, 2018 12:55 am

I'll be there on Saturday. I'll probably just go for the day again but I was thinking about going a second day.

Let me know if anything is happening on Friday. I think I've have more availability Friday vs Sunday.

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Re: MECCG at OrcCon 2019/LAX on Presidents Day Weekend!

Post by TradewindRider » Tue Dec 04, 2018 2:16 am

Greetings CDavis7M,

Great to hear from you! Gandalf Gene and I are typically available by 2 or 3 PM on Friday (the convention starts at noon on Friday)--I'm on the schedule to run a couple of other events, but Gene and probably others will be available as well. Just let us know when you can make it, and see you there!

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Post by CDavis7M » Fri Jan 18, 2019 7:01 am

It's getting closer to February. I'm definitely making it to the Saturday event. But probably not Friday.

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Post by TradewindRider » Mon Jan 21, 2019 5:02 pm

Greetings Chris/All,

Am looking forward to seeing you all there! Schedule is as stated above, but we are flexible with particular events/formats depending on players' wishes.

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Post by CDavis7M » Sat Feb 02, 2019 12:23 am

Does anyone going to ORCCON have spare Player Guides that they would be willing to lend me? I'm looking for any of the official guides that explain each card from The Wizards, Dragons, Dark Minions, and Lidless Eye. I could offer collateral. And then just return them at the next meet up or by mail.

I do have the "companion" book, but the actual Player Guides are difficult to come by online.

Thanks guys.



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Post by TradewindRider » Fri Feb 08, 2019 6:19 pm

Greetings All,

Just a reminder, StrategiCon is next weekend! Time windows are unchanged (see below)--we are flexible with the events depending on who is there--see you then:

- Saturday, 16 Feb: 11:00 AM-2:00 PM
- Saturday, 16 Feb: 3:00 PM-6:00 PM
- Sunday, 17 Feb: 11:00 AM-2:00 PM
- Sunday, 17 Feb: 3:00 PM-6:00 PM

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Post by CDavis7M » Sat Feb 09, 2019 10:17 pm

I'm still in. See you guys there. I'll probably show up early, depending on traffic etc.

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Post by TradewindRider » Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:05 pm

Greetings Chris,

Many thanks--see you Friday, then, and maybe Saturday and/or Sunday as well?

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Post by CDavis7M » Wed Feb 13, 2019 1:43 am

Oops, sorry for the confusion. I'll be there early on Saturday only.

I won't be able to make it Friday or Sunday.

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Post by TradewindRider » Wed Feb 13, 2019 3:41 am

Great, see you then!

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Post by TradewindRider » Mon Feb 18, 2019 6:34 pm

Greetings All,

Thanks to everyone who participated in the MECCG festivities this past weekend! As usual, the turnout was small, but all our core SoCal folks and Gandalf Gene were here. Much appreciation to CDavis7M for driving up from San Diego, and a hearty welcome back to Curious Gene!

The MECCG events were all on Saturday and Sunday during the daytime, as I was diversifying my time and running other events and participating in the new Keyforge game as well. We kept Saturday on an open/casual format to accommodate everyone’s needs, and Gandalf Gene and CDavis7M devoted almost 8 hours to a deep-dive/dissertation-level discussion of hero-vs-hero decks, playing through a couple of games and debating deck design principles. The rest of us played various 1-1 and 3-player free-for-alls. My Fallen Saruman was victimized in the 3-player game as a marauding Nazgul dropped by my revelers squatting at Worthy Hills, spreading fear and maladies. As a result, I lost not one, but two fully-fledged Dwarven Rings in consecutive turns!

I did better in the 1-1 games, starting with a playtest of an updated One Ring deck—I wasn’t sure if my heart (or brain cells) was up to focusing on playing this deck, but there was little opposition from Dan up until I was on the last dash from Minas Morgul to Mount Doom. At that point, Sam was hit by a well-time Seized by Terror from the sideboard, so he had to return to Minas Morgul and try again on his own the next turn. He trudged back to Mount Doom alone and unadvised, but managed to avoid an Alone and Unadvised on his way there. The dunk itself was anti-climactic, as I had more than enough helper cards in hand. There was one point where I had the option of retrieving Gollum as an ally to use Gollum’s Fate instead, but Plan A prevailed.

The second game was better, as I played a souped-up version of the Fallen Alatar deck that I had crashed and burned with at the Worlds 2014 event here in Oakland. The hazard side is a complete sellout to Long Dark Reach, with all the Nazgul and unique Dragons along with Doors of Night, which works to pump one Aiglos once it is (hopefully) retrieved from under deeps. Dan cut me to all the cards I needed, included Secret Entrances, cancellers, and even a Legendary Stairs, but my final couple of turns fizzled as I attempted to recruit the customary faction, plus Alatar managed to get himself injured on his one and only Hunt (against the Mouth). The anti-Fallen sideboard cards were also beginning to make their presence felt, as I was already double-digits in staging points, so I conceded at that point so as not to drag things out.

Sunday saw a couple of Hero Arda games, the second of which featured Curious Gene and his son playing as a team. The first was not a good showing for me, as my Beorn fell victim to a Greed that triggered when I retrieved the palantir from Minas Tirith, at which point he turned Traitor and attacked/injured Saruman on his way out the door. It turns out that I had misread a helper card I had in hand and could have stopped this particular snowball, but that was game. The second Arda game went better for me, as I retrieved two Gold Rings that I converted at Amon Hen (with a Wizards Test and a RInglore) to a Magic Ring on Thranduil and a Dwarven Ring on Glorfindel. I was edged out in points by Gandalf Gene’s customary last-turn dash for points, which included the obligatory slaying of an At-Home Dragon (in this case, Daelomin) via Gandalf’s Sacrifice of Form. To add insult to injury, my Thranduil corrupted on a snake-eyes, lol!

Many thanks again to everyone who attended this weekend! Memorial Day will be upon us soon, so I will submit the tentative MECCG schedule to the StrategiCon staff as soon as they clear the decks from this one. See you all soon!

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Post by CDavis7M » Tue Feb 19, 2019 7:30 am

I had a great time! I learned a lot from Gene. I am starting to feel comfortable with the rules and basic strategy. Looking forward to next time.

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Post by rezwits » Wed Feb 20, 2019 4:24 pm

NIce, sounds like you guys got some good gaming in, that's sweet tho a "Traitored Beorn."

Can't wait to see/meet some of you in Vegas in less than a couple of weeks!

Hoping we'll have at least 4 on Sunday for "quick games" to 20 with the cube draft!

See ya!
You probably aren't playing Agents correctly 8) <- need a rule thread for this tho...

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