Hi, this is Chris Thompson,
Let’s not kid ourselves, FFG has never been spectacular at organized play, and they haven’t ever really gotten better at it. Overall we scrape by with the bare minimum from them. The Game of Thrones community is an incredible collection of people. Not just players, but also organizers and coordinators. The great thing about coordination, is it’s much easier when you are all friends. Another thing the entire Thrones community can say about itself, is it’s loaded edge to edge with friends.
Even before the Second Edition of this fine game kicked off, Stahleck was a beacon for Thrones players. The Mecca of organized play for a great many people. The incredible thing about this event every year, is it’s success always lied squarely on the shoulders of the players. And succeed it did. It has grown every single year in the lifespan of this great game due to the love of our brothers and sisters across the Narrow Sea. More and more players from all over the world are going to Stahleck each and every year, and finding how grand in scale a weekend of Thrones and fellowship really is.
This epic event spawned an entire “Road to…” series of incredible tournaments, all independently organized and ran by the community. Europe runs an entire year of highly competitive, and highly fun events, and can do so without FFG’s help. I still support FFG and will continue to attend their events as I always have, and have a great time. But I see all this expansion for fan made events growing each year and I wonder why the US doesn’t get more involved.
Roy Rogers thought the same thing, and took it upon himself to organize the east coast into a circuit of events, to crown a champion at the long running, prestigious fan run event “Red Saturday”. Roy encouraged other American metas to take up the call and make more fan run events in the states that the community can really point to and hold proudly in the sky and exclaim “These are our events!”
And that call was answered…
I proudly present to the Thrones community, The Midwest Thrones Championship Circuit.
Beginning at the end of March in Olney, IL, at Jesse’s Carpenter’s Birthday Bash in which a team building draft event will take place, luring many from the midwest (and other places) for an amazing weekend, and culminating at The Origins Game Fair Convention of Columbus, OH, in mid June, the Midwest Championship Circuit will highlight the best of Thrones in the Midwest. Highlighting the major hotspots of the midwest community, and each proudly displaying their own unique flavor, these 8 events are not to be missed if you can reasonably (or otherwise) get to them.
It is our hope that these events will inspire even more connectivity with the Thrones community in the US, and inspire metas to build their fan run events into something even more special.
These events will stand individually on their own as fantastic events ran by enthusiastic organizers, but they also will bear the trademarks of the Midwest Circuit. What does that mean?
- Each winner of a Midwest Circuit Championship Event receives a bye at the Championship event at Origins.
- Each Participant receives promotional swag custom tailored of the circuit (in addition to the events normal prizes). Each event will have an exclusive alternate art full bleed card. There will be 8 different cards (1 for each event). If you collect all 8 cards and put them side by side, they make 1 full mega-image.
- Additional unique prizes at each stop on the circuit.
We are just scratching the surface with this announcement, and I will be rolling out very exciting information for the circuit as a whole as time goes on. But for now my fellow organizers and I are excited to bring the news of this passion project to the community. I would strongly implore anyone who can make it to Origins this year to plan on booking your trip soon! And to please join us at as many Circuit Events as you can! Check em out!
“Jesse’s Birthday Bash: A Midwest Team Drafting Event”
Date: March 31st
Location: Olney, IL
Venue: Bobalous Bar
Organizer: Jesse Carpenter
“The Wausau Left & Right Tag Team Championship”
Date: May 5th
Location: Schofield, WI
Venue: Johnny Cee Cards
Organizer: Nick Hansen
“The First Player Championship: Joust & Melee”
Date: May 26th & May 27th
Location: Springfield, MO
Venue: Meta Games Unlimited
Organizer: Will Lentz
“Throwdown in Oldtown”
Location: Chicago, IL
Organizer: Collin Weir
“The Festival of Fools”
Location: Toledo, OH
Venue: Frogtown Hobbies
Organizer: Marc Cramer
“Disaster at Crasters”
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Venue: Game Time
Organizer: Chris Thompson
“The Massacre at Hardhome”
Location: Cleveland, OH
Organizers: James Booker & Brad Eier
“The Midwest Circuit Championship”
Date: June 16th
Location: Columbus, OH
Venue: The Origins Game Fair
Organizers: Marc Cramer, Paul Steiner, Chris Thompson, James Booker, Brad, Eier
More information to be added to the event listings here on the site as dates are finalized and more details released.