Worlds 2016 Part Two, Electric Bugaloo

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Following on from the first part of my report, we have the second part. It’s almost like I planned it that way.

Team GB had hit various bars in order to properly prepare for the second day at Worlds. Like nuking the site from orbit, it’s the only way to be sure.

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World Championships 2016 – Part One

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To mangle the phrase referring to the US Army in Europe in WWII, upon landing in America – we were Over-cerberus rexed, overplayed and over here.

luggageAfter a glorious time at Worlds, I decided to head there again this year. We had spread tales of our adventures throughout the land, and so the UK Massive was in excess of 25 players this time around. At various airports, the team assembled and a disparate group became a whole once more. Except for Dave C (shmeguy), who left his luggage on the train and missed his flight. But he turned up again later on with only the clothes he was standing in to his name, so that’s okay. Shame he lost his passport on the way home…

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Nordic Nationals 2016

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The King is dead, long live the King.

It was time to return to Nordic Nationals and defend my crown from unruly locals wanting to take back control of their country. Ingrates. A couple of people from last time came along and a bunch of others made the effort so we had nine or ten Brits in the longboat. After some shenanigans, we were though the nicest passport control I’ve ever experienced and on bus, train and tram to the other side of Stockholm for our Air B’n’B experience – and so the Party House was born.

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German Nationals 2016

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German Nationals were held near the headquarters of the distributor in the beautiful countryside of Wälldurn. This is unfortunately in the middle of nowhere, so you need a car to get there really. The Berlin team said it would be 11 hours on the train for them, so you can imagine the difficulties foreign johnnies would have. Frankfurt is only an hour away by car though, and Stuttgart was 1.5 hours and half the price for flights.

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Games Expo Regionals 2016

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Games Expo is a great event, now in its tenth year, with many thousands descending on the Hilton and NEC centre for all things geek and game related. Previously, the Netrunner event has been the Nationals, squeezing all the UK’s competitive action into a couple of months! This year however, some sense has prevailed and with the Nationals being held separately, the Expo event was this time a Regional. It did, however, still attract large numbers of players, with there being 120 at final count I think. Due to FFG’s bizarre top cut numbers, that makes a Top 8. Wowzers. Additionally the organisers wanted Swiss rounds done by 7pm so organisation had to be razor sharp to get everything done and dusted.

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Birmingham Regionals 2016

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The first of two(!) Birmingham Regionals took place on Saturday 14th March at the Custard Factory (no really), home to appropriately titled Wayland Forge. Actually taking part were 59 players on the day, and despite some logistics with the venue on the day (the facility management forgot tables), everything else was run smoothly. TOs for the day had a PA system for announcements, organised and super on-it with the floor and game rules.

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World Championships 2015

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Team UKI said it half-jokingly a few months ago, but as the time got nearer it seemed more and more like a good idea. Worlds baby. With the current UK Champ going over and the previous one waxing lyrical about it, quite a few of the UK scene got the bug. I’d booked up tickets anyway, but then a jolly to take the Viking Nationals got my flights reimbursed (thanks Bergsala Enigma Danmark) and it seemed an even better idea. About a Baker’s Dozen of Team GB (or Team UK depending on who you talk to) headed over to the Colonies and it was Netz on a Plane all the way there.

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