Gateway is an annual game convention held in Los Angeles, with a couple thousand attendees. People come from all over Southern California and beyond. There's a ton of scheduled events, as well as a giant open gaming room. We thought it would be a great place for our first public launch.
An Ars Victor Invasion
The wonderful folks at Strategicon hooked us up with an enormous space -- we filled up the entire hall between the dealer room and the open gaming room with ten full tables of Ars Victor goodness.
|The hall was already filling up on Friday afternoon.|
Everything worked brilliantly. We herded new players into a dedicated room (not shown in the pictures) where we were constantly running the tutorial videos on a big projector. The players came out of the screening and jumped right into a game. We had a handful of tournament staff wandering around and answering questions.
|Hardcore Mofos still playing at 11:30 PM on Saturday night!|
And we probably would have kept playing, too, except for the games of "Cash and Guns" and "Werewolf" that needed to use the hall.
The Few, The Proud, The Ars Victor Finalists
|Stevo proudly presides over the savagery and suffering|
that his game has wrought.
The top-ranked players from all the open play on Friday and Saturday got to compete in the single-elimination playoffs on Sunday. For a handful of extremely stressful hours, the best of the best got to slug it out for the first and second place prizes.
Because of the skill and stakes involved, it was actually really fun just watching the players. I was amazed at how good some people had become after just a couple days of playing.
The winner? David Gerson ended up winning the first place prize of $400 after a brutal battle against Jackson Sauthoff, who took home the $100 prize.
|A whiteboard cannot convey the tension and agony|
that these players went through in a single afternoon.