Fantasy Flight Games is now really pushing it’s organised play for certain games. A little while ago, I had some articles in my RSS Feed from FFG about some new League Kits, but when I clicked on the links to view the articles on the website, there was nothing, the links only referred to the December news overview page. A little odd, I thought, but carried on. A few days later, FFG put up articles for a whole bunch of articles about their Organised Play, and a lot of the things I saw in the League articles I saw in these new ones. Must have been a bit of a mistake there.
There are also a couple of Game Night Kits, for games that do not work with normal organised competitive play. There are Game Night Kits for two games, the Lord of the Rings LCG and Descent: Journeys in the Dark 2nd Edition. What is a Game Night Kit, you may ask? Well FFG puts it like this:
A Game Night Kit is a package of promotional materials designed to support cooperative play and build a community of players in a store. With a Game Night Kit, you can host a single table, challenge multiple groups sequentially, or even have a competition between groups. Game Night Kits for Descent include a new, fully cooperative scenario for the game, and Game Night Kits for The Lord of the Rings feature three new Nightmare Decks. All Game Night Kits offer prizes for the players to bring home, offering a great opportunity for players to access an adventure before its general release and meet new play groups.
Lord of the Rings Game Night page is here, and the Descent one is here.
As I mentioned earlier, there are also the Tournament kits for Organised Play. There are 6 kits in total, the list for the games is below, each being a link to the page as well.
The kits are all about prize support for Games Stores to run proper organised events. They typically include a playmat, a couple of different boxes, alternate- full-art cards and a poster. Warhammer Diskwars and X-Wing also have an extra item each, an acrylic ruler for Diskwars and a set of tokens for X-Wing, but neither have the playmats. From what I’ve seen, they playmats have ‘2014 Season One Champion’ on them.
Having supported Organised Play really does add another element to the games as a whole. For those people who want it, it adds something to work towards, a goal to add motivation to come up with new ideas to use. I am not normally a fan of competitive play, but I will give Call of Cthulhu LCG tournaments a go. My local gamestore has a CoC tournament on the books I plan to go to. There have also been several successful Netrunner tournaments here in Brisbane, and I am sure more in other places too, so these kits, I imagine, will be popular.
If you are interested in these sorts of things, and there are enough people to support it, then you should talk to your gamestore about the possibility of running an event where one of these kits could be used.