We had a full house again this year at The Ram Brewery in downtown Indianapolis, IN. While only having sixteen players allowed to play, it makes for such a great atmosphere. As some players start the day out as strangers or merely acquaintences; drinking beers, eating great food and rolling some dice, they will be walking away at the end of the night with new budding friendships. What a unique experience!
First, Thank You to our Press Ganger Joel DeRossett who ran an exemplary tournament. This was Joel’s first Slam and did a great job! And we must also, as always, give a big “Thanks” to The Ram Brewery, its manager Rich, and to our server who worked for us from 10am to well past 8pm– Amanda. Just like last year, she did a fantastic job taking care of all of us gamers. Without Privateer Press’ support, The Slam would not be what it is. They always provide great and interesting items with which we fill each competitor’s goodie-bag. Lastly, we need to thank our gamers! We’ve been in business for thirty-five years now. And that is all due to our loyal customer base. It’s because of the fantastic customers we have, setting up the venue, scheduling, ordering supplies, trophies and other materials makes it all worth it.
The Hammer Award goes to…
This year’s winner went to a relative newbie. He picked up Warmachine last year and took a real shine to it. Going 4-0 may seem fairly easy, but there are some veteran players who’ve been playing since the beginning and have yet to hoist The Hammer in victory. Congratulations goes to Jeff Mullen, with his Cryx build against also undefeated veteran player Andrew Hartley’s Barnabas list. Funny enough, the padawan becomes the master as Andrew is the one who’d brought Jeff into the fold of Warmahordes!
Jeff’s Winning List:
Warwitch Siren x 2
Master Gunner Dougaile MacNaile
Devil’s Shadow Mutineers
– Helldiver x 2
– Skarlock Thrall
Satyxis Raider Cpt
Mechanithralls x 2
-Brute Thrall x 2
Neurosurgeon and stitch thralls x 2
Satyxis Blood Witches
– x2 Sacral Vaults
x2 Croak Raiders
Swamp gobbers crew
Dr. Arkadius (Nature of the beast tier 4)
x2 Gun boars
x2 Road Hogs
x2 War Hogs
x6 Razor Boar
Farrow bone grinders (min)
This year’s best painted was a close call between our two Skorne players. With our judge, the exemplary painter Rich Curtiss having to really look at all the details done by both painters. Rick Wright was declared winner as his basing and consistent color theme gave him the edge.
Winner of this award is always hard to determine. All players go into this tournament in a friendly and respectful manner. There are years we’ve had three-way ties but this year was crazy! We had a six-way tie for the Mug! As unscientific as it may seem, we had to deterimine the winner randomly. Terrence Johnson wins this year’s Best Sportsman mug! Congratulations Terrance!
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(We have two smaller hammer trophies we award for two notable achievements that happen throughout the tournament).
Largest V.P Spread.
Andrew Hartley wins with his table wipe of Eric Conrad of fifty-five points with his Barnabas list.
Quickest Caster Kill:
Ted Crawford, brother of last year’s winner T.J. Crawford, trounced Nick Lavelle handily in only ten minutes! But, we are not without some sympathy to the loser. For his trouble, Nick is given a $15 gift card, usable toward buying a new warcaster or warlock!
The Hammer has dropped on number nine! Nine years we’ve been doing Slam at the Ram and every year, we’re amazed by the new players that have entered the game. It’s not the same old guard year end and year out. We’re always meeting new people. And that tells us Warmachine and Hordes are still in a growing period. The potential for these game systems is extremely bright. Have to wonder what year ten will bring to us in October of 2016…