The Legion of the Coqui Celestial Celebration Weekend was held this last weekend (November 11th to November 13th). We saw old and new players sharing tables and having fun. Old players put aside their competitive minds, just for a moment, to teach new players how to enjoy the hard choices and strategies behind the L5R CCG, as well as the subtleties of the RPG.
More than a Tournament weekend, this was a weekend of fun. So this is not going to be a play by play tournament report. I will not go into details on which Clan dominated the environment or whose unexpected play will be the talk for the next five months. This is just going to be a simple recount on how we celebrated the end* of Celestial Edition in Puerto Rico.
* OK so it was not technically the end of CE, as Emperor Edition was delayed until January, but what can you do.
Friday, November 11th, 2011
Armed with only a Celestial Edition booster box, and a few printed copies of our own Shiro Amagaeru, we arrived at the Game Wizard store at around 6:00 PM, wondering how many players would actually venture into the dark pits known as the “Suicide Format”. After the inevitable discussion of the most recent previewed cards and whether or not a gray wig was white enough, a total of 8 players (myself included) began testing our luck with randomly selected booster packs.
A few games later, we realized that despise its bad reputation, the Suicide Format was perhaps the most fun we could have with random cards put together. In fact, we enjoyed the games so much that we are considering doing it again sometime soon.
In the end, fun was had and promo cards were given out, and we all went together to the closest big department store that was open 24 hours so that we all could get the last minute items we were missing. When we arrived late night to our respective hotel rooms/houses/places we were staying at; there was no doubt we were tired, but full with anticipation and readiness for the next day. So we all went to sleep. Actually, the players went to sleep, we the TO team had more pressing matters to attend to (like making sure everything was ready for the next day).
Saturday, November 12th, 2011
The big day. The first ever Name a Card tournament in Puerto Rico; and we are naming a holding. Well, whoever wins the tournament gets to name a holding.
We arrive early at the store, and after a few minutes putting up a simple decoration, we were ready to start receiving the players. Once we have a good amount of players, we announced our special of the day: For every $5 in merchandise bough on the store, they would get a free pull from the box of greed (Thanks Frank and many others for the idea). Less than a minute after the announcement, I was already receiving 8 to 9 tickets per player for free pulls. Either the players really wanted those rares, or they really wanted to buy stuff. Whatever the case, I’m sure the store owner was happy with the amount of sales he made.
A few minutes later, our own Moto Sabukan, winner of the 2010 PR Winner’s Choice and Hitomi Memorial, arrived with his family in full support of his Clan.
Shortly thereafter we were ready to start the tournament. But not without a few announcements which included the additional prize support we had, the format we were using, and the lack of rum.
Yes, there was no rum and it was completely my fault. I promise I’ll do everything in my power to make sure there is rum in our next kotei.
With 13 players, and with Nicolas’ blessing, we decided to run the tournament using the now popular Qualification by Standings system. Using the standard floor rules, and with the amount of players present, we would have had to run 6 rounds and a Top 2. With the approval of everyone present, we ran 5 rounds, followed by an elimination round and a Top 4.
Name a Holding Player Count:
|Crab: 1||Crane: 3||Dragon: 3||Lion: 0||Mantis: 2|
|Phoenix: 1||Scorpion: 0||Spider: 1||Unicorn: 1||Non-Human: 1|
After 5 Rounds and 4 hours, we decided to take a 30 minutes break before the Qualifying Round, with our own Hitomi Shujyo taking the only bye, and six other players playing to join him in the Top 4.
After some quick games, the Top 4 ended up being:
- David Rodriguez Sanfiorenzo (Hitomi Shujyo); playing Dragon
- Wilfredo Rosaly (Kakita Senka); playing Crane
- Juan Sanchez (Moto Sabukan); playing Unicorn
- Anthony Santiago; playing Spider
Less than 90 minutes later, we had our Top 2: David Rodriguez and Wilfredo Rosaly. Now, I will not talk about how this match what decided, I will let that to the players, but after numerous “political actions”, David Rodriguez Sanfiorenzo ended up taking the win for the Dragon.
As of this moment, the winner of the 1st Puerto Rico Name a Holding Tournament should be in discussion with the Story Team about his pick; so you will have to wait a bit for the reveal.
Sunday, November 13th, 2011
Celestial Edition was not simply about the CCG. The Celestial arc brought unmistakable changes to Rokugan as we know it; so, in celebration of the End of the Celestial Arc, and the Beginning of the Emperor Arc; we had a Special RPG Event.
With a grand total of 14 RPG players; and 3 GMs, we ran our own unique adventure “Test of the Brotherhood“.
Specially design for this occasion, and with the ability to be run in several tables at once, Test of the Brotherhood took place 14 years after the War of the Destroyers. Rokugan is rebuilding and exploring; but even after 14 years of peace, the Clans still seem to be at each others throats. Tired of the constant bickering amongst the Clans, the Brotherhood of Shinsei decided to step up, and for the first time ever, announced that they will be holding their own Winter Court.
However, this was no ordinary court; this was a test. With the delegations of the Clans split up and forced to work together with their cousins in other Clans, the Brotherhood tested their ability to work as one, and their understanding of the Seven Virtues of a Samurai.
For six hours, our three GMs: Hitomi Shujyo, Isawa Kitsune and myself; put these 14 players to the test, and found out that when you put 14 role-players together in a room, nothing can stop the fun.
In the end, we celebrated both our old and new players, by selecting one player from each table, and giving him the honor of walking home with a brand new book, courtesy of Alderac Entertainment Group.
Best Role-Players per table: Carlos Bustelo, Wilfredo Rosaly and Edgar Roman, who received a copy of Enemies of the Empire, Emerald Empire and The Great Clans respectively.
Best New Player: Wilmer; who received a copy of the best book a newbie can have; the base set.
A special Honor was bestowed upon Alexis Castillo, for being one of the longest active L5R RPG Players in Puerto Rico; and who received a copy of Myth:Pantheons from Alderac.
In the end, we all had a blast running this RPG Event, and we are already planning our next one, so stay tuned!
A Final Note
I cannot close this post without giving thanks to all those who made this weekend celebration possible. David Rodriguez, who even after playing and winning the Name a Card Tournament, woke up early the next day to GM a table. Luarie Rolon, who spent endless hours with me polishing the adventure, and who dared tackle the GM Hat for the first time. Ramon Ortiz, for allowing us to make a mess of his store. And of course AEG, for not only giving us the chance to run these events, but providing us with great prize support. To all you and all who showed up…