Fantasy Flight Games may be making a name for itself beyond the core hobby gaming community by producing games based on hit properties such as "Game of Thrones" and "Star Wars," but that doesn't mean these products are designed without serious competition in mind.
From November 9th to 11th, gamers will converge on the Fantasy Flight Games headquarters and event center in Roseville, MN, to participate in the inaugural World Championship Weekend. They'll be hoping to claim titles in the following games: "A Game of Thrones: The Card Game," "Android: Netrunner The Card Game," "Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game," "Dust Tactics," "Dust Warfare," "Warhammer: Invasion The Card Game," and the "Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures Game."
There is one game, however, where the competition will be 100% level. "Star Wars: The Card Game" will be debuting at World Championship Weekend ahead of its public release, and attendees will be able to demo the game throughout the event. If they can learn quickly, attendees will be allowed to challenge FFG staffers for entry into the game's first-ever official tournament, held at the end of the weekend using pre-constructed decks.
Aside from being the inaugural World Championship Weekend overall, this event will also host the first-ever World Championship Tournaments for some of the previously-mentioned games: "Android," "Dust Warfare," and "X-Wing." There will also be a painting contest for both of the Dust-themed miniatures games.
Perhaps the coolest aspect of this event is the reward for winning a tournament. Aside from a year's worth of bragging rights, FFG is offering new world champions "legacy prizes," meaning they will be able to work with the games' designers to create a new card or miniature that will be legal in future tournament play. It's a unique opportunity for a gamer to put their own stamp on a game that they've dedicated serious time to as a player and a fan.
Registration for World Championship Weekend closes this Sunday, so if you're considering making the trip, the clock is ticking. For the rest of us, FFG will be streaming select matches online throughout the weekend.