Online Sealed Deck Tournament for MECCG at CyberCon
Copyright John France ©2001
Edited by Nigel
Buckle for The Guild Companion
At CyberCon, I am running a sealed deck tournament for MECCG using the NetMECCG software, please note the software will not play the game for
you – you need to know the rules for MECCG to use NetMECCG.
What is CyberCon
CyberCon is a totally
on-line gaming convention and will be held on October 19th to 21st 2001. This
means you don't have to worry about accommodation costs or transport fees you
only have to go as far as your PC. This con has all the same types of events
that you would expect at a physical gaming convention such as games, contests,
tournaments, games manufacturers & distributors booths, and seminars with
designers, writers and artists but with a lot more such as on-line chat rooms.
The schedule is still being updated but already confirmed attending is Tracy
Hickman (of Dragonlance fame) and Elaine Cunningham (of Forgotten Realms fame).
The RPGA are running a sanctioned tournament throughout the whole con. There
are lots of other RPG tournaments being played and these are traditional pen
and pencil RPGs such as GURPS, D&D3E, etc. that use software such as
WebRPG, GRiP, OpenRPG and RPGWorlds which create a virtual tabletop for play.
WebRPG is normally a subscription service but is available free for the duration
of CyberCon to anyone signing up. The site contains a link for the software
needed for each game which you have to install and ensure it is running before your game starts. I went to the first
CyberCon in June and it was amazing. When you pay your registration fee, you
are provided with a unique MyCon page. This page contains links and schedules
for everything you have signed up for. The entry fee that provides access to
all games and events will be $6.95 (USD). Pre-registering and GM sanctioning is
currently Underway so check out Cybercon at :-
What is NetMECCG
NetMECCG is the excellent software by Michael Collins which creates a
virtual tabletop allowing two players to play the Middle Earth CCG on-line.
Chad Martin reviewed this software in the April 2000 edition of the Guild
Companion. You will need this software to play in the sealed deck tournament at
CyberCon. There is a link to the
software from the site.
Using the sealed deck generator included with NetMECCG players will
1x Wizards starter deck
2x Wizards boosters
2x Dragons boosters
1x Dark Minions booster
Players will then have 30 minutes to create the deck that they will use
for the whole tournament. All sites will be used.
Each game will last for 1 hour 20 minutes and will be played over days 1
& 2 of CyberCon. On day 3,
the four highest placed players from days 1 & 2 will face off for final
standings. Those players not involved in the final of day 3 will have another
tournament the format of which will be decided on the day. For full details go
to the CyberCon site above and
under games follow the link to MECCG tournament. To sign up for the event go to
the CCG schedule. If you have never played NetMECCG before this is an excellent
way to get started.
CyberCon has given the
NetMECCG tournaments full prize support. This means that winners will have
access to the Prize Pool. This is made up of items donated by manufacturers and
artists etc. who are attending the event. This could be signed prints, new
product or vouchers for on-line gaming stores etc., to see what is currently
available check out the link to the prize pool.
If you are interested in on-line CCGs, there will also be a tournament
for Magic:the Gathering. At the end of the MECCG page there are also links to
other on-line CCGs. You should also check out the CCG Workshop link, which
contains the GatLing Engine software. This is a generic program designed for
use with virtually any CCG system. You will be surprised how many old favourites
have been converted to this format.