League Night #8 of 8
Games played: Star Trek, Tales of the Arabian Nights, Junk Yard, Theatre of Magic, Getaway
This was the last league night of the regular season, so the results after this would determine seeding for the final playoff tournament, and (of special interest to me) who made A division playoffs. I was in ninth place going in, only one point behind Parker, so I needed to do better than he did to finish eighth and qualify for A division. Alas, I didn’t do quite enough; I ended up with one more point than Parker for the night (because he had a bad night, not because I had a good one) and so tied rather than passing him as I’d hoped. (It turns out he isn’t going to make it to finals tonight, so I’m safe after all. This is some very good luck for me, as I’d not looked forward to a tiebreaker game against him.)
I think we were originally going to have Demo Man in the lineup, but in typical Lansing fashion, it went out of commission just prior to league play starting. This was our first league night using the new Star Trek LE, but it still wasn’t on its best behavior. It would sometimes auto-launch before players got to choose a mode, and at least in my frustrating experience, tended to reject lock shots to the center fairly often.
Notable in his absence was Adam, who apparently decided that since he was qualified for A no matter what, he didn’t need to come. Jake was somewhat grumpy about having to solo drive from Grand Rapids (Sam has more or less dropped out, at least for the rest of this season).
The big event of the night was a trip to the new barcade, The Grid, in Old Town. Several of us went there after league finished up. The biggest appeal of the place for several of us is that the games they have are very uncommon, and they have several EMs and early solid states, eras that are almost totally unrepresented in metro Lansing. One of the first things I did was play a game on Big Guns, a game I’ve played only a few times ever, and put the #1 high score on it. I shrieked “I’m the Grand Champion!” at an embarrassing volume (the place sure does echo) and got a high five from the owner. I talked to him a bit and he asked me to get in contact about starting a league there, which I have subsequently done and looks like it is probably going to be a thing. Stay tuned for more information on that as it develops.
After we left The Grid, Mike S. decided to head back home, so that left Jake, Joseph, and me to go to Theio’s together. It wasn’t strictly the smallest Theio’s crowd ever (since Joseph, Mike, and I have occasionally been the only people there) but it was the only time we’ve had that particular configuration of people.
Tonight – in just a few hours – we will be having the final tournament, which will determine how everyone finishes for the season. Will Chris remain undefeated? Will we see a new champion crowned at last? Will Star Trek break, saving me from having to play Chris on it? Will we have more people playing in B division than trophies? Come at 7 p.m. and find out.