This year's SCGG has come and gone, and boy what an event it was! We have come a long way from our beginnings three years ago, and looking to the future there are a lot of things to get excited about. We experienced strong growth in attendance for both of the 40k events, and we also had a strong showing from some out-of-state players who made the trip down.
Salt City Gladiator Games is now Utah's ONLY 40k Grand Tournament!
One of the coolest things to come out of the weekend was the fact that we were able to reach the attendance necessary to qualify as a Grand Tournament in the Independent Tournament Circuit for 40k! This was a big deal for everyone involved, as reaching GT status makes you eligible for more ITC points and adds a lot to the prestige of the event, and the prestige of the winners! Considering that we were sharing a weekend with the Bay Area Open - which is one of the largest 40k Tournaments in the U.S.A. - I tip my hat and bow to all the players who showed up and brought their game to the SCGG this year and helped us put on the best competitive 40k tournament we have had yet!
40k Tournament Army Composition Recap
I have to say that I was more surprised by the army composition at this tournament than I was for any other that I have run. The fact that despite breaking records for attendance, we did not have a single Codex: Space Marines primary faction - yep you read that right: ZERO SPACE MARINE PLAYERS were at the SCGG in 2016. So, instead we had a very strong showing of Chaos and Xenos players. Here's the breakdown for primary detachments:
- Chaos Demons: 3
- Imperial Knights: 1
- Eldar: 6
- Chaos Space Marines: 3
- Necrons: 3
- Chaos Renegades: 1
- Orks: 1
- Tau Empire: 3
- Cult Mechanicus: 1
- Space Wolves: 1
- Dark Angels: 1
- Grey Knights: 1
- Dark Eldar: 1
- Astra Militarum: 1
- Harlequins: 1
- Tyranids: 1
As one would expect, Eldar made a very strong showing, especially in an environment where their "nemesis" (read: Space Marines) was very absent. Here's the breakdown of placings (first to last from top to bottom):
|First Name||Last Name||Club||Primary Detachment|
|Russ||Tanner||Gitz & Gutz||Eldar|
|Ben||Cromwell||Team Zero Comp||Eldar|
|Matt||Johansen||Team Zero Comp||Eldar|
|Ryan||Burwell||Gitz & Gutz||Chaos Space Marines|
|Rich||Kilton||Double Dutch Rudder||Orks
|Ben||Gabbert||Gamer's Enclave||Dark Angels|
|Bryan||Humpherys||Gamer's Enclave||Tau Empire|
|Caitlin||Hawker||Chaos Space Marines|
|Zac||Johnson||Chaos Space Marines|
Congratulations to all of the attendees! We had some great games and some nailbiters during the course of the rounds. Here are some of the action shots that I was able to get during the games. We also have some coverage on our Facebook page (via live videos) that you can see too for some highlights. You just have to pay the price of looking at Captain Morgan's ugly mug for a few minutes as I walk between tables...
Hobby on Display
We have always tried to maintain our emphasis on a strong hobby showing as part of the games, and this year the players did not disappoint! We had some EXCELLENTLY painted models and armies on display here. Here are some of the photos of the armies as they were set up for paint judging:
To the Winners go the Spoils...
We had some excellent prize support at SCGG, courtesy of our many sponsors. We were also able to hand out some custom-made plaques to the winners. Take some time to congratulate them on being a part of the best Gladiator Games that we have had yet!
With SCGG's continued growth, you can count on the event picking up even more steam as time goes by! We are committed to delivering the ultimate in the Utah 40k experience, so keep your eyes peeled for announcements for next year's events, and be sure to pre-order your tickets when they go up for sale again. I'm very much looking forward to next year, and hope to see you all there!