TaKtiX: Jeremiah Uselton

Malexin has been playing CCGs for a long time. At GenCon Indy 2004 he slew the Warlord Madusan Lord Raath. Since then he has been involved in promoting standards of play within the Warlord community, working as a commentator, tournament organiser and occasional ambassador.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Tournament Advice Part 1: Getting Through It

What do I mean by getting through it?

If you judge enough tournaments and watch the games closely, you'll notice that towards the later rounds of swiss play mistakes will become more and more common. Its important for you the player to make sure that you're taking care of yourself. Most importantly this means that you should get your normal amount of sleep, stay hydrated and keep your energy level up.

There is a lot of temptation at Cons to deprive yourself of sleep in order to have fun. Doing this one or two nights at GenCon isn't that big of a deal as the human body is amazingly resilient. However, if you avoid sleep for the entire con you will definitely see a diminishing in your play skill, thinking and reasoning by the end of the con. So it becomes important to pick and choose how late you want to stay out and which nights you want to stay out.

The next thing is probably the most important. Drink a good amount of water. Water keeps you hydrated and if your body approaches dehydration your thinking ability will become impared. Bottled water is almost always cheaper outside of the cons, unless of course there is a complementary con suite, so your best bet is to grab a few bottles at the beginning of the day and carry them in your trusty backpack. And that ties right in with my next point which is keeping your energy level up.

You can keep your energy level up by bringing healthy snack foods in your trusty backpack. Having a little bit of a snack every two to three hours will maintain you energy level and keep you from having highs and lows during the day, which can and will negatively affect your play. Granola bars, trail mix, jerky and energy bars are excellent choices.

Seems pretty basic doesn't it? You'd be surprised how many players don't follow these simple steps and in the end they pay for it.

Good Gaming,



At Friday, May 19, 2006 12:31:00 am, Blogger Pete Vander Giessen said...

Just wanted to add apples, oranges or other fresh fruit to the list of "healthy snacks" to bring. After a couple days straight eating pizza, chips, and other gamer staples, they can taste better than candy.

At Friday, May 19, 2006 12:36:00 pm, Anonymous MatGB said...

I second Pete, fruit is a much underrated snack food, especially at Cons.

*goes to eat apple*

At Friday, May 19, 2006 3:07:00 pm, Blogger Jeremiah Uselton said...

Pete does make a great point. If you're staying at a hotel fresh fruit is usually available in the mornings. Its either free or will have minimal cost. That makes it a good investment in you day.

Although if you're carrying it your backpack, I'd avoid bananas, they make quite the mess if squished.


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