KW Fireside Gathering 1 for Hearthstone

KW Fireside Gathering #1

Thanks to all that came out for our first Fireside Gathering! There were close to 25 people in attendance which was great! Here is a screenshot of my "Nearby Players" at one point in the evening showing 21 other players.

Prizes for Competitive Bracket
There was such a great turnout, helpful contributions made to donation jar, and the competitive bracket ran so smoothly, that a prize could be awarded on our first Fireside Gathering!

The competitive bracket winner, LobsterDecoy, was able to pick his choice from amongst some official Blizzard Hearthstone merchandise we had purchased. We trust the Leeroy Jenkins pint glass will enjoy its new home. Runner-up was a formidable Jbeardless with honourable mentions going to Jason and Sinnick. However, everyone that participated had an enjoyable time.

In the future we will likely add Hearthstone t-shirts and other items. Prize choices are currently a $10-$15 value: Hearthstone lint cloth (view large image), or one glass from the Hearthstone Pint Glass collection (view large image). As the gatherings grow in size, or if people want to pay a competition entry fee, we can offer larger prizes.

Event Photos

Date:Thursday, Nov. 26th, 2015
Time:6:00pm - 8:00pm (try to arrive before 6:00pm)
Location:Tannery Building, 2nd Floor (151 Charles St. West, Kitchener)
Floor plan image of the event room.
Age:18+ (due to liability concerns)
Cost:Cash Donation to cover event costs (suggest $1-$5)
Agenda:At entrance, please choose a nametag that indicates your Hearthstone experience and write your name/gamerid. There will be three groups to choose from based on your experience and desired type of gameplay.
 Introduction: We will provide a checklist of how to get started, from creating your free Blizzard Battle.Net account, working through the tutorials, to unlocking all 9 hero classes, and your first few games against human opponents.
 General Gameplay: For those that have been playing the game a while and would like to gain the Fireside Gathering cardback or just play games for fun.
 Competitive Gameplay: An event bracket chart will be available on the whiteboard for you to sign up with others. To help ensure a winner by the end of the night, and to keep the playing field fairly level, decks will be limited to 2 legendaries and wins will be the best 2 out of 3 games. Please note this venue is not an official Blizzard Tournament as those are much more involved to organize, but could be a possibility down the road. Will be looking for feedback on how best to organize this competitive group.
Refreshments:There will be some snacks and drinks available for modest cash sale (please bring change and small bills). You are also welcome to bring your own, but please note this is an alcohol-free venue.
Parking:Limited free parking is in front of building off Charles Street, lots of free parking in rear of building off Joseph Street. No permits are required after hours.

We have prepared a handout sheet for each of the 3 groups of people as guidelines: a new player sheet, a casual play sheet, and a competitive bracket sheet. Printed copies will also be available at the Fireside Gathering.

 Introduction Guide and Checklist
 Casual Play Guide
 Competitive Bracket Guide

If you have any questions, please contact