KW Fireside Gathering 11 for Hearthstone

KW Fireside Gathering #11

Thanks to all that came out for our eleventh Fireside Gathering despite the road construction, and a very warm welcome to all newcomers! There were about 16 people in attendance which is great, but of course more are always welcome! A special thanks to my volunteer assistants for their generous help to make our Fireside Gatherings run smoothly.

We introduced a new logo to go along with the name of our Hearthstone tavern: The Mana & Mettle Tavern, and provided a sheet listing 9 Tavern Quests with fun tavern-related activities to do. Samples of the Tavern Quest tokens were shown and will be available to collect at the next Fireside Gatherings. See you there!

Prizes for Arena Challenge

For this event, everyone did Arena battles to see who could make the highest Arena Level within a 2 hour period. The top place winner was Nick with level 7 achieved, and second-place was a tie between Level 9001 and Basil both with Arena Level 6 reached. Thanks to all who participated in this fun activity!

Event Photos

The Mana and Mettle Tavern welcomes one and all to a themed launch event for the recently released One Night in Karazhan adventure! We will be introducing our new Tavern Quest activities in addition to the streamers, disco ball, and music. Blizzard was very gracious to send a box of party favor goodies to give away via random drawing. Come sign the Tavern Log book or have fun with the novelty oversize Hearthstone cardboard cutout where you can write you own card text! Meet new players and have a great time! See you there!

Date:Thursday, Septebmer 15, 2016
Time:6:00pm - 9:00pm
Location:Tannery Building, 3rd Floor via elevator (151 Charles St. West, Kitchener)
Age:15+ (persons under 18 require a signed document)
Cost:Cash Donation to cover event costs (suggest $3 - $5)
Agenda:At entrance, please choose a nametag with mana crystals 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: After contemplating some alternative and fun options for the bracket that give more players a chance to win, we want to try running an Arena challenge. Everyone should save up a few hundred gold to be able to enter the Arena a few times. All players start together and enter the Arena, build their decks, and face Internet competitors, with the winners being the two players that won the most number of Arena games in a row within two hours i.e. achieved the highest Arena key. If your Arena session comes to an end and there is still plenty of time left you can start another Arena session and try to reach a higher Arena key. The two winners will be rewarded with an item of Hearthstone merchandise from the prize table.
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, however due to construction there is no parking available in the gravel Lot C or D at rear of building on Joseph Street.

We are limiting the age of attendees to 15+, however all persons under the age of 18 are expected to act in a mature manner and MUST have the legal document provided below signed by their parent/guardian which covers all events. Printed copies will also be available at the Fireside Gathering, but are still required to be filled out and signed.
     Release and Agreement for Minors

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

Prizes for Arena Challenge

A prize will be awarded to the bracket winners, who will be able to pick from some official Blizzard Hearthstone merchandise we have purchased. In the future we will likely add Hearthstone t-shirts and other items. Prize choices are currently a $10-$15 value: a Blizzard hat, two large mousepads, an Arena Key bottle opener, wallet with free card pack code, large plush pillow, one glass from the WoW Brewfest Pint Glass collection, or necklace with pendant. As the gatherings grow in size, or if people want to pay a competition entry fee, we can offer larger prizes.

Remember to bring your friends! All are welcome at the events whether a brand new beginner or a seasoned player!

If you have any questions, please contact