Just a quick update today to bring everyone up to speed on the goings on at The Airlock.
We held an official VWE Purchase Mech Free-for-All last Saturday with a weight limit of 280 tons for all 4 rounds. Stock Mechs only, as per VWE requirements. 14 people entered, and at the end of the night Zax reigned supreme with Justice close on his heals. Most of the Mechs purchased were what you'd expect, and most people even stuck to the same basic plan - buy one light(er) Mech, one heavy, and then a couple of Assaults. The "average" purchase looked something like an Arctic Wolf, a Vulture/Nova Cat/Thor/Grizzly/Avatar, a Templar, and a Masakari or Deimos. A couple of people went even bigger to get a MadCat Mk II, but for the most part the 85-tonners were the biggest Mechs we saw.
Gurn had probably the worst draw through no fault of his own that I've seen in a tournament at The Airlock. He'd saved his Artic Wolf for the finals because its 4 x Streak SRM4 missile racks score a lot of points. But the finals consisted of his Arctic Wolf, 3 Templars (which have AMS), an Uller (which has AMS), and two Vultures (which have Reactive armor). Yikes! Talk about bad luck!
This coming weekend we'll be holding a Random Red Planet tournament. Soto's birthday tournament was so much fun last month that people have been demanding that we try it in Red Planet as well, so that's what we're doing. Show up on Saturday for some random mayhem in the canals on Mars! The format will be the same as last month's random BT - random maps, random VTVs, random conditions, etc. Each pilot will be allowed two re-rolls of the randomness which I highly recommend you save just in case you get stuck in an Armadillo on Blades. :-)
Also starting this week is the return of the Battletech Tandem League! We've slowed things down based on what we learned in the trial league, so you'll have 2 weeks to complete each mission. The first mission starting this week and running through April 16th has you and your partner in Inner Sphere Mechs scouting reports of an abandoned Clan assault Mech. Of course once you arrive you realize that it hasn't been abandoned at all and the fight is on!
The last bit of news for this week is that we're going to be holding an event similar to a Gunslingers on Friday, April 15th. It's based on/derived from the Clan Trial of Bloodright in which pilots compete for the honor of receiving a bloodname. Ours will be unofficial, of course, but we'll have a lot of fun and it will be good practice for Gunslingers later this Spring.
I hope to see you all soon at The Airlock!