Friday, July 3, 2009

Golgo Banana Showdown 2

We are happy to announce our annual special Golgo Island gaming event: the Golgo Banana Showdown!

This year, it will be held at the MJC (Maison des Jeunes et de la Culture) in Sartrouville on August 1 & 2, and will feature a side-competition: a Golgo-themed Kings of the Ring tournament.

Once again the greatest scenario writers in the Pays Nantais have written an exciting plot for you to change the fate of Golgo Island:

Golgoville, Golgo Island – home to scoundrels, petty criminals, thugs and low-life from all over the world. A lost place where all kinds of businesses flourish and prosper under the sole control of those who run them. A self-regulating anarchy everyone had got used to until a series of unexplained disasters turned the city into a most indescribable mess. Successively struck by the black plague, the zombie plague, and nuclear and biochemical warheads, the city is now divided between completely devastated areas and not quite as devastated areas. Despite the president saying everything was under control and justice would be swift to those responsible for the inconvenience, tensions are dramatic and paranoia rampant. Street gangs mutually accuse each other. Those from the more damaged blocks are convinced they are the victims of a vicious vendetta motivated by old rivalries, envy, or greed, while those whose territory was spared want to defend it against populations who were made homeless and what they think could be a set up to insidiously colonise and invade their turf. When a huge electro-magneto-sismic death ray shockwave blew the northern area into complete oblivion, the situation degenerated completely out of control and multi-lateral all out gang wars were declared. In Golgoville, the countdown to self-destruction has begun. Luckily, a few enlightened minds set passion aside for a moment, stepped back and started to seek plausible explanations and a way to avoid complete annihilation. Will you be one of the brave heroes who will shed some light on the mysterious disasters that Golgoville has been undergoing? Will you side with the filthy hooligans who will seize the opportunity to kill/destroy/melt stuff for laughs? Will you establish a new order, for good or evil, or fulfil the dark millenarist prophecies of the Cult of the Great Golgo ? It’s up to you and the little lead characters you’ll be playing in the awesomely amazing astounding adventure taking place at the second edition of the Golgo Banana Showdown! Their progress, their bravery and their boldness will determine if they are simple extras, or if they star in this momentous epic, worthy of the greatest italo-turco-mongol co-productions: Warriors of the Neutron Age 3000 – a B-movie bummer by Golgo Island Productions ltd!

What is the Golgo Banana Showdown?
It is the cyclical confrontation of good and evil on Golgo Island, respectively represented by the benevolent Totemic Banana, and the dreaded Great Golgo. From those mighty clashes involving factions from all over, great changes arise on the island, and new names are cast in fiery letters in the Golgo Island hall of fame forever. In less poetical terms, it is a campaign organised as an uncompetitive tournament using the (free) Golgo Island/WarEngine rules.

Where and when is it?
On August 1-2 in Sartrouville, France (78).

What do I need?
2 groups/gangs: a main one of 5 units (single characters or squads ranging from 60 to 80pts – figures can be from any manufacturer) for a gang budget of 350pts, and a secondary one of 3 units/210pts. Depending on the number of participants, it is however possible that 2 units of your main gang might be left out, and all games are played using the smaller budget of 3 units/210pts per gang.
If you can bring any, a dozen silly non-player creatures (like helpless thugs, civilians, but also zorgls, zombies, snakes, aliens, ...) would be a plus, but is not a requirement.
This is a tongue in the cheek competition so bring what you like, and don’t worry about the supposed competitiveness of your gang!
"Official characters" as well as custom characters are equally accepted - just contact me at before the competition to make sure your profiles are 100% legit.
As for the Kings of the Ring tournament, all you need is a single close combat fighter figure.

How much do I have to pay to participate?
Entry is free, and wallet-friendly solutions will be offered to participants for housing, food and drinks. But you are of course welcome to spend the money thereby saved by buying the organisers a beer, or some lovely Golgo Island figures.

Yeah but I’ve never played that WarEngine thingie…
Nevermind – you will learn quickly. As long as you want to play fun games with adequately silly figs in a laid back atmosphere, consider you can and must come.

What’s that “Kings of the Ring” stuff?
It’s a free beer and pretzels miniature board game made by Chien Sauvage (aka Bob Ouest) that got very popular thanks to French gaming blogs. 2 to 4 players control a single fighter on a ring; the game mechanics use playing cards and are very simple and fun. With permission from the author, the French and English version will be available from the Golgo Island website soon.

Hey, that sounds cool !
Doesn’t it ? That’s why you should join the mighty Golgo Island group for any enquiries, and to discuss your projects for the event. Registrations must be sent to asap (if possible before July 14th ) – even if you are still not 100% sure whether you can come or not, please get in touch to let us know.

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