The results of this draft we presented by Buffalo Area Board Games & The Dice Tower Guild
And now for some history on the two teams in the draft:
Hoard City Stashhwaks
This has been an interesting year for the Hoard River Stashhawks, who were recently purchased by billionaire canned whole chicken magnate P.J. Washbasin. Known for his bizarre behavior, hardline stance against non-plural marriage, and streaking at the 1987 Kennedy Center Honors, Washbasin has publicly stated that his goal in acquiring the Stashhawks is to "[explitive] total the whole [explitive] aquarium". Since that literally means nothing, many have been left to speculate what team GM Brian will be looking for in this year's draft. Insiders suggest a movement towards style-over-substance, with special attention to anything with "moxie," a term that has become so attached to Washbasin's Stashhawks that it is now on all team office letterhead instead of the team's actual name.
Mike: Along with the Stashhawks new ownership comes sweeping changes to the Gamegrabber League: This is a banner year for this freshly realigned, newly inter-household league! It will be interesting to see how the Stashhawks organization rises to meet this new, competitive dynamic, while still finding their operational footing! Washbasin appears to have a rather Ameritrash-centric approach to drafting--in direct contrast to the machine-like, calculated tack Flippington Nokeepers owner Apollo C. Vermouth prefers.
This is the first year in the the league for the Nokeepers. Their owner, Apollo C. Vermouth, recently moved the team from Spendville (home of the Spendville Kickstarters), and fired the Kickstarters beloved GM Chris D'Andrea. The recent hiring of James "The Mad Fipper" is seen as a complete change in direction and philosophy for the team, and the Nokeepers have not made any indications as to which games they will be targeting in the draft. The rumors have been circulating that despite its trouble past and enhancement allegations, that Bacon Wars appears to be the team's #1 choice, although this has not been confirmed.
Mike: While Apollo C. Vermouth is technically a newcomer to the now-modernized Gamegrabber League, he's been well-known in smaller circles for years, and technically has more experience gamedrafting and running a war room. The talk this year, though, is not about Vermouth's ruthless, corporate approach to game drafting, but the Nokeepers' recently personnel changes. Most notably, the headhunter to whom he's handed the baton: James "The Mad Flipper" is ostensibly the most feared and respected name in the Gamegrabber League. James has demonstrated an unwavering willingness to trade away nearly any game, no matter how rare or high-quality, for a calculated net gain. The shelves at Flippington are a notoriously solemn place, with every game knowing they, someday, could be on the trading block. In spite of the high turnover, James has maintained Vermouth's high standards of quality--Earning a tenured spot on the shelf at Flippington is considered an honor tantamount to a placard in the Hall of Fame.
** Special thanks to Dan S./Staxmayor for the amazing team logos.