EDIT: Brother Loring, a British or Welsh or some odd fellow, is looking for a roomsharer for the NOVA. He'll be flying across the Atlantic on short notice ... anyone able to share? Need to know ASAP! E-Mail email@example.com
So, this year has a bevy of Whiskey Challenge match-ups for ya'll to enjoy at event and from afar via live cam ... here's how they pan out in no particular order:
PS - I apologize for the lack of polish on the writing here ... I am going CRAZY with a million little nitnoids to wrap up here in the last day before I move into the Hyatt for the NOVA.
1. Dash of Pepper, Justin Hilderbrandt, of Dakka infamy, GT fame, and They Shall Know Fear blog
Troy Esposito, who posts on Dakka as Grimwulfe
These guys are going at it Dark Eldar vs. Space Wolf. Troy took up Dash's challenge that NO Space Wolf player can possibly beat his Dark Eldar.
2. Stelek, aka Andrew Sutton, of Yes the Truth Hurts
Mike Somerville, a DC local who took "Best Guard" at the Throne of Skulls, and has the St. Omerville Blog
Andy and Mike have gone at it a little on YTTH, as Andy criticized Mike for even talking about "winning" "Best Guard" at Throne of Skulls. There's also talk of Somerville possibly bringing Footdar ... or perhaps Necron? Or maybe he'll just attempt to show Stelek what Best Guard really means.
3. 11th Company Podcast vs. 40k Radio
I think they are playing for pinkslips. Whichever side wins, they take over the other side's podcast! Or ... maybe they're just playing for cash. Either way, I hear Romeo waffled out of competing, and put in his right-hand-man Kyle. Pat Higgs, the chief interview guru for 11th Co, is taking them on using his Daemons. Or I think he's using Grey Knights. WHO KNOWS. Either way, expect shenanigans aplenty.
4. Chumbalaya, aka Jeremy Chamblee, of Blackjack and Hookers the Blog
Xaereth, aka Adam Tricola, an Invitaional qualifier, blogger at Delusions of Grandeur, and Dark Eldar fellow of ill or high repute (Depending on who you talk to!)
These guys are not only playing each other and hailing from geographically disparate areas of the country, but they're sharing a room together at the hotel. I don't know if this will be a deathmatch or a love fest ... I'm kinda grossed out either way.
5. Targetawgs, Andrew Gonyo, Multiple 2010/2011 GT winner or high placer, multiple Invitational Qualifier, and guy with a pretty purple army
Well, he calls himself that; also known as boy wonder Nick Nanavati, of the Brown Paintbrush blog
These two know each other ... much the worse ... and I think they're both even playing Grey Knights. May the psyflespam begin! At least they both paint gorgeous armies!
6. ManBoyGenius, aka Rob Baer, aka SpikeyBits ... who blogs at the Spikey Bits blog, and is well known on the tourney circuit
JAWABALLS, because I had to caps it, aka Chris Dubuque, of the blog ... well ... Jawaballs, plus Games Day Banner wins and Heroes of Armageddon and other sorts of artistic and competitive fame
Chris and Rob apparently go way back, but haven't played in some time (since Rob lived up in the Long Island, NY area of the world). Two GT regulars going at it.
7. Eric, aka Eric Hoerger, of the White Scars Blog and the DC area
Stillfrosty, aka Brandon Vallee, also of the White Scars Blog
Both of these guys are using variant White Scar lists against each other ... and they both post for the White Scars blog ... and they don't actually know each other in person (yet) ... Stillfrosty is also qual'ed for the Invitational the next day.
8. Sandwyrm, aka Keith G., of the Back 40k, a very popular blog and a well-known guard player ...
Fritz, aka Fred Feddeck, of Fritz40k/The Way of Saim Hann, also a very popular blog and a very well-known esoteric list / Eldar / etc. player ....
These two well-known names from the blogging / internet world should have an interesting game together ... mobile guard against ... perhaps ... Tyranid. Unless Fritz wants to bring a different list for the Challenge match.