Things to take to the Chaos Cup

It’s Tuesday night and I’m starting to panic a bit about what I should be taking to the Chaos Cup in Chicago. So far it’s:

I’m not taking my pitch (because I’ve ordered the official Chaos Cup 2021 pitch, so that should be waiting for me on arrival. One less thing to lose. I’m debating taking my range ruler, if only because I painted it very nicely and it’s something to show off. And I need to find my pen, a notepad, and probably a spare pair of spectacles.

More importantly is to take the right attitude. And to remember not to drink red wine on the Friday night and have to grapple with a hangover all of the Saturday. Back in 2019, I took my Skaven, and drank more red wine than necessary on the Friday, and the Saturday I felt obliterated; devoid of joy, taking bad dice personally, and getting on tilt so much that a few games I might have stolen a draw from, I lay back while somebody put a knife to my throat. On the Sunday I had a Klondike bar to eat and the sugary goodness restored my joie de vivre, so my last match was an enjoyable slugfest – this time I’m either starting early on the ice cream as a prophylactic, or it’s a celebration every time things go right.

So this year I’m going to try to win as much as I can (at least in the main tournament – I think my Sevens build may be more for carnage than success) but I’m not going in expecting to be able to have wins handed to me on a plate, and (if possible) I’m not going to be whining and complaining when it doesn’t go my way. You’ve got to treat winning as important (because otherwise you’re wasting somebody else’s precious time) but you can’t treat it as more important than anything else in the world…

Check back on Monday to see if I stuck to this resolution…

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