Continuing on from Part 1, here’s some more thoughts on one year of Transformers TCG in the UK, from various tournament organisers across the country.

LONDON
(Wayne Wong, Magic Madhouse / Rule Zero)

What made you decide to take up Transformers TCG?
So I was always a Transformers fan and it has always been a part of my life in some form of another, whether it was reading the (dreaded) Dreamwave comics, watching the reboots for different universes such as Prime or Animated, I was always happy to make it a part of my life and only stopped during the Car Robots period when I was in my teens. That combined with my previous love for MTG and my competitive nature made playing a card game built on my brand of choice a no-brainer.

I started in Wave 1, the moment I realised there was stock in the UK. Most of the players started then as well with one of the players, Sean being the more vocal member of the team getting everyone together.

What was the community like when you first started TFTCG?
It was very bare, the local store we were initially playing at did not support the game very well and the only store that held tournaments was across London where we only went once every 3-4 weeks when they had tournaments.

In the beginning of W2, Sean has since had some very happy family news and needed to spend a little more time with them and I have since stepped into the role of organiser since.

How has the community grown and changed since then?
Since then we have actively moved to Magic Madhouse – Rule Zero, the store that is actively supporting the game and have decided play in the original store a lot less as there was very little in the way of supporting the game. We have grown from a community of very casual players who loved jank (still do) to having a few more competitive minded players who are willing to travel (closeby) and pit their skills

Did your community travel to the UK Energon Open?
Funnily enough, even though it was in the same city, some of us took about the same amount of time to travel to the venue as some of the people who traveled in. As a whole, it was fun, i think the entire community bar 1 or 2 were in the top half of the list, although some of the more competitive players (myself included) would have very much liked to have gotten further. Some of us were very tightly wound on the day and there were some organisational hiccups, but all in all, it was a great experience.

What are you all excited for in Wave 4?
Galaxy Prime, Lord Megatron & complete micromaster patrols are some of the fun ideas the guys are throwing around and would very much just like to play. However, on a more personal level, I think most of us are very happy that the game is as popular as it is and we are able to support LGSs that support the game and hope WOTC UK recognise the smaller stores around the country that actually do run the game.

If you are ever in town, please do stop by, when Magic Madhouse – Rule Zero is back up, we normally play there on Friday evenings.

Links:
Release Event
Local Facebook
Shop Facebook

NEWPORT
(Rodney, Newport Gaming Club @ The Pen and Wig)

What made you decide to take up Transformers TCG?
We were long term fans of the franchise and when we discovered that Wizards of the Coast were releasing a card game we instantly fell in love and wanted to get the community involved and love it as much as we do. We began in wave 1 when it was released.

What was the community like when you first started TFTCG?
The community was fairly spartan and it all kind of grew up around us into the thriving and vibrant community of transformers fans.

How has the community grown and changed since then?
We run semi-regularly, mostly turbo events to continue the growth of the community. We recently had a few of our community place in top 32 at the London Energon Open with one of us coming second overall.

Did your community travel to the UK Energon Open?
Six of us went to the Energon Open with half of us placing in top 32 and a further 2 placing in top 8. It was a great competitive environment with friendly players and organisers creating a great experience.

What are you all excited for in Wave 4?
With Wave 4 incoming we are most excited for the inclusion of mercenaries and the support for triple changers!

Links:
Local Facebook

PLYMOUTH
(Dave Cook, Dark Star Gaming)

What made you decide to take up Transformers TCG?
I was playing X-Wing at Dark Star in July this year and two of my mates were playing a game of Transformers. I went over to have a look and was instantly attracted to the look of the game. Two weeks later and some packs of Wave 3 I was hooked. As our tiny community started to communicate on our FB page it was clear we needed a night and a venue. As I already ran X-Wing events at Dark Star it was a logical step to start Transformers there.

What was the community like when you first started TFTCG?
It’s still very much in it’s infancy but through our FB page we reached out to each other. We have a group of about 6 regular players but I’m hoping that as word gets out there we’ll continue to grow.

How has the community grown and changed since then?
What started as just a few mates playing at my place has developed into a fledgling community. We now do a tournament once a fortnight and are hoping to get these sanctioned in the very near future. I’d like to give a big shout out to Charlie Taylor who got the ball rolling and also to Stuart Scaife & Matt Coles for getting me addicted!

Did your community travel to the UK Energon Open?
As we have only really just got into the game we didn’t go. I’m hoping next year we’ll be able to go. I travel for X-Wing and I’d be up for doing the same with Transformers.

What are you all excited for in Wave 4?
More Battlemasters, more Secret Actions and Prime and Megatron! I’m also super excited for Astrotrain. Plus the new mercenaries spoiled this week!

Links:
Local Facebook

SOUTHAMPTON
(Kevin Richardson, Board in the City)

What made you decide to take up Transformers TCG?
I have been playing TCG’s since I was a kid. I started with Pokemon and went on to Yu-Gi-Oh! before drifting over to UFS and World Of Warcraft which is where I really started to play competitively going to international and world level events. After the Death of WoW I went over to A Game Of Thrones LCG 1st edition which I stayed with until the end and played through the 2nd edition up until recently. I also played the Legend of the Five Rings LCG but it never gripped me as much as AGoT. However my interest in both games had lessened just as Transformers was announced and I picked up the game right away when it landed in the UK. It helped that I’ve been a Transformers fan since I was a kid, Beast Wars was my intro and whilst I can never appriciate what G1 did for 80’s kids I was happy with the characters and story that Beast Wars gave me. I remember watching Code of Hero as a kid and bawling my eyes out at Dinobot‘s sacrifice. Given I saw Transformers the movie much later the death of Optimus Prime can never hold a candle to it. So I was ALL IN! Now I can’t play card games casually, I NEED tournaments or I lose interest. Tournaments give you a goal to always strive for and a reason for getting as many games as possible in and you are always fighting to get those sweet sweet top cuts. Knowing that unless someone started running events they wouldn’t happen, I stepped up and started demoing the game at Board in the City early in Wave 1. This led to a few people sitting down with me to flop some cards and flip some bots.

What was the community like when you first started TFTCG?
Small. However with lots of demos during Wave 1 and networking with other local areas I was able to promote the game, others bought in and I started a local Facebook group to start organising tournaments and casual meet ups. Slowly we built up from 2 to 4, then 6 players.

How has the community grown and changed since then?
Wave 2’s release saw a jump in local players, it was a great way to get new blood invested and the combiner theme drew plenty a fan. People who hadn’t played card games before got invested because it’s Transformers! This led to Southampton running fortnightly events many of which we were able to coordinate with Brighton to make weekend events so players could travel to both. It’s lovely to see people make the trip.

During this time Mat Armstrong and I started a Podcast, I had never done content for a game before but I was so invested in the game that I wanted too. I asked Mat to help and he jumped at the chance. So I got some recording software and away we went. After winging it for two episodes Mat suggested we get Marc (El Scarscream) on board. His experience making his own content was a boon and since then we have put out 8 episodes of the TCG Cityspeakers. It’s lovely to be able to support the community and I hope we continue for many moons to come. With the growth of the game came Wave 3 and organised play, This led to the UK Energon Open and several Qualifiers for players to really get some serious play on. Southampton players went to a few with Simon Munday getting the best result by winning the Bournemouth Qualifier. Simon has become a great player and is arguably our best player right now. It’s been awesome to see his growth over the year.

Did your community travel to the UK Energon Open?
We had four players make the journey. Simon Munday, Dan Loughrey, Dan Gailis and myself. We all came in the top 3rd of the 56 player field with Simon getting into the top 8. Personally I live for big events and I loved the atmosphere, but better than that it was great to meet other members of the community that I hadn’t met before then. As Colt Cabana would say it was “Good times, Great Memories”. Here’s to getting another one soon!

What are you all excited for in Wave 4?
Speaking with my players we are all excited to play with the Mercenaries, a whole new faction what’s not to like? Lord Megatron seems to be the obvious great card and a few of my players are excited to play with him, New Battlemasters, New Combiners, New Triple Changers! Everything looks like great fun. Battle card wise I am interested in anything that helps blue strategies, Tough 3 on a secret action! Sabotaged Armaments, Opportune Offensive, Dual Wield and Hijack are all looking great. Can’t wait to test them.

Links:
Wave 4 Release Event
Southampton Facebook Group
Board in the City
TCG Cityspeakers Youtube

See you in Wave 4!

Until next time!

Thank you so much to everyone who took part in this article – Dave, Kevin, Lee, Mat, Matt, Rodney, Shane and Wayne. If your community was missed, get your community guy to give me a shout so we can fix that for the next one!

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