Game shop Good Times Games in Prince Rupert was the scene of one of only 24 Kaijudo Master Challenge events over the May 4 weekend.
The huge event drew players from as far as Victoria and Vancouver to town as players played head to head at the collectable card game Kaijudo in a tournament of 54 players. Good Times was selected for a KMC over stores all over B.C. and Alberta, and their attendance was second only to a 59 player turnout in Texas. Good Times hosted more than double the 20 and 24 player turnouts in Georgia and Kentucky.
The action took place over seven hours on Saturday and while players from Vancouver and Victoria held four of the spots in the final field of eight, it ended up being two local boys, Tyler Winther and Jeevan Gill, who earned spots in the finals. The boys went head to head for the championship, but it was Winther who came out ahead two games to one and earned the title of champion.
Plenty of prizes were given out at the event. Good Times Games makes sure that everyone who plays gets a prize, from first place all the way down to the 54th place finisher.
“The Good Times philosophy is fun for everyone first,” Rob Gruber, event organizer and co-owner of the shop said.
“We have lots of parents playing with kids, brothers and sisters, and players aged five to 45. We like to promote a fun, social, but also competitive environment, with prizes for everyone.”
Winther and Gill will be heading south in August to compete at the Kaijudo Shattered Alliance Championship with 46 others who qualify at the 23 other stores selected by Wizards of the Coast to host a Kaijudo Master Challenge like Good Times Games.
“It was a big deal to be selected to host this event, we worked hard and are proud that Wizards of the Coast considers us one of the premiere places for gaming in North America. We won’t stop trying to put our great little community on the global gaming map,” said Gruber.