MANIC TROPHY

MartinArtwork.jpg

Sadly on the 15th November 2005, we lost one of our much loved original members from the Ringway Centre days, Martin "Manic" Hoare, who passed away after a long illness, aged a mere 36.

In memory of his contribution to our club, we decided to hold an annual known as The Manic Martin Memorial Trophy Tournament. The format and substance of each tournament is devised by the previous year's winner, this means it is totally different each year and full of spontaneity (Much like Martin himself).

In the intervening years, we've had some epic games from D&D Miniatures battles, Maze and Labyrinth, Necromunda, Jousting Tournaments, and epic Star Trek space battles.

TOURNAMENT WINNERS

2021: David Humphrey

Racing & Exploration Games by Paul Stebles

Dave won the Manic Trophy this year with a round-robin of racing games, including Formula D, Snow Tails & Mississippi Queen. With each player being awarded points for their position in each of the heats. Mark came out on top with two wins, followed by both Dave and Daniel both having a win and 2nd place each. The trio entered the final together, playing the exploration game, the Trails of Tucana. It was a close run game with Dave securing the win with 115 points. Congratulations to this year's Manic Trophy Winner David Humphrey.

2021-David-Humphrey
Wingspan18-640x480.jpg

2020: Paul Stebles

Wingspan Board Game

Unfortunately this year due to various reasons we were not able to host a manic trophy tournament this year. So before the new year closed out the new members of Dragons Keep were able to have a game of Wingspan dedicated to Martin and raise a glass to our fallen brother to continue the tradition. Paul managed to scoop the victory over Sam by a few points with a full row of water habitat birds and a final score of 89 points. The highest score yet in the scorebook we have. Next years game will feature the entire club and we'll be back in full flow with a fun and exciting night for everyone.

2019-Hannah-Philpot.jpg

2019: Hannah Philpott

Growing Games by Marco Curran

Hannah won the trophy this year with a close run battle in the Game of Life, as Marco hosting his games throughout childhood and into adult life. Starting with a speed jigsaw competition which was very tense, followed by the classic metal buzzer challenge to see who could get around the fastest with least mistakes. Leading on to a game of Mario Kart and finally the Game of Life, it was a close-run fight with Dude opting to rush to retirement with no kids and a property empire, meanwhile David was close behind having switched carerers, with Paul and Hannah both taking on an army of kids and pets. Clearly the college education paid off, it was very close but Hannah edged ahead with her wagon load of children and some great lottery wins while still in college, while Paul's cat got him fired from his first job.

2018-Marco-Curran.jpg

2018: Marco Curran

British vs Pirates by Mark Cunningham

Marco came out on top in this mass battle of British vs Pirates. Initially two teams attacking each other which lead to some deadly exchanges and Daniel being taken out first. Shortly after a free for all was announced, and a few scurvy dogs went straight for Paul Stebles to wipe him out with boarding action. Followed closely by David Humphrey. Battle continued non stop late into the night until just Marco and George remained, and Marco dealing the final blow.

2017-Mark-Cunningham.jpg

2017: Mark Cunningham

Infect the World by Paul Stebles

Paul put on a series of games themed around finding a formula for a bio weapon, transporting it in a submarine, then building the weapon, and finally infecting the world. With an escape game, followed by Captain Sonar, potion explosion and lastly Plague Inc. A few were eliminated by the escape room, failing to free themselves in time. The remaining crews, took to battle underwater, leaving two crews of four. Then the top two potion creators went through to a final elimination to infect the world with Mark victorious, but very close run with Errol.

2016-Paul-Stebles.jpg

2016: Paul Stebles

Pirate Cove by Richard Cunningham

Richard staged an epic game of Pirates cove with teams of four, each team with their own tactics, some upgraded their ships early on for combat advantage, meanwhile the winning team chose to use the early points to buy victory points, and co-ordinate attacks with their weaker ships. The tactics worked well with Emma, Jerrie, Addy and Paul reaching the final. It was a close run match with Addy taking the early lead, then realising he'd have to host threw himself off the plank, leaving Jerrie and Paul to go neck and neck. With Jerrie dressed in full pirate gear she took the lead, but one late last turn mistake left Paul just enough space to scrape the win by just 1 point. As a consolation Jerrie took the trophy home that year.

2015-Richard-Cunningham.jpg

2015: Richard Cunningham

Metanauts by Paul Stebles

With Davids abrupt departure from the club this year, it fell to Paul to host the game. He created a series of balanced metanauts for his table top battle game. With two games, the top few went through to the second round, upgrading or exchanging their Metanaut for even better models, with superior weapons and defences. It was a close run battle but no one could stand up to the might of Richards firepower, as he took the day! Making Richard our second double winner.

2014-David_Martin.jpg

2014: David Martin

Tri of Games by Apo Sarandidis

David came out solidly on top in the standings this year becoming the first double winner of the trophy. Securing the win with 1st place in both Apo's Zombie Survival game and Richard's Necromunda and a 2nd place finish in Dude's 2.5D Dungeon Crawl. Bridesmaid prize went to Paul Stebles who yet again finished in the runner up spot.

2013-Apo_Sarandidis.jpg

2013: Apo Sarandidis

Starfleet Battle Game by Simon Hibbs

Apo Sarandidis won this epic tabletop spaceship battle in a convincing manner after Tony Brotherton and Richard Cunningham both surrendered their vessels to his (in stunning displays of cowardice hitherto unseen at Hobbits Hole). Honourable mention goes to Paul Stebles who was a valiant runner up.

2012-Simon_Hibbs.jpg

2012: Simon Hibbs

Knights Tournament by Andrew Wright

Andy put on a stunning game this year which involved a series of challenges such as the design your own heraldry game, Jousting and Melee combat and some Nintendo Wii based archery.

2011-Andy_Wright.jpg

2011: Andrew Wright

Dungeon Crawl by Bel Potter

Andy won Bel's homebrew dungeon crawl

2010-Bel_Potter.jpg

2010: Bel Potter

Necromunda Gang War by Richard Cunningham

Congratulations for 2010 went to Bel who won Richard's Necromunda Gang War game. With a knockout competition format, two teams of three people battled it out against each other in a game of reverse capture the flag. The final culminated in a three way free for all as Bel's gangers killed with precision and a last final berserker charge.

2009-Richard_Cunningham.jpg

2009: Richard Cunningham

Dungeon Crawl Game by David Martin

Richard won David's epic homebrew dungeon crawl with custom photograph playing pieces. Using a playing card random system.

2008-David_Martin.jpg

2008: David Martin

D&D Miniatures Arena by Mark Hamilton

David won the day in 2008 during Mark's D&D Miniatures Arena of death game.

2007-Mark_Hamilton.jpg

2007: Mark Hamilton

Boardgame Eliminator by Tony Brotherton

Mark Hamilton won the innaugural event, consisting of a three elimination rounds of boardgames, in dramatic circumstances in a DICE OFF. Some of the games played were; Ticket to Ride, Citadels, Mission Red Planet with the final game being Sceptre of Zavandor.