Welwyn Garden City man scoops national gaming award
PUBLISHED: 13:11 07 June 2018 | UPDATED: 13:11 07 June 2018
A Welwyn Garden City dad has unexpectedly thrashed the competition and become the UK champion of a popular trading card game.
Peter Sherratt will represent the UK in the world championships of the Final Fantasy trading card game later this year, after a triumphant battle in the national competition.
But when the 27-year-old father of two set off with his team to the competition last weekend, he had no idea he was heading for victory.
“Our team were actually quite the underdogs in the tournament, and nobody expected me to get into the top eight and win,” said Peter, who works as a department manager for Sainsbury’s.
“It was quite a long slog actually,” he said following the two-day tournament. “I just went for a laugh personally, but I ended up going the whole way.”
Peter won a trophy, 36 boxes of cards, and a collector’s edition set of the game.
Final Fantasy Trading Card Game (FFTCG) is a spin-off of the film series brought to a strategic card game format.
It was released a couple of years ago, but back when he was a pupil at Mount Grace School Peter cut his teeth on the popular Japanese card game Yu-Gi-Oh!.
Trading cards and tabletop gaming have seen a huge surge in popularity in the UK in recent years, and some players spend “thousands” on collecting the cards, according to Peter.
But he has managed to secure his win with a relatively modest collection.
“I could be a good advocate for the game, as I’ve spent very little!” said Peter.
He’s an avid player with Team Calamity, who meet at Calamity Comics in Hatfield for regular gaming sessions every Friday.
Peter spoke glowingly about Calamity owner Eric van Genderen, who has formed a welcoming gaming community around the shop.
“He’s the man, he really is,” said Peter. “He draws people in with his enthusiasm.”
Now Peter’s getting ready for the next challenge, which takes place in London later this year.
One of his prizes in the UK championship was a flight and accommodation for the world tournament – not much use to him when he lives up the road in Welwyn Garden City.
“I said, ‘can I go on holiday instead?’” he joked.
“I’m really excited to be honest. I’ve got nothing to fear – I’ll just go and have fun again.”