WarZone: Central Coast 2019

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This Easter long weekend the sequel to greatest central coast wargaming event returns.
WarZone: Central Coast 2019
With four amazing events and bigger space at the same incredible venue as last year. Plus, full bar and food services on premises this year is looking to be super epic.
We have the return of the tournament that put the WarZone: Central Coast event on the map the 40k ITC tournament.
However, this year we have a host of extra GW games present.”

When: 20th-21st April 19
Where: Wyong District Youth and Community Centre
Cost: $50-60
TO: Andrew Garrard
Players Pack

Top 3 Lists:
1. Chris Wright (Deathwatch/ Admech / Adeptus Sororitas)
2. David Clark (Deathwatch / Adeptus Astartes)
3. Boaz Suranyi (Adeptus Custodes)

Links
Facebook Event
Best Coast Parings Event

Questions:
Chris Yates and I got a chance to catch up with this week with Andrew Garrard the TO of the WarZone: Central Coast 2019 event that happen two weeks ago.

-Please take a moment to explain who you are and how you started running events?
Hi everyone! The name is Andrew and I am the Captain and founder of Warzone: Wargaming (Previously known as Warzone: Central Coast) We started running events a few years ago now with the aim to get the competitive screen back up and running for 40k in Australia. I used to play a long time ago and thoroughly enjoyed the competitive events.
I wanted to emulate that awesome sense of challenge and fun with the events that I run and always focus on good clean competitive events that all players of all skill levels can enjoy. I took inspiration form the Overwatch boys and what they had achieved up the coast and wanted to run local events of the same size with a central location that their players base could travel to and also get the interest of some of the groups in Sydney to come and compete.
So far, I think it has been very successful. Ultimately the screen has grown well in our local area due to our events and we consistently get good numbers for each of our now yearly major event. Warzone: Central Coast.

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-We saw you had multiple game formats at WarZone: Central Coast 2019, could you give us a run down on what they were?
This year we decided, thanks to the support of our local Warhammer store, to expand the range of GW games so we could allow different playing groups to come along and enjoy our great atmosphere. We had our first Age of Sigmar event, Killteam and Underworlds. The main focus has always been 40k and that event always gets over 30 entrants. The Age of Sigmar though didn’t go off to well but 4 players came and had a one-day round robin event just for some fun and to play games. Unfortunately, the Kill team didn’t get off the ground and didn’t end up going ahead. However, the Shadespire was a great success with 10 players attending.

-We saw you had some venue issues leading up to the event, what happened there?
So, it was a bit of confusion involving the place we had locked in the year before. The long of the short of it was they ended up putting the price up to an exorbitant amount that we could not sustain financially. This was due to it being a public holiday and was not advised till late in the piece.
It ended up being pay up, which I would have lost significate personal money, or find a new place.
It took a bit and some negotiating with other place on price, but we finally go the Wyong Youth Centre and for a price that allowed us to fund the prize pool with some decent rewards. I feel bad for the players this affected but, in the end, it worked out well and the event went ahead without an issue.

-Can you please take a moment to explain the format / mission set of Warhammer 40k that was used for the event?
We stuck with the standard ITC format and Champion mission for this event with 5 rounds to determine a clear winner. We like keeping it standard and in line with other events so that players can hone their skills in a single format and transfer that to other events. NSW especial likes the ITC format so we tend to not stray to far for our Marquee event.

-Did you see much difference in list variants?
I feel the field was quite varied actually. We had a player do a breakdown on faction son our Facebook page and it showed that almost every faction was represented by a few players each. There was no clear stand out. In the end though the Deathwatch proved to be the ultimate flavor of the month and got both first and second place. A surprise was the Telemon Custode lists with one of them making top 3.

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-Were there any standout lists in your mind that did not place in the top 3?
Outside of the top 3 there was some really nice-looking lists that were very thematic. There was a few Ork list in their various tournament forms but nothing that really struck me as a standout. The Field was nice a varied and all looked like they could have got a top 3 finish.

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-Were most of the players local to the area or did you see anyone travel for the event?
We surprisingly had quite the turn out from all over the coast as far North as Maitland and Newcastle and as far south as Sydney. It was a good spread and not one area was represented as a majority. If anything, there was more players outside the coast area than there was locally which is a great sign that players will travel for an event. Oh, and the Bylers from Canberra where there so appreciate them travelling so far for the event.

-Could you please break down the prizes and the categories for winning them at the event?
So we had 6 Prizes this year with cash being a part of the top 3. We had 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Wooden spoon as standard. Our Wooden spoon is less a Prize and more a Perpetual Trophy where we etch the players name in for all history. We have a player who has won it so many times the award is actually called the Inaugural Matt moody award. Next, we have Players player which this year had a great prize from one of our sponsors. Eve Studios one of two painting commissioners that support us gave us a nice $250 voucher for her service. This went to the player who had been voted the most by those he had played during the weekend. All 3 times I have done this award like this there has always been one stand out player who has got all 5 votes. So I feel very honored its happened this way each time.

Then we have the Best painted and Presented as voted by the players. The winner Max Burke had an awesome displayed and painted Black Templar army with a stellar display board. He got 60% of the votes. Lastly, I did resistance Fighter. The player with the highest SoS. Again, a fun award and is for the player who had the toughest weekend. The player that got it ended up 10th overall so it was great to see that.

Thanks for taking the time to talk to us and
 
Cheers
Team Kris Kross
“Mr December and UniKage”

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40k, ITC

Briscon 2019

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“Briscon 40k Championship - A competitive but friendly premier tournament intended to bring the community together as a whole and be Queensland's flagship event.”

When: 27th – 28th April 19
Where: Mt Gravatt Showgrounds, Brisbane, Australia
Cost: $ 55
TO: Luke Pearce, Jordan Bennett and Jason Beasley
Players: 67
Players Pack
Briscon 40K FAQ

Top 3 Lists:
1. Erik Lathouras
2. Liam Hackett
3. Leigh Abbey

Links
Facebook Event
Website
BCP Event

Stream
Game 1
Game 2
Game 3
Game 4
Game 5

Questions:
Chris Yates and I got a chance to catch up with this week with Luke and Jordan from The Normal Blokes Podcast and the TOs of the Briscon 2019 event that happen last weekend.

-Please take a moment to explain who you are, what Biscon is and how you came to be running the 40k event at it this year?
We are a group of friendly competitive players who always chat 40k strategy, and one day decided, “Hey, why not record all this?” From there, we hoped to establish a bridge between competitive and casual players to try and bring the Queensland community closer together. We’re a small enough bunch as it is, so we believe bringing the community together can only be beneficial for the hobby.
Briscon is just like comicon essentially but smaller. It's Queensland's version of it. Briscon hosts all tabletop game systems as well as role playing real life systems, like fencing etc. and aims to be Queensland's main tournament.
Briscon therefore was a tournament aimed to accommodate to all players, bringing the casual players forth to see what the competitive scene is all about. So, Jason Beasely, an old friend of ours from Queensland gamers guild (QGG)!!!!!!!, asked us if we’d like to organize Briscon with him, and we decided to jump at such a great opportunity.

-Could you take a minute to explain the format for the event?
We decided to run an ATC/ETC style tournament so we could give all players an experience of what a competitive and also team style tournament is like in terms of the missions. These missions combine maelstrom and eternal war and kill points into what we believe is a well-balanced gameplay style.

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-Did you see people travel from across Australia to attend the event?
Yes! We were stoked to have a number of interstate players travel to our event. We also had Adam Camilleri and Josh Diffey from Down Under Network streamed the event remotely, and also had international guest commentators join us, such as Val Hefflinger, and Jim Vesal. So, it was amazing to get such great attention for our event.

-Did you see much difference in list variants from players across the event?
We saw a wide variety of lists, and as you may have seen, Grey knights won the whole thing! But most of the field contained knights of some variety and there were a few eldar flyer lists. What was surprising was that there was only one Ynnari player, which was interesting to say the least. A lot of orks were there as well, with the usual “Meganob” Liam Hackett making a strong appearance in the rankings. Aaron Green and Josh McMillan, I believe were also strong ork players appearing at the top tables who were running ork boy lists. But overall, the field was fairly varied, which is always great to see.

-We saw you had an event FAQ. How did that come about and do you think it effected lists in anyway?
We don’t think it positively or negatively impacted any lists per se, but rather avoided confusions on the day of the event. We asked players to hit us with rules questions before the event so we could give early warning of rulings on the day to avoid any unwelcome gotcha moments. We think that it actually was highly beneficial for the tournament, and would actually recommend it if others run large events in the future.

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-Was there any standout lists in your mind that did not place in the top 3?
Yeah but I think there’s always a few at a large event. There was Simon Gojkovic who brought dark eldar disintegrator spam on raiders and ravagers with craftworld eldar doom, which is a really powerful combination. Kemble Hollis also brought a quirky GSC list where he has hand flamers drop in and shoot immediately, which clears any screen for his heavy combat hitters. Kemble played Liam round 2 on stream and it was a fantastic game to watch. Also, Josh McGowan brought an amazing Sisters of battle list with penitent engines and immolators which was awesome.

-You hit your cap for the event a month out but then expanded past it. Did you have an issues (Terrain, Space, Mats) in regards to expanding the event?
Spacing was a bit of an issue at the event and we had our suspicions from the outset when they told us the venue but not exactly the layout or even what building we were in. We were paired with AoS in a hall with about 150-200 players total with event guests passing by, so it was pretty tight. However, there was just enough wiggle room so it wasn’t enough to complain about or ruin the day, but definitely something that will need to be considered for future events. Terrain we had down pat, lots of tables with varying terrain sets and we could have had even more if needed.

-We saw that you had a stream setup for the event. How did that go and do you think it added more pressure on the top table for the event?
The stream was awesome we felt. It basically gave the whole event the “premier” status feel and heaps of guests were stopping by to view the table and have a chat to us about it. The only downside is that it does add some pressure to the players, but we always asked for their consent to have selected games on the stream table. All in all, the guys from DUN did an amazing job commentating all weekend and overall, I think it was super beneficial to have the stream. Some of the games have over 300 views! We feel it’s the next step towards making Warhammer a spectator or Esport.

Aus ITC Champs (Cancon 2019) Rematch

Aus ITC Champs (Cancon 2019) Rematch

-Could you please break down the prizes and the categories for winning them at the event?
For prize categories we had Best overall, 1st-3rd battle placings, best painted and best sports. Prize support was amazing. We had so many sponsors who donated generously to the event that it made it so easy to give good prizes. First place prize was sponsored by Brisbane Gaming Collective (BGC), run by Sal and Ben, won a speedfreeks box set alongside a custom Briscon trophy and $125 donated by brisvegas comics. Other places got $100 and $90 along with trophies. Painting prize was an everlasting wet pallet and sheet refills valued over $100 which was also donated again by BGC. We also had lucky door prizes which were split between random players, and these prizes were valued at over $500 combined. One prize was even a FLG battle mat!

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-Will you be running the event again in the future? If so from how you ran it what would you change and what would you keep?
Look we loved being the guys who ran Briscon, and we have talked about it and I think we’d be keen to do it again. Next time we would hopefully aim for a bigger venue and we’d be ambitious to break the 100 player mark. We would also definitely keep the stream and as always, more prizes!


-What’s next?
Back to posting more content and playing hammers! We also have ATC coming up so we’ll be busy practicing for that. But in the meantime, just relaxing and recovering from the hectic weekend of Briscon!

Thanks for taking the time to talk to us and
 
Cheers
Team Kris Kross
“Mr December and UniKage”

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Overwatch ITC Team Challenge III

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When: 30-31 March 19
Where: Good games, Maitland NSW
Cost: $45 per player
TO: Carlos Garcia
Players Pack

Top 3 Lists \ Teams:
1.
Legion 1
Leigh Abbey (Tau), Kieran Howard (Chaos Daemons), Andrew Sherman (Orks),  Josh Brodie (Deathwatch, Sisters of Battle, Astra Militarum: Elysians, Officio Assassinorum)

2. Warzone Alpha
Andrew Garrard (Ynarri, Aeldari), Hayden Ford (Imperial Knights, Admech), Ian Andrew (Genestealer Cult, Tyranids), David Teoh (Adeptus Astarted: Ultramarines)

3. Souperior Tactics 2
Boaz Suranyi (Astra Militarum: Catachan, Adeptus Astartes), Dan Seller (Imperial Knights, Admech, Officio Assassinorum), Josh Cohen (Orks), Will Richards (Adeptus Custodes, Blood Angels)

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Links
Facebook Event
Best Coast Parings Event
Website

Video / Stream Links
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Video 1 – Mid Event
Video 2 - Awards

Questions:
The KrissKross Team got a chance to catch up with this week with Carlos the TO of the third Overwatch ITC Team Challenge event that happen on the last weekend in March.

-Could you take a minute to explain who you are and what Overwatch WarGaming are all about?
I am your average wargamer nerd that has been playing 40k since high school. I love every aspect of 40k from the lore and hobby to the gaming. When I play any game, I make sure that my opponent is having a good time. That to me is more important than winning.

Overwatch Wargaming started out as a group of mates that loved 40k that has now evolved into a very competitive gaming club. Overwatch recruits’ players on attitude and love of the game not on skill and the result is having a close-knit group of friends that help each other in gaining the required skills. Most importantly though we are about banter and having fun. Having a competitive team evolve from this is an amazing icing on the cake.

Overwatch also prides itself in putting on some high-quality Tournaments for any kind of player to enjoy. All members have put in a lot of time to support Overwatch events and that includes putting together awesome terrain to make the games truly epic.

-With this being a team event could you take a minute to explain the format and how the match ups work?
The team event is a great format as the lists are more varied than a singles tournament and how the players are assigned to play each other within the teams adds an extra level of fun and tactics.

Once the round starts both teams assemble and the captains pick a player to be their champion then roll off. The captain with the lowest roll (Captain A) puts forward a player. The other captain (Captain B) will select a player to face that player. Captain A will then choose a table for them to play on. This alternates until there are no more players to assign. The Champions will play each other on the remaining table.

This adds an extra layer of tactics. For example, the Champion on your team is usually your strongest player/best list. Some teams however were selecting their weakest list or most unfavorable match up list to be their champion to essentially tank their opponent’s best player. This gave that team a higher chance to win 3 of 4 games to try and win the match up.

­-Did you see a wide range of list diversity with this format?
Yes. As each faction can only be used once in a team it creates some very interesting lists. So, a player that chooses Genestealer Cults in their list means that no other player in their team may use Genestealer Cults. What this also means is even lists that are not considered meta or competitive can still do well as you may be assigned a favorable match up.

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-With the recent SM and CSM (Shadowspear) did you see those new units come into play is a lot of lists?
I saw just a couple of players using the new Shadowspear units. David Teoh using the new Infiltrators in his Ultramarines army and Chris Yates using the Spiders and new Obliterators. To my understanding though Yates got thrown under the bus and sacrificed to his own gods almost every match up. I was sure to give him lots of hugs over the weekend.

-With 18 teams at 4 players each was it a bit to manage on the day?
72 players is a lot to manage however I placed the captains in charge of managing the behavior of their teams. If a player is being unsportsmanlike, the whole team could be disqualified so its in the Captains best interest to keep their players in line. I had a few TO calls to make over the weekend with conflicting rules however a lot of these were decided with a roll off.

-You guys provided everyone at the event with lunch on the Saturday. Was this an extra cost or was that worked into the ticket price?
Lunch was put on by Good Games Maitland and was an extra cost. Proprietor Jacob Hutchinson got his family to put on a sausage sizzle and steak sandwiches which were really great. This was a separate cost as not everybody was keen to take part, some people opting for other food choices that were around or bringing their own food. It was so popular that they put on lunch again on the Sunday. This wasn’t incorporated into the ticket price as they had to know exact numbers for catering as Good Games were not in it to make a profit only to supply players with a cheap lunch alternative.

-I saw you had some teams from QLD travel down, did you have wide range of player attendance?
We had two teams from QLD this year with Simon Gojkovic at the helm of Godhammer and Friends. We also had Leigh Abbey come up from VIC teaming up with the Legion guys. It’s always awesome to have interstate players come and join in the fun and great to catch up with players you only really see at bigger events. Most of the event though was the usual suspects from the Hunter Area, Central Coast and Sydney.

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-You used the new ITC Mission Pack for the event. How do you feel the updated missions / secondaries went with the event and do you think the team format works well with the ITC missions?
The new missions are interesting and I think most people are still getting used to them. I don’t think a lot of people reviewed them to see what had changed and were just reading them on the fly as the days went on. Not a lot of people used the new secondaries from what I saw but then a lot of secondaries depend on what you’re facing. I think they are a good change.

-Could you please break down the prizes and the categories for winning them at the event?
1st place: $200 per player + knights of dice terrain
2nd place: $150 per player + knights of dice terrain
3rd place: $100 per player + knights of dice terrain
Sore Back Award: Knights of dice terrain
Just Here for the Beers: Engraved Tankard + Greyforce Movement Trays
Best Painted: $100 + knights of dice terrain
2nd Best Painted: $80  + knights of dice terrain

Sore back was award to the player with the highest percentage of their teams total points and Just Here for the Beers was award to the player with lowest percentage of their teams total points.

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-I saw you had a list checking group for the event, this seems to be becoming more of the norm for large events these days. Did you have any issues with the checking process?
We had no issues with the list check group. We like this system as it puts the responsibilities back on the players to check the lists. Checking lists is one of the most time-consuming parts of any tournament and having 72 eyes on the lists + TOs to check them is a lot better than just the TO’s. Everyone can also see the comments on each of the lists so everyone is aware of any changes that need to be made.

-The event used the Best Coast Parings app for Players and TOs, did you have any issues with the app across the weekend?
I was told there was a Team Event setting for the BCP app however this wasn’t working for us. We used the normal settings with the team names so the app could do the team match ups and I recorded all individual scores on a spreadsheet for ITC submission.

-What is next for Overwatch Wargaming this year?
Due to popular demand Overwatch ITC Team Challenge IV will be back on the 9th/10th November. We also have the Overwatch Battle Royale on 1st/2nd June and the next Overwatch Open is still TBC.

Thanks for taking the time to talk to us and
 
Cheers
Team Kris Kross
“Mr December and UniKage”

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Ratcon 2019

Ratcon was the culmination of several months of effort between Lachlan and is the first Warhammer 40k event in Ballarat since 2011. It is probably also the largest event that has occurred here.

When: 6-7 April 19
Where:  Eureka Hall 120 Stawell St South Ballarat, Vic, 3350
Cost: $60
TO: Michael Hamilton & Lachlan Morrison
Players Pack

Top 3 Lists:
1. Joshua Brodie - Deathwatch (Army List)  
2. Matt Morosoli - Chaos Daemons (Amy List)
3. Adrian Sharrock - Harlequins (Army List)

Other awards:
Best General - Josh McMillian (Orks)
Best Painted - Adrian Strath (Thousand Sons)
Best Presented - Nick Beattie (Astra Militarum)
Best Sports - Adam Smith (Necrons)

Links
Facebook Event

Stream
Game 1
Game 2
Game 3
Game 4
Game 5

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Questions:
The KrissKross Team got a chance to catch up this week with Michael Hamilton one of the TO’s of Ratcon 2019.

-Could you take a minute to explain who you are, how you got into T.Oing and what Ratcon is all about?
My name is Michael Hamilton and I have been playing 40k since 4th edition and attending tournaments since maybe 2012. My co-TO Lachlan Morrison is one of my closest friends since we were both in high school and has been in the hobby for a similar length of time.

We have been joking about running an event in Ballarat for year but because we are lazy nothing ever happened until last year when I said something along the lines of ‘stuff it what’s the worst that can happen’.

The main reason we got into TOing probably was because we have been going to events for a long time now and it was becoming a bit stale so running and event seemed like the logical progression into doing something different while still 40k related.

To us Ratcon was about offering an event for everyone from competitive to casual players while focusing on dumb stupid fun.

-You ran ITC Championship Missions but had a real unique twist on them, could you explain the format you used?
So many events these days run a straight ITC format with the same missions as everyone else and we thought this was getting a bit boring. Also if people are going to travel up to several hundreds of kilometers to your event, it needs to stand out.

Our missions still used the ITC primary and secondary mission format however we changed the bonus point in each mission and around that added additional mechanics. For example, in the third mission characters could chose to drink the warpstone that each objective held and roll on a table to possible benefits or downsides.

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We tried to walk a line between making things fun and enjoyable while not having the mission decide the outcome of the game. I don’t think all of our missions were winners but we will go back to the drawing board and try again next year.

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-Did you see a wide range of list diversity with this twist on the format?
I am not sure if our missions were the reasons for the lists saw at our event but there were certainly a larger percentage of non competitive/casual lists at the event in our opinion. The personal favourite army for both TO’s was Thom Burns who ran a single Revenant Titan as his army using all 2000 of his points. He lost every game but had a smile on his face the whole weekend which we loved.

I think the reason for the list diversity we saw came down to the different expectations of what different groups of people want to get out of an event. We did have a handful of competitive players going for the win and the ITC points available but the majority just wanted to have a few drinks and roll some dice.

-Good work on hitting 50 players for the event, are their plans to expand bigger on that number next year?
Thank you we never expected to hit our player cap. Our ‘realistic’ goal was for around 35 players so to hit 50 players was a big deal for us. After hitting 50 we did look into seeing if we could go to 60 players to hit ITC major status but decided we didn’t really have the room so kept it at 50 to ensure everyone had a nice comfortable event.

For 2020 we definitely plan to expand beyond 50, assuming that many people actually want to attend. We are already doing some research into larger venues in the area and the current leading candidate we think could pretty comfortably fit 80-90 players in it.

-Did you have a lot of people travel for the event, if so who and where did they come from?
Around 30 of our players traveled to the event. Most came from Geelong and Melbourne which are both an hour or so drive away. The most notable groups that traveled were Ash and Ben from South Australia and the players from the NSW club legion which included Josh the overall winner.  It was really encouraging to see people travel from so far away and put in the effort to come to our event so a big thank you to all of them.

-You had some unique prizes, even a massive raffle. Could you break them down and the categories for winning them?
We have 7 different awards to be won which included a trophy and a gift voucher for an Australian retailer Guf who were our major event sponsors.  The awards we gave out were first, second and third overall based on your battle, sports and paint scores combined. We also had Best Presented, Best Painted, Best General and Best Sports. For first place in keeping with our ‘do something dumb but fun’ motto we decided that for first place to get a custom wrestling style Ratcon championship belt to give away.

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The raffle on the other hand started as an idea to get people to pay before the last possible minute which means we aren’t spending massive amounts of our own money and also generates a bit of hype for the event as people see there are already people paid and locked into attending. We gave out free tickets for anyone that had paid for their spot a full month before the payment cutoff date as well as selling them on the weekend.

The raffle prizes were made up of new in box kits we had lying around from never finished projects as well as things we bought with vouchers we had acquired over the previous year from events we had attended. We also had a few things donated by some of the local players which we greatly appreciate.

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On top of these we also wanted every player to leave our event with a little something to remember our event by. Naturally this meant buying, building and painting 50 screaming bell inspired objectives to be used in our final mission and then give one to each of our players.

Our good friend Jarrod at Jaybee Painting kindly painted all of the objectives for some sweet cash so we didn’t have to worry about that.

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-Did you have a lot of help from clubs / players with the terrain for the event?
We had some players do some huge lifting when it comes to terrain. Dean from the Adeptus Victorium Circuit supplied 12 tables worth of terrain and then Ash and Ben who are involved in running the Terracon 40k event in Naracoorte also brought 12 tables worth. Adam from Down Under Network is also a Ballarat native provided one tables worth of terrain. Without these guys we would have not have been able to run our event without blowing out the budget.

-What’s next?
For now we are going to have a break and attend some more events as players. We are already casually looking into a venue for next year and writing down any ideas we have so they are not forgotten by the time we start really looking at Ratcon 2020.

Hopefully 2020 will be even bigger, better and dumber. We would like to thank everyone that came to Ratcon and your kind feedback we hope to see you again next year.

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Thanks for taking the time to talk to us and
 
Cheers
Team Kris Kross
“Mr December and UniKage”

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Objective Secured – First Blood 2019 Part II

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“First Blood Part II is a Warhammer 40k, ITC Champions Missions single day event, hosting by Objective Secured.”

When:  17th March 19
Where: John Dunn Hall – Western Australia
Cost: $35
TO: Michael and Emma Basc (Objective Secured)
Players Pack

Top 3 Lists:
1. Dave Horne - Drukhari
2. Travis Kirke – Chaos Daemons
3. Aaron King - Drukhari

Links
FaceBook Event
Objective Secured Website
Objective Secured FaceBook

Stream / Videos
Sadly no stream due to poor internet access at the venue. We do have a short video pre and post event on the facebook page.

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Questions:
The KrissKross Team got a chance to catch up with this week with the TO team from Objective Secured “Michael and Emma Basc” to cover their second event for the year “First Blood 2019 Part II”.
You can find more information on what Objective Secured is and who Michael and Emma Basc are in our first article which covered the “First Blood 2019 Part I” event found here.

Hey Michael and Emma, thanks for taking the time to answer some questions about your event.
Always happy to chat!

-First Blood Part II was your first event that used ITC missions, how did that go overall?
The games were certainly different to what we (and our players!) have been used to. Game 1 was super drawn out, primarily due to learning the new scoring system and how that system worked in the pairings tool we used. That said, as the day progressed, the tool we used made it super easy for players to keep it all in order.

-Was there any issues overall with the event, I saw you had some issues with double booking of the venue?
Yeah! You can read the full story on our website but basically we had to change venue with just 2 weeks notice. Thankfully we have a super group of players who took the late change in their stride and we only had a single drop out due to the change. The fact we got told the venue had aircon and didn’t was probably the other major issue!

-With moving from 1k points from First Blood Part I to now using 1250 points did you see a big difference in the lists people brought?
Part 1 for first blood always has super strict limits in terms of detachments and limits but with Part 2 we wanted to open the doors and allow players to take what they liked. We were already changing it up with the missions and allowing players to play what they liked was a good way to make sure players didn’t feel restricted with change upon change.
List wise we saw some repeats and some new forces. GSC was a much lower turn out (just an allied detachment effectively) and we had just a single knight castellan! Players did use the opportunity to take some weird lists like the guard force with just 4 tanks in it or the Necrons with the new FW super heavy walker.

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-With the new format did people have a hard time getting all their games done in time?
They did indeed. We usually see players manage close to 5 turns in the time we allocate but this time with an extra 30 mins and only 250 points more we saw less turns overall. That average was brought down primarily thanks to round 1 but it was still down in later rounds (though by a much smaller margin). The average game lasted 1 hour 51 mins and had 4.41 turns per player. We averaged about 1/3 of games not completing naturally.

-Numbers took a hit compared to your last event (70 down to 42), do you feel that was due to people being unfamiliar with the format?
We had a number of regular attendees actively engage us and explain they were not keen on the format and would not be attending the event. We also had plenty with reservations decide to come along anyway to see what the fuss was about – especially as we had put it out there after being asked to run ITC at least once. The venue we ended up with wouldn’t have accommodated more than the 42 we had so in hindsight that’s ok!

-Could you please break down the prizes and the categories for winning them at the event?
We played it pure ITC for awards though we did also give a players choice for favorite opponent and favorite army. We felt that encouraging the hobby and good behaviors was important and wanted to give those to players alongside generalship.

-With the new format change and how WA events normally have soft scores in effect did you think about running ITC missions but keeping soft scores like you do normally still?
We did but felt it was more important to play it ‘as intended’ for the first outing so players could make up their own minds about the core format without us muddying the waters. We did include player’s choice as mentioned because that’s important to us and our attendees.

-What is next for Objective Secured this year and where can people find the info?
The 3rd Annual Southern Hemisphere Open is only a couple of months away – June 1/2/3 2019 – 3 days of gaming, RPG’s, workshops, retailers and fun! Tickets can be picked up here

We will also be in Brisbane for the finals of the Warhammer GT series in Mount Gravatt (3rd-5th May) as part of the Warhammer heroes awards – if you see us come say hi!

After that, we have quite a few 40k events later in the year with WATC, Doubles, Masters and likely at least 1 more ITC event as well. All our events are being added to the ITC rankings for 2019 so hopefully we can get more players chasing the finals at Cancon 2020!

Thanks for taking the time to talk to us.
 
Cheers
Team Kris Kross

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40k, ITC

THE ADEPTUS VICTORIUM CIRCUIT – SEASON THREE – ANZ40K Open & Masters

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“The ANZ40K Open is a Warhammer 40,000 Tournament aimed towards bringing Players from all over Australia and New Zealand to battle it out for the title of ANZ40k Champion. The ANZ40K Masters is a 16 Player Invitational held within the ANZ40K Open. All games within ANZ40K Masters will count towards the ANZ40K Open.”

When: 9th-10th March 2019  
Where: The House of War - Victoria
Cost: $60
TO: Josh Diffey (Diffey)
Players Pack

Top 3 Lists:
1. Simon Gojkovic: Drukhari and Harlequins
2. Stuart Trainer: Tyranids and GSC
3. Adam Camilleri: T’au

Links
ANZ40K Open & Masters Facebook Event
ANZ 40K Facebook Page
Down Under Pairings Event
Adeptus Victorium Website
Adeptus Victorium Circuit Facebook Group

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Stream / Videos#
Day 1
Game 1: Adam Camilleri vs Ben Clarke
Game 2: Simon Gojkovic vs Liam Hackett
Game 3: Simon Gojkovic vs Christopher Wright

Day 2
Game 4: Simon Gojkovic vs Adam Camilleri
Game 5: Simon Gojkovic vs Stuart Trainer

Questions:
The KrissKross Team (Mr December (Chris Yates) and UniKage (Chris Moore)) got a chance to catch up this week with Josh Diffey the TO of the ANZ40K Open & Masters events. They covered how it all went and what new format they used this year.

-Could you take a minute to explain what the ANZ 40K group is?
The ANZ40K group is historically a team of 8 regional representatives. 7 of those reps are from Australia: WA, SA, VIC, TAS, ACT, NSW and QLD, and 1 is from New Zealand. The group currently organizes and runs 2 events a year, the ANZ40K Masters and the ANZ Team Championships (ATC).

-You have a new format this year with two events being run as one, how does it work and how did you come up with the idea?
So there is a bit of back story behind this, so bear with me. If you go back to pre-2016, the Australian Masters was run by Trip in NSW out of a Good Games (pretty sure it’s no longer a Good Games). It was a 5 round, 16 player, swiss format. A number of years in a row we had people lose in the first round and podium or win the event due to the small field and swiss format. 2016 saw our first year running 32 players, 5 rounds, bracketed (eg. highest winner vs lowest winner). We tried this format for 3 years, but due to the requirement of travel by the majority of players, drop outs last minute really hurt, as we had to get last minute replacements that watered down the field.

2018 saw NZ return to the ANZ Team Championships, and it was super exciting to catch up with a bunch of the lads. The ANZ40K team had a vote and said lets change it up. We came to 2 conclusions, we wanted to include NZ in the event, and we wanted to bring back the “prestige” of it being a masters event.

Dropping the attendance back down to a smaller field had a down side though, players who wanted ranking points would get very little. So we decided to run the Masters “within” an open event. So we ended up with 14 players in the Open event and 16 in the Masters. Round 1 the highest ranked Masters player played the lowest ranked Masters player, 2nd vs 15th, etc. Think of how top tennis players at the Australian Open are seeded in different pools so they can’t play each other till later in the event, it was kind of like that. End of Round 1 all the losers from the Masters were moved into the Open event with their current points, leaving 8 players in the Masters for Round 2, and 22 players in the Open. Round 2 onwards saw the highest ranked winner of the Masters play the lowest ranked player of the Masters, meaning winning games big was the key to winning the event, no submarining.

Being a field of 16, there were 4 rounds in the Masters, the Open had 5 rounds. So the highest ranked player in the Open at the start of Round 5 (Stuart Trainer) played against the Masters Winner (Simon Gojkovic) for 1st and 2nd of the Open (no option of leap frogging).

-The event was in NSW last year, does the event move states each year?
The event was in Melbourne for 2015, 2016, 2017, in 2018 we decided to run it outside of Victoria and NSW put their hand up to run it. Based on the format and the desire to grow the event to a much larger event, Victoria was the obvious home to bring it back to for many reasons, but the main one is the venue, The House of War. It can hold large events and has little risk as you don’t have to pay for the venue until the day of the event, and only for the number of players in attendance. This gives us room to grow the open to a much larger event at a reasonable pace without huge outlays on terrain.

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-Did you see much different between the skill cap for the players in the invite section compared to the open section?
The top end of the Open event is pretty crowded with invite players. Many of the players who lost their games in the Masters went on to win most of their games, with a few losing to other Masters players. So I would say there was a reasonable difference between skill level between the invitational and the open, which is no real surprise based on invites being rankings based on the most part.

-I was excited to see that the event was in the Adeptus Victorium Circuit. How did some come to pass and what if any advantages do you see bringing to the event / community?
So originally it was not part of the Circuit, but I was in the Adeptus Victorium (Ad Vic) TO Group due to Down Under Pairings and Down Under Network. I was discussing the fact that I was running it in March, and Arc40K was running in March, so what would that mean for Ad Vic wanting to run an event each month. I can’t remember if it was Dean Sinnbeck who suggested or me, I’ll blame Dean J, but we decided to include the Open component in the Ad Vic originally due to scheduling. There are a number of events that non Victorians already travel down south for, Eastcon and Menza Masquerade are the 2 obvious ones. So this now means a number of those players are getting 3 results in the Ad Vic Circuit, if they do well in those it will encourage them to come to a 4th and be in contention for some big prizes.

The thing I see as an advantage to the community is that players get to meet players not from their local scene. I have made a tone of life long mates through Masters and the ATC, and this is something that I hope to encourage further through things like Down Under Network where we include commentators from all over the world, it brings so many people closer together.

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-You are also using ITC Championship Mission, how did that go and was the format change welcomed
The event was so different to any other event in Australia, with the pairing format and dual events, the missions were barely discussed. This was the first ANZ40K event that used ITC Championship Missions, but most players had played them before, so it wasn’t a big change. We will review the ITC vs ETC vs something else each year, but I anticipate ITC are here to stay for the foreseeable future in the Open and Masters events.

-With the invite section from the event coming from across Australia how many people from the Open section come from outside of Victoria?
This year, being our first year we had a very small field for the Open for Round 1. So of that field we had a small handful of players from outside of Victoria. We are hoping to grow that in the coming years.

-Did you see much difference in list variants from what has been seen resent big events in Australia (Aus Champs, First Blood, QLD Masters) or big events international (LVO)?
The top 3 lists of Masters were Venom Spam, Tau, and Deathwatch. The top 2 lists I have not seen a lot of at the top tables for a while, and the Deathwatch list I had only really seen Jeremy “Marigold” Martino take something similar at Cancon. There were some of the usual contenders, but it was definitely interesting to see the top players try and take some “off meta” choices.

-With the resent release of the Genestealer Cult Codex do you feel the threat of people bringing the new version of the army played any big part in what people came to the event with?
We didn’t see any Tyranids or GSC in the Masters event but there was both in the Open event.

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-Do you think the GSC FAQ going live just before the event change this in anyway?
I don’t think the FAQ was the big issue, I think it was just the fact that it is an army that requires quite a few models, and it isn’t the easiest army to codex jump to.

-Was there any standout lists in your mind that did not place in the top 3?
My favourite list was Liam Hackett’s 30 Meganob Ork List. It got knocked out in round 2 to the Masters winner, then went on to win all his other games and come 3rd in the Open, beating the current Australian ETC Team Captain Peter Platell.

-How did the prize section work for the event and did paint/hobby play a part towards the overall score or was it just pure battle?
With the small field prizes were tricky, but another benefit of running the event out of a venue like House of War is the prize support. We spent a big chunk of coin, roughly 20% of the entry fees on 2 trophies. The rest went in to venue hire and prizes. Basically we gave a big chunk to the Winner of the Masters and Open event, then a bit to 2nd place of Masters and 2nd place of the Open. We had a Best Sports award for the Open, this did not go towards overall scores, just a side prize. Each player voted their 2 favorite opponents, and the winner got a voucher. We also gave a set of new Down Under Pairings/Network dice to last place.

-How do you feel the stream went for the event, more so as part of the stream team Adam Camilleri was playing and you were the T.O for the event?
It was definitely a different experience not having Adam there until round 5. I had a number of guest commentators, Matt “Number 1” Morosoli for a couple of Rounds, Round 3 saw Haydn and Bartosh from the NZ 40Kabal podcast join in, Round 4 saw Erik “the Man, the Myth, the Legend” Lathouras and Hayden “the Degenerate” Walduck from Godhammer Gaming, and Round 5 we had Adam join back in after losing to Simon in Round 4, along with Mike from Objective Secured and Peter the Falcon from 40kStats.com and Chapter Tactics.

With that many new people to the stream it was a, challenge… There were some audio issues round 4 that I had no control over on my end, which I am not used to. We are trying to lead the pack in this field, and every now and then we learn things that you only learn through experience. But all in all we feel we put on a good show for those watching from home.


Thanks for taking the time to talk to us and
 
Cheers
Team Kris Kross

40k, ITC

Clash of the Titans 40k - 2019

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“Clash of the Titans is a multi-game event held at the Cherrybrook Tech High School in Sydney. One of the many games on offer across the 2 day event is Warhammer 40,000.”

When: 23rd-24th February 2019  
Where: Cherrybrook Technology High School, Cherrybrook NSW
Cost: $55
TO: Heath Burkill
Players Pack

Top 3 Lists:
1. Chris Wright, Deathwatch, List
2. Chris Duong, Imperial Knights, List
3. Lee Connor, Imperial Guard, List

Links
Facebook Event
Best Coast Pairings Event
Clash of Titans Website
Events List Checking Group

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Questions:
Chris Yates and I got a chance to catch up with this week with Heath Burkill the TO of the Clash of Titans event that happen last weekend.

-Hey Heath, was following the updates from the event on Facebook and it looked like a great weekend with some tight games. Could you explain to everyone what Clash of Titans is as it is a bit more than just a 40k event?
Clash of the Titans is a good combination of fun and competitive gaming, offering players of different types to come along and find aspects of gaming they enjoy in a single event. The main focus though, much like all events I run, is to have fun.

-With the event going on for so many years now how has the event evolved across the years and what do you feel keeps bringing people back year after year?
I feel the venue and its reputation are what bring people back year after year. This was my 4th year attending the event (3rd year as TO) and I have enjoyed every event, it really is a great atmosphere and environment filled with some really nice people to play games with. Feedback I receive from players is usually that they had a great time at the event and are looking forward to next year. I usually see the same bunch of people coming along to the event, but it was really good to see some new faces turn up as well. I always enjoy meeting new friendly players as much as I do seeing the old ones.

-I saw you had Leigh Abbey from Victoria come up for the event, did you have a lot of people travel far to attend?
It was good to see a bit more interstate travel for the event this year, we usually get people from as far as Canberra, Bathurst/Orange attending as well, even for me it's a 3-hour drive to get to the event, but not often as far as Leigh traveled. I have always found it to be worth the travel.

-How was the list / faction diversity for the event?
I found this event a bit different to what I have been seeing lately, with Knights, Deathwatch, and Tau armies being the most popular. There was a fair bit of diversity with 8 armies only being played by a single player.

-You used a list format system for the event how did that go with list checking and getting them all in the correct format?
I was open to various different forms of list formatting which included the ITC standard lists, just so long as they were clear and easy to read, and had all the pertinent information I was happy. Unfortunately, most people decided to ignore this, and submit some pretty rough looking lists, in the wrong format and were missing most of the requested information. A large portion of lists were just copy pasted into an email, rather than being sent as a file format. Luckily this is a small event and doesn't take too much time to set up, but larger events this would be an unfortunate waste of TO's time. List checking was done via peer group and that went smoothly enough, only one list was brought to my attention of having an error after list checking was closed off.

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-What were some stand out lists in your opinion that did not make the top 3?
Ummm, Orks? Waaagh! I don't actually know much about factions other than the two I play, so most of the lists went over my head... I was a little surprised there were not more Eldary lists further up the ladder.

-You had a preferred enemy rule for people running models that did not meet the minimum level of painting and presentation requirement. Could you explain how that worked and if it effect a lot of players?
As a reward for people who turn up with a painted army and have to play against an army that isn't painted, I felt it would be interesting to introduce a rule allowing re rolls to hits, wounds, and psychic tests, that target “unpainted” units (even if it is only a single model in the unit).I only noticed one or two people with units that would fit this category, and I'm not even sure many took advantage of the rule. But it was nice to see 99% of the armies fully painted at an event.
I only had one complaint against the rule being added to the event, but quite a few supportive responses to it, so I felt it was worth while having it.


-How did the prizes work for the event? I saw there was a 40K Bingo listed in the player’s pack which sounded interesting.
We had 1st, 2nd, 3rd place prizes, two presentation prizes, a spoon prize, sportsmanship prize, bingo prize, and we gave away a battle mat to the winner of a game of “heads and tails”. The prize pool was a bunch of Games Workshop models supplied by Good Games (which store exactly I cannot remember) and players were able to pick from the very large pile of goodies.
40K bingo was a non-mandatory part of the event, allowing players to tick off boxes when they achieved something good or bad, for example, roll 3x 1's, fail a 4” charge, lose a psyker to the warp, kill a unit with overwatch, etc. Whoever managed to score the most of the 25 achievements, was crowned bingo winner. It's just a bit of fun I came up with for last year’s Castle Assault event, I feel it adds a bit of fun and excitement for players who want a little bit more from their gaming experience and brought it along to Clash of the Titans.

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-You used the ITC Championship Missions for the event, how did that go and are you looking forward to the mission update that will be coming soon?
I personally really enjoy the champions missions, they are the best mission set I have used at an event for a long time, most people seem to agree. The only complaints I heard about them were from people who complain about everything, so I didn't take them too seriously.
A mission update will be a fresh change I think, as great as these missions are, slight changes are always a good thing to keep the games relevant, exciting, and fun.


-What if anything would you change for next time, and what would you keep doing the same?
I'd change the TO out for next year’s clash, ha ha ha ha... That's actually happening though, I'm stepping down from TO-ing Clash. But if I were to run it again, I don't think I would change much, maybe try and come up with some kind of crazy new optional fun extra to add, maybe give sideboards another go, but really, I don't feel much needs to change.

-What’s next?
Next event I'll be running will most likely be Castle Assault in Newcastle around August. Other than that, I'll just be getting out and playing the odd event here and there, I'm looking forward to rolling some dice soon!

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Thanks for taking the time to talk to us and I can’t wait to see how Castle Assault goes.
 
Cheers
Team Kris Kross

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ITC, 40k

The Adeptus Victorium Circuit – Season Three – 40K Draft

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Hey All,

“The Adeptus Victorium Circuit is an all-inclusive, regular monthly tournament series. 40K Draft is a narrative based 40k event that uses the Open War cards in a creative new format that promotes balance and excitement, each round has 3 Deployments, 3 Missions and 3 Twists, players alternate eliminating cards until there is 1 deployment, 1 mission and 1 twist remaining. This allows player to strategically eliminate cards that are problematic for their army resulting in a balance yet exciting game!”

When:  16th February 19
Where: The House of War - Victoria
Cost: $35
TO: Matt Antonello
Players Pack

Top 3 Lists:
1. Matt Morosoli – Death Guard (view list here)
2. Andrew Armstrong – Orks (View List Here)
3. Matthew Clegg – Astra Millitarium (View List Here)

Stream / Videos
Player Pack Review
Missions Breakdown

Questions:
Chris Yates and I got a chance to catch up with this week with Matt Antonello the TO of the 40k Draft which was the second event in season 3 of the Adeptus Victorium Circuit series to get a rundown of how his event went on the weekend.

Hey Matt, thanks for taking the time to answer some questions on what looked like a great event with a big format change away from the normal ETC / ITC competitive style which focused more on being a narrative event.

-Could you take a minute to explain the format for the event?
So the idea spawned from the event slumber hammer that ran mid last year where Ben Clarke used the open war cards to generate the missions and it was a genuinely great format which was a real breath of fresh air after months of nothing but same one ITC mission.

The idea is we have a deck of specially designed cards based off the open war cards and we randomly draw 9 cards, 3 are deployments, 3 are different sorts of mission objectives which give you a way to earn victory points and then 3 twists which is a passive ability that applies for the whole game to spice things up and add another element which can help balance out difficult games.

So when given this mission sheet with 9 cards, players then delete or "draft" away some of those cards in much the same way as you see in league of legends. Players take turns drafting the card they hate the most until what is left is one card from each category.

It only takes 2 or 3 minutes and the result is some compromise between both players as to what is the best mission to play which completely removes situations where the mission or the deployment screws a person over and ruins the game and that really showed on the day.

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-Did the players have a hard time switching from the normal ETC / ITC style format to this narrative format?
The mission system is actually so easy to operate that with only a 5 minute explanation on the day and a short video Dean Sinnbeck uploaded on Facebook, everyone took it up right away and we barely even got any questions after that.

-The twists looked like they could change the game up a fair bit, was there any big swings in games because of them?
So when you look at the cards, some of them seem pretty radical with deployments that touch in the middle, twists as extreme as +1 attack to everyone etc but it’s important to think about them in the context of the drafting process.  If there's a card that makes a game style that disagrees with you, you just draft it and so you don't have to deal with it.

Also we have tested all of them pretty extensively now and things like deployments that touch in the middle seem like they will result in combat armies having a massive advantage but all situations like that are equally advantageous for the other player.

For example against a combat army you want to screen off their charges and try to maintain ground so you have somewhere to back pedal to as you try and evade their subsequent charges. 

Well now you get to set up your screens right up in the middle of the board so their first turn lands them barely over the center line after they finish killing your screens.When you compare that final position with what we normally see with fast moving combat units being in or around your deployment zone turn 1, you’re in a much better spot despite them starting closer.

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-With such a different format did you see much change in the lists that were submitted for the event?
We were encouraging people to bring just any old list to this first event because nobody really knew what kind of army would best suit the missions anyway. As a result we got a fairly eclectic set of armies and it seems like none of them were really better suited to the missions and it was more about player skill and overall army quality than anything.  The missions are so varied and the choices you’re given really round out what does and does not qualify as good.

There was a lot of Death Watch there which was fairly predictable given what’s going on in the international meta game but they didn’t do all that well. We had Tristan Bone and Dean Sinnbeck coming 4th and 5th respectively on battle points but both of them were miles behind first and second which was a fairly standard Ork list and then a random daemon prince spam army.

-Was the event submitted for ITC scores as a RTT?
Yeah it’s submitted so Matt Morisoli is off to a good start to this season!

-I saw some engraved mugs for prizes, was this instead of trophies? Could you explain how the prizes worked for the event and what was on offer?
Ben had 9 engraved steins just in place of trophies, and we had 2 of these amazing battle matts from T.A.O.R which can be found on their website.

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-Will you be running the same style event again in the future? If so what from how you run it would you change and what would you keep?
We will probably run another one later in the year and there isn’t much we want to change. Next time we will add some new cards in to the pool, we are removing a restriction we had on drafting from the same line twice and a tweak here and a few minor tweaks to cards. 

We think it worked really well and that the mission structure has real potential.  The feedback we got was largely that these were the most interesting missions going around so if we can make sure they are as balanced as possible then others may take them on too.

In the meantime if anyone wants to try out the missions for themselves they are all on the event page or they can PM me directly on Facebook.

Thanks for taking the time to talk to us and I hope the Adeptus Victorium Circuit continues to go well for you guys down in Vic. So far it sounds like the year has been kicked off to a great start for you all :)
 
Cheers
Team Kris Kross

ITC, 40k

Objective Secured – First Blood 2019

“The 4th annual opening event to the Objective Secured Tournament Calendar – First Blood, is a great opportunity to kick of the 2019 year with a brand new forces in a series of fast and fun games in a relaxed and casual atmosphere.”

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When:  17th February 19
Where: Manning Hall – Western Australia
Cost: $35
TO: Michael and Emma Basc
Players Pack

Top 3 Lists:
1. Dave Horne, Drukhari –
#1: Dave Horne

Black Heart Patrol
HQ: Archon (70) huskblade (6) splinter pistol (0) Warlord     76pts
TROOP: 4 kabalite warriors (24) syberite (6) 4 splinter rifle (0) shredder (8)   38pts
TROOP: 4 kabalite warriors (24) syberite (6) 5 splinter rifle (0)   30pts
TROOP: 4 kabalite warriors (24) syberite (6) 4 splinter rifle (0) splinter pistol (0)   30pts
ELITE: 8 mandrakes (128) nightfiend (16) 9 baleblast (0) 9 glimmersteel blade (0)  144pts
HS: ravager (80) 3x disintegrator cannon (45) bladevanes (0)   125pts
HS: ravager (80) 3x disintegrator cannon (45) bladevanes (0)    125pts
Flier: razorwing jetfighter (105) 2x disintegrator cannon (30) twin splinter rifle (0) razorwing missiles (0)   135pts
Flier: razorwing jetfighter (105) 2x disintegrator cannon (30) twin splinter rifle (0) razorwing missiles (0)   135pts
DT: Raider (65) disintegrator cannon (15) bladevanes (0) shock prow (1)   81pt
DT: Raider (65) disintegrator cannon (15) bladevanes (0) shock prow (1)   81pts
Total: 1000pts

2. Andrew Hortin, Harlequins –
#2: Andrew Hortin - Frozen Stars Masque  "The Cold Truth"

Troupe Master with Harlequins Kiss, fusion pistol (84), Warlord. "Ahn'drau Bladesong"
Solitaire with Kiss and Embrace (98) "The Bitter End"
Troupe- 5 players, 4 fusion pistols, 3 Harlequins Embraces. (114) "The First Act"
Troupe- 5 players, 4 fusion pistols, 2 Harlequins Embraces. (107) "The Second Act"
6 Skyweavers with 6 Haywire Cannons, 5 Zephyrglaives. (300) "Sweeping Eclipse"
Starweaver with 2 shuriken cannons (99)
Starweaver with 2 shuriken cannons (99)
Starweaver with 2 shuriken cannons (99)
Total: 1000 points


3. Anthony Ellison, Tau –
#3: Anthony Ellison - T’au Sept

Commander Shadowsun [9 PL, 110pts]
Darkstrider [3 PL, 45pts]
Strike Team [5 PL, 77pts] .Fire Warrior Shas'ui: Pulse rifle, 10x Fire Warrior w/ Pulse Rifle
Firesight Marksman [1 PL, 25pts]: Markerlight, Pulse pistol
XV104 Riptide Battlesuit [14 PL, 280pts]: 2x Smart missile system, Advanced targeting system, Heavy burst cannon, Target lock
Tactical Drones [4 PL, 50pts]: 5x MV4 Shield Drone
Tactical Drones [4 PL, 50pts]: 5x MV4 Shield Drone
XV88 Broadside Battlesuits [21 PL, 363pts] .
Broadside Shas'ui: 2x High-yield missile pod, 2x Smart missile system, Advanced targeting system Broadside Shas'ui: 2x High-yield missile pod, 2x Smart missile system, Advanced targeting system Broadside Shas'vre: 2x High-yield missile pod, 2x Smart missile system, Advancedtargeting system
Total: 1000 points

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Links
Down Under Pairings
Facebook Event
Objective Secured Website
Objective Secured Facebook
Stream / Videos
Objective Secured Write Up of First Blood 2019

Questions:
Chris Yates and I got a chance to catch up with this week with the TO team from Objective Secured “Michael and Emma Basc” to cover their first event for the year “First Blood 2019”.

Hey Michael and Emma, thanks for taking the time to answer some questions on what was a massive one day event.

Thanks very much for chatting to us!

-While I know who you are and what Objective Secured is, could you take a minute to tell people who you are and what you two are all about?
We are a husband and wife event organizing team based in Perth, Western Australia. Our events focus has always been – and continues to be – the growth of a healthy and inclusive hobby community by running a variety of events across as many gaming systems as we can.

-What was the format you used for First Blood 2019 and why?
First Blood is our intro event for the year. Its primary goal is to engage new players who might not have been to an event before but it also caters to more experienced players who have just started a new army for the year. Its 1000 points and a single patrol detachment using Chapter Approved 2018 missions. While this has changed year to year, its roughly the same sort of thing year to year.

The goal is to stick closely to the rule book, make it easy for new players to come and play with a format that’s going to be familiar and quick but also allow us to do some interesting missions you don’t see at events for the more experienced players.

-With the event only being 1k in pts did you see a big difference in lists from normal? Also with the GSC codex only just dropping the other week was there a big GSC player count?
First blood has always been heavily slanted in the way of hobby – we often see people bring out lists that are passion projects, not just the hardcore armies. Don’t get me wrong, players definitely compete hard like any event but we feel the armies tend to be more varied at first blood by combination of the army limits and scoring used.
We had 2 GSC players rocking forces – a vet bringing them back and a brand new army in the hands of a vet. Both did very well (4/1 and 5/0 respectively)

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-While the games were only 1k in points how hard was it to fit all 5 games into 1 day?
We gave players 90 mins a round and in general, of the 35 games a round it was rare for us to have to stop games. According to the data we have, the average game lasted 1 hour, 21 mins and got 5 turns. It does make a long day for sure and the speed the games turnover is a challenge for us as much as the players!

-The final numbers were 70, did you have just you two as the TO team or was there others supporting you this weekend?
We are always grateful for the players who turn up early to help set up and stay late to pack up – we have a few that don’t even ask what time anymore – they just rock up and help. It’s an amazing thing for us to have, players who do it to make the events a success for all. During the actual event though it’s just us!

-With the growing cost of putting on events in Australia and the general 40k community not normally willing to pay more for events did this affect you event in anyway?
This year’s first blood is actually smaller than last years – but deliberately so. We usually have access to a larger hall which would allow us to go out well past 100 players but with the price rises we had to source an alternate venue to make the costs manageable.
This meant less players overall and made logistics more challenging but not unachievable. Like most of our events, the money goes pretty quickly between venue, insurance, liquor license, trophies and medals and ancillary costs – we did add 2 new boards of terrain for this event we picked up from a fellow gamer who was looking to move them on which is obviously a longer term investment in our events.

-I saw that this was the first event being submitted for ITC scores from WA this year. Is this something we are going to see more of in WA?
We intend to submit all the 2019 events we run into ITC if we can. ITC hasn’t been a significant request from players in terms of format (though we are trying out the champs missions in our next event) but we felt like giving those players who want to get rankings in ITC wasn’t a huge burden to submit.

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-Could you please break down the prizes and the categories for winning them at the event?
We awarded 4 categories this year, Favorite Opponent and Favorite Army (both peer judged) as well as best general (on battle points) and Overall – being a combination of the Generalship, Judges Painting Scores and Favorite Opponent scores.

-With how the event went is there anything you would change for the next time you do it? Also is there anything you would keep from this event for next time?
First blood is always a tough balancing act. We want to keep the smaller forces and 5 games for sure – that’s been this events thing for the last 4 years! We also tend to always stick to core missions published by GW to ensure new players don’t have to learn new stuff at their first event. This year we capped army selections to a Patrol and used the Rule of 2 – while the rule of 2 is likely to stay, the patrol requirement may not.

-What is next for Objective Secured this year?
We have First Blood Part 2 in March which will be the first of our events to use the ITC missions here in WA. After that we still have our Mixed Doubles, WA Team Challenge, Line Breaker Gaming Camp, Masters and of course the 3rd annual Southern Hemisphere Open (or SHO for short) which is happening June 1-3 2019. SHO features 3 days of tabletop, RPG, board and card games with tournaments, workshops and more. It’s where we try and pool all the different facets of the WA gaming community together to enjoy the hobby we all spend so much time on!

Thanks for taking the time to talk to us and I hope the both of you get a chance to take a break soon. It looks like the event was an outstanding succsess.

Thanks for asking us!
 
Cheers
Team Kris Kross

ITC, 40k

Cancon 2019 - 40K ITC Australian Championships

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Hey All,

The Australian 40K ITC Championships is an event that is run at the Cancon each year and is the last event in the ITC season in Australia.

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When:  26-27-28 January 2019
Where: Pavilion F, Exhibition Park - Canberra
Cost: $80
Head TOs: Team Kriss Kross (Chris ‘UniKage’ Moore and Chris ‘Mr December’ Yates)
TO Team Members: Michael ‘OniKage’ Moore and Matt ‘With the really nice hair’ Blair
Players Pack

Top 3 Lists at Aus Champs:
1. Erik Lathouras – Tyranids - List
2. Jeremy Martino – Death Watch - List
3. Hayden Walduck – Nurgle Daemons - List

Round 8 Erik Lathouras (On the Left) vs Leigh Abbey (On the Right)

Round 8 Erik Lathouras (On the Left) vs Leigh Abbey (On the Right)

Erik took the top spot this year going 8-0 with his crazy carpet Tyranid list, he netted himself 181.54 ITC points in the process.

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Jeremy came second going 7-1 with some Deathwatch soup mashup netting 153.72 ITC points. Coming in third was Hayden also going 7-1, he ran a Daemon list with 120 Plaguebearers and got 147.13 ITC points.

Best Team at Aus Champs:
Godhammer Gaming

Godhammer Gaming walked away with the best team at the event award. They had a total of 471.41 points (award was for your best 3 members).

Top 3 Painters
1. Rick Ellis
2. Jacob Huges
3. David Umana

We moved paint awards away from player voted this year and did a TO selection for the top 3. It was very hard this year as there was some crazy armies on display, Rick Ellis though shined above the others and took the top spot.
  

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Top 3 ITC Season Players
1. Matt Morosoli
2. Leigh Abbey
3. Christopher Wright

The top spot for the ITC season was close all the way to round 8 and would have changed from what is above if people scores 1-2 less or more points.
The top spot though went to Matt Morosoli with 635.09 ITC Points, he won the major season prize of flights and accommodation to the Las Vegas Open in 2020.

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Leigh Abbey came second with 633.7 ITC Points and Christopher Wright came in third with 633.5 ITC Points.

Top 3 ITC Season Teams
1. Overwatch Wargaming
2. Legion
3. Godhammer Gaming

Top teams for the season was a different story with Overwatch Wargaming starting the even clear ahead of everyone and kept that lead throughout the event. They finished the season with a total of 1278.31 ITC Points.
Legion came in second with 1195.26 ITC Points. There was a big upset for third though when Godhammer Gaming climb the ranks with how well their team membmers did at the Aus Champs event. That took that third spot with a total of 1105.92 ITC Points.

Links
Results Spreadsheet
Best Coast Pairings (BCP) Event
Lists (Google Dive)
Down Under Pairings (DUP)

Lists can be found in BCP, DUP and in the Google Drive link.

Facebook Event
ITC Australian Events Page

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Stream / Videos
Day 1
Round 1 - Part 1
Round 1 - Part 2
Round 2
Round 3

Day2
Round 4
Round 5
Round 6

Day 3
Round 7
Round 8

This year we were lucking enough to have the guys from Down Under Network “Adam and Diffy” come up from Victoria and stream 8 games from the event. The guys did a great job and even had the games re-streamed on the following channels Frontline Gaming, Bifpod and IronHalo.
Check out the above links for the streamed games.

Picture Dump
ITC Aus Champs at Cancon Day 1 (Part 1)
ITC Aus Champs at Cancon Day 1 (Part 2)
ITC Aus Champs at Cancon Day 1 (Part 3)
ITC Aus Champs at Cancon Day 2 (Part 1)
ITC Aus Champs at Cancon Day 2 (Part 2)
ITC Aus Champs at Cancon Day 2 (Part 3)
ITC Aus Champs at Cancon Day 3 (Part 1)
ITC Aus Champs at Cancon Day 3 (Part 2)
ITC Aus Champs at Cancon - Extra Pics
ITC Aus Champs at Cancon - Armies

Sponsors
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OTP Terrain
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Rebel Sport – Belconnen, and
Jolt Games

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T.O Event Break Down:
Well its done for another year, all the terrain (MDF and 3D printed) has been handed out and Matt Morosoli was lucky enough to win Flights to Las Vegas!
Good news though as planning is already underway for the 40k Australian ITC Championships 2020 event.

Thanks to everyone for bringing terrain and a big thanks to the gaming clubs that helped out (Overwatch Wargaming, Adeptus Victorium, Friday Night Gaming, and Team Point On).
The 40k ITC Aus Champs is a player funded terrain event and it only gets better each year due to how great the community is with supporting itself.

The event would not have been as good as it was without our major sponsors (Frontline Gaming (FLG US), Frontline Gaming Australia (FLG Aus) and The Business Doctor).
We out these guys there would have been no flights to Las Vegas to attend the Las Vegas Open for the winner of the ITC in Australia in 2020. Also Ranto Prime and Isaac Robertson at FLG Aus supplied all the mats for the entire event, 72 mats in total!

We did some new things this year and expanded on some old ideas. We tried to get the T.O Calls Pack out earlier then we did last year and also have as much details as possible. We had some hit and miss moments with it but I think it all came together in the end.
We used the new ITC Player Conduct pack and I think the player base followed it well. We only had to hand out a couple of warnings / yellow cards.

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We used the terrain rules that LVO were using (Wobbly Model and Enclosed Ruins), and also the list submission format they had in place.
Chess Clocks were mandatory for the top 8 from Round 6, which we felt worked well. We added some extra rules on top of the normal FLG chess clock rules in regards to slow play meaning you could not just clock out on turn 3 and not suffer a penalty. Some people had concern with this before the event but during the event we had no issue with this and across the board had more games finish naturally then last year.
We force checked in everyone on BCP before round 1 this year which helped a lot with round 1 starting on time. There were some problems though with ghost people appearing twice but it was all fixed it in the first 10 minutes of round 1 at least.

Scores sheets were provided to every table and post the round were handed into the TO team to enter into BCP. This did cause some delay as some people had a hard time filling out the sheet but we felt it worked better than last year as there was less scoring errors.

The keeping of the score sheets did help with stats as the team from Down Under Pairings took all the score sheets and have put together some great stats for us all to look at.

Average scores from secondaires at the event

Average scores from secondaires at the event

 
1st Down Under Pairings Stats Article

The team at The Normal Blokes did a podcast wrap up of the event which can be found here (itunes) and here (everyone else).

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What’s Next?

This year we did a post event ‘How we did / What do you want next time?’ google form and we had a bunch of really good feedback / ideas.

From your feedback we will going with the following at this stage;

Round Times: 2hrs, 40mins
Ticket Cost: $100
Prize Split: 70% Aus Champs, 30% ITC Season
Faction Awards: Will be at Aus Champs 2020
Paint Requirment: A change from previous years for Aus Champs 2019 at Cancon 2020 you will need to have the minimum standard (As per the Warhammer World Event Document) to field the model.

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We are also excited to announce that with the continued support of Frontline Gaming US and Australia we will be giving the winner of the Australian ITC 2019 season Flights to Las Vegas for
LVO 2021!
So get out to those ITC events and get those scores rolling in.

Cheers
Team Kris Kross

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40k, ITC

The Adeptus Victorium Circuit – Season Two - Grand Finals (8th-9th Dec 18)

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Hey All,

UniKage here from Team KrissKross with a run down of the finals for The Adeptus Victorium Circuit – Season Two which took place in december leading up to the 40k ITC Aus Champs at Cancon 19.

“The Adeptus Victorium Curcuit is an all-inclusive, regular monthly tournament series. For The Season Finale in each season Players compete in 5 games at 2000 points over the course of 2 days. There are awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd best Battle, 1st 2nd and 3rd best presented as well as a trophy for 1st place overall.

What makes The Adeptus Victorium Circuit different is we have no Composition restrictions and no minimum paint requirement, so feel free to bring any models / armies you like! In addition, with one event every month it is a great way to develop and grow both your hobby and painting skills as well as your battle and gaming skills! Not to mention the thousands of dollars in prizes given out at the end of the season!

The Season Finale tops this off by awarding huge cash prizes to those who have performed well across all events in the season, we have seasonal rankings that award those who have the highest average score from their top 3 events attended this season”

When:  8th-9th December 18
Where: The House of War - Victoria
Cost: $50 online or $60 cash on the day
TO: Dean 'Sinny' Sinnbeck

Players Pack:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/xnznosxc63ua7kq/The%20Eightfold%20Path%20Player%20Pack%20Season%20Two%20%285%29.pdf?dl=0&fbclid=IwAR36vO9I7VD0AVpI4YB4NcuSA7URH6TwnsAhD-JAhjltdT4zQ4cndOIyr7Q

Top 3 Lists:
1. Leigh Abbey – Chaos Daemons Plaguebearer Spam (view list here)
2. Matt Morosoli – Chaos Daemons and Thousand Sons (View List Here)
3. Michael Hamilton – Astra Millitarium Gunline– (View List Here)

Season Winners:
1st Hayden Manskie
2nd Matt Morosoli
3rd Leigh Abbey

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Links
Down Under Network:
http://downunderpairings.com/Tournament.php?TournamentID=298

FB Event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1123927064376527/

Stream
Day 1
Game 1: Brad Thomson VS Josh Diffey (view here)
Game 2: Marcus Venier VS Matt Antonello (view here)
Game 3: Mark Deal VS Russel Wilson (view here)

Day 2
Game 4: Russel Wilson VS Matt Morosoli (view here)
Game 5: Michael Hamilto VS Mark Deal (view here)

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Questions:
Chris Yates and I got a chance to catch up with another great TO this week Dean 'Sinny' Sinnbeck the TO of the Adeptus Victorium Circuit series to get a rundown of how his event went on the weekend.

Hey Dean, thanks for taking the time to answer some questions on what looked like a great event with some crazy lists and some of the highest ranked players in Australia attending.

-Could you take a minute to explain to everyone what the Adeptus Victorium Circuit series is about (reason behind it) and the format?

Great question and one I personally reflect on often. When 8th edition first dropped I quickly realized the players that would have the competitive edge would be the ones who play often and adapt to this new edition with pace, with that in mind I organized the Eightfold Path, which was originally planned to be capped at 8 players, be an invite only event for me and my friends to get regular monthly practice in a proper tournament format hosted in my garage at home.

However the very first event ended with more interest than I had suspected and we had 16 players all close friends sign up so we moved the event to the larger venue House of War. From there The Eightfold Path grew in popularity to the point we were introducing new faces to the competitive scene and bringing back veterans from editions passed


-Did you change anything going from season 1 to season 2?

Throughout Season One I took several player polls and had lengthy discussions with the players about what they want to see in the season. As I do not play in the events I am not overly fussed in the format used, so I wanted to ensure the events I run are for the players, and run the type of format they want.

The format evolved quite a bit throughout Season One but by the time Season Two arrived we had a very stable and popular format. However after running 8 events that were practically identical the players started requesting some variation between events for flavor, with a host of exciting new events, additional TOs and exciting new formats the Eightfold Path was re-branded and the Adeptus Victorium Circuit was born. Which you can read more about (here)


-How do you feel season 2 went as a whole?

Season Two was a runaway success, the most rewarding component for me was seeing the development of the players and their armies across the season. Some players started with noting but grey plastic and ended with beautiful painted forces, other started achieving bottom 5 placings but by the end of the season they were regularly in the top 10.


-The finals were streamed by Down Under Network, how did that go and did it change how some people played? (Nerves, ect)

I am a huge fan of live streaming games, it adds a level of prestige and excitement to games and also offers players a unique opportunity to go back and study their games to learn from mistakes, unfortunately at The Eightfold Path Season finale there were a few players who requested not being on camera, I do believe it is not something that should be mandatory so I respect their decision not to be on camera, It does however mean some of the most exciting, top table games, were not caught on camera.


-Looking over the lists there seems to be an interesting sections of different lists (Jeremy Martino’s for example), were there any that stood out to you?

There are a lot of players in Victoria that are very loyal to their faction, we have a large variety of factions represented from Tyranid to Ultramarines, Orks to Blood Angels. There are also a few Competitive heavyweights like Jeremy who have taken on the challenge to use a well known sub-par faction and chase strong results by Gaming Against The Grain, a term coined by Victoria’s own Adam Camilerri.

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-Looking at the winners for the entire series and then just the final event do you think they did anything different from the norm to achieve these wins?

The season finale was very exciting for me, going in to the event it was entirely possible for a variety of different players to make the podium for the overall season results. There appeared to be a lot of players analyzing the top players lists from historical events and trying to build in counters and the top players knew this so some of them were intentionally throwing out misdirects, it was quite the spectacle, I feel we are also seeing a very similar thing happening in the lead up to Cancon, with multiple players in line to take the title of ITC champion for 2018 and trying to find the best way to counter the META.


-Going into 2019 what are the plans for the Adeptus Victorium Circuit series going forward?
If people want to get in touch with you about the Adeptus Victorium series or any events you are running what is the best way to do this?

The Eightfold Path series has joined forces with some of the greatest events in Victoria to bring forth an exciting new event series known as the Adeptus Victorium Circuit. This is a 12 event circuit that will connect some major events in Victoria like Eastcon, Vic40k Masters, Menza Masquerade and ANZ40K Open as well as some narrative driven events like 40k Draft, The Black Crusade and Ascension. In addition we have Team Events and Doubles events as well. The Adeptus Victorium Circuit is the first of its kind and is going to revolutionize the tournament scene in Victoria.

You can read more about the AVC and get in touch at our website (here) check out our YouTube Channel (here) or find us on Facebook (here)


Thanks for taking the time to talk to us and I will see you at Cancon 2019 for the ITC Aus Champs!!
Cheers
Team Kris Kross





40k

Briscon ITC 40k Tournament

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Hello All,

I recently caught up with Isy, who is running the 40l ITC Briscon Event to ask him a few questions about his up coming event.  It will be on the 28th and 29th April, 5 round event (3 on Sat, 2 on Sun)  tickets are $60, being held at Brisbane Table Tennis Centre, Windsor. To register please look here:

http://www.briscon.com.au/tournaments.html,

or for any questions please email the team at orders@frontlinegaming.org

I asked Isy a few questions about the event, to see what was going on

 

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What Format do you use?

We use the ITC Champions Mission Pack, and the best coast pairings app. We find that this makes for a more balanced game, I find that that the person who goes first has a bit of an advantage, so the Champ missions brings this into balance. We also love the BCP App, it really helps both TO's and Players at the event.

Players Pack here:

http://nebula.wsimg.com/5964b120e6516a67aae6c0c6716f079a?AccessKeyId=38F480A6645F9AFEF519&disposition=0&alloworigin=1

We will be using the BCP (Best Coast Pairings App) Please download the App, create an account and register for our event. After registering for the event, click “player details” in the app, and submit your list when ready. List submissions  are due by 11:59pm on Friday 20th April 2018. Please note that this will make your list visible to both the TO’s and other players–this is the intention here. Your major faction is the faction keyword of the largest detachment in your army. For example, if I have a 200pt Death Guard detachment, a 1100pt Emperor’s Children detachment and a 700pt Black Legion detachment, my major faction is <Emperor’s Children> in my <Chaos> army. To register for BCP please go here: https://www.bestcoastpairings.com/

 

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Any modifications or rules that players need to be aware of? (banned minis, do armies need o be fully painted, etc?)

There are a few things to make note of,  The FAQ’s that will be used are:-Official GW FAQ’s for the Rulebook, Latest Chapter Approved and Codexes as of a month before the tournament. Players will go through the following for any rules questions:

1. Players are to consult the Rulebook before doing anything else.

2. If the answer cannot be found in there then check the FAQ’s listed above.

3. Players discuss the issue rationally in an attempt to solve the issue.

4. If all else fail, call the TO over who will adjudicate, who’s decision is final.

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Painting and Modelling:

•All models in your army must be painted to a 3 colour minimum and based. Primer counts as a colour. Skimmer Bases do not need to be based to count as based. Any models that are not painted and based will be removed from play. (This is up to the TO’s discretion whether it is appropriately 3 Colours or not, if in doubt please check)

•Proxy/Counts As models are allowed using the “rule of cool” if you are unsure about the model please contact us on orders.au@frontlinegaming .org, or via our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/FLG-Australia-Events-360279807774734/ and get it checked.

If your model is deemed as not as it should be it will be pulled off the table, so please double check.

•There will be a TO choice paint score, that will be decided over the course of the two days

Sportsmanship:

Sportsmanship is handled with a Thumb’s Up, Thumbs Down format. We default games to a Thumbs Up from both players. If your opponent was acting in an unsportsmanlike manner, which we define as being verbally abusive, physically aggressive, or knowingly cheated on a rule, you are free to give him or her a Thumbs Down on sports. This rule does not exist to express displeasure in a game because you didn’t like your opponent, your opponent’s army, or you had rules debates, etc. A player that receives two or more Thumbs Down on Sportsmanship will be met with administrative action up to and including ejection from the event with no refund of the ticket cost.

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What got you into the hobby? (favorite army, gaming system progression, etc)

I started way back in 2nd Ed (showing my age there) with Chaos Space Marines, fell in love with the hobby and got fairly competitive. I have always love Warhammer Fantasy, and still play to this day! I drifted away from 40k over 6th and 7th Ed and really got into 30k, but 8th is brought me right back! Today I am playing Ad Mech and Imperial Guard, I have always loved the fluff behind them and the fact that you are rewarded in 8th for keeping it fluffy (and the armies are great!), its really amazing!

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What do you like about running the events?

I have run quite a few events in my time, its a great to get a group of people together who love the hobby. We really want to set the standard in having fun at a event, still competitive but with beautiful armies playing on beautiful tables. We have found that the 40k Tourney scene in Qld has been a bit on the decline and we want to work with other TO's in the area, to build the scene here. We love to run events we would like to play in!

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Well it sounds like its going to be a blast! Good luck with the event, I hope that you have a great day!

 

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Lords of War 2 2018

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I recently caught up with Patrick, the TO who is running Lords of War 2 2018, a one day, four round event at The Pinkenba Hotel, 144 Eagle Farm Road in Pinkenba, on the 26th May 2018 The cost is $40 per player, but if two pay at once its only $60. The first game is at 800. He is also running the event with Josh Mcgowan and Dave Flemming.

 I asked Patrick a few question about his event:

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What Format do you use?(anything the players need to be aware of, style of missions etc)

We use ITC for rankings cause alot of players prefer for it to be ranked as well as using Diffs AUS rankings for players to see where they are at locally. We made the event missions different. We utilized modified rulebook missions to reward players moving and being more engaging.(rather than pure gun line that just camps and shoots across the table). My design was to reward more balanced type armies than extreme builds and the missions helped in that sense. It was 2 basic marine armies that ended up winning the event in the end. I would though modify the missions slightly if i could do a redo.

Players Pack can be found here:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CCBqZ0Fm5t_sFeHt1qs3RZWJp2iFafEp1jTe_rt-pzI/edit

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Any modifications or rules that players need to be aware of? (banned minis, do armies need o be fully painted, etc?)

The big one is no forge world.  As far as painted armies go you don't have to but it will hurt your overall score in the painting criteria of the event.

In the past events i have run, there has been negative enforcers for late submissions and we are moving on from that so if you have your payment and list submitted by the 13/5/18 you will receive 5 bonus points to your overall. If everyone does the same then no one is at an advantage at the end of the day but those that want to leave everything last minute will only hurt themselves.

Refunds, there will be none after the 18/5/18 because by this time all money from entry fees will already be sent off to our sponsors for prize support.

Painting , Sports and battle

Painting will  be out of 29pts

Sports will be 5 points with 5 potential favorite player votes being added.

Battle will be out of 20 for each round 12pts for the primary, 4 points for secondary and 2xspts for chosen tertiary objectives.  This style of event is to reward generalship, this is why you as the player can pick your secondary and tertiary mission to suit your style of list or help you against a particular adversary.

See the Players Pack for a more in depth explanation.

What got you into the hobby? (favorite army, gaming system progression, etc)

What got me here was the overall immersion of the game. The history the minis and the game itself. Kind of everything. Like how rewarding it was to run a nicely painted army on some good tabletops against another player. Its more social game compared to PC or Console gaming and I liked that. It rewarded effort

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What do you like about running the events?

I noticed  that there was a decline in the 40k Scene in Qld, so I felt I needed to step up and start running events so I created Gauntlet. After a few other regular tournaments started up I felt it was time to step back and enjoy them as a player. I have seen the scene having a lot of interest, since 8th Ed, so I decided to start running events again.

 

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It sounds like it is going to be a lot of fun! I wish you luck and hope everyone going has a blast!

AoS

BrisVegas Open Matched Play Event

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Hello All,

I caught up with the legend known as Dave, the TO running the BrisVegas Open AOS Event, which is being held on 28th and 29th of April, at the Brisbane Table Tennis Center, in Windsor.  and asked him a few questions about his event. $50 per player, registration you can find here:

http://www.briscon.com.au/tournaments.html

or to speak to Dave directly email him at aosbriscon@gmail.com.

I asked him a few questions about his event:

What format do you use?

The format used is Generals Handbook 2017 2K Matched play

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Is there anything in the players pack that people need to be aware of?

Missions are standard however there are secret minor objectives I have added. This lets each player pick one of the secret objectives at the start of each game that they will try and fulfil. Each mission can only be chosen once over the tournament, so consideration has to be made on which mission to pick based on your opponents list. 

I am hoping that this separates out the scores as AoS has a very black and white win/loss. It also adds some decision making past what everyone has been playing for 9 months.

You can find the players pack here:

http://nebula.wsimg.com/a4d52f000d05935d4d4c1ea9e145b94f?AccessKeyId=38F480A6645F9AFEF519&disposition=0&alloworigin=1

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Any modifications or rules that players need to be aware of? (banned minis, do armies need o be fully painted, etc?)

Armies are required to be fully painted, I believe it is unfair for someone to spend the time and effort to paint their army then have to play against the sprue grey legions. 

Every player is required to bring 3 pieces of terrain. The players then take these around with them and alternate setting up this extra terrain before the roll for table sides. This creates a nice little mini game before hand. This requirement has become a standard now in Aus Aos, it takes a lot of pressure off the TO to supply 6 extra bits of terrain per table and means that the players themselves set the standard for the terrain they play on. 

(I place 3-4 pieces of tournament supplied terrain on each table that cannot be moved, then players will place 6, giving 9-10 bits of terrain per table.).

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What got you into the hobby?

I was walking past a GW and went in to check it out, i got a few things that turned into a few more (GF at the time was not chuffed). I initially started as a painter and then started going to 40k events to try and win best painted. I was fairly successful winning a few players choices, I then decided one event to think about my turns and placement etc, and ended up coming 2nd at a 50 player event. I'm a fairly competitive person so this got the juices flowing. Since then I've been a pretty competitive player in the scene and I've been successful at it winning multiple events across 40k and AoS. 

I currently only play AoS and won the recent Aus Masters and 2nd at Cancon

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What do you like about running the events?

This will be the first event that I run, I've off-sided some smaller ones but never had to do all the planning and organising that goes along with the actual event. I put my hand up to run this event to give back to the community in a way. I'd love to be playing in it but I think it will have its own rewards in running a successful event that everyone enjoys. I love the game and the AoS community is hands down the best gaming community I've been a part of. 

 

Well it sounds like its going to be a blast! Good luck with the Event!

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Blackout FLG Aus First 30k Event!!!

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Hello All!

Ranto here from FLG Aus, just came back from out first ever Australian 30k Doubles Event! It was a blast! We had three games over the day, with some very pretty armies!

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It was a Swiss style event with players playing on all tables built and made by Frontlinegaming Australia, all with FLG Mats and ITC Terrain, with our own special touches like the Robot City table fully lit up!

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First place changed with every game there was and was an epic duel between the Loyalist of the Emperor and the Traitors of the Warmaster! But to be fair the loyalists had some great players (and some with a lot of luck!)

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The final was between the Loyalists Rohan with his White Scars paired with Spud Carroll and his mighty Space Wolves playing Paul with the Sons of Horus and Samuel and his Dark Mechcanicum for the warmaster!

They had an epic finish with the Space Wolves cleaning up with Spuds mighty Grey Slayers getting the MVP for the game, even though Rohans Leviathan took out almost every vehicle on the Warmasters side! It was an epic finish and a really close one! But the Emperors finest prevailed! 

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It was a great event! All round, with the final results as following:

Winners were Rohan, White Scars paired with Spud Carroll, Space Wolves, taking home a FLG Mat each! Spud generously donated his to a local gaming club! (what a legend!)

Second was Paul with his Sons of Horus and Samuel and his Dark Mechcanicum. winning two pieces of ITC Terrain each.

Third was Mike and his Ultra Marines and Jack with the mighty Solar Auxilia who walked away with a set of ITC Urban Barricades and Containers

TOs choice Paint award was Paul and his Sons of Horus who walked away with a ITC Shield Generator!

Thanks to everyone who attended, it was a blast, we hope to see you next time!!

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The legendary Spud enjoying a drink after his Victory!

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Jolt Games – Warhammer 40K Competitive ITC Tournaments

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Hello All,

I recently  caught up with Scott from Jolt games, who is running their ITC 40k Events! The events will be on the third Saturday of every second month, with the first date on the 17th March. It will be $25 entry, three round, one day events starting at 1000, and finishing at 1900. It will be a great event to build up some ITC points!

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I asked Scott a few questions about the event:

What Format do you use?

The format that will be used for the 5 tournaments over 2018 will be following the 2018 ITC Format as close as possible, whilst also adapting it if necessary to suit better for the local ACT 40K scene.

Player pack can be found here,

https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AOnBb3TqrASMSJA&cid=BF71620D2527973A&id=BF71620D2527973A%21153&parId=BF71620D2527973A%21143&o=OneUp

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Anything that players need to be aware of? (Modifications, rule changes, banned minis, do they need to be painted?)

The main things that players will need to know is the following:
As close to the 2018 ITC Format as possible, which is currently unannounced.
2000 Point, Match Play Army Lists
The Champion Mission Pack

Going off the ITC 2017 Format however, we are not allowing any Proxy/Counts As Models and for players to be eligible for any prize support, they must have a fully painted army to a tournament standard, which is 3 Colours and Based.

Also all players must bring:

Bring your Codexes and Latest Chapter Approved (either digital or physical copies) A copy of this Player’s Pack, Your Army and Rulebook GW FAQ’s, Notepad and Pen/Pencil, 4 Computer printed copies of your army list., Dice, tape measure and three 40mm Objectives numbered 1,2,3.

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What got you into the Hobby?

What really got me into the hobby was one of my close mates when I was growing up got into playing the Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game when I was about 10, at that point I had already seen all 3 films and was super keen to play a game based in that setting. Then after a few years, I started to play 40K when 5th Edition of the game dropped. I enjoyed hanging out with the guys at the local store, playing casual games and over time, I got into play tournaments when I first moved to Canberra in 2014 and 7th Edition dropped, ran my first ITC event in October 2015 and the rest is history really.

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Why do you like running events?

The reason that I started to run events was because a lot of the previous organisers had stepped back within the ACT, and so I actually choose to step up and start running events, not just at Jolt Games, which is my local store and now my workplace, but also the larger events like the Wintercon and Cancon conventions. I have the belief that it is worth making sacrifices in terms of personal time, finances and the ability to play in tournaments, so that members of the 40K community would be able to have tournaments to attend and play in in the ACT that are run in a profession, transparent, honest and accountable manner for the benefit the community. I firmly believe that the more effort, time, energy and even finances that you put into growing the community, the community will grow to be a healthy, vibrant and welcoming place for people to be a part of, which is what I desire and see the 40K community in the ACT to be for the most part.

Whats your favorite 40k army?

My favourite 40K army is generic Space Marines, no specific chapter I just really enjoy how flexible they are and being a real 'jack of all trades' faction in the game whilst not being amazing in any one area. It allows me as a player to focus on not just writing effective army lists but also playing the army in an effective and tactical manner.

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Well Scott it sounds like your events are going to be awesome! I hope everyone going has a blast! For any further information please see Jolt Games facebook page, or email Scott on scott@joltgames.com.

 

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The Flying cheese RTT-ITC 40k Event!!

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Hello All,

I recently caught up with Dineeth and Luke who are a pair of great fellas who are TO'ing the awesomely named The Flying Cheese RTT, which is an ITC one day event, being held at Mt Gravatt, on the 17th February 2018 from 900-1800. Any information you or to sign up need please contact the fellas at TheFlyingCheeseGaming@gmail.com.

 

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I asked the fellas a couple of questions about the event:

What kind of format are you using?

We’re running ITC Champions missions unmodified, 3 rounds, 20 players, 2000pts 3 detachments max, forgeworld allowed. It’s advertised as a competitive event (but please bring a good attitude)

Please see the ITC Champion's Missions here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ltQMdeDqYRXOhvdYT3dtUSji3AISvZRM8gDlhOXDaF8/edit

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Do you have a copy of your players pack? Any call outs that the players need to be aware of?

Here is a link to our players pack:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/apozsj1i74367bl/The%20Flying%20Cheese%20RTT%20Player's%20Pack%20(PDF).pdf?dl=0

It’s pretty standard stuff, we’re trying to be as simple as possible. As it’s the first event of its type, and our first time running one, we limited it to a 1 day 20 person event. We will be using the BCP (Best Coast Pairings App)  Please download the App, create an account and register for our event. After registering  for the event, click “player details” in the app, and submit your list when ready.  List submissions are due by 11:59pm on Saturday February 10th 2018. Please note that this  will make your list visible to both the TO’s and other players –this is the intention here. Your major faction is the faction keyword of the largest detachment in your army. For example, if I have a 200pt Death Guard detachment, a 1100pt Emperor’s Children detachment and a 700pt Black Legion detachment, my major faction is <Emperor’s Children> in my <Chaos> army.

You can sign up here:

https://www.bestcoastpairings.com/
 

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Any modifications or rules that players need to be aware of? (banned minis, do armies need o be fully painted, etc?)

No modifications, but we did decide to keep the 32 Power Level cap for individual models, just as a bit of a safety net. We’re looking to remove it going forward. We will be enforcing the 3 colour minimum protocol as seen at SoCal Open and other events.

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What got you into the hobby? and whats your favorite army?

Dineeth- I’ve been painting on and off for years. Like many I started as a kid, and went in and out of the hobby as I got older. During university studies (college for all the Americans) I studied dentistry, and painting 40k was an amazing way to get my fine motor hand skills up. I was painting one day at the local store and I met Luke (the other TO of this event) who introduced me to the game - we’ve been mates ever since. We’re both massively competitive gamers, and 40k ticks all the boxes for us. As for favourite army, I’m a marines guy! I started with Blood Ravens and Blood Angels, but I’ve moved to Salamanders with 8th and am trying out some off-meta marines play for CanCon this weekend, Australia’s premier ITC event.

Luke- When I was a kid I wanted to play "warhammer 40k fire warrior" and was told games workshop sells the game. So I went in my local store, loved the models and idea of the game and had been hooked since! I was 10 at the time. I fell out of the game during high school due to money,  but during uni I picked it back up to get some stress relief during some hard semesters. The painting helped with my dexterity and the competitive gaming is what I loved also.  I personally love Eldar, they're delicate but also so versatile. I love that they spend years specializing is a discipline and the idea of Exarchs. Most of all I love the Ynnari, the idea of a last race banding together to survive despite differences is awesome!

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What do you like about running the events?

Dineeth- Honestly this is our first event. I want to run events the way I would want have run for me. The 40k scene in Brisbane has some amazing leaders and TO’s, who cultivate a great environment for players. I want to see more competitive events in the area, and ITC seems like the way to do it. We hope to grow our local community into better gamers, who may one day compete at higher levels around the world.

Luke- This is our first event, so I just would like to run a tournament that is well organized and gives Brisbane a competitive gaming scene, as there isn't really a local ITC scene. We hope to grow a larger competitive gaming scene that raises the skill level of some already incredible players, while also providing tournament rules that can separate players well during the event.

Well it sounds like it will be an amazing event, I wish you fellas all the best and hope everyone going has a blast!

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Cancon 2018 40K ITC Tournament

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Hello All,

I caught up with Chris Yates and Chris Moore, the awesome pair of gents that are running the 40k event at Cancon this year. They are running a huge 132 person event! At the time of me talking to them they had 129 paid! Making this one of the biggest events in Australia (which means lots of those sweet ITC points!) Its going form 26-28th January, with the brief and registration starting at 830, with eight rounds total (three games Friday and Saturday, with two on the Sunday)

I asked them both a few questions about themselves and their event:

Which Format will you be using?

40K, 8E, ITC, Champion Missions

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Anything that the players need to be aware of in the players pack? (Style of missions, etc?)

Player Pack: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eBnql984GnLHeQty1LMOVM5P5mzYT-p5wZqHFHYuikM/edit


Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/287094911778203/

Player Cap is 132, we currently have 129 Paid.
There are 18 Cancon 2018 Prizes, and 35 ITC Season Prizes (Top 3, Top 3 teams, Best in Faction).

Any modifications or rules that the players should be aware of? (banned minis, do armies need to be fully painted etc?)

There is a 32+ and over single model ban in place. Armies are required to be 3 colours minimum to be eligible for prize support.

What got you both into the Hobby?

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Chris Yates:  The Fluff, plain and simple. Love the whole 40k universe and all the back stories associated with it. Horus heresy novels are great and set the tone nicely for the 40k universe present era. The hobby side of 40k is a massive part of why I play too and it currently makes up about 90% of my 40k time and painting has become a real passion for me through this hobby. Favorite army would be a tie between Grey Knights and Tzeentch Daemons
Chris Moore: My brother, I remember watching my brother paint his models and talking to him about 40k when I was growing up. I would read the Eldar codex and was just amazed at all the cool fluff in there. It was not till around 2 years ago that I started playing 40K though, the Nids lore caught me when getting back into it all and I ran with them. When GSC dropped though I was sold and have not looked back since. Once I found ITC though I really started to enjoy the game a lot more, gave games a lot more depth and you had to think more about what you were going to do each turn.

What do you like about running events?

Chris Yates: Seeing people get their ‘hobby’ on and show some real passion in their armies. Well painted armies, great terrain and great gaming. Nothing better than seeing 2 brilliantly painted armies facing off against each other in a gritty battle of wits with a good amount of sledging and Banta to go with it, all within the spirit of good gaming of course.
Chris Moore: Bringing people together, crazy insane games that get pulled out because of it. Having events run by level headed people.

Well it sounds like it is going to be an awesome event! I hope everyone who attends has a blast! To purchase a ticket please go here (but you better be quick!) https://www.festivaldirector.com.au/events/cancon

Any further information you can contact Chris or Chris through the Facebook page, good luck with the event fellas!

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Part 7 - The Eightfold Path ITC 40k Tournament

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Recently I caught up with Dean "Sinny"' Sinnbeck to talk about his upcoming event Part 7 - The Eightfold Path an ITC 40k Tournament.

Its a 2000 point, 1 day Tournament, comprised of 3 games of 40k. The event is held at House of War, 52 Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood, VIC. Registration will kick off at 1000, with games starting at 1030 on the 13th January 2018

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I asked Sinny a few questions about the event:

What Format do you use?

The Eightfold Path uses standard Matched Play format from the Warhammer 40,000 rulebook. There are no restrictions or modifications to worry about. We have no minimum paint requirement and allow Proxy and stand ins, however we do award points for presentation and have several hobby awards.

Anything different that players should be aware of?

The thing that sets The Eightfold Path apart from other events is it is a monthly series where every dollar from the entry fee goes into a pool which is divided amongst the 3 players who score the highest over the course of the series.

Can players still attend if they haven't been to previous events?

Yes! Each event is run fully self contained, you dont need to attend more than one! (Remeber each events still gets you ITC points!)

What got you personally into the Hobby?

I have been a fanatical World Eaters collector for 15 years, I have nearly 40 thousand points worth of Khorne daemons and marines. After years of gaming and attending events I have decided to take a step back and give back to the community by organizing regular events and helping players develop their skills and refine their lists.

 

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What do you like about running Events?

Watching our local META evolve and the players evolve with it is one of the most satisfying experiences i have been involved with in my years in the hobby

Its sounds like an awesome event! For any information please check out the follow links:

Players Pack (one of the best layouts I have ever seen!)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ahh…/Player%20Pack%20Part%207.pdf…

To register please email BlogForTheBloodGod@hotmail.com entry is $20, good luck, I hope you all have a blast!

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Call to Glory - Age of Sigmar at Cancon

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Hello All,

I recently caught up with the legend that is Clint Mallet, the TO who is running the Age of Sigmar event at Cancon this year called "Call to Glory"  Clint is a long time supporter of the hobby and is big in the domestic scene here is Aus.

They are aiming for around 100 contestants, if you haven't got your ticket, I wouldn't waste any time.  Its 5 rounds 2000 points, on the 27th and 28th January, and is being held at Exhibition Park, Mitchelle, ACT

. I asked him a few questions of things that people might want to know,

 Which Format will you be using?

GHB2017, its pretty much the rule set straight out the book, the only major exception is measuring to the bases.

Any Rules that players need to be aware of?

All warscrolls will be accepted (including Forgeworld), Allegiance abilities from Firestorm can not be used. All armies must be painted to a three coloured minimum, any unpainted minis will be removed from the table. Bases must be to correct size and on round bases. Squared bases must have be attached to round bases.  All attendees will be required to bring three pieces of painted Terrain for use on the tables while playing.

What got you into the Hobby?

Death all the way, I have loved all things Vampire Counts since the start of 6th Ed Warhammer Fantasy when I started playing and have loved them ever since!

What do you like about running events?

I enjoy running events because I get to meet lots of folks and watch loads of people really enjoy themselves playing Warhammer. Growing the AoS community is what I am all about!

For any more details needed please contact Clint on clintmallet@gmail.com, you can find links for Call to Glory here:

FB Event - https://www.facebook.com/events/484840655208445/

Website - calltoglory2018.com

Thanks Clint! It sounds like its going to be amazing, good luck with it all, I hope everyone attending has a blast!