“The GTO (Geelong Town Open) is a brand new and exciting event that is looking to encourage a growing 40k community around Geelong and along the Surf Coast. We are asking players to prepare your armies as you battle for glory as well as bragging rights.
We can guarantee you will make new friends and have some great laughs. Whether you’re fighting for the glory of the Emperor, corrupting the minds of the weak for the Chaos Gods, turning the planet into a host for the hive mind or trying to just fight for survival.
Everyone is also able to not just show off the work they have put into their armies but also show with the right general leading them how fierce their force can be. Grudges may not be settled, although they will be made.“
When: 6th July 2019
Where: 60 Little Ryrie St Geelong
TOs: Lachlan Bryce and David Guevara
Top 3 Lists:
1. Leigh Abbey, Genestealer Cult/Tyranids
2. Matt Kent, Heretic Astartes
3. Lachlan Bryce, Imperial Guard
I got a chance to catch up with this week with Lachlan Bryce and David Guevara the TOs of the Geelong 40k Town Open that happen last week.
-Please take a moment to explain who you are?
Dave: I started collecting back in 3rd edition but never actually got into playing as my mates were not into the hobby at all and struggled to find others that were into the hobby. After moving to Geelong and digging up a few models about two and a half years ago I decided to have another crack and that was the start of 8th edition. I played few games at the GW shop in Geelong and really enjoyed it and then decided to look at competitions, that pretty much kicked off the real interest in the hobby. I met Lachlan on through Geelong Wargamers Facebook page and we decided to play together in a double’s tournament. Since then we have played in tournaments together and now starting to run events and bring the ITC scene down to Geelong.
Lachie: I also started in 3rd ed when a family friend gave me a box of mordians and the second edition guard codex. But being young my painting was horrible… I thought “having the soldiers change their uniform all the time… without stripping the previous uniform… was a good idea” I took a hiatus from 40k in my late teens early 20s when girls and booze took the lime light but it came rushing back to me while I was living in Berlin, I stumbled past a games workshop aaaaaaaand then I jumped into the deep end feet first… with concrete chained to my feet. When I got back to Australia, I was a regular at the Geelong Gamers Guild and started attending tournaments in 6th editing running Guard and templars. Not long after that I started an Eldar army as well. After the 40k scene dropped off in Geelong and sort of left the Geelong Gamers Guild I, along with two others in the community, started the Geelong Wargamers Facebook group so that the local community had somewhere to “meet” and organise games etc.
We both love the game and the lore and after playing a few tournaments together we wanted to bring an ITC tournament down to Geelong/this side of the bay.
-Could you take a minute to explain the format for the event?
It was a single day event, 1500 points, where we smashed out 4 games in the day. We started earlier than usual events and finished about 18:30. This time, as we were just starting out, we didn’t have painting, best army etc sections. We just focused on the game itself. Being our first event, we were not sure how it was going to run and not wanting to make mistakes with the extra components we decided to focus purely on playing the missions. Furthermore, time constraints didn’t allow us to fit these aspects in with the number of rounds played for a one-day event.
-Did you see much difference in list variants?
Yes, we had a wide variety of armies. We were surprised that the gaming Meta didn’t affect the list builds that people decided to bring. You can see all the lists here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/18k2y4dl6ppoabi/AABIM4qcUv3ZomlXW1Vwgi6Ya?dl=0&fbclid=IwAR3YSZ64MC2_RuxMcTI3xf2VhHAJSqD8tROzR-g0x8l6o6EGPvPoxw-z4bg
-Could you please break down the prizes and the categories for winning them at the event?
We had vouchers from Guf for the winners as well as spot/event special prizes.
First received: $180
Third: $50 (This went to 4th place as we organizers had exempt ourselves from anything but placing)
Second last received the: “don’t be shit” award which was a $25 voucher
and we had an award for someone who played their first tournament at our event. (also $25)
A sponsor, Throw the Dice, had donated measuring templates for us to give out as prizes as well which were given to those who didn’t receive voucher prizes.
-Is there anything you guys did for this event that you plan on changing for your next event?
Not play in it! Seriously that was exhausting running around with a camera, answering questions, organizing players and actually playing so yeah next year, just running it.
We would keep it as an ITC scoring event overall but not having complete ITC rules. Look to more simplify the event, especially when most of the players we got have never played an ITC match before so that was confusing for some.
Better preparation with our mission packs as there were things that we missed that caused questions. As well as reminding people to read the mission packs before coming and if they have questions to ask them beforehand that way they can be cleared up and shared, for less confusion and more dice rolling.
-With the 40k event community in Geelong growing where do you see yourself in a years’ time?
In a years’ time we want to hold an ITC Major in Geelong, which would be great for the Warhammer gaming community. There are so many that play but struggle to attend competitions outside of town because of the distances of where the tournaments are held. We are going to be running this event again next year and have been looking at larger venues to allow for more players with less butt touching. We have had plenty of interest for this event as well as a lot of support from the gaming community around Geelong.
Thanks for taking the time to talk.