Wednesday, April 16, 2014

AdeptiCon 2014 Recap

So another AdeptiCon came and went, and here are my $.02 on the experience.

As usual, I loaded up the Highlander with a couple of buddies and a ton of miniatures and embarked upon the 12-14 hour (depending on stops) drive to Chicago on Wednesday.
Random Cracker Barrels were visited

Arriving Wednesday night, we all got together at the nearest Giordano’s (best Chicago style pizza in the Chicagoland area according to many in the know) and talked life, love, and the pursuit of better tournament experiences. There’s more to come on that in the future.

Much good pizza and beer was consumed.

At some point I went back to the hotel and crashed. This was the first time I’ve stayed at the Westin where the actual event is held, and I gotta say it was pretty darned convenient. That said, it was also pretty darned expensive. Mixed feelings … I wish AdeptiCon could figure out a way to negotiate the hotel deal down. Paying $120 a night makes me feel pretty good about the $89/night at NOVA in a comparable hotel.

More after the jump ...

Monday, April 14, 2014

Heavily Revised Independent Mission Catalog - Sample Tournament Packet

This weekend saw the first widespread use of the Mission Catalog ( in a large-format tournament, the 5-round Delawarr Open.

The sample packet for player/TO use can be found here:

Here are some short notes to the changes:

1) The missions that were already out there are now revised and improved, with a lot of input from the community. I want to give special shout-outs to Bill Kim and Neil Gilstrap, both of whom were very active in comment/posting/etc within the google docs group. Anyone who would like to join in participation and is not already linked in, just let the missioncatalog know via comment, or ask me via mvbrandt@gmail

2) The approach to secondaries was scrapped and improved. Instead of having the 3 basics every round and requiring you to "change" one into a sort of half measure escalated version, we've gone with 9 independent secondaries. The three book secondaries plus 6 new ones. If you prefer book mission, the 3 secondaries from the book are ALWAYS in every mission, plus 2 other ones chosen from the list as a whole. TOs can select whichever pairings they want, but we encourage always having the three presented in the rulebook plus two others. In play this weekend, it was noted that plenty of people chose to just "play book," selecting the three book secondaries and the primary that most resembled book missions ... which is totally great to hear! It's probably unintended, but a consequence of the catalog mission design is players can choose to play very in-line with the standard 6th Edition book missions by custom-tailoring the round to that style for purposes of their score.

3) Simplification of each mission by presenting the majority of the how-to rules in the front as a guide.

4) Addition of new missions, bringing the total in the catalog at present to five.

Take a swing at this, and please continue to provide feedback - these will change and refine with time.


Friday, April 11, 2014

Charitable Foundation First Raffle is Tomorrow! Don't Miss Out on Free Stuff!

So for anyone who doesn't know, the Charity Raffles are bigger and better than ever. In addition to the major drawings at the end of the year at NOVA, there'll be drawings for $25+ gift certificates and other goodies from the charitable sponsors every week. Winning one doesn't render you ineligible for the big raffles - it just gets you more cool stuff!

This week's is a $25 gift cert to Secret Weapon Miniatures (thanks Justin!) ... check out the press release from the Foundation below!

Even if you aren't that interested in the charity armies, do a little good, contribute a little wargamer love, and drop a few bucks into a few raffle tickets. The worst that happens is you win $25 of cool stuff ... the best that happens is you've contributed a few bucks you didn't entirely need to one of the charities supported by the Foundation - all of which give well over 90% of their inputs directly to the charitable work (the NOCF chooses wise ... no wasted funds on inflated salaries here!).

Press Release: April 11, 2014

The NOVA Open Charitable Foundation (NOCF) is currently selling tickets for the 2014 charity army raffle season.  Visit and join the “Compassionate Force” by taking chances on winning one or more of the amazing armies being offered this year and supporting deserving charities in the process!

NOCF weekly drawings begin tomorrow (April 12, 2014).  This week’s prize is a $25 online gift certificate to Secret Weapon Miniatures. Anyone who has purchased tickets in the raffle before midnight tonight is eligible to win as the winner will be drawn from the pool of raffle ticket holders.

Winner will be announced at tomorrow.

Remember to check the Foundation website ( ) every Sunday between now and August 17, 2014 to see which of our amazing sponsors is offering a gift certificate for the weekly Saturday drawings!

The NOCF is a non-profit organization operated by a Board of Directors in accordance to charitable organization by-laws.  Donations are tax deductible; purchase of raffle tickets is not. If you have any questions, comments or ideas, please send them to:

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Adepticon Team Tournament Time

It's been a great week and the weekend's big event is upon us. With nearly 500 players, the adepticon team tournament is the largest 40k event on the planet!

Our team, Business Athletic (pix to explain later), will be running quad fire dragon / hawk / jetbike / serpent eldar. We all played in the two front doubles event along with 38 other teams yesterday (80 players, many quite good) and collectively went 12-0, securing both best overall and warmasters (Kurt and Tony edged me and Neil by two battle points out of a possible 195).

On the way for Neil and me, our toughest match came against Aaron Aleong and Hans Krueger, two mighty GT winners in their own right, but we were able to eke a win over them, 54-40.

The team tournament is so huge, with so many variables and so many great people, all you can do is sit back, roll some dice, and enjoy the ride.

So here we go!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Classing it Up at AdeptiCon 2014

Writing from a mobile hotspot as we make our final 30 minute run into AdeptiCon 2014 in Lombard, IL.

This year I'll be teamed with Tony Kopach, Neil Gilstrap, and Kurt Clauss. We're calling ourselves "Business Athletic," a play off "Business Casual." We'll let attendees and forthcoming photos explain why.

I'm tempted to slip into the 40k singles after all tomorrow .... presuming the inevitable wait list evaporation. Despite the likely struggles it'd face, I'll bring a slimmed version of my BFS Eldar/Space Wolves list should participation occur.

On Friday I'll be participating in the Two-Front Doubles along with Neil, while Tony and Kurt team up as well. For this event I'll likely be fielding ....

5 Wave Serpents, Servo Inquisitor, 3 Hawk Squads (yup, pretty boring, but it's what I've got models for at 1500 points)

Meanwhile I think Neil will be running some form of mini-Ovesa.

In the team event we're running serpents and other goodies, four easy to play identical lists that should be competitive enough without yielding a stressful weekend experience.

I can't personally bring myself to play any of the Bro-stars, but that doesn't mean I won't play decent lists :)

AdeptiCon is always a really fun social experience, and an excellent one for making positive contacts within the hobby. Snag me if you see me ... look for the vest :) ... I'll be at Giordano's talking with other hobby names and TOs about the state of the game while enjoying good pizza (the Giordano's closest to the Lombard Westin).

That'll do for typing from the car for now ... I'll try to update photos and results and the like as the weekend goes on, but never any promises when at AdeptiCon, always one of the best events on the annual calendar.

In other news, take a gander at the concept art for the Virtue, the unique race generated and built as part and parcel of the NOVA Open Narrative over the past several years. Artwork by Cedric Debled.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

NOVA Open Charitable Foundation - 2014 Raffles Open - Information! BATTLE FOR MACCRAGGE CHARITY ARMIES (plural!)

Press Release: March 31, 2014

The NOVA Open Charitable Foundation (NOCF) will open its 2014 charity army fundraising raffle season tomorrow, April 1, 2014.  Visit and join the “Compassionate Force” by taking chances on winning one or more of the amazing armies being offered this year and supporting deserving charities in the process!

The NOCF was created to assist international miniature painters and artists who produce armies as fundraising vehicles for charitable causes.  Recognizing the immense generosity of the worldwide tabletop wargamer, the NOCF was formed to bring this “Compassionate Force” together under a single banner with a broad international outreach.  Every raffle ticket purchased in support of these charity armies will contribute to causes which address the needs of humanitarian emergency relief, children’s concerns, medical research and the military.

In 2013, the worldwide tabletop wargaming community’s support of the NOCF charity army raffles raised over $10,000 which was donated to Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres, The Fisher House Foundation and The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The three charity armies from 2013 were shipped from Washington, D.C. to winners in Washington State, Missouri and as far away as Tasmania, Australia!

*A Consortium of professional and award-winning artists from within the tabletop wargaming community has come together in support of the NOCF Macragge Project. Learn more about each HERE. The proceeds from these two armies will support Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres.

The NOCF expanded the work of the Consortium to two separate armies in 2014, representing Battle of Macragge, the epic clash between Tyranids of Hive Fleet Behemoth and Ultramarines led by Marneus Calgar. Both of these armies are full 1850-tuned armies, including numerous extra models for force flexibility.

     ARMY #1: Battle of Macragge Ultramarine List
o      Marneus Calgar and Honor Guard
o      Chief Librarian Tigurius
o      Chaplain Cassius
o      5 Tyrannic War Veterans
o      1 Drop Pod

o      30 Tactical Marines with a variety of weapon load outs
o      10 x Scouts:  5 w/ Sniper Rifles and Camo Cloaks, 5 w/ Bolt Pistols and Close Combat Weapons
o      3 Storm Talons with Skyhammer Missiles
o      3 Thunderfire Cannons
o      1 Knight Titan
o      3 Centurion Devastators with Hurricane Bolters and Heavy Graviton Cannons

     ARMY #2: Battle of Macragge Tyranid List
o      Flying Hive Tyrant w/ 2 Twin-Linked Devourers
o      5 Tyranid Warriors w/ Magnetized Weapon Options
o      1 Tyranid Prime w/ Norn Crown, Magnetized Weapon Options
o      60 Termagants
o      2 Mawlocs
o      1 Carnifex w/ Magnetized Weapon Options
o      20 Gargoyles
o      2 Lictors
o      1 Deathleaper
o      1 Venomthrope
o      3 Tyrant Guards (expected magnetized options for either tyrant guard or hive guard)
o      2 Hive Crones
o      8 Genestealers

*Stiff Neck Studio, under the leadership of Capt. Wesley Cogdal, is once again donating an exceptional army for the NOCF charity raffles. This year, they are expanding our army range to include the first NOCF Fantasy army, lovingly entitled “Man Eaters of the Great Maw!” The NOCF proudly donated funds from last year’s Stiff Neck Studio army to The Fisher House Foundation, and we hope the Compassionate Force will come together in 2014 to double those funds for this charity.

     ARMY #3: Fantasy Ogre Kingdom List

o      1 Ogre Tyrant
o      6 Ogre Bullz
o      5 Ogre Iron Gutz
o      4 Lead Belcher's
o      1 Stone-horn
o      1 Scrap launcher

*Built by a combined force of hobbyists associated with the Penny Arcade forum, the Deathwatch Army has been donated to the NOCF with the request that it be raffled as a fundraiser for Child’s Play Charity. Forty pages of forum posts followed this army from musings on a “general 40K” thread to each model being painted by a different person over the course of a year, culminating in the most recent post which announced, “The army is in the care of the Nova Open Charitable Foundation. . . .” The handler, who wishes to remain anonymous, recognized that a lot of people had given of themselves to create this Deathwatch Army, and it had a lot to give back to the community. A staff member of the NOVA Open Tabletop Wargaming Convention, Martin Bagley, has agreed to take on the task of repairing and restoring this army to its original grandeur over the next few weeks.

     ARMY #4: Deathwatch Army List
o      Full List Can be Found HERE
NEW IN 2014:
NOCF sponsors have once again exceeded all expectations of generous giving. Each Sunday alternating sponsors will donate a $25 gift certificate for raffle; the following Saturday, the NOCF will draw from the pool of raffle ticket holders and announce a winner. The more raffle tickets you purchase, and the earlier you acquire them, the better your odds of winning a gift certificate you can use toward the purchase of any item at our sponsors websites.

2014 Sponsors:
Remember to check the Foundation website ( ) every Sunday between now and August 17, 2014 to see which of our amazing sponsors is offering a gift certificate for the weekly Saturday drawings!

KR Multicase is once again donating customized KR transport cases to safely nestle each of our amazing charity armies for their travels.

 TheWarStore contributed dozens of models to the two large Macragge armies and the Ogre Kingdom army this year.

Secret Weapon Miniatures stepped up again in 2014, providing all bases and Masterclass scenic products for the Macragge armies.

Powered Play Gaming joins the NOCF charity efforts in 2014 to offer products for the lighting of models and, more particularly, for the full-on 4’x6’ Macragge Project Terrain Table being created by Michael Frazier.

NOVA Open also donated the dozens of models necessary to complete the Macragge and Ogre Kingdom armies.

Special thanks to the 11th Company who will podcast the drawings internationally during the NOVA Open Tabletop Wargaming Convention, August 31, 2014.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Why 40K is Becoming Better for Social Groups and Tournaments ... But Worse for Pick-Up and LGS Gaming

So as time goes on, more and more becomes visible and apparent about the design intent of Games Workshop.

It's probably been apparent for a while, but something Neil Gilstrap and I were chatting about further reinforces the point and I think hits the nail on the head.

Many of the chief design folks in Games Workshop (i.e., JJ) come from the original D&D / home gaming era, where things like 40K were not so much played at big tournaments or local game shops, as they were played among a group of friends with a bunch of reference books and a few brews and pretzels in the nearest available basement (or loft, whatever).

If you look at 40K now, with it costing nearly $1,200 to obtain all the core rules (not counting Forgeworld here, folks), it's a game that is nearly impossible for one person to legally be up to speed with.

Now, if any GW folks are reading this, please chime in or share in. Your competitors actually do cross blog posts and share their $.02. Community engagement and all that. You have no idea how motivating it is when the designer of a game drops by and gives his $.02. I say this because I don't think many can fathom the logic or reasonability in charging over one thousand dollars (and counting) to own the basic unit and game rules.

But I digress. A healthy social gaming club/group is going to have access to all the rules in aggregate. A tournament organizer is going to have access to all the rules via their resources, volunteers, other TOs, etc. A random gamer is not, at this point, going to ever have access to them. A new gamer is certainly not.

Why 40K Today is Good for Social Groups/Clubs
Because of the incredibly diverse and dense quantity of rules now in the game of Warhammer 40,000, any social gaming group or club can effectively sift through the mass and decide what is or isn't kosher for the weekly activities of the group. Don't want to see D weapons? Cool, make a group decision and you won't have to. Do want to see Knight Titans? Cool, make a group decision and you will. Don't want to see super battle bro deathstars (hereafter known as Brostars)? Cool, make a house rule and they're gone for good.

40K is at this point by its very nature an optional/modular ruleset game. Social groups and clubs can establish what modules and rules are and aren't OK. They can also use and ratify rules changes / house rules.

I think this is the prime target of the design studio, maybe just of Jervis. I *wonder* whether they know how much worse they are making their game for the random and new gamer, but we'll get to that.

Why 40K Today is Good for Tournaments
In many ways, Tournaments are like Social Groups/Clubs. They have an online presence, they establish mission and rules guidelines, they establish FAQs for how they're going to play fuzzy rules, etc. They're also club-like with other Tournaments, and while each TO may have his closer buddies within the club or even a couple clubmates they don't care for, generally speaking they're all roughly aware of what the other guys are doing and want to do, and thus try not to stray too far from the established understandings (while still doing what they really want to do most). You could spend an article drawing meaningful parallels.

The biggest note to be drawn here, however, is that a Tournament can and will set forth a clear understanding (or at least it should) of what will and won't be legal, how questionable things will be played, etc. Generally speaking, a TO will make these rules based upon what he believes is best for his attendees' enjoyment (again, at least he should).

So just like a social gaming group, attendees to a Tournament have a clearer understanding of what is and isn't kosher from amongst the horridly dense and divergent components of the 40K of today.

Long and Short on the Upside
If you aren't attending tournaments or joined to a club/social group that communicates well, YOU SHOULD. It's in these environments you'll be able to enjoy the game most, because it's in these environments you'll most be able to know what parameters you'll be gaming within. Yes, that means go to the NOVA Open and participate in the Narrative or the brass tacks GT, but this isn't really the point of the post. I'm just as encouraging of you to either form or join a social group or club in your local area. You'll enjoy the game far more. You'll also have a much better idea of what things you actually should spend your money on.

THE most frustrated hardcore hobbyists I see these days are the ones who aren't part of a tight social gaming group or club and tend to buy what they think looks or sounds cool from within the entire range of GW products ... from Forgeworld through Stronghold. These folks end up really frustrated when tournaments ban or outlaw certain things, or when their local game groupings do the same. They never knew what the expectations were before they made their investments (or those expectations have changed over time, that does happen, though it's not really applicable to investments like knight titans or recent forgeworld escalation units, etc), and so they end up with all manner of rationalizations for why the community (locally, tournament-wise, or just at large) is just scared to use new units or doesn't understand what GW intends balance wise, or whatever other rationalization works better than "I just didn't know I couldn't regularly find opponents to use this against if I bought and lovingly built/painted it."

This leads to ...

The People Whose Enjoyment Games Workshop is Directly Harming
New players. People who lack the social interest in or local group availability for joining a social game group/club. Hardcore hobbyists who spend their time buying and painting models, and game only occasionally.

You can go on with the list, but it's a large subset ... I think actually a pretty substantial subset ... of the hobby.

These people are worse off for what GW has been doing lately. While TOs have a little more work and stress on their plates, attendees of tournaments are going to have just as much fun as ever. If any part of GW hopes to negatively impact tourney success, sorry ... that goal has failed miserably. If any part of GW hopes to increase the fun of beer and pretzels weekly game night folks ... that goal has succeeded admirably (there's more stuff from which to choose when establishing acceptable list building protocols for the group).

It's the people who don't exist within a group that has already-established frameworks of acceptable use who are harmed here. They often end up buying the coolest, newest thing, then end up subsequently frustrated at the community at large (or probably, eventually, GW) for not letting them routinely find playing opportunities.

So the point here I think is (if there is one beyond simple observation and opinion sharing) ... any game that requires veteran players to lead you by the nose into it is not doing its job well from a "find new customers" vantage point. Any game that punishes more socially introverted hobbyists could arguably not be doing a good job ... but, it is a social game by nature.

Regardless, rather than hate on Games Workshop for whatever rampantly short-term, short-sighted "meet the quarterly report and don't lose our jobs to the customers we REALLY care about - shareholders" business decisions they make (and who knows if it's that or just beer/pretzels-home-hobby-focused-at-the-cost-of-all-else decision making within the design studio) ... either fix the problem by playing in more tournaments and joining social game groups / clubs ... or fix it by finding a game whose balance and design by nature levels the playing field for all player types (whether you're fluff/paint-first, competition-first, or somewhere in between), like Malifaux.

There's a lot of doom and gloom out there about 40k ... I don't think it's actually warranted. As always in life, take a look at what's really in front of you, find a solution, and carry on.

In fun news ... we had THIRTY people at the Terrain Build this past weekend, and it was awesome. Here's the prototype for the Lunar/Asteroid tables for this year's Narrative.

It's also a good sneak peak at the layout with double the center LOS blockage. This layout will be in play at all the 40K events ... so expect a lot more LOS blockage than last year, where Tau and Eldar gunlines/serpentlines had a field day in the alternate layouts, etc.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Progressive Scoring vs. Asymmetrical / Choice-Based Mission Design - Devil in the Details

The next renovation of the approach to the Asymmetrical Missions represented at will be to develop a broader range of Secondaries, and enable players to choose from a set # of them for each mission. So, instead of more restrictive and typical ones, you'll see perhaps 6-7 to choose from, and select the ones that best suit the match-up (which your opponent will of course be doing also).

There's an important nuanced difference to be found between progressive mission scoring (which the asymmetricals espouse in large part) and choice-based mission design.

Let's jury rig an example for comparison here ...

1) Asymmetrical / Choice-Based Mission ... Choose either to have your objectives count for X points each at game end, or Y points per turn. Your opponent chooses independent of you. Further, choose what secondary goals you're pursuing (i.e., KP, Linebreaker, Warlord, Quarters, whatever). Select 2-3 from a list of 7. Again, you're choosing your mission independent of your opponent.

2) Progressive Scoring Only Mission ... Both players accumulate points on a per turn basis or throughout the game along identical scoring metrics.

The difference here should be more clear when presented in this way, but it's an important one in assessing the intent and purpose of missions. One of the key goals behind Asymmetrical Mission design is the avoidance of harm to the status quo "power lists." If missions are designed that broaden the competitive field, all is well. If all they do is change the competitive field, you're simply shifting the bar to a different status of what a power list is.

These differences are important, because there's been a lot of inspiration throughout the community from the mission catalog - across forums and blogs everywhere you're seeing a lot of really creative and productive thinking toward how to build a better mousetrap ... how to make missions that are more effective at making the game more interesting for players.

THAT SAID, keep in mind as you are designing your own, and as you are talking about the ones we've built, the key for these missions is NOT the progressive scoring in and of itself. The key is the freedom of choice for players, so that the actual mission you are playing is determined based upon the match-up, the round, etc., and not predetermined in a very fixed way in the mission primer.

By making mission design partly in the hands of the players, and not determined until you actually start the mission, you prevent gaming the system more effectively. You also demolish the notion of a predictable meta and of knowing what list you should or shouldn't take to do well.

In this way, a broader range of list styles are activated as able to do well without harming the effectiveness of the lists that are "best of" by the nature of the game designed by Games Workshop. In the same way that you do not want to completely abandon the rules of the game, you do not want to structure a tournament that completely abandons the naturally good lists of the game. This is true both because you do not want to harm one set of players' investments just to give other players a chance (ending in a net-zero change and no true improvement), and because you want to remain respectful of the game you're choosing to play / put on an event for.

Food for thought.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

MSU'ing Your Way Around Deathstars, PLUS Malifaux Terrain for NOVA 2014 Works in Progress

First, a bit of a sneak peak here ....

Malifaux registration is off to a roaring start for 2014, and with good reason! There are "bad things happening" every single day and night of NOVA with regard to this particularly excellent game.

Coupled w/ inputs from the Malifaux leads, we've been working through the terrain concepts for this year's 26 tables, with swamp/Gremlin hoocheville, badlands, desert, frosty, and grassy plains themes in the works.

I laid a couple of the early concepts - Badlands and Frosty - out for our regular Malifaux Mondays this week .... Obviously the tabletops themselves at NOVA will match the themes ...

Badlands Theme in Progress

Frozen Tundra Theme in Progress, some inspiration from Certs on the Infinity Team
Now, onto the 40K thought of the month ...

Something I started playing with about a month ago and have become increasingly enamored with is the concept of working your way around deathstars and eventually knightbuilds by leveraging MSU - most especially highly deployable/redeployable MSU.

What you do not want to do is have a mostly static or "I have to either deploy or come on standard reserves" force if you do this, because many of the common deathstars these days have split fire, and multi-assault capabilites that they are readily willing to use due to their extreme durability.

There are 2 in particular that have seen a lot of use; one is Eldar primarily, with Tau allies, and the other is Farsight/Tau, built to help Justin Cook of Team America work through a similar concept that he's been mulling.

Can you tell me why these work? I'll do a follow-up article with vassal screenshots to explain how these have been used to beat the snot out of common Jetstar, Centstar, Screamerstar, etc., lists, even on Kill Points (yup!).

(p) Eldar / (a) Tau MSU List

Baharroth - 195
Shadowsun - 135

5 Striking Scorpions - 85
5 Striking Scorpions - 85
5 Striking Scorpions - 85
Crisis Suit w/ Fusion Gun, Burst Cannon, 2 Gun Drones - 71

3 Guardian Jetbikes w/ Shuriken Cannon - 61
3 Guardian Jetbikes w/ Shuriken Cannon - 61
3 Guardian Jetbikes w/ Shuriken Cannon - 61
3 Guardian Jetbikes w/ Shuriken Cannon - 61
3 Guardian Jetbikes w/ Shuriken Cannon - 61
3 Guardian Jetbikes w/ Shuriken Cannon - 61
10 Kroot w/ Kroot Hound - 65

6 Swooping Hawks - 96
6 Swooping Hawks - 96
6 Swooping Hawks - 96
4 Pathfinders - 44
Devilfish Dedicated Transport w/ SMS, 2 Seekers - 106

Skyray - 115
War Walker w/ Scatter Laser, Bright Lance - 70
War Walker w/ Scatter Laser, Bright Lance - 70
War Walker w/ Scatter Laser, Bright Lance - 70


(p) Farsight / (a) Tau MSU List

Codex: Farsight - Primary Detachment

Commander (85) w/ 2 Fusion Blasters (30), Warscaper Drone (35), Vectored Retro-Thruster (5) - 155

3 x Crisis Suits (66) w/ Bonding Knives (3), 2 x Flamers Each (30) - 99
Crisis Suit (22) w/ Bonding Knife (1), 2 x Missile Pods (30) - 53
Crisis Suit (22) w/ Bonding Knife (1), 2 x Missile Pods (30) - 53
Crisis Suit (22) w/ Bonding Knife (1), 2 x Missile Pods (30) - 53
Crisis Suit (22) w/ Bonding Knife (1), 2 x Missile Pods (30) - 53
Crisis Suit (22) w/ Bonding Knife (1), 2 x Missile Pods (30) - 53

4 x Pathfinders (44) w/ Devilfish Dedicated Transport (80), SMS Upgrade (10), 2 x Seeker Missiles (16) - 150
4 x Pathfinders (44) w/ Devilfish Dedicated Transport (80), SMS Upgrade (10), 2 x Seeker Missiles (16) - 150
4 x Pathfinders (44) w/ Devilfish Dedicated Transport (80), SMS Upgrade (10), 2 x Seeker Missiles (16) - 150

Skyray Missile Gunship (115) w/ Black Sun Filter (1) - 116
Skyray Missile Gunship (115) w/ Black Sun Filter (1) - 116
Skyray Missile Gunship (115) w/ Black Sun Filter (1) - 116

Codex: Tau - Allied Detachment

Commander Shadowsun - 135

Crisis Suit (22) w/ Bonding Knife (1), 2 x Missile Pods (30) - 53

10 x Kroot Carnivores (60) w/ Kroot Hound (5) - 65

4 x Pathfinders (44) w/ Devilfish Dedicated Transport (80), SMS Upgrade (10), 2 x Seeker Missiles (16) - 150

Skyray Missile Gunship (115) w/ Black Sun Filter (1) - 116

Total Points - 1836 (aka you have points to play with)

Let's see who can figure out the details and nuance of how this works, and why it works (hint: it's not just to have lots of threats ... there are a few keys to many of the unit choices and other things that is critical to the way it all works)

Friday, February 28, 2014

Torrent of Fire Invitational ... for Charity

The Torrent of Fire Invitational is tomorrow (though sort of starts tonight with social time at Mad Fox Brewing Company in Falls Church).

Many of the biggest named players and even some TOs in the country will be participant or present, including myself as a podcast color commentator + judge + ringer (I hope I don't have to ring, I haven't gotten my head in the game).

If I do ring, my "anti-deathstar-asymmetrically" list will be as follows just if people are curious about where I think lists are these days if you don't to RUN a star ...

Baharroth - 195
Shadowsun - 135

5 Striking Scorpions - 85
5 Striking Scorpions - 85
5 Striking Scorpions - 85
Riptide w/ Ion Accelerator, Early Warning Override, TL-SMS - 190

3 Eldar Jetbikes w/ Cannon - 61
3 Eldar Jetbikes w/ Cannon - 61
3 Eldar Jetbikes w/ Cannon - 61
3 Eldar Jetbikes w/ Cannon - 61
3 Eldar Jetbikes w/ Cannon - 61
3 Eldar Jetbikes w/ Cannon - 61
10 Kroot w/ Sniper Rifles, 1 Kroot Hound - 75

6 Swooping Hawks - 96
6 Swooping Hawks - 96
6 Swooping Hawks - 96

Nightspinner Tank - 115
Nightspinner Tank - 115
Skyray w/ BSF - 116

For those of you who aren't in the know, you can fill out a bracket for free based upon the way the pairings and such are done for the event ... and if you pick the winning bracket, you get $50

Further, all proceeds from this are benefitting the efforts of the NOVA Open Charitable Foundation, our partner 501(c)(3)! Their efforts leverage the charitable force of tabletop hobbyists worldwide toward raising funds and planning activities to support our nation's wounded veterans, the children of the world, and the fight against disease (especially breast cancer).

Check out all the details and mission packs about the ToF Invitational here:

You can get the latest info as well as how to WATCH IT ON TWITCH TV LIVE! (we'll be streaming two tables, and I'll be calling a lot of the shots, and even drawing on the screen!) here:

You can check out and support the efforts of the Foundation here:

The Invitational is happening at Brittany's Restaurant in Woodbridge, VA. Come check us out either day!