The NOVA Open is back for 2011, bigger and better than last year, expanded and better suited to cover and cater to EVERY PLAYER TYPE. If you are just a painter and converter, we'll have competitions and events for you. If you're a casual gamer, our GT's and TT will fit you just right. If you're a hardcore competitor, this is the place for you. If you just want to hang out, get some swag, meet some great gamers, and have a great weekend, this is the place for you.
Registration is now fully open for the Warhammer 40,000 Elements of the 2011 NOVA Open. Weekend Badge purchase is now fully open for all attendees of the 2011 NOVA Open.
Go to http://novaopen.com and click on "Registration" to purchase your tickets.
Venue and Dates
The NOVA Open begins with a social in one of the hotel bars at 4:00PM on Thursday, August 25, 2011.
Open gaming (which will be 24 hours a day throughout the weekend) begins along with our traditional Whiskey Challenges and live podcasting at 6:00PM Thursday.
The NOVA Open will occur entirely within the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, in Arlington, VA, deep in the heart of the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area.
Rooms at the Hyatt Regency in our block are locked in at a HIGHLY affordable $109/night. The hotel offers a free shuttle to and from Reagan National Airport (DCA) and the DC Metro System. Attendees whose name is locked in past the cancellation deadline will be entered into a raffle for FREE hotel accommodation over the weekend.
Rooms can be reserved at: THIS LINK
Warhammer 40,000 is our headline event, after the success of last year's inaugural tournament. We updated our formats and missions, and added a Team Tournament and Invitational. There is a HARD CAP of 256 tickets for the NOVA Open GT. More than HALF of these sold by 1/18/11, within 2 weeks of opening registration to pre-registrants. Purchase a ticket now, if you are certain you will be attending. Our format and space considerations will not permit us to open any spots beyond the 256 offered for the 40k GT. Additionally, the first 400 Weekend Badge purchases are guaranteed a full Swag Bag, each of which contained over $35 in products in our first year alone.
Warhammer 40,000 Events and Initial Schedule
Thursday, August 25, 2011
6:00 - 10:00PM: Whiskey Challenges (Celebrity Deathmatch, Open Game Pairing Service ... small prizes for all), Earlybird Registration
Friday, August 26, 2011
Registration for the Team Tournament and Invitational begins at 6:30AM, with first rounds kicking off at 8:00AM
Schedules thereafter diverge ...
Invitational - 5 Rounds running from 8:00AM - 8:30PM, with a 1 hour break for lunch and 30 minutes between rounds; 2 x $1,000 cash prizes for the Best Overall and Best General finishers; live feed video casting of the final Best General match
Team Tournament - 3 Rounds, 7 Games per Team, 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Time intentionally left to relax before the GT, head out on the town in Washington, DC, open game with people from around the world, or watch the Invitational finals
Saturday, August 27 - Sunday, August 28, 2011
8 Round, 256 Player NOVA Open GT
Unique bracketing system on Day 2 structures it so that ALL PLAYER SKILL LEVELS are rewarded and have a shot at an undefeated second day with a best general prize and reward. More information on this can be found here:
Relevant Article 1: http://whiskey40k.blogspot.com/2010/12/creative-and-incidental-comp-at-nova.html
Relevant Article 2: http://whiskey40k.blogspot.com/2011/01/nova-open-is-better-for-casual-gamers.html
Warhammer Fantasy GT
Saturday and Sunday, with possible events for Friday
96 Player Warhammer Fantasy GT
Details still in works, to ensure the best possible product - brought to you from the Inner Circle Gaming Club. Registration soon.
Warmachine / Hordes
There will be Warmachine and Hordes competitive and casual events all weekend long, starting on Thursday night. Brought to you by Pressgangers from the DC region, final details are being organized and registration will begin soon.
32 Player Malifaux Tournament on Friday, August 26. Possibly more events forthcoming. Registration soon.
Golden NOVA Painting Competition, and Iron Painters Speed Painting Competition for the artistically minded out there. Our appearance crew are hard at work preparing the details of these, and working on more terrain for main and special events, including a scale battlefield-ready replica of the National Mall in Washington, DC!
The NOVA Open is a player-driven event, whose formats and styles are all derived from the input of a global player base. In response to global input and review, our 40k format (for example) has undergone extensive revision and improvement to its missions, scoring, and pairing systems. You are ALL peers, and your input and constructive criticism is always welcome. Post it here, on the Whiskey 40k blog in relevant articles, on our WhiskeyNOVA forums (http://nova.tlsconline.com), or by e-mailing event staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
More information will be forthcoming regularly, so keep your eyes peeled here!