Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Hitchhiker's Guide to a Successful GT Experience (And Other Seminars)

So there are a bunch of Seminars at the NOVA Open this year, as has been increasingly the case.

To be honest, I think there are 33 distinct ones, ranging from building and lighting your own terrain and building and lighting your own display board before the events start, to how to get your army from primer to tabletop quality in the best way possible.

One course I wanted to call out to attendees, especially those experiencing their first "big" tournament, is the Hitchhiker's Guide to a Successful GT Experience. This course will be in our awesome small auditorium seminar room, where most of the courses are taught, and will include about 45 minutes to an hour of "lecture" on some highlights and key points of what to expect from a GT, and how to get the most out of it, followed by the remainder of the time in panel and informal discussion.

The folks who will be lecturing are myself in a moderating role, and guests like Andrew Gonyo (Captain of Team America and an extremely well-vetted tournament player) and Reece Robbins (successful West Coast player, tournament organizer, and owner of Frontline Gaming retail store, podcast, and website). Chip Boyd of Torrent of Fire will also give some time on how to get the most out of the Torrent of Fire app, how to use it properly for reporting your games, how to use it to check on other games, etc.

There aren't TOO many spots left in this class, and it's capped at 20, but if you haven't registered yet and will be there on Thursday evening, the class is from 5:30-7:30 and we'd love to have you, so sign on up!

Check out all the NOVA seminars here: http://www.novaopen.com/?page_id=5615

These classes are - in many cases - scheduled to allow those participating in various tournaments and game systems to ALSO attend seminars, so don't feel you shouldn't go look and see just because you're in the 40K GT or similar. Additionally, please note several courses are sold out or nearly so, our first year with broad sell-out issues in Seminars. Of special note as nearly gone is From Primer to Tabletop, which is an excellent beginner/intermediate army-level-painting course, taught by award winning artist Caleb Wissenback.


  1. I'm really excited. This is my first tabletop con. Signed for airbrushing and weathering :).

    1. We hope you'll have a blast, Greg. Come find me and say hi while you're there!

    2. Will do! Excited to meet so many people in the community!

  2. Last year I was crunched for time and wouldn't get to build a display in time for the GT, I signed up for the display board class last year, and not only did I get a pretty sweet display board to use for the tournament, but I also learned a lot of useful tips for building boards in the future.

    I highly recommend any GT player spend the little bit of extra cash and wake up a little earlier on Friday and take this class.