Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Las Vegas Open

A friend and I are going to the Las Vegas Open in 2016. My brother (who works in New Hampshire) will also be joining us.

It’s a long way for a couple of Scottish boys, but next year is my 50th birthday, so I though something epic was in order.

We fly out on the 1st of February, and back on the 9th. The convention/tournament is 5th 6th 7th, so a little time for some sight seeing (I don’t gamble so have no interest in casinos). Excitement is already mounting, and it’s 6 months away….I’ll be a wreck by Christmas.

We don’t yet have details of the event, but last year the Championship was a 6 round tournament, with the top 18 going on to play 3 more games on the Sunday. There was a “friendly” and lots more (hobby tutorials, 30k, Highlander tournament, vendor halls etc etc). The plan is to enter the main 40k tournament, my brother (who doesn’t play regularly) may go for the friendly.

I’ve had a look over the rules pack, and the FAQ. It’s quite different from what we’re used to over her. First up it’s a “win/loss” format. Most largish tournaments in the UK are battle points. Next, it’s a forge world free for all – most things are allowed (there’s a modest ban list). There are also a few rules changes that I’ll need to think about (don’t think any will effect me). Finally, there is a new (to me) mission packet, with primary secondary and tertiary missions that I’ll need to think about too.

All very exciting. But most exciting of all ….. what army am I going to take?

I’ve put my Tau on the shelf for a while. Been playing them pretty consistently for a few months and I wanted to try something a little different. With the new Marine dex coming out I’ve been messing around with the Skyhammer formation, and I’ve even been thinking about a Grey Knights list. However, with the new Tau dex rumoured to be out in October I have a lot of choices!

I have a few tournaments lined up before the LVO (if I can swing it with Mrs Geek!). Ideally I would like to go to a one day on the 16th of August, a 2 day on the 22nd and 23rd August, a 2 day in October, another 2 day in November and finally Cally in January before the LVO in February. Divorce is an option!

So expect a some posts over the next few months agonising over lists, reporting on tournaments and generally wittering on as the excitement mounts.

EYIG

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Dark Millennium 2



On 13th and 14th June 2015 I’m helping a friend run Dark Millenium 2. DM2 is a 2 day, 5 game 40k Tournament in Stirling, Scotland. And I want as many of you to come as possible! This is the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/653068418132720/?fref=ts.

Why should you come? Well, it’s going to be a blast! But why else?

Friday, 6 February 2015

The Year Ahead

I was supposed to be attending Clan Wars this weekend. Clan Wars was the final team qualifier for the Scottish ETC team. Sadly however it was cancelled due to lack of numbers. It’s disappointing. It’s the 3rd Clan Wars/Scottish Team event that has been cancelled due to lack of numbers in the last few months. I’m not sure why this is. There are a few tournaments in Scotland that sell out every year, and Caledonian Uprising, another Team Scotland Event, but crucially held in the North West of England, had over 170 players. 

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Clan Wars List

Ok, so my next tournament is Clan Wars, an 1850pt, "no holds barred" ETC qualifier, and (as usual) I'm agonising over list choice. 

It's no forge world, so I need to drop the tetras from my Cally list. The obvious replacements are some marker drones in a death rain squad, however, I've been thinking about that.....!

How many marker lights are enough?

Here's the list I'm toying with.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Caledonian Uprising - After Action Report


Just back from Cally. What a weekend! Never been to such a big tournament. One hundred and eighty people registered. I think something like 175 people played in the end. Haven’t’ drunk so much beer in a very long time, laughed so much, or played so many challenging games of 40k. 

For those of you who haven’t seen it, this is the Facebook sight with all the information (https://www.facebook.com/events/542549995871068/646210672171666/?notif_t=plan_mall_activity)

I can not recommend this event enough. Incredibly well organised, and professionally run. It’s probably the closets thing we have to the big GTs in the US (Adeptacon, Nova etc), although without all the side events.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

The Road to Cally

The Caledonian Uprising is one of the most competitive tournaments in the UK Calendar. Traditionally it’s also one of the biggest. This year it has 180 people registered. I don’t think there are any other tournaments in the UK that will exceed this. 

It's held in the North West Gaming Centre in Stockport near Manchester (I think .. my English Geography is a bit limited). It’s a bit of a drive (around 3 hours) but there is a bunch of us making the trip south so it will qualify as the closest thing I get to a “boys weekend” these days. Really looking forward to it.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Don't tell anybody - but Im playing again!

Whisper it  ….. I’m playing a lot of 40k again! 

Not sure why – but for the first time in a long time, I’m enjoying playing 40k competitively again. I’m just back from Heat 3 of the UK GT, where I qualified for the final (just!). I’m committed to trying to get into the Scottish ETC team (unlikely, but we’ll see), and more importantly I’ve found a Tau list that’s fun to play and reasonably competitive.