Monday, February 1, 2016

ValleyCon 16 - over for another year


Another Auckland anniversary weekend spent gaming in The Hutt through baking sun and still breeze (I know! And the Hutt is right next to Wellington!)

20 brave souls ventured from Auckland (thanks Matt!), Palmerston North and our very own Wellington to do battle over 6 rounds of Warmachine.

We also had some great support from the ValleyCon sponsor Mighty Ape in the form of prizes and vouchers. Big thanks to the Ape!!



In keeping with the relaxed and chilled out formats of previous years, ValleyCon was something a little different this year (again :)).

I took PPs Iron Gauntlet format and tweaked it somewhat to suit the new and younger players I was expecting form our local groups:

Instead of 3 lists, 4 rounds at 50 points then 2 rounds at 75 points (making your lists from the 50point lists you had played in the previous rounds) I tweaked it to 3 lists, 5 rounds at 42 points and the final round at 50points (you still had to make your final list using the contents of your lists you had used in the previous rounds)

This gave some people some head scratching moments to begin with but most people got into the format with gusto.

We had a number of first-time-at-a-tourney players with 3 of them being under 16 which was great for the health of the game.

Everyone played their rounds in good spirits with no stress at all - not even at the top table in the final round!

After reviewing everyone's faction choices I was beginning to think I should have renamed the tourney to Thornwood!

Cygnar and Khador making up half of the field themselves with a smattering of other factions. No Legion, Circle or Skorne but 3 Trollbloods players!

The Caster breakdown was also pretty interesting:

So, between the players we saw all 3 Butchers, Vlads, Nemos and Strykers. Funnily enough, all three Trollbloods players included Doomy 3 and two of the players were running the Mountain King and Glacier King combo with him.

Anyway, I'll let you pore over the mix whilst I post the final results. We ended the tourney with one player undefeated and one player on 5 wins which meant that only third place came down to Strength of Schedule tie breaker, a pretty neat result.


A quick shot of all of the prize winners from the event:

Well done to everyone for a great event and I'll hopefully see most of you at some of the one day events that Scotty and I run at the Hutt Club :)

And now for some random shots of the games :)









Thursday, November 19, 2015

Battlecry 2016

Once again, I will be running the Warmachine event at Battlecry 2016. Held on Sunday 21st February, this event will once again be played at the Remuera Bridge Club.

 This is a 50 point, Steamroller 2015 event. Players may bring up to two lists using Divide and Conquer 0. Players may use the Season 3 ADR roster if they wish. Event format will be 4 rounds of Swiss Chess, using a 1 hour Deathclock. 

Fully painted is encouraged but not required. Once again there will be a Fully Painted Raffle for those players who bring fully painted lists.

For those out of towners who may not want to travel for a one day event, there are a number of other one day events being held on the Saturday to assist in making it a full weekend of gaming. A list of events can be found at http://www.battlecry.co.nz/events/battlecry-tournament-convention-2016/wargaming

To register, go to http://www.battlecry.co.nz/info/registration and fill out the form there. This event is restricted to 24 players, so get in quick.

See you all in the new year.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Spell Draft time again!



Hey all, 14th November is the Spell Draft tourney and here are the format rules!

the event will be free for Hutt club members and $3 for non-Hutt club members to contribute towards the hall hire for the day.We'll aim for kickoff at 9am so please be sure to arrive in time! and we'll go for 3 rounds of 70 minutes long each and 7 minute player turns - yes, that's timed turns for a change!! :)

9:30am - 10:00 - form filling, fee paying and spell drafting
10:00 - 11:10 Round 1
11:30 - 12:40 Round 2
12:40 - 13:30 Lunch
13:40 - 14:50 Round 3


all the rounds will use the same scenario so, once the tables are set, there will be no need to move terrain between games.

If you want to play please EMAIL ME ASAP!! (pelarelATyahooDOTcoDOTuk) I need to print out the spell cards so need a good idea of numbers in plenty of time of the event.

All games of Spell Draft are played using baseline Steamroller
2014 rules, with the following exceptions. 


• All players bring a single 35-point army list.

Warcasters and Warlocks used cannot have a focus/fury stat greater than 7

• All games are played using the Outflank scenario.

• All spells listed on a warcaster’s or warlock’s spell card and all animi on warbeasts are considered “erased” for this format. You can use only the spells and animi that you draft in this event (see below).

• DRAFTING: Before the tournament begins, players are divided into groups of up to eight players. Every player is given a deck of eight cards, each of which lists one spell or animus. When the EO announces that it is time to begin drafting, take one card from your deck and add it to your spell pool. Once all players have chosen a spell, players simultaneously pass their decks to the player on their left. Then take the deck from the player on your right and repeat the process until your spell pool contains exactly eight cards.

• Spell cards you draft become part of your warcaster’s or warlock’s spell list for the duration of the tournament.

• Animus cards you draft can either become part of your warcaster’s or warlock’s spell list or be assigned to a warbeast as an animus. If you assign a card as an animus, all warbeasts in your army that share the same name gain this animus. Example: Joey has five shredders in his army list. He drafts the animus card Rush. Joey can choose to give his warcaster Rush as a spell or assign Rush to one of his warbeasts as an animus. Joey assigns Rush to a shredder, so all five shredders now have Rush.

• If an effect would reduce the COST of a spell below 1, it reduces it to 1 instead.

• Cards not labeled as animi cannot be used as animi

• Once all players have drafted their spell list and assigned any animi, note on your player record sheet the spell resources you have and how you allocated any animi.

• Pairings for the tournament are drawn from all players in all the drafting groups.

SPELL DRAFT ERRATA

Replace the text of the The Witch Coven of Garghast's Perfect Conjunction ability with the following:

A Perfect Conjunction is established anytime the Egregore is completely within the triangular area between all three Witches and each Witch has LOS to each other Witch. During a Perfect Conjunction, reduce the COST of the first spell each Witch casts during her activation by 1.

Hopefully see a good number of you on the day! :)

Chris

Wednesday, September 23, 2015


Hello all,

This weekend just gone I was lucky enough to run Lords of Ruin 2015.  It was at a new venue this year since the untimely closure of the Foggy Dew, the previous year’s venue.  (Who thinks a Hotel in Lower Hutt is better than a Bar anyway?)

After measuring the site six months ago, and not knowing whether last year’s numbers were a fluke, I bit the bullet and hired the gallery at the Lower Hutt Dowse Art Gallery.  It turns out that it can fit 45 gamers playing 22 games – barely.  There is a room next door that can be expanded into – so that may have to be investigated.  Otherwise the feedback was generally good, good location, good lighting, and good coffee – so I’ll take that as a win.  However due to time constraints I was a bit gutted to drop the number of rounds down to 6, which ended up being ok.
One of the other idiosyncrasies with the venue is that I didn’t have access to it the night before, which meant putting up the tables at 7am – Good times!  Fortunately I have some awesome locals, and some pressganged/bullied travellers (who were no less awesome) who managed to make it at that ungodly time to help set the tables up.  Thanks to you guys!

I would especially like to thank Jimmy for being a champ, running the event for me so I got to socialise – he was awesome.
 



 
Huge swath of stuff supplied by MIGHTY APE!


Best of faction awards, ready to be dished out

 So then there were the prizes up for Grabs

Over the next few rounds, thanks to the AWESOME people at MIGHTY APE my lovely assistant and I was able to give away:

·         Dice Pack and Modelling Grassy Tufts to Rob vdW and Tom L

·         A LOR2015 & 2014 Scenic Base to Mike T, Isaac H and Brendan D

·         A set of Paints to Rohan P and Mitchell C

·         Paint Brush to Chris B

·         $20 Might Ape Vouchers to Daniel F, Thomas W, Chris O and Dave W

·         Laser’s to Scott A and Isaac H
That was a ton of LOOT!

So once people were coffee’d up we kicked off the first round. 


Games were played
 



























 

By the following Sunday after the dust had settled we were left with the following results, frantically compiled in a mad rush.  Any mistakes are entirely mine.

The Artisan – Best Painted Award for best Model went as follows:

·         1st Place Coin – Chris B with Absylonia
Chris holding the best painters award with sweet new brush.  A teacher of tomorrows leaders is paying his respects there also.
The winning entry - Absylonia
 
·         2nd Place Coin – Charlie St C with the Avatar of Menoth

·         3rd Place Coin – Daniel F with Asphyxious1

(I had photos of all the models I swear!  But my iPhone ate them.  I hate Apple sooo much.)

The Meat Grinder Award for highest value of enemies killed was won by the baby-faced Mitchell C. The final score being a staggering 298 points.  And as such he received a Damascus steel forged gutting knife.  For you know - opening mail or something.
 Mitchell holding the wrong trophy some muppet handed him

The Mage Hunter Award was one that was held rock steady by Rick T for the first 5 rounds before a mad rush of stabby-stabbyness in the final couple of rounds.  For those unaware, the award goes to the person with the least number of enemy models killed, prior to the assassination over the course of the tournament. 
Fittingly the last round was between two players who were both hotly contesting for this award, which meant a game of very careful manoeuvring and nothing dying.  Awesome.  It must be a novel feeling for the grunts in both lists to have their lives valued rather than thrown away like chaff. 

Needless to say, for the second year running, Master-Assassin Chris B took out the award, taking down Mike T.   As well as his name on the LOR Trophy, he also received a Damascus steel forged knife – to add to his ever growing collection I guess.

Mental note – don’t upset Chris or Mitchell J


Most importantly, Scott A took out the Nick Garden Sportsmanship Award for being a top bloke to play against.  Well done Scott!
Top Guy
 
The overall winners.

Nikola J was an unstoppable juggernaut amassing 6 wins, completely undefeated, a well-deserved Champion. 
This is what a winner looks like - Front
- and Back...
 
It should also be noted that no one has won the CTA/LOR trophy twice.  Interesting no?

Second place was the Warmachine-savant Peter W, who manages to never play a game all year and then come out and win stuff.  Frankly it makes me sick/jealous/depressed…  

Third place was Will W, always in the hunt and someone who can’t make his mind up as to what City he wants to live in.  Also well-deserved and barely pipped by Peter.


Condolences to Mike S, who missed out on the placing’s by 1 solitary Strength of Schedule Point.  1 Point!

Once again, thanks to everyone who made this possible, for making the effort to help out, provide beds, travel or just to participate.  We have an amazing community of really great people.  Some stats (before you look at the results below)

·         Games played – 132

·         Minutes estimated played – 11,880

·         Rules queries to the TO - 7

·         Arguments Witnessed by TO – 0

·         People saying something ‘not nice’ about a fellow gamer and overheard by TO – 0

Well done.

Now, I have not had time to go through all the score sheets and recheck them all but you'll all get over it I'm sure.

Name
Win
SOS
Ctrl Pts
Army Killed
 Best of Faction
Nikola Jaksic
6
16
8
166
 Legion
Peter Williamson
5
15
25
215
 Mercenaries
Will Wijnveld
5
12
17
278
 
Mike Snook
5
11
17
205
 Circle Orboros
Mitchell Cowan
4
16
20
298
 Cygnar
Tony Dijkstra
4
16
10
227
 Retribution or Scyrah
Dave Cameron
4
15
6
194
 Trollbloods
Adam Oakson
4
14
21
228
 Skorne
Joshua Warne
4
14
3
236
 Minions
Daniel Conlon
4
14
1
174
 Cult of Cyriss
Charlie St Clair
4
13
17
175
 Protectorate of Menoth
Dave Wilson
4
13
16
202
 
Peter Hunter
4
13
10
161
 Cryx
Chris Baker
4
13
2
165
 
Chris Ford
4
12
3
230
 
Chas Roberts
4
9
16
255
 
Chris Parkin
4
9
9
204
 
Dave Stent
3
14
15
213
 
Chris Otton
3
14
9
149
 
Mike Thorn
3
14
1
139
 
Louie Boyd
3
12
6
121
 
Tom Leamy
3
12
1
190
 
Robert Power
3
11
13
246
 
Richard Thomas
3
11
12
154
 
Nick Ng
3
11
10
206
 
Mike O'Sullivan
3
10
17
96
 Khador
Reid Pittams
3
10
0
99
 
Chris Townley
3
9
16
189
 
Casey Hills
3
9
8
113
 
Alex McEwen
2
16
2
186
 
Rob Van der Wal
2
15
3
208
 
Rick Tolley
2
13
4
118
 
Scott Avery
2
11
4
209
 
Matthew Carr
2
10
8
93
 
Chris Nichol
2
10
2
159
 
Rohan Prince
2
10
0
181
 
Brendan Dee
2
9
2
92
 
Matt Hassall
2
9
1
137
 
Rob Groom
2
8
4
121
 
Kelvin Fah
2
7
2
123
 
Phillip Cordy
1
11
15
92
 
Daniel Fitzgerald
1
11
3
134
 
Iain Johnston
1
11
2
139
 
Thomas Walker
1
8
1
75
 
Isaac Henderson
0
10
0
132
 

 
Thanks again guys, you all made it a great event to run.
Cheers, Sean Lincoln & Jimmy the Hand
 
ps. Some more photos of the victors to come.