Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Changes for Next Year - Grand Tournament Edition



WAR Games Con 2010 was a definite learning experience. We grew 100% in size, and had a fair share of growing pains, some of which we expected and some of which we did not.

Here are things that will definitely change for next year:

Infrastructure

1) Badges. Next year we'll have collectible badges, not just name tags. The badgeless experiment this year worked fantastically from an organizer standpoint, but was not a hit with the players, so we're going to do something really cool for 2011 badges.

2) Swag Bags. I dropped the ball here this year, 100% my fault. I had a plan that did not happen, and won't form the same plan again. Swag Bags will be at check-in next year.

3) Signs. Year One we didn't need signs. Year Two we did, but didn't have them. Signs will be up next year.

4) Staff Recognition Devices. These are coming, and will be visible and cool enough that the staff will wear/keep them.

Games Workshop Grand Tournament Rules

1) List Submission. 40K Lists will still be verified if submitted ahead of time, but submission will not be required (no points for it). The advantage you gain is that any errors you make will be corrected pre-event, so less worry for you (any errors in your list may result in zero points for any round played with an inaccurate list). Fantasy will still have composition rules (which we're desperately working on, but need more 8th games to be sure of), so lists will still be required to be submitted. I will put up a poll about printing lists, as that seems to be a fairly popular thing to do.

2) Sportsmanship Scores. Two years of Sportsmanship scoring has given us ample information to determine that Sportsmanship scoring can be take off the cumulative totals for 40K but still needs a component in Fantasy. Sportsmanship scoring will still be taken, but not as a component to overall standings in 40K. Anyone who is getting a lot of bad game votes is still in danger of being asked to leave, if those bad games withstand review.

3) Brackets. Gone is the Consolation Bracket, but in is the Rogue Trader Tournament. For people playing in the Grand Tournament, this represents only the following small change - you can play another game system day 2 if you don't qualify for the second day field of the Grand Tournament. For people that can't make Saturday, this means you have your choice of RTTs on Sunday.

4) Size Limit. We've learned the limits of our venue. The 40K Grand Tournament will have a limit of 168 players, roughly the size it was this year.



Extras

1) Hobby Seminars - Dave Taylor was a big hit, and we're looking at having more Seminars next year, at least something every day.

2) Vendors - People missed them, so we'll bring them back. Now I just have to find a good place to put them...

I have more news regarding Flames of War, Privateer Press, and other things to come in later weeks.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Grand Tournament and Rogue Trader Final Standings




Here are the final standings for the 40K and Fantasy Grand Tournament and Rogue Trader events. GT results are given with the total points and placing; Rogue Trader standings only give placing.


Warhammer Fantasy

Grand Tournament

1 Jordan Braun 254 Overall
2 Eric Nelson 215 2nd Overall
3 Billy Robinett 210 Sportsman
4 Travis Weyforth 209 General
5 Greg Harris 208 2nd General
6 Casey Roberts 201
7 Mike Grajeda 199
8 Joe Guzowski 196
9 Michael Puryear 195 2nd Sportsman
10 Matt Leclair 190
11 Lex Simon 184
12 Jesse Garrett 171
13 Shaun Wainwright 162
14 Jack Green 159 Youngblood
15 Jeff Grajeda 155
16 Jamie Pirozzolo 153
17 Arica Jones 151
18 Andrew Roberts 113

Rogue Trader

1 Mike Mattingly 1st
2 Bryan Bauer 2nd
3 Patrick Grimwood 3rd
4 Christopher Musgrove 4th
5 William Clingman
6 Ryan Smith Best Appearance
7 Chris Davis
8 David McNair
9 John Green
10 Kevin Ball
11 Nicholas Lambrecht
12 Sam Larson
13 Patrick Allen
14 Kenenith Hill
15 Kyle Miller
16 Matt McDonough
17 Mars Garrett
18 Zach Clark

40K Final Standings

Grand Tournament

1 Ben Mohlie 352 BEST OVERALL (CHAMPIONSHIP)
2 Paul Murphy 336 SECOND BEST OVERALL (CHAMPIONSHIP)
3 Jon Willingham 324 BEST GENERAL (CHAMPIONSHIP)
4 Casey Christopher 320 SECOND BEST GENERAL (CHAMPIONSHIP)
5 Russell Adams 318
6 Adam Tricola 313 BEST SPORTSMAN
7 Chris Carlile 312
8 Tanner Sayne 310
9 Michael Strange 303 BEST APPEARANCE
10 John Brock 296
11 Richard Johnson 294
12 Steve Martino 294
13 Joseph Cherry 291
14 Josh Moll 286
15 Mark Watkins 283
16 Hans Krueger 283
17 Oliver Smith 276
18 Damien Garcia 271
19 Dale Oser 270
20 Bill Gordon 266
21 Jared Gomez 265
22 Jake Bindeman 264
23 Nick Seigler 264
24 Steven Turner 262
25 Kris MacLennan 256
26 Mike Kiser 251
27 Carl Short 249
28 David Light 246
29 Zach Bruce 243
30 Jason Shelton 243
31 Allen Marshall 243
32 Romeo Filip 242
33 Charles Barquest 239 SECOND BEST SPORTSMAN
34 Chad Knight 209
35 Daniel Johnson 201
36 Rob Baer 171

Rogue Trader

1 Kenny Gibson BEST OVERALL (CONSOLATION)
2 Chris Long SECOND BEST OVERALL (CONSOLATION)
3 Brent Crihfield BEST GENERAL (CONSOLATION)
4 Justin Boyd SECOND BEST GENERAL (CONSOLATION)
5 Matt Robisch
6 Alex Laputz
7 Andrew Toups
8 Shawn Rogers
9 Chuck Lejeune
10 Chandler Lee
11 James West
12 Jeremy Yates
13 Jared Putman
14 Matthew Neeley
15 Will Downey
16 Jeffery Konopacki
17 C.J. Young
18 Ryan Graham
19 Ryan Jewell
20 GAR Garcia
21 Ryan Young
22 Mark Larson
23 Bradford Robinson
24 Glen Kerley
25 Nick Villacci
26 Brad Gathard
27 Todd Olmsted
28 Michael Austin
29 James Williams
30 Christopher Talley
31 Nathan Howard
32 Andy Akins
33 Robert OByrne
34 Steven Harper
35 Brian Palandri
36 Colter Brady
37 Mauro Garcia
38 Sean Williams
39 Segundo Olmedo
40 Leslie Donaldson
41 Amos Trinque
42 Shawn Lowrey
43 Allan Hernandez
44 Cody Crawford
45 Matthew Harp
46 Nicolas Wenker
47 Michael Barker
48 Shane Billingsley
49 Sean MacKirdy
50 Anthony Graham
51 Andrew Martin
52 Gregory Perin
53 Brad Newman
54 Caleb Gordon
55 John Christensen
56 Jyoji Fee
57 Tom Taylor
58 Adam Harrison
59 Brian Poole
60 Phelps Smith
61 Charles Overstreet
62 Justin Kamont
63 Syndee Burgess
64 Guy Gannaway
65 Jacob Bessette
66 Thomas Anselme
67 Jeremy Estes
68 Colby Anger
69 Diesel Smith
70 Michael Timpe
71 Thomas Osborne
72 John Miller
73 Michael Sanford
74 Michael Joesten
75 Logan Rourk
76 Paul DeMars
77 Michael Haspil
78 Jason Walker
79 Kristofer del Solar
80 TJ Sabath
81 Darin Dabelgott
82 Marc Nuessen
83 Matthew Akins
84 Jim Howard
85 David Reid
86 Michael Cave
87 Robert Adair
88 Daniel LeMier
89 Tony Malave
90 Seth Rourk
91 Patrick Kenna
92 Will Hipple
93 J.R. Armstrong
94 Martin Jones
95 Jacob Rourk
96 Robert Riggins
97 Derek Loreth
98 Nathan Halton
99 Nate Skinner
100 Kyle Martin
101 Joseph Girard
102 Daniel Young
103 Derek Dabelgott
104 Darren Martin
105 Ricardo Acevedo
106 Chris Owens
107 Robert Hodgson
108 Kingsley Coppinger
109 Thomas Allison
110 Tom Hair
111 Mark Krueger
112 Patrick Mahoney
113 Brandon McSween
114 Jake Harai
115 Robert Rourk
116 Jon McIntyre
117 Rory Bryant
118 Cameron Morehouse
119 Jason Driver


Final Standings for everything else will be published later this week.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Schedule




I've been getting a lot of question on the schedule, so a recap.

Friday

Registration: 8:30AM - 9:30AM

Team Tournaments (Fantasy and 40K)
Game 1 10:00AM – 12:30PM
Lunch 12:30PM – 1:30PM
Game 2 1:30PM – 4:00PM
Break 4:00PM – 4:30PM
Game 3 4:30PM – 7:00PM
Break 7:00PM – 7:30PM
Awards 7:30PM


Warmachine
Round 1 10:00AM – 11:30 AM
Break 11:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Round 2 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
Lunch 1:15 PM – 2:15 PM
Round 3 2:15 PM – 3:45 PM
Break 3:45 PM – 4:00 PM
Round 4 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Break 5:30 PM – 5:45 PM
Round 5 5:45 PM – 7:15 PM
Break 7:15 PM – 7:20 PM
Awards 7:20PM


Flames of War
Game 1 10:00AM – 12:30PM
Lunch 12:30PM – 1:30PM
Game 2 1:30PM – 4:00PM
Break 4:00PM – 4:20PM
Game 3 4:20PM – 6:50PM
Break 6:50PM – 7:15PM
Awards 7:15PM

Saturday

Registration 7:30AM - 8:30 AM

Grand Tournaments (40K and Fantasy)

Quiz 9:00AM-9:20AM
Round 1 9:30AM-11:30AM
Lunch 11:30AM-12:30PM
Round 2 12:30PM-2:30PM
Break 2:30PM-3:00PM
Round 3 3:00PM-5:00PM
Break 5:00PM-5:30PM
Round 4 5:30PM-7:30PM

Sunday

Grand Tournaments

Round 5 8:00AM-10:00AM
Break 10:00AM-10:30AM
Round 6 10:30AM-12:30PM
Break 12:30PM-1:00PM
Round 7 1:00PM-3:00PM

Awards and Wrap-up to follow.

Open Gaming runs every day and night.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

List Submission Closed



The title says it all. If you have not received a confirmation email, you did not get you list in to a correct email address. If you'd like to ask a question, send it to wargamescon@gmail.com.

Registration will be available at the door.

I'll see you all this weekend, and many of you sooner.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Lists Due July 15th (and other items)



1) Due to the new FAQs for Tyranids and Blood Angels, 40K lists are not due until July 15th.

2) WFB Lists are not due until July 15th as well. Remember that we are playing 7th Edition, not 8th Edition.

3) If you're a pure Flames of War player (only playing FoW), check out the Saturday event at www.greathallgames.com. We are waiving the badge fee and Great Hall is reducing their event fee for the infantry-based Mid War tournament there on Saturday.

4) Flames of War and Warmachine players do not have to submit lists early; just make sure you have at least 3 copies of your lists when you get to the tournament.

Remember that getting your lists in on time means that we will make two copies for you and also gives you a small bonus to your total points.

Monday, June 28, 2010

List Submission Addresses and Painting Contest Guidelines



It’s time to get those lists in!

When submitting your list, make sure to include your name (and your partner’s name, for team events) in the body of the email.
Titling the list with the army type and points value (Empire 2250 or CSM 2000, for example) will make our job easier, and making the judges’ job easier means happier judges – always a good thing.
The ideal submission will be an ArmyBuilder roster with your name as the title, but you can send your list in any typed format.

Also, please note that the deadline for list submission has been moved back to July 15th.

For Warhammer Fantasy Battles, send your lists to wfblist@gmail.com

For Warhammer 40K, send your lists to wh40klist@gmail.com

Also, we have had a lot of questions about the painting contests. Sorry, no simple checklist this year.

WAR Games Convention 2010 Painting Entry Guidelines:

This year we will be running this as a dedicated painting competition. This means that entries are submitted at the judging table and will remain with the judges until after the winners are declared at the awards ceremony on Sunday. Under no circumstance will the judges consider entries that are being used at gaming tables.

All models submitted will be the work of the person submitting the models. We reserve the right to question the techniques used to create models and or paint schemes and disqualify entrants based on their answers.

In this years competition conversion will be as important as painting. Part of the score will be based on conversion and/or dioramic display stand/base work. This includes vehicles. Display bases are allowed and encouraged. If the display base is a plinth/museum display stand then the figure must be secured to the stand. If it is a dioramic display stand that allows models on gaming bases to be incorporated into the diorama by using sockets or holes for the bases then the models are not required to be secured to the base.

An Entry’s score will be the average score of the judges who scored the entry. In the case of a tie the judges will confer and pick the best out of the tie. Entrants may only win once per category per genre. In the case that an entrant wins in all categories of a genre the judges will pick their best entry and award them in that category. Decisions made by the judges are final. The tournament organizer is not publishing the point scale or the judging criteria prior to BoLSCon in order to encourage competition and to give entries the freedom from meeting arbitrary requirements.

There is a separate “Best in Show” award. Best in Show is picked out of all the entries in the various categories and is not a separate category that one can enter.

All entries must be submitted by 1 PM on Saturday. Entrants waiting in line to enter the model prior to 1 PM will be allowed to enter their model. Entrants may enter more than one model per category. Judges will pick the entrant’s strongest entry per category and judge that selection.

For purposes of this competition model scales smaller than 20mm (1/72) will count one stand/team/base as a single model. Vehicles will count as single vehicles. For Example, a single Flames of War HQ, sniper, gun team, or infantry stand is appropriate in the single model category.

Models must be assembled in such a way as to allow gentle handling for inspection. What this means is that the models must be properly glued together so they do not fall apart when being gently handled. Models that fall apart will not be judged. The judging staff and tournament organizers are not responsible for any damage done to entries.

The categories for this years painting competition are:

SciFi Unit
SciFi Vehicle/Large Model
SciFi Single Figure
Fantasy Unit
Fantasy Vehicle/Large Model
Fantasy Single Figure
Historical Unit
Historical Vehicle/Large Model
Historical Single Figure

Models will be representative of the category they are entering into. The following lists are far from comprehensive and are more as a guidline for entrants.

SciFi or Science Fiction includes Warhammer 40,000, any Superhero genre, Pulp Fiction and Mecha.
Fantasy includes Warhammer Fantasy Battles, Warmachine, Hordes, Warlord, Mordheim, Warmaster, Lord of the Rings etc.

Historical includes any historical age/era. Historical Fiction is allowed, but may be moved to the SciFi or Fantasy category by the judges if the entry seems historically implausible, e.g. Old West Steam Punk, Weird War II, Greek Myths, etc.

Unit entries must consist of at least five bases/stands and have a unit display/movement tray to denote that they are a unit. It can be as simple as a piece of cardstock that all the models stand on, to complex dioramic unit display stands. This is so all models in the unit are judged together and not mistaken for single model entries.

Any questions can be submitted as questions here or by email. Psyberwolfe is the head judge for this event and will happily answer any questions about this event.

Welcome to WAR Games Con




Jwolf here. WAR Games Con has taken over the convention formerly known as BoLSCon. All the events, games, personalities, and style remain the same, only the name has changed.


You might wonder why, and the best answer is that we were so disappointed by Tiger Woods' recent performance at Pebble Beach that we had to do something to change the world's karma balance, and this was what came to mind.

More updates and information will be forthcoming over the next month.

We'll see you in 30 days!