Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Hello Fellow Nerds!







I am posting on behalf of Damien Cote in regards to a 40k Doubles Tournament that he and Christian August are holding at the Winnipeg Games Workshop Store. (All the information is towards bottom)







Here is the info behind the event written up by Damien:
For those of you unfamiliar with who I am or why I am doing this:
 Melanie McCloskey was my fiancee who lost her battle with breast cancer last July. We had known each other for 8 years, having met way back in high school. When her cancer went to stage 4 I made a promise to her that I would continue the fight for her.
 So last year and this year I have put together a team for the Run for the Cure to run in her honour. I have also become very involved in the breast cancer research area, focusing my studies in systems and synthetic biology and some bioinformatics.
 Your donation makes a difference, it gives those of us who work tirelessly day and night the resources for us to develop better treatments and greatly enhance the chances of survival for breast cancer patients. Feel free to ask me about my research in the area, and I can show you some of the advancements we (mankind) have made.
 But I don't feel that just asking you for your money is good enough, instead I would like to get people together to have some fun and good times playing games against each other. After all, one of the best methods to prevent cancer is to have less stress. Meeting new people, playing in a laid back non-competitive environment is a great way to relieve stress.
 Thank you.
 If you have any further questions, feel free to ask me. If you would like to help or join my team, visit;
http://www.runforthecure.com/site/TR?team_id=69225&fr_id=1858&pg=team

 

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

IMPORTANT!

Register with me or at the GW store with Mark. I WILL BE GONE on a field research course from July 25th to August 2nd. During that period you can contact Christian Augst or Mark to register.
 The Event will be held on [u]August 30th[/u]
 This will be a [u]doubles tournament[/u] hosted at [u]Games Workshop Winnipeg[/u].
 Doubles 40k Tournament Fundraiser for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
 [u]3 Games, 860 Points per player.[/u] (1720/team)
 [u]Location: Games Workshop Winnipeg - 200 Meadowood Drive, Unit 14.[/u]
 [u]Entry fee: $20.00 per person [/u](tax deductible donation to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation on behalf of my team "Melanie's Fire")
 This is to be paid up front. Online donations can be made here:
http://www.runforthecure.com/site/TR/RunfortheCureFY15/PrairiesNWT?pg=team&fr_id=1858&team_id=69225
 Players are encouraged to sign up as a team.
 Individuals are also welcome and will be randomly assigned a teammate.

 Rules and Restrictions:

 + All models must be painted to a 3-colour minimum.
 + One Combined Arms Detachment per player.
 + Players may select their Warlord Trait unless a Warlord Trait is set for a character. This must be noted on your roster before coming to the store on game day
 + No 'Lords of War'.
 + Teams treat each force as Allies of Convenience.
 + Fortifications are limited to Aegis Defence Lines and Bastions.

 Awards:
 + Phantom Fury - Top Team Battle Points
 + Preferred Enemy - Favorite Opposing Team (player voted)
 + Master-Crafted - Favorite Army (player voted)

 Donation Opportunities $5.00 each.
 + Re-roll For The Cure - You get a 'keeper dice' and once per game you may use it for a re-roll.
 + Challenge For The Cure - Challenge an opposing team to battle in the next game instead of randomly being assigned.


Guys I know we like saving money for more plastic crack but I think this is another one of those times where we need to take a step back and evaluate what is more important.



Remember every Dollar counts!
For more info you can visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1469172373322996/



I will be there, will you??? 


Fabio

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

40kegger 6 Tables

Sorry for the delay in posts, but its fucking summer and I have summer shit going on. Like sitting outside with my dogs drinking beer. Going hiking. Going out with girls.*winky face*

Here's our tables all set up pretty like before the event.



















Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Thanks again nerds!


Hey nerds!
Since we wrapped up a very successful 40kegger 6 I've taken a bit of a nerd break. But now I'm back and ready to start posting, playing and painting again!

I want to thank everyone who came out to and made it the awesome event that it was! Special thanks to the guys who came in from out of town. Andrew Sass and his Wife Tiffany from Minnesota and the 40kegger Satellite team (aka Brandon Wargaming League guys).

A big super dooper tuggs and kisses thanks needs to go out again Christian and Mike from Astronomi-con. They've helped us out since the beginning to get our event to where it is. Without them, we wouldn't be where we are today. They've helped us with everything from advice to terrain.

Speaking of terrain, I just want to thank the other dudes that helped us out with that again this year. Garth from Maxx Collectibles, The Astro guys and Byron. Without you guys we'd be playing with Phone Book hills and Soup Can towers. As most of our collected monies go towards venue, beer, food and prizes, we can't buy much of our own terrain... So thanks again guys!

Last but not least, again we had a ton of kick ass prizes for our silent auction! Thanks to all the sponsors who donated kick ass shwag! Maxx Collectibles, Secret Weapon Miniatures, Burn In Designs, 40k Radio for the T-shirts, On-Call Software, Mechani-kon, Astronomi-con, and Mike S!

www.manitobamutts.org

This year we decided that we would also do a fundraiser for Manitoba Mutts Dog Rescue during the event. We raffled off a Battle Foam P.A.C.K 720 (graciously donated by Maxx Collectibles) and sold custom 40kegger re-roll dice, that could be used once per game. Because of your generosity, we raised $680 for Manitoba Mutts, plus a ton of much needed supplies for their dogs in care!



But wait, there's more! If you'd still like to help Manitoba Mutts (in a non monetary manner), they are in desperate need of fosters for their dogs!
                  "As well as looking for loving homes for our rescue "mutts", we are also seeking foster homes, who will help with the transition process - from abandoned / neglected / relinquished lifestyles to forever second chance families.
Fostering a dog is also a great opportunity for those who are considering getting a dog, but unsure. All we ask is you offer a loving environment for the dog and take him/her to the vet when required. We provide the food and supplies, and pay the vet bills.
Foster families are the foundation to our rescue running. The more foster families we have, the more dogs we are able to rescue.
If you are interested in getting more information regarding fostering, please contact us at fosterintake@manitobamutts.org."


For example, this 8 month old girl needs a new foster home!  Information about her can be found HERE

Thanks for being the greatest community in the world! Greg out!

ps. I swear I'm gonna crack open my 7th edition rule book today!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Misfits of 40K: Episode 10

Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to episode 10 of Misfits of 40K.  This episode I’m going to be talking about a flier.  Now before you get all upset saying “There is no such thing as a bad flier!”, there is…




Man it looks pretty cool eh?  This seems to be a long standing theme with Games Workshop models.  The ones that look the coolest aren’t really all that good, while the ones that look kinda shitty are awesome.
So lets dive into what this thing can do.  It starts off with a twinlinked heavy bolter, a twinlinked lascannon, and 6 S6 AP4 missiles.  This is bad news right off the hop because it seriously compromises is effectiveness giving it a bunch of weapons with such variances in strength.  Is it supposed to kill infantry, vehicles, monstrous creatures?  Who knows?




Fortunately you can upgrade (or downgrade?) that twin linked lascannon to an
 AVENGER MEGA BOLTER...






...for free.  The wickedly awesome sounding weapon is a S6 AP4 Heavy 5 nose mounted cannon.  Now making this swap actually gives this thing a purpose, light vehicle, Flying Monstrous Creature, and infantry slayer, and it’s pretty good at it being able to unload 8 S5-6 AP4 shots, and now it can unload all of it's missiles at once for a grand total of 14 shots.
Against ground vehicles with AV 11 it’s dealing 3 hull points (thanks to Strafing Run) with a chance of a penetrating hit.  However, there is a bit of a downside, the Nephilim has a fancy rule called “Unrelenting Hunter” which allows him the option to treat any weapon destroyed result he causes as an Immobilized result instead.  Except the odds of scoring a penetrating hit decreases with the swap to the AVENGER MEGA BOLTER.






Against AV 12, you drastically loose effectiveness and drop to 1.5 hull points.  So if you know that your opponent will have lots of AV 12, keep the lascannon, you will actually not remove hull points as fast, but you have a chance to penetrate the armour.
This little bad boy also excels at shooting down flying monstrous creatures.  With 7 S6 shots you’ll be scoring 3-4 wounds against T6, and with greater mobility, you should be able to avoid their vector strikes without too much of a problem.

The Nephilim itself is only AV11, so it’s pretty fragile, but sturdy enough to ignore bolter equivalent fire, and it has 3 hull points which is huge considering it’s similar sized cousin the Stormtalon.  Considering firepower and survivability I’d place it somewhere in between the Stormtalon and Stormraven which explains it’s 180 point cost.  This also explains why no one ever takes this thing, 180 points to "spam" S6 shots is not good.

This thing is pretty straight forward so this is going to be a short episode.  If you guys have any idea for future episodes leave them in the comments section or send me a PM on the forums.


Happy Gaming!

























AVENGER MEGA BOLTER!!!


Monday, June 2, 2014

40KEGGER 6 Results and Beer League Playoffs

40KEGGER 6 was a fun ass weekend for me. Thanks to everyone who showed up. Like, a huge thanks.

I have been procrastinating a big wrap up post, with pictures and telling of tales. But, I know people have been anxiously awaiting some results, so I will get those up and save my thoughts and deepest emotions for another time. The internet is so much work! Son of a bitch...

Though, I will say something before I post the results. Please keep in mind that these results, and the "tournament" that transpired, are both the result of a casual attempt to bring structure to a couple days of nerding with a bunch of wicked dudes. Not to mention raising a shit ton of cash for Manitoba Mutts in order to help rescue dogs find loving homes.

*high five*

But under all that, yes, we recognized four guys with awards to congratulate their sagas from the weekend.

Congrats to Fabio Fiorentino for winning Champion: the winner of the Single Player event on Saturday. As you can see in the results, Sean Habing gets to share the title as well. However, with only one physical award, we had to have a peek at the Miniatures Scoring to determine a clear (but, barely) winner. Table sorted by Single Player Score:

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Congrats to the team of Jordan Nykolaishen and Donny Neely for winning Battle Brothers: the winner of the Cooperative Play event on Sunday. Table sorted by Cooperative Play Score:

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Finally, congrats to Christian Augst for winning the title of Warmaster: the best overall combined score. Now, we had to use some common sense here and not screw Jordan out of a Battle Brothers title when his team clearly earned it. So, we skipped Donny's true highest overall score because we knew that's what Donny would want to do for his team.

We also want to congratulate Wes Orsulak for winning the newly created award of Shittiest Player. Now, before you grab a tissue for Wes in fear that we made him cry in public, you must note that it is a much honored award by 40kegger. You see, Greg and I have a tendency to lose a lot of fucking games of Warhmmer 40,000. So, we tip our hats to you, Wes, and say "welcome to the club, my friend". We scoured through the bottom of the Total Event Score, excluded dudes who didn't play all five games, and that is where we found Wes. Well, Mike Anderson gets the true score we were looking for, but Mike is already an Eldar player. This was a problem because the Shittiest Player was awarded an Eldar Codex along with a framed picture of at about 6 Wave Serpents, captioned "How to win at 40k". The idea of the award is credited to Sean. He is an Eldar player...

Table sorted by Event Total Score:

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As for the Beer League... Well, it's not over yet. We are smack in the middle of playoffs.



GAME 2 has come to a conclusion. It looks like Thurston Hillman and the Astral Claws have taken out our regular season powerhouse, Wes Szmaglik and  his Craftworld Alaitoc Eldar. Thurston will be advancing to the Semi Finals. We are still waiting for the results of the other games in the Quarter Finals. Stay Tuned...

Thanks to all the players in the League. It looks like Jordan Nykolaishen - our club's official Social Media Administrator, by the way - has offered to run the League next season. I think this is great and really healthy for the League. I always envisioned this to be a community driven idea, with different people taking turns throwing some creativity and inspiration into it. Hopefully this will run for years to come, and under the wings of many different 40kegger dudes. But in the mean time, please give Jordan your ideas and input. The likes and dis-likes from this past season are super important in bringing something together for next year.

I will announce the Semi Finals when they are all set to go. Those two games and the Final Battle will be played on the same day, at a location that has room for nerds and beer...

Friday, May 16, 2014

Busy busy bee! 40kegger 6 arts and crafts

Here's some WIP pics of the new table I'm making for 40kegger 6. I call it "Salvage"





Tuesday, April 29, 2014

BEER LEAGUE - Apocalyptic Finale

Well, the 2013-2014 season of the Winnipeg Warhammer 40,000 Beer League has come to an end.

Now it's time for playoffs!

But we can't jump into the playoffs without posting about the killer game we had on Saturday as the final game of the season and a bit of a wind up celebration for the 8 month season.

Leading up to this final battle, players battled through 7 different scenarios to gain a few different types of points. League Points (LP) were the "sports" equivalent scoring system. A simple 2 points were awarded for each win and 1 point was awarded for each draw. LP are the critical points for seeding the top 8 players from the League who will battle in the playoffs. But more on that later...

The other important score from Beer League is Faction Points (FP). These were accumulated throughout the season as "secondary objectives" in each Mission. But FP became the front and centre scoring system for the Apocalypse game. There were a ton of FP up for grabs in this game because this game was all about finding out which Faction would reign supreme. With the 8 playoff qualifiers determined the night before the game, this Apocalypse game was all about trying to win the narrative element of the Beer League. Specifically, we call the award Campaign Winner.

With way too much to type about already, I will not be doing a full battle report. Also, I was just using my phone for pictures. I saw some people with some pretty fancy cameras, so maybe someone got some better pics than I did. But, I will provide a brief synopsis...

The prologue to the game was as follows:

The Empire of Octarius has been consumed by the warp storm, turning the sector into another massive Chaos realm and most of its planets into Daemon Worlds. The Orks have been extirpated and the Tyranids have moved along to the next source of biomass: the nearby Maiden World that was unveiled when the storms removed its cloak. The Eldar have fallen back to protect their precious planet, pursued by a small fleet of Chaos forces bent on utterly dominating the entire Sector. The Eldar have found themselves fending off two enemies as the campaign to protect Ishar Deh comes to a bloody finale. Thought to have been completely eliminated along with the Orks, the remaining forces of Space Marines found a small breach in the warp storm along the outer rim of the Empire. It did not take long for the Imperium to send a massive fleet through this safe passage and reinforce the Space Marines in Octarius. With a host of reserves in tow, the Angels of Death descended upon Ishar Deh to bring an end to their enemies once and for all.

The Eldar, Chaos, and Tyranids had been engaged in battle with one another upon the lush landscape of Ishar Deh. Then, they saw the skies turn black with drop pods...
 
The game took place on the Maiden World of Ishar Deh. Something a little bit different than every other Apoc game I have played, there wasn't a single piece of sci-fi, city, ruin, or wreckage terrain. The whole board was a lush landscape with forests, rivers, jungles, and plains. Highlighting the board was some amazing Eldar Maiden World pieces graciously provided by Mechani-kon (thanks guys).
 
 
As you can see, the board was also an interesting shape. Not your typical rectangle, the zig zag board made for a neat deployment zone that spread forces around and made for some fun engagements.
 
Greg already posted the teams in a previous post, but just a quick recall... It was team Angels of Death (5 players) versus team Enemies of the Imperium (6 players: 3 Eldar, 2 Tyranids, and 1 Chaos). Kind of a strange arrangement, it made for some interesting twists forcing Eldar, Chaos, and the Nids to fight alongside one another.  
 
Following the standard rules for Apocalypse, forces had to control Strategic Objectives to gain Strategic Victory Points. There were 5 of those awesome Eldar pieces on the table, so each one counted as an objective. We also allowed SVP for the bonus points criteria listed on page 23 of the Apocalypse book. Now, to bring some imbalance to team Enemies of the Imperium, bonus points would not go into the pool of SVP for the team, but rather, into individual "sub-pools" that could only be claimed by the players in the Faction playing in team Enemies of the Imperium. Say that sentence 3 times as fast as you can... At the end of the game, all Strategic Victory Points were converted into Faction Points (1 SVP = 3 FP) to bring the game in line with League Scoring. But that's not all. Each Faction was given Secret Objectives to gain FP. Only the players in each Faction knew their objectives, which added for some sneakiness and a little bit of good old treachery.
 
Angels of Death were tasked with killing the 7 Warlords on the Enemies of the Imperium for an award of 2 FP per Warlord destroyed. In addition, they would earn 10 FP if they had more points on the board than the other side at the end of the game. As the only team that was a single Faction, these criteria were something everyone on the team could commit to.
 
Traitor Legions were tasked with trying to make sure Chaos models were used to claim objectives for team Enemies of the Imperium. You know, cause Chaos does not like sharing Glory... They got an extra 2 FP at the end of a Session for each objective that was controlled by a Chaos unit. Also, they were tasked with killing Azrael (the team Angels of Death Warmaster) for 10 FP.
 
Tyranids were tasked with smashing vehicles. Being all excited to start making biomass salads of out the great Maiden World resources, they were pissed off to have big tanks and drop pods get in the way of their dinner. They would get 1 FP for every vehicle destroyed, and 2 FP for every Super-heavy vehicle. And trust me, it added up quick when the Marines decided to hammer their ranks with drop pods full of Dreadnoughts. Pretty damn hilarious...
 
Craftworld Eldar were tasked with holding the centre of the board where there was a rather large Eldar tower. They would get 3 FP for every Session where there was an Eldar unit that held the objective. They would also be given 10 FP if there were nothing but Eldar units within 18" of the tower at the end of the game. But wait, how would they do that if they are on a team with Nids and Chaos? Well, because they were given the secret option to split off from their team at the start of Session 3 and become a third team. And of course being the assholes that they are, they decided to do that... Go Eldar.
 
But then Chaos just shot them up...
 
The Outcome. Based on purely SVP, the Angels of Death won the Apocalypse game. They did an amazing job of getting on objectives and playing a classic game of Apocalypse. In terms of the impact of Secret Objective and the total FP earned in the game, the Traitor Legions scored the most FP in the game.
 
But, when you add it all up to the rest of the standings from the rest of the Season... Craftworld Eldar won the campaign. Congratulations to the Eldar players: Fabio Fiorentino, Wes Szmaglik, Sean Thiessen, Dave Violago, and Mike Major. You guys fought together to maximize FP in your games and managed to bring Craftworld Eldar to victory.
 
So, we have our campaign all wrapped up, and our 8 players ready to do battle in the playoffs:
 
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Since Eldar won the campaign, the top two players from Craftworld Eldar got to choose their opponents in the quarter-final of the playoffs. The rest of the participants were seeded by Standings leaving a clear playoff picture for this post season:
 
 
Once the quarter-final is complete, the winners of round one will be matched up in the semi-final based on season standing seeds. The two winners of the semi-final will then face each other in an epic final for the title of League Champion.
 
There is one final trophy available in the Beer League, and that is Player of the Year. The Player of the Year is awarded to the player who showed the most passion for the League while making games enjoyable for their opponents and making an imprint on the club overall. This award was decided by a vote from all the players in the League. We are more than happy to announce that Jordan Nykolaishen was presented with the award. Stupid me, I forgot to take a picture of the trophy... It's gorgeous, so I hope Jordan posts a picture of it.
 
It is now time for the playoffs. I will email the players the rules for the playoffs, but the players should begin to arrange their games. The quarter-final round should be arranged on your own terms, but we will hopefully hold the semi-final and final on single evening somewhere. That's what we did last year and it was a lot of fun.
 
Finally, a special mention to Garth Bowman, Greg Ritchie, Charles Janke, Jordan Nykolaishen, Fabio Fiorentino, Sean Thiessen, and Mario Rocha. What did these guys do? They all have a big shiney number "8" beside Games Played in the Standings. In other words, they played every single Mission. Thanks guys for being a part of the whole season and seeing it through until the end, one game at a time. But, thanks to everyone, really. All 24 players with a special "props" to the 11 guys that showed up for Apocalypse. You guys are the reason I put the work in this year and the reason why this League exists.
 
Here are some more pictures of the Apoc game. But please, add a post if you got more. It was a wild game with some of the most beautiful models I have ever seen.