Sunday, April 29, 2012

The NEW 'About' Section

The About section has been updated to reflect the new Constitution and the new way forward for the 40kegger. If you do not see your name on the membership list, and you have expressed an interest in the 40kegger, your name will appear after the registration phase for 40KEGGER 4. The Constitution with full member contacts will be released to members this summer as we get closer to the next event.

Membership and the format of the 40kegger Tabletop Wargames Club is vital for the events and the nature of the 40kegger's Liquor Permit.


The 40kegger is an abbreviation for the 40kegger Tabletop Wargames Club. The club is based in Winnipeg, Canada, and is a licensed club under the Manitoba Liquor Control Act. Hence, the club is granted by law to host Warhammer 40,000 tournaments where members can battle with dice in one hand and an ice cold beer in the other. Feel free to browse the club Constitution for more information:

The 40kegger Tabletop Wargames Club Constitution

The name 40kegger was conceived many years ago while having a beer after an evening of 40k. I looked around the table and realized that I was amongst a group of people that saw gaming night as more than an opportunity to get out and roll dice, but also as an opportunity to be out with good people and have some laughs. Hence, I knew that one day I had to create an environment where people could play 40k while enjoying the 'night out' experience of being amongst friends and having some beer.

In 2010, the 40kegger dream became a reality when I met Greg Ritchie. We began to conceptualize a small tournament where players would be able to play 40k all day and enjoy the endless flow from a keg of locally brewed 'Half Pints' beer. In the winter of 2011, the very first 40kegger took place amongst 8 players on a few tables in Greg's house. When the dust settled on the battlefield and the keg released its last drop of ice cold beer, the 8 players walked away with some unforgettable memories.

Since that first small tournament in the winter of 2011, Greg and myself have spread the 40kegger vibe to players all over the city of Winnipeg. The 40kegger has now become a fully structured gaming club that throws some great 40k tournaments. Growing more and more every year, the club and tournaments are quickly becoming a comfortable place for adult 40k fans to gather and play some games.

-J.P. Perreault

Friday, April 20, 2012

The NEW Tournament Structure

In anticipation of 40KEGGER 4, we are pleased to release the all new tournament structure. While the classic bracket style tournament provided for some memorable battles, we were left with the challenge of facilitating a larger tournament, while packing all the action into a one day event. Hence, we sat down and came up with a tournament structure that players will find more in line with the standard 40k tournament. This was the only way we could fit a growing audience into the next tournament. But not to worry, this new system will make for a great tournament, and the whole 40kegger atmosphere will be stronger than ever!

The one thing to note in the new system is that the emphasis is on atmosphere, and not on ruthless competition. Throughout the rules description, we have added Designer Notes so that people can capture the vibe we are going for.

Tournament Structure

At 40kegger events, members of the 40kegger Tabletop Wargames Club gather to do battle with one another in an epic tournament of dice, miniatures, beer, and laughs. Players will have the opportunity to score up to 80 points through a guaranteed 4 games. The 80 points are divided into 3 categories and are reflective of the 3 major components of Warhammer 40,000: the game, the miniatures, and the players. At the end of the tournament, the player who scores the most points gets to take home the coveted “Mug of Champions”.


Players can earn up to 40 points through gameplay. At the outcome of each game, players will score points as follows:

10 points for a win
6 points for a draw
4 points for a loss

Designer notes:  the change to Mission Points is one of the most significant changes to the new system. Each mission will come with a specific and straight forward description on how to achieve victory. There will be no bonus points available in the missions and no secondary objectives. This system will make gameplay simple so that players can relax and enjoy the fun atmosphere.


Players can earn up to 15 points for their hobby efforts. During the lunch break, the 40kegger staff will carefully assess each army in the tournament. Up to 10 points are awarded using the following checklist, with each item worth 1 point:

[ ] Army was painted by the player
[ ] Entire army is painted (at least 3 colors)
[ ] Highlighting techniques were used throughout army (hard edge, drybrushing, airbrushing, etc.)
[ ] Shading techniques were used throughout army (washes, shades, inks, etc.)
[ ] Conversions are evident on some miniatures
[ ] Freehand was used on some miniatures
[ ] Small details are completed throughout army (eyes, gems, pouches, etc.)
[ ] Environmental effects were used throughout army (weathering, wear, slime, etc.)
[ ] Squad markings, unit differentiation, or unit grouping elements were used
[ ] Basing is completed throughout army

In addition, players can earn up to 5 points for additional efforts, impressive brushwork, and overall mastery of certain techniques.

Designer notes: the focus for Miniatures scoring is on completion. The idea here is that players can earn a majority of the points for taking the time to bring complete and characterful armies. In addition, the checklist keeps things streamlined and provides points without a subjective approach. However, expert painters will still have their efforts recognized with the additional 5 points available for excellent hobby work.


Players  can earn up to 20 points for their overall presence and demeanor at the tournament. While some might use the term “sportsmanship”, we like to refer to it more as a measurement of fun. At the end of each game, players will score each other up to 5 points using the following checklist, with each item worth 1 point.

[ ] Was the game fun?
[ ] Was your opponent’s army list fun to play against?
[ ] Was your opponent’s army list creative?
[ ] Did your opponent maintain a good pace?
[ ] Did your opponent display a positive attitude?


The 3 categories total up to a maximum of 75 points (40 for Gameplay, 15 for Miniatures, and 20 for Players). The remaining 5 points are a bonus available to players before the event begins. Players that submit their army list before a designated date will earn 5 points towards the tournament.  The date will be announced long before each event on the 40kegger website.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A non biased citadel paint range review.

If there is one thing I hate, it is when a fanboy does a review of a new product. It doesn't matter how good or bad the new product is, the fanboy climb the tallest mountain and sing its praises because it is from his favourite company. Here is a good non biased review of the new paint line. He uses tools like "comparison tests" and "samples" and not tools like "GW is awesome and would never make a crappy product so it must be good and I love it!".

Tuesday, April 3, 2012


Mark your calendars. This will be the biggest 40kegger yet!

New format, even more missions, bigger space, and more beer!

Registration opens May 1st, 2012. Make sure you are on the mailing list.

Astronomi-con 2012

This weekend held the 12th annual Astronomi-con at the Winnipeg Convention Center. Once again it was a blast! My record was 2 wins (vs Eldar and Chris Browns Grey Knights!), 3 losses (Mike Ks Dark Eldar, Nurgle Space Marines and Necrons) and 1 EPIC tie agains Donny Neely and his Tyranids. Congrats to Dave Taylor for winning the free entry for the August 2012 40kegger event. Also congrats to Steve Brown for taking the award for best unit and Fabio for best army! Mike K: Best Overall, Steve D for best general, Thirsty for best terrain, Donny N for best sportsmanship and Thirsty for best terrain. Here's a few pics I took:
Steve B: Best unit

Fabio with Best Army

My Army

I never beat this guy! Great game though.

Salamanders -vs- Grey Knights

Dont ask me why it's sideways

Donny N's bugs

Donny N's Trygon and Doom /w Spore pod

Bug on bug porn

I heard there were nerds here. I'll fight 'em all!

Ryan Blocks Dark Eldar

Kevin Nelson's Space Wolves

Steve B's bugs

Monday, April 2, 2012


This weekend at Astronomi-con Winnipeg, 40KEGGER 4 was announced for August 2012.

We are anticipating are larger turnout than ever before, and hence, the tournament structure will undergo a significant overhaul to facilitate more players.

Full details will be released shortly. Make sure you are on the mailing list if you are interested in attending. Also, please participate in the poll on the left column to help us determine the direction of the missions.

Congrats to David Taylor for winning a free entry!