Monday, August 27, 2012

40KEGGER 4 Pictures

Until I can get around to posting a full round up of the event, here are some pictures.











Friday, August 24, 2012

Beer League

So, after listening and absorbing all the comments about the Winnipeg Warhammer 40,000 Beer League, this is what we've come up with.
  • Each player must submit TWO (2) 1000 point lists at the start of the season. Both lists DO NOT need to be from the same Codex.
  • Players must submit their lists in a digital format to the Commissioner.
  • Each player is issued THREE (3) trade credits at the start of the Regular Season.
  • Players may use a trade credit to make changes to a list. 
  • Changes can be as simple as swapping a plasma gun for a melta gun, or completely redoing an army list. Either way, a single trade credit is used when a change is made.
  • If a player completely rebuilds a list with a trade credit, the player must still use the same Codex that was originally used for that list (or same race/army in the case of a new Codex release).
  • Players must submit their trade credit requests to the Commissioner along with a new army list.
  • No trade credits can be used after MARCH 1, 2013 (one exception).
  • Players should pay attention to rumours about new Codices. If a new Codex comes out for a player's army, the player must use a trade credit to legalize their list with the new Codex.
  • Players may use a trade credit AFTER March 1, 2013 only in the event that a new Codex is released after March 1, 2013.
  • If a new Codex is released and a player has used all their trade credits, the player will be penalized 5 points and will be forced to legalize his/her list using these guidelines:
    • A player with an "illegal" list that is under 1000 points will keep that same list. Upgrades/weapons/powers that no longer exist will be removed.
    • A Player with an "illegal" list over 1000 points will legalize by removing models from "Troops" units until 1000 points or less is reached.
    • A player who cannot remove any more "Troops" models from units will then begin to remove upgrades/special weapons/abilities etc to legalize the list to 1000 points. These can be taken from anywhere in the list.
  • All Regular Season games are played from the Warhammer 40,000 6th edition rulebook unless otherwise stated.
  • Players will be awarded 2 points for a win, 1 point for a tie and 0 points for a loss during the Regular Season.
  • All game results must be reported to the Commissioner.
  • Players must keep track of their Victory Points for all their games and report the SPREAD between the two values. This is to determine potential tie breakers at the end of the season.
    • Example: Greg beats JP 9 VP to 3 VP. Greg is awarded 2 points for the win and Greg gets +6 in his VP Spread column. At the end of the Regular Season, Greg is tied with Dave V for the last playoff spot with 8 points, but Greg has a 27 VP Spread and Dave V only has a 19 VP Spread, Greg would advance to the playoffs.
  • Regular Season games will be held once a month (8 games in total) and it will be up to the scheduled players to arrange the game times during each month. Players are encouraged to use the new 40kegger Forum for scheduling games.
  • Prior to each game, it is mandatory that players pick one of their two lists and secretly inform the Commissioner of their choice. They DO NOT have to notify their opponent of their list choice prior to the game. They are allowed to reveal which of their two lists they chose to play when they arrive to the battlefield, but they have to use the list that was noted to the Commissioner. If a player does not inform the Commissioner before a game, the player will be penalized.
  • All players signed up for the league will be given posting rights to Players are encouraged to post battle reports of their games on the site, or use the new 40kegger Forum.
  • For each game, 1 player is to host the game and supply a table and terrain (unless other arrangements are made). The visiting player is responsible for supplying at least 1 beer for each player. We encourage players to use the Beer League for some beer tasting; non-domestic or interesting new beers are ideal. Players are then encouraged to incorporate a beer review with their battle reports.
  • Regular Season games that do not get played within the scheduled month will result in each player receiving a score of 0 for that game. In cases where one player made every possible attempt to have a game, and the other player just didn't make the time, a player can make an appeal to the Commissioner.
  • Beer League games should ideally not be held at any local gaming stores (LGS). This is to maintain the hopes that all games will be accompanied by beer tasting.
  • A player may offer his/her house to host his/her games and/or to allow others to host games. In these situations, the host/visitor can be decided amongst the players.
  • Players will pay a $5.00 fee to play in the Winnipeg Warhammer 40,000 Beer League. All funds will go towards the championship trophy.
  • The Beer League is a Winnipeg based league. Players are not required to travel outside of Winnipeg to have their games. Players wishing to travel outside of Winnipeg are more than welcome to, but the onus is on the non-residents to travel into Winnipeg.
  • The top EIGHT (8) players will advance to the playoffs after the Regular Season.
  • The playoffs will be played out as a quarter-final, semi-final, and a final. The quarter-final seeds are determined by Regular Season standings: 1st vs 8th, 2nd vs 7th, 3rd vs 6th, and 4th vs 5th. The semi-final seeds will also use Regular Season standings. All playoff games are sudden death (no draws).This process will be explained in detail at a later time.
  • Players must record battle reports during the playoffs. These can be either photo or video battle reports.
  • The final game will be held at a location to be determined. It is encouraged that all players attend the final.

  • The Commissioner will:
    • Create the schedule of monthly match-ups at the start of the Regular Season.
    • Always have a record of each player's two lists available in digital format. Any player is allowed to see any list at any time. Players just simply request to see the lists from the Commissioner or go to the 40kegger Forum.
    • Always have a record of trade credits used and trade credits remaining for each player. After a change is made, the Commissioner must ensure the player resubmits a new list in digital format.
    • Ensure players state which of their two lists they are using prior to their games.
    • Handle appeals for games not played.
    • Handle disputes for illegal lists and illegal trades.
    • Penalize players by removing points if any players are found breaking any of the rules.


Registration is now closed

League Members

1) Dave Violago
2) Keith Grant
3) Chris Brown
4) Greg Ritchie
5) JP  Perreault
6) Rob Lentowich
7) Collin Martin
8) Christian Augst
9) Sean Regehr
10) Charles Janke
11) Sam Leblanc
12) Jason Lane
13) Steve Brown
14) Garth Bowman
15) Dave Taylor
16) Lance Jones
17) Jordan Nylolaishen
18) Fabio Fiorentino

Sunday, August 19, 2012

And the winner is....

40kegger 4 was a huge success and everything went fabulously!
I'm way too fucking tired and burned out to compile all the stats and upload all the pics I took, so I will leave you all with this small tidbit.

The winner, putting the championship mug to use 4 hours after winning! Good to see that thing isn't going to waste!

I think this hurt Fabios pride more than it hurt the demon prince. That lone boy is a hero! Killing a demon prince by shooting it in the ass!

I just want to thank everyone for coming out and making the day awesome! The results, pictures and rules for the beer league will be posted in the next few days.

I want to send out a special thank you to GW Winnipeg for donating the Championship mug, Garth from Maxx Collectables for donating 4 awesome tables, and Astronomic-con for donating 1 awesome table!


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Building the Beer League

So we have officially announced that we are launching a new Warhammer 40,000 league in Winnipeg for this upcoming season. Now, we have only really conceived the idea, there is still lots of work to do. The plan is to get all those details sorted out and get everything up and running for this September. So, let's start with a little background discussion.

As many will recall, the old 40kegger tournament was built around a sporting tournament concept. Basically there were a couple games of "round robin", then the top scoring players would get into a bracket style, sudden death playoffs. We quickly began to discover that this format didn't facilitate a full, balanced day of gaming for all participants at the event. As players got knocked out of the tournament, they were basically left around to find open tables and make their own games for the rest of the day. So, we dropped that format and built the current one that will run for the first time at 40KEGGER 4 this Saturday.

Now, I was sitting around with Collin Martin one day last winter, and he said to me, "that sports format you guys used would be fun for a 40k Beer League". Holy shit, that's brilliant! That's the moment the Beer League was born. So, Greg and I began to plan the relationship between the Beer League and the 40kegger events. We decided that the 40kegger events would be the "nerd gatherings" where we all just come to play and drink beer under one roof in a relaxed environment. On the other hand, the Beer League will be the place to play out a long season of competitive 40k, with some killer playoff action at the end of the season. But why is it called a Beer League? Well, we can thank Dave Violago for that. He suggested we pair all our season games with beer tasting and beer reviews. What a great idea. We all play some competitive 40k and become connoisseurs of fine beers from around the world at the same time. There you have it folks: the Winnipeg Warhammer 40,000 Beer League.

There is LOTS of work to do. We have to flesh out a shit ton of details before we get this up and running. And since we are a Club, I want us to go through this process together. But first of all, I want to throw out some of my basic thoughts:

  • I am a huge fan of hockey. So, I want to bring in concepts and terminology from the NHL, hockey beer leagues, and just the sporting environment overall. So, you will notice tons of my ideas below are taken from hockey and sports.
  • We should use the same Codex army for the whole season, but we should use a "roster" concept. I imagine we could each submit a roster of 2000 points which would remain consistent throughout the whole season. The games we play (1000 points, 1500 points, 1700 points, whatever...) are made from army lists that pull units from our rosters. So the 2000 points wouldn't have to be a legal Force Organization Army, but rather a database of units that we can use to build our army lists throughout the season.
  • To account for people buying new shit and painting new shit, we could put a "draft" on the roster. Basically, maybe we could do something where people are allowed to add up to 500 points to their rosters throughout the season.
  • We would have to do a careful reporting system where all these changes are recorded centrally and all game results and army lists deployed are recorded centrally. Basically, we need a league "commissioner" to track all this shit and make it accessible for everyone to view. The commissioner would also need to supply contact information to all participants so that people can book their games with one another. The commissioner needs to be someone good at managing data and working with the Internet.
  • We need to figure out a points system for the regular season, and I think only 8 players should get into the playoffs. That's a quarter-final, a semi-final, and a final. Once the points system is figured out, we need to figure out tie-breakers in the standings. In hockey, ties in the standings are first determined by wins. So if two player are fighting for the 8th spot in the playoffs, and they are both tied in league points, the player who had the most wins gets the spot. If they are tied in wins, then it goes to amount of goals scored. I was thinking, we keep track of Victory Points earned. So if two players are tied in points and wins, it's the player who got the most Victory Points over the season that gets the playoff spot. 6th edition is really straight forward for keeping track of Victory Points.
  • We need to figure out what to do if a new codex comes out for an army. I don't think someone should have to sit there and play an old codex for a bunch of months while a shiny new codex is all ready to go. But how to manage the roster substitutions without letting it get too beardy?
  • At the start of the season, a schedule is released with all the regular season games. Each player would play 1 game per month, determined by the schedule. So, players know the 8 opponents they will have over the regular season before the season begins. However, the times would always be left up to the players to pick. So, maybe Greg's schedule would say: "September vs Christian, October vs JP, so forth." But Greg and Christian could pick a place and time in September that works for them, and so forth. If two players don't make a scheduled game for any given month, well they both get 0 points for that month.
  • COST. Is this league free? Do we all pitch in a little bit and have an official trophy? Maybe rather than a new trophy every year, we could get something that just keeps getting new names engraved on it every year (like the Stanley Cup)!
So that's what I got at the moment. Please, please, please get involved in the discussion. Use the comments below and let's get this league going!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Feral Ork Table WIP III

Sorry for the delay in getting more work and pics up on this table folks.
I have been pretty unmotivated to do any work on it for the past few weeks. I've started a new job, bought a new house and am getting ready to move out of town. I've just not had much time for nerd shit these past few weeks. But as 40kegger 4 draws closer, I've been forced to start doing work on terrain again. Oh Polystyrene how I have missed you!
Most of the pieces are done, many just need a few layers of dry brushing and I started 1 new piece today as I noticed there wasn't much for area terrain, and the table as a whole just needed one more piece. So, VOILA!

Bushy terrain. It's got a slab of stone on it too. Pretty exciting shit.

The table in all its half painted glory!

Some more work on the watch tower. Needs flock and paint yet

finished spiky bits

Fuck you. It's orky

Bigger spiky bits

Another finished ork effigy

Teetery ork structure

I thought it was a fitting base

The center piece! Originally for my Ogre army. It is still for sale/trade. Somebody please buy it or give me space marines or tau for them!

This is going to be the last post on the Feral Ork table. To see the totally finished product, you'll either have to be at the 40kegger OR wait for pictures to be posted from the Kegger!