Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Battle report: Tyranids at 1500 point tournament -- Game 2

So after winning the previous game I find myself on the top tables facing a Dark Eldar army.  This is the first game I have had against Dark Eldar.  My non-tournament games are against a small group of friends who either don't play DE or have yet to get them table ready.  In tournaments I've dodged them till now.  However I've been reading the codex and various forums and blogs and have my own plans for a DE army, so while not experienced I am at least well informed.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Battle report: Tyranids at 1500 point tournament -- Game 1

A new type of post for the blog today -- Battle Reports!  Something other then SpoCon musings  Enjoy!

This weekend I took my Tyranids to a 1500 point tournament at the Gamer's Haven in Post Falls, ID.  It was just a one day thing but was quite fun.  No overall award at this one, just Best General (Battle points), Best Sportsmanship (Fav opponnent and Thumbs ups) and player votes for Favorite Model and Army.  The missions were direct ports of the 2010 Adepticon Youngblood ones.

Monday, June 20, 2011

SpoCon: 1750 points. Just right?

So I am back after a long hiatus.  Shouldn't have any more long breaks between posts, at least until after SpoCon.

So is SpoCon really 1750 points?  Yes it is.  I get asked this a lot and have read or heard comments along these lines:  "1750?  What an odd point level."  I kind of agree, in that its a point level we don't see around here.  Usually tournaments or pick-up games run 1500 or 2000; the later being the most standard point level here and seemingly everywhere in the US.  However 1750 really isn't all that odd.  Here's a couple of fun facts:

Sunday, May 15, 2011

SpoCon 40k Event

Below is the general announcement I am sending out to the internets.  If you have found your way here you have probably already read it, but just in case here it is.

My name is Dan Winters; my usual internet handle is 'winterman'.  I have been asked to organize the 40k tournament this year at SpoCon.  I was the TO for their 1st 40k event back in 2008 and look forward to organizing another successful 40k event for SpoCon's 4th year.
This year SpoCon's 40k event is being redesigned from the ground up to match the current trends in competitive game play.  Game play will be similar to that found at this year’s Adepticon championship and points scoring and awards are similar to the NoVa Open last year.
Some basic info:
--SpoCon is a full spectrum Sci-Fi Fantasy convention held annually in Spokane, Washington.
--This year the convention is being held at the Hilton Doubletree Hotel Spokane Center over the weekend of August 12th-14th.
--Registration for the convention is currently $30 (increased to $35 as the date approaches).  There is no additional fee to attend the 40k event.

For the event itself:
--1750 point armies.
--Main event tournament consists of four 2.25 hour games on Saturday August 13th.  This tournament will be a swiss style W/L/D style format with some extra points available.
--Missions inspired by Adepticon's Championships this year but refined and adjusted a bit (e.g. KP will be NoVa Style spread, VPs will be used in some games, etc)
--Best 8 by record/performance are invited to compete for the new 'Warmaster' award on Sunday. This tournament will be a seeded, bracketed single elimination tournament.
--Fully painted armies are required but the minimum requirements are not stringent.
--Unlike previous years and GTs of the past, the Overall Event Champion will be determined by an equal part game play, appearance and sportsmanship.  Those familiar with the NoVa Open format will recognize this as similar to the Renaissance man award.
--Although the main event takes place on the same day as the 'Ard Boyz qualifiers, several local shops will be holding their qualifier on Sunday.  For a truly epic weekend of 40k? Attend both events!
--You can find the full details in the rules packet pdf file.

Signing up for the tournament is easy.  Register and email me with the confirmation number at winterman.row@gmail.com.  Space is limited so register early!

Rumors of War will feature discussion on the tournament format so check back here for more info.

If you have any questions or feedback, feel free to post them here; email me ( winterman.row@gmail.com ) or comment on other blog posts.

Regards and I hope to see you all sign up!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

SpoCon 2011 40k Event: Why am I the TO?


So I finally got the official announcement up regarding SpoCon's 40k event this year.  There's postings here and here.  The full rules packet is here.  Feel free to post up feedback or questions regarding the event in the comments section of SpoCon related posts or you can email me.  I'll make a more formal post on the tournament itself on the blog later but first.

So why am I organizing this event?

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Adepticon Championship: Dominated by Space Wolves and Guard?

So in case you guys didn't know I like looking at the results from big events and seeing how different codexes performed. Not sure why, the inner scientist in me perhaps.  Its seems like some folks feel that having IG and SW in the final at Adepticon just goes to show that they are the best Codexes. I'd like to see if the numbers bear that out -- or if 40k isn't just a tad more balanced then some think.

The analysis below is far from scientific. There's also 4 players that Adepticon still lists as 'undecided'. Been waiting for a promised update to the results but still nothing. I'll update this if we get that info but without it the percentages are obviously off on a couple of armies. Also of note -- the 
BoLS metagame analysis appears to be incorrect -- they have too many total armies listed (255 -- only 243 actual players showed up and one dropped mid way through).  But if the fact that there are numerous numbers being thrown about makes me wonder the validity of any analysis.  Lets trudge on though with what we've got and see if there's anything of interest.

Welcome to Newbieville -- err Rumors of War. Population me and you.

Welcome to Rumors of War -- my attempt at blogging about miniature wargaming.  Its been awhile since I first setup the blog.  I had intended to kick it off with posts regarding some of the tournaments I attended this Winter but I never followed through with it.  Procrastination, oh how I loathe thee!

Any event, as the picture here implies, this blog will be newbie-ville for awhile while I get comfortable writing in a blog style, as opposed to forums where I usually post my views.  Please bear with me (all one or two of you).