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Month: October 2010

The R0ot of All Evil Vol. 3 (Conclave)

*I do not need any preparation for this blog to be angry as I have just returned on a 3 hour train journey run by Iarnród Éireann.*

My name’s not bounty lad! Oh god lads Limerick we are going to all fecking die here…… from lack of organization but we shall get to that later as we have a few things to go over first.


Day One

Hey boi’s lets go visit Stab Central this will be a good plan without any problems.

Hotel was lovely (don’t worry nothing nice coming here) but wait that other convention across the hall of nurses do they have, yes I think they do, TEA AND COFFEE! What is so hard in a hotel venue to get free tea and coffee really? I mean everyone else gets it. We are filling the hotel with drinking and eating adults/teenagers the least the hotel can do is first day tea and coffee.

NEEDS MOAR TERRAIN PLX! To quote a very knowledgeable person “5th ed needs at least one piece of LOS blocking terrain” and the majority of these tables were as bare as a “polish hookers snatch” , as helpful as walls are craters are going to be you need ruins, buildings, hills etc and at that a 4th of a tables worth not a 5th. There was about 2 miles of room between the 40k/Fantasy players tables and the card gamers where either we could have space the tables a little more giving some breathing and none stamping on models room to the players.

To quote the movie Judge Dredd “The Judge’s standard-issue helmet and body armor. Yours, when you graduate.” So that had no reference on what I am about to say but it’s a cool line. 32 Players needs at minimum two judges roaming the floors and one person doing the scores not one person doing the scores/judging and vanishing every so often and leaving no judges around (or having the person running Yugioh try and decided a rules query). I would have thought this was realised after Gaelcon but I think I need to drive this home once more!

You can’t spell organization without …. actually I can’t think of a good word to pull from organization but can I just say this was not well organized overall. 30 minutes late start, scoring system I do believe was set up by the time the tournament started, swiss system was ****ed with so may as well have had predetermined matches from round 1 on.

To go in depth on the above, if the bye happens to put an understrength player into top position then you follow the swiss system you don’t play the bye again with that player (regardless of age or experience) as this is a tournament, a max scoring one at that. After this we may as well have called the tournament and started grudge matches as it would have had similar results.

Ah finally some sort of food benefit discount hurragh, oh wait it’s a kids meal under the price of what a chipper meal would be………….. I also had the misfortune to sample the food in the Hotel and my half way burnt to a cinder burger was fantastic……ly shit.

Day Two

So the pre-design of a 5 round tournament is that you get 2 games on the second day and they are quickly played and people are out on the road on the way home and since quite a few people had 3+ hour journeys this should have been the same.

(Mic training for every person going to use it as my ears are still bleeding.)

As above Sunday short day that is quick and RELAXING. When the time is running to a close give 30 minutes warning not 5 minutes as the purpose of the warning is to make sure the players finish on an equal number of turns.

Overall this event could have been fantastic instead it is dropping to the lowest score I will be giving.

*Ouchie that actually hurt me saying these things but they needed to be said*

I don’t like be harsh but I also have to be fair to every tournament I am reviewing, you all get the same treatment regardless of club/friend ties I may or may not have.

Gary and Jason you are both great people, fun to play against and you did well but really there were a lot of faults in the tournament, I don’t begin to know the troubles of organizing an event of this size and I don’t want to any time soon, that could have been easily fixed/resolved.

Right on to the scores as this is the positive side of the blog:

Venue 5/5 (Fantastic venue, apart from the food; see below, lovely staff and nice location even if it is in Limerick j/k)
Opponents 5/5 (5 great games, I didn’t do very well but was still a pleasure to play you guys, thanks to Darragh, Darra, Brian, Bruce and Colin)
Rules Pack 5/5 (Not complaints here it was the standard and perfectly laid out)
Organization 2½/5 (Suffering here as for the stuff mentioned above)
Tables/Terrain 3/5 (Again some lovely looking terrain but not enough of it)
Food 1/5 (I didn’t hear one good thing about the food in the hotel but I did enjoy my Caesar salad but I wish I hadn’t ordered that what was meant to be a burger)
Prizes 5/5 (Great prizes especially the irony of the Necron battleforce for the winner I had a private chuckle to myself over that but it’s a good prize all the same)
Value for Money 4/5 (Again lads for the venue it was in fantastic price, well done!)

Overall 15/20 making for 40½/60

The total is the lowest I have done so far but the problems are minor and could be fixed for the next event (hopefully I will still be welcome after this) with very little to fix them.

I had a fantastic time as did everyone I spoke with at the tournament but the same issues were mentioned by the majority if not everyone I spoke with so take the C&C lads and come back in the next Conclave swinging!

Thank you Gary and Jason for taking the time out of your weekend to run this tournament and go through all the crap that comes with it and I hope you do it again soon (*slightly modified*) but with the same friendly feel you guys brought to the gaming over the weekend.

*Any issues/complaints/comments/hate mail/death threats/etc. post them below and I will answer when I see them*

Gaelcon


So back from Gaelcon, it was good fun. For some strange reason, I forgot to bring my camera so no pics. Which is probably for the best, considering I played terribly. 😀

My Blood Rodeo was more Like Toilet-Rolleo (one for the urban Dictionary) and just as some of my comrades had suggested (Caolan and Dan, in particular) it didn’t work very well… at all.

I took 22nd, with 3 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses.

So as you can see, the actual gaming part was epic fail but it was great to meet the Warheads and others from the interweb in person. All of my opponents were really nice guys, a pleasure to play (Especially Dave from Blizzard, stand up guy, I will have my revenge on his Wolves though!!)

Apologies to Pearce Condren who I constantly addressed by his online Name. Fact of the matter is Corbulo is way cooler than Padraig Pearse. Corbulo wouldn’t have died to that firing squad. He had his re-roll.

Big shout out to Mr Joe Cullen. Every bit as much of an asshole in real life as he is online, he didn’t disappoint. 🙂 Praise must be awarded to the Judges who, although understaffed, did a good job overall keeping the event running. Especially Dave, the fantasy Judge, he is the best judge, and the fact that we have the same name did not influence this opinion.

I probably won’t do any battle reports from this event due to A. the lack of pictures and B. (the real reason) I let myself down play wise.

Don’t shed any tears for me though , the Blood angel Bikes who failed me are at this very moment being converted into Imperial Guard Rough Riders. Their coolness factor just got flushed down the toilet (its a bathroom theme today).

Looking ahead to Conclave now, will be taking the Dave-Wolfs, Mark 600.

Farseer Dave

The R0ot of All Evil Vol. 2 (Gaelcon 2010)

*watches the last scene in Land of the Dead to gain sufficient anger*


Day One

Wellity Wellity Wellity, where to begin eh? Little culchie me visiting the big smoke and the horribly posh D4 location. Oh, this should be good. So in we go to this very very big monster of a hotel and fork out the extortionist amount of cash for 2 days of wargaming. One moment while I sell one of my kidneys on eBay to pay for this event.

So the games come quick and fast and low and behold I have a rules query, so where are the judges do you say? There’s one wondering around here somewhere, well yes you’d almost be literally right there using the word one…… Yes I’m serious some 48 Wargamers with 2 judges over the entire event left to deliberate. Ah lads, I think there’s a problem here! At minimum you need 4 judges for this size of event and one of them is going to be handling the scores while the others should be wondering around but no, two will do….

Ah second game in. Kill points. Such a refreshing game type or so it should be! I did hear the phrase: “Wait what? It’s 2 kill points?” a few times and while I chuckled every time I heard this, there should have been big blatant reminders that “YES THERE IS A 2 KILL POINTS DIFFERENCE TO WIN GAME!”, invest in a whiteboard or something guys, this needs to be said. While the change didn’t overly bother me it needs to be said that 1 kill points work. It does result in the odd “Oh I just popped your rhino and now I’m going to run away” but 2 kill points difference makes a lot more draw games. Increasing in turn the possibility of playing the same person again the next round, which then results in swaps which screw the swiss system. So lets just stick to the standard rules shall we?

Day 2

Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh is all I can say for waking up in the freezing fecking cold on a Sunday morning in Ballymun and then travelling to D4 to play 3 rounds of 40k again. 6 rounds is too long, seriously! Ouch, no more please, pretty please!

Low and behold again we have a an issue with judges, while I’m not going to get into how or when judges need to be patrolling the top tables, especially in the last few games as tensions can get high and debates come up. Which did happen!

*watches ending of Dawn of the Dead to cheer up*

Ah the video above describes this weekend a little too well for my tastes….

To Craig and the other two organisers/helpers: This was a great con and as the above rant is pretty small, as you can see, it was very difficult for me to find fault in your event. A few bones to pick with the number of judges as already mentioned but take that as a learning experience and if you run this next year you’ll know you need more people to help.

Thanks to Martin from Gamer’s World, The Warheads, the WAC, and anyone else I’m leaving out, who brought terrain as it was all fantastic and we had loads on every table. I didn’t hear any complaints on this over the entire two days.

The scores below are good but there are some points I’ve laid out that could be improved on. Tea and coffee for the entire war gaming group, if not the entire con, wouldn’t be overly expensive and other conventions get it provided for free by the hotels. I’m sure every other hotel would welcome it also.

Some sort of freebie would again be fantastic to see in events in Ireland when the cost is this high and while I realise it’s down to the convention for the majority of the cost but something small in there would be a nice addition (like NWG with the free difficult terrain templates for vehicles or Dominion Day with the buns etc at the con).

This R0ot of all evil has been short and sweet and honestly I’d prefer this, the shorter the first part gets the better the Tournament scene for 40k is in Ireland and that can’t be a bad thing! Thanks again to Craig and his helpers (I can’t for the life of me remember their names) and of course thank you to all the attendees as you were all a pleasure to meet and play (Mike, Tadhg, Cairan, Darren and a WAC Ork player I can’t remember the name of: thank you all for the 6 games).

Venue 5/5 (Lovely place, big area not overly crowded, some comfy chairs floating around for when your legs were about to give way, so yay for that. Easy to get to also so another plus. Good choice to Gaelcon organizers.)
Opponents 5/5 (I gave away 5 dice so I gauge that as a a good event, I played Cairan twice and he wasn’t getting two Warheads dice in one event)
Rules Pack 4/5 (The two kill points brought this down)
Organization: 4/5 (Everything ran smoothly but as already said lack of an adequate number of judges brought this down)
Tables/Terrain: 5/5 (Plenty of terrain, personally I didn’t like some of the hills as placing models on them was not possible if you had a lot but the amount and quality of the terrain was fantastic!)
Food: 3/5 (As noted for NWG the lack of any sort of tea or coffee for attendees, unless I missed something, it’s a let down for me but from what I heard, saw and of course ate the food in the venue was fantastic if not a little overpriced some times but that is D4 for you)
Prizes 5/5 (Assigned prizes and lots of them, good to see)
Value for Money 2/5 (Not much the wargames can do to lower this as the con price is the kicker but still very expensive)

Overall 18/20 making for 51/60

P.S. Does anyone know where I can get some of that fudge that everyone said was delicious, as I missed out on it?

*Any issues/complaints/comments/hate mail/death threats/etc. post them below and I will answer when I see them*

Liber Photographica

Here again with the Liber Photographica, a classic to kick off the tournament scene for a certain competitive club out there….

Bua nó Bás.

-Joe

The R0ot of All Evil Vol. 1 (NWG Tournament 2010)

*unpacks hate, malice and all those other nasty feelings*


Day One

Oh my dear jebus, the match ups! So as if I am not in a bad enough mood after a head cold for two days and then about 2 hours sleep (in fecking Ballymun of all places!?) then I have to witness a couple of druggies on the 13a going on about some score and finally travel to the back end of nowhere to play some toy solider game, then!!!!! So the 1st game match ups are done, but then there’s a change and then there’s another change.

“Ah what?” I hear you say well yes, grudge matches are the bane of the tournament world in my humble (and right) opinion. Right lads it’s all well and good to have the whole “alright I’ll pick you to play this game rather than some random system eh?” but damn lads there is a time and place for this and it’s not at tournaments.

So round two comes around and low and behold a second round of pre-decided match ups for all! What the christ lads? I came to play a two day event with 5 games and not a 2 day masking as a 1 day with 3 games.

Now speaking of ‘oh christ’ moments (feck you emperors champion!) forge world at a ranking event, no no no no no no no seriously it’s broken it’s meant for Apocalypse games and fun games not tournaments not without a huge restriction list and since half of the armies don’t have anything they can take from forgeworld that isn’t super heavy etc and also most of the stuff is imperial so its a nice big FU to all the chaos/xenos players, unless your tau…. Well I was expecting to be raped left right and centre by guard and marine players with all their shiny over compensating big toys sadly I was disappointed but did get to witness a few people raped (by Woody) so ended up with a sense of violation anyway.

The pub quiz…… ah was Fantasy questions getting double points or something here and I demand to see each question sheet beside the correct answers again otherwise it was a fix as Lenny does not know that many 40k answers, also about an hour late starting….. And the bloody pints were under a fiver! I had a budget I set now the ball o’ chain will cut it down because I couldn’t spend it all at least meet the Dublin prices otherwise I may have to drink less each tournament?!

Day Two

Okay so I may have been a little rude so far…. actually no wait a minute a 9.15am start on the Sunday? Have you lot actually been to a 40k tournament where people were not hungover/dying on the Sunday and can probably not scratch there own arse before 10am let alone think straight and play.

The terrain the damn terrain! More please, no fortifications with no doors please otherwise you may as well hand an objective to someone because dealing with actual buildings instead of ruins/hills is just too annoying and pointless.

And the final game looms and due to the two first rounds not being pre-determined we have ructions in the camp over playing people twice etc, At this point it’s better to just grin and bare but damn lads I think people at this point where about to start trading their own opponents for others.

*Packs away all the hate for Galecon*

Well Well Well, lads this is how you run a tournament, the match ups all aside, this was a mostly fluid run event. Fantastic Venue, huge space no way you were getting in someone’s way or the wall being up against you so fair play on the choice. Terrain while sparse was okay but you can’t have everything.

Value for money was decent but only if you were a 40k player as Darragh handed out custom vehicle difficult terrain markers for free worth about €10-€15 so the overall price came to about €20 instead of €30 so three cheers for that nice surprise!

So lets get to the ratings shall we before I go on with the good side of my R(0o)ant.

Venue 5/5
Opponents 5/5
Rules Pack 4/5 (Loss due to the ForgeWorld)
Organization: 3/5 (Purely down to the confusion at times of whether you were playing the opponent you were told you were playing in 3 rounds)
Tables/Terrain: 4/5 (Some of the terrain essentially created impassible areas which were not fantastic for the games)
Food: 2/5 (I don’t see any event getting higher than this is there isn’t some sort of snack or something provided, a small touch that goes a long way to this and many other gamer’s hearts and stomachs. Food in the venue was lovely so I’m giving a 2 for it)
Prizes 5/5
Value for Money 4/5

Overall 16/20 making for 48/60

Right so the opponents made this event for me, everyone was friendly laid back very little issue I saw with anyone around and everyone was having a great time regardless of results (again I’d like to say feck you to my Emperor’s Champion). To the guys I played as I said I was giving away warhead dice for this first Tournament for me this year to games I really enjoyed, I came with 10 dice (5 of each colour) and left with none so that is testament alone to all you 40kers at this event. To mention a the names I can remember, Jan (I am not spelling his actual name), Scott, Alan, John and Gary you were all fantastic opponents and a pleasure to play and either win, lose or draw with (Stop stealing my job Jan!).

Organization was the most that suffered here, I won’t say that I would be able to run a tournament as well as this was but that’s not the point of this blog, but the point behind this blog is to point out any flaw even in a good event as we can all do with some constructive criticism as it makes us better at the things we do and of course nobodies perfect.

Ah the rules pack, scores for this are decided before the event so don’t take the 4/5 to heart, I talked to the majority of players and it was a slim margin that said they don’t like forgeworld at a ranked event but of those that disagreed with it most said if it was only one or two events then what the hell eh? Okay there was only two forgeworld models at this event (poor poor Caestus ='( ) so it didn’t make a huge difference but it could have hence the score. Personally while I do not fell forgeworld would be a good idea for a ranked event it wouldn’t stop me attending one.

Ah the prizes, fantastic lads plenty of them, done quickly and a lovely personalized score sheet at the end for every player 40k and Fantasy alike.

As for the food and the value for money I do believe I have been spoiled by the Northern Wasters and Dominion Day as for the price they certainly put on a good show so other events can definitely learn from their small but largely effective tokens added to their event.

NWG, while the food in the hotel was great, I am still waiting to see some kind of even coffee/tea and a bun for the start of the day as it’s a fantastic touch.

Well this was the first R0ot of all Evil and hopefully my rant doesn’t get me banned from other events as I truly did have a great time at NWG and I point out faults purely as suggestions and would hope an organiser or two may think “Yes we can do better and I’ll prove that bastid R0ot wrong in everything he said!”.

As a side note this blog should be like a fine wine…… gets finer with age. I’ve set myself the challenge of being a dick on every small issue while also providing a positive note afterwards (if deserved, if you don’t see the hate being put away I’d worry).

Thank you to Darragh and Nigel and all the other people that were assisting behind the scenes and of course to the people that without them this wouldn’t be a successful event, THE PLAYERS!

*Any issues/complaints/comments/hate mail/death threats/etc. post them below and I will answer when I see them*

Road to: North Wexford Gamers

Greetings all,

There’s one piece of housekeeping I need to do before I get started with the first installment of the series. I’ve gone and broken my wrist. For those of a medical inclination it’s specifically a proximal fracture of the scaphoid bone, with no signs of avascular necrosis (yet!) I’ve got a lovely blue cast on my left hand (I’m left handed too) so typing is a skill I’ve been re-training, along with just about everything (writing right handed is hard). So along with college, freshers week and moving house breaking my hand has been my excuse for not posting often (well that’s what I tell Maynard anyway) Now, onto why we’re here.

For those who might not know North Wexford Gamers (NWG form now on) are holding 2-day 40k and WFB tournament in Gorey this weekend. All information for it can be found here.

This is Ireland’s first 2-day tournament that incorporates Forge World (FW) rules. This allows you to use all FW vehicle variants they’ve produced over the years and the army lists in the back of the Imperial Armour (IA) books. Remember all that resin crack you’ve bought over the years that look awesome but come out when apocalypse happens once in a blue moon? This was the big chance to use it.

I’m going to try and keep these posts as subjective as possible but I will provide opinions and they will be in italics. I specify was as I’ve looked at the lists, there’s maybe one or 2 pieces of Forgeworld in there. Where’s the Death Korps of Krieg army? Where’s all that awesome Tau tech? Where for the love of (insert Deity here) are all the Lucius pattern drop pods? (Well I can answer that one- they’re on my build station) I’m very disappointed that people haven’t taken up the chance to use all the cool, fun and exciting stuff FW have on offer.

That aside, I have a few pointers for those going to the tournament. I’m tailoring this to people who have never gone to a tournament so there’s going to be some fairly obvious things in here for those veterans among us but persevere, you might learn something new!

The army lists are posted here. Read them all. If you have the codex for the army, just run through what each unit does. If you don’t, ask a friend/ The point here is not to be surprised in your games. You have the ability to know thy enemy here, use it.

It’s too late to talk about practice games for your army so I’m going to leave that to the ‘Road To: Gaelcon’

Unfortunately I’m not going to this tournament as it’s my father’s birthday and we’re having a special family dinner on the Saturday and if I missed it for toy solders, I think I might just be disowned.

But if I was, this is an example checklist of what I’d be bringing to the tournament over the two days

  1. 6 Army lists- printed preferable, I prefer using Excel rather than armybuilder as it’s much clearer and most of the time it’s free
  2. Your army. This may sound silly but round two of brocon I had a Starbucks sponsored Drop Pod arrive and produce a Death Company Dreadnaught. Triple check you have everything.
  3. 6 pencils- mark down wounds, kill points, or for just working out VPs, there’s always a shortage of them.
  4. Super glue, plastic glue, file. For all those last minute repairs
  5. A calculator (VPs can be a headache and this can remove errors)
  6. 2 Tape measures. I have a habit of losing them, so always bring a back up. I’ve purchased one you can attach to your belt and got into the habit of always re-attaching it after use and I’ve had it for 5 tournaments.
  7. Plenty of dice. For obvious reasons. I like giving one of my Warhead dice to my opponents- so bring a few.
  8. All your relevant Templates. Write your name one them, please. (I like to know who’s templates I’ve stolen :D) I don’t like going home without my templates and I’m sure neither do you, make it easier for them to be returned.
  9. Bring deodorant. Gamers get warm and sweaty (unless you’re The Big BZ, he doesn’t sweat) You will smell after a few hours. If needs be bring a clean t-shirt you can change into half way through, you’ll feel better and those around you will thank you (Floody knows what I’m on about- remember final game Brocon?)

Get everything ready the night before, don’t rush in the morning. It’ll just set you off in a bad direction for the day. Make sure everything is to hand when you get up from a decent night’s sleep, you’ll arrive fresh and ready for a day’s gaming. If you don’t know Gorey, buy a small map of the town, it’s fairly small but easy to get lost in. If you’re checking into a hotel, check where it is in relation to where the tournament, sort out lifts now if you need them, no need to panic about them in the morning.
When you get to the tournament, check in with the TO [Tournament Organiser – Ed] and sort out any outstanding rules problems you might have, to pre-empt any rules queries. Get your army out and onto a tray, ready to get them to the first table. Once you’ve got them out, checked for any repair work needing done, have a look around the venue- locate the toilets, where the food is and where you can get some cold water (you’ll need it, winning is thirsty work). Check out the tables, see what the terrain situation is like consult the TO or a judge if you have any problems. Introduce yourself to your fellow competitors and check out their armies, there will always be one or two outstanding paint jobs/conversion works.

When the first round match-ups are posted, make your way promptly to your table to meet your opponent shake hands and get the game underway.

Well that’s the first of hopefully many installments to the ‘Road To:’ series. Questions, comments and constructive criticism all welcome and will be answered in the comments section. If you want to contact me privately, shoot me a PM on OnTheStep

Courage & Honour

Welshman.

The Dark Kin Approach

Well here they are folks, available to order now on Games Workshop’s Advance Orders page. Here are some pictures all from the Games Workshop site, in my opinion they’re doing real justice to the dark history of the Dark Eldar with these models, I look forward to getting addicted to plastic crack in whole new ways in the future.

Army Progression

Just a few quick pictures of my WIP stuff , I’m (as I’m sure you can tell) pretty terrible at taking decent pictures so bear with me. I’ll try to improve as I go along.

Sanguinary Guard

WIP Furioso Dreadnought

Storm Raven

Storm Raven.

We have (from top to bottom) my Sanguinary Guard , my WIP Furioso and my first Storm Raven.

C and C welcome!

Farseer Dave.

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