Saturday, June 24, 2017

Albany Exterminatus Team Tournament 2017 - August 5



When: August 5, 2016 at 9:00am
Fee: $10 per player

Please REGISTER to be guaranteed a spot
Call: (518) 479-4746
Or stop by: 598 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush, NY 12061

If you get lost, feel free to call and ask for directions: 892-0023
Contact the 40k Tournament Organizer with questions and lists: 
Adam Fasoldt - adam.fasoldt@gmail.com 

Prize Support:


The entirety of the entry fees go to in-store prize support going towards Favorite Players, Favorite Armies, and Best General. The number of prizes will depend on turnout.

Schedule

9:00am-9:30amRegistration
9:30am-11:30amGame 1
11:30am-12:15pmLunch
12:15pm-2:45pmGame 2
3:00pm-5:30pmGame 3
5:45pm-8:15pmGame 4
8:15pm-8:30pmPrizes and Clean-up
PLEASE STAY UNTIL THE STORE IS CLEAN
8:30pm-10:15pmApplebee's


Lists and Units
  • Lists will be Battleforged using the 8th Edition rules and must be up to 750 points. This is a team event, so that means teams will be a total of 1500 pts.
  • There are no restrictions on which Detachments you may take, but lists must be battleforged and you may only use ONE Detachment.
  • You will be narratively paired with a team-mate against narrative opponents in the first game. After this, teams will be determined by battle score with players performing well being paired with players performing not so well. Note that no two players will form a team more than once.
  • Only source material released before July 30, 2017 will be allowed. Items up for pre-order on July 29 do NOT count.
  • PLEASE DO ME A FAVOR AND EMAIL ME A COPY OF YOUR LIST BY JULY 29 so that I may work out pairings for game 1 before the event:  adam.fasoldt@gmail.com
  • You may have a maximum of one under-strength unit in your list.

Models
  • All models should be a 3-color minimum and minimum based for this tournament. It is only 750 points after all.
  • All units must be WYSIWYG - What You See is What You Get.  Flamers are not Meltaguns.
  • Any counts-as units must present a good effort to reduce confusion for your opponents. Counts-as must be provided to the Tournament Organizer (adam.fasoldt@gmail.com) before the event if you want to avoid your model not being allowed on game day. This is especially true for Forge World or Horus Heresy models. Make sure they are the legitimate models or the alternative models are very convincing. If we begin to see nothing but poorly built armies simply to take advantage of good rules, restrictions against these units will likely creep back into our events.
  • Kitbashes must provide your opponent all the benefits and yourself all the negatives of any difference in size you may have modeled.
  • Don't be a jerk. If you follow this simple rule, you won't go wrong. We are subjective about our modeling policies, and are happy to work with anyone, but if you try to follow them to the letter and squeak out some kind of advantage, you will be disqualified from the event.

Scenarios

Since this is our first 8th edition event, we wish to keep things casual and easy. We will be using random Eternal War missions and random Deployment Types for all three games. There will be one specific exception to these missions in that First Blood will not be used. We will be using Preliminary Strike instead.

Preliminary Strike

The team who destroys the most units in Game Turn 1 wins this mission and 1 Victory Point. If both players destroy at least one unit and destroy the same number of units, they tie and both score 1 Victory Point. A team who destroys no units in Game Turn 1 scores 0 Victory Points.

Scoring

In order for every team to have a fair gauge of their score versus another team's score, scoring will be based on the difference between Victory Point totals in each game. Note that the rules for concessions and wipeouts from the main rulebook will be used for this event.

The game is a tie if both players have the same score at the end of the game.
The game is a minor Victory/Defeat if the difference between the players’ scores is 9 or less.
The game is a major Victory/Defeat if the difference between the player's scores is 10 or more.

Major Victory - 10 battle points
Minor Victory - 7 battle points
Draw - 4 battle points
Minor Defeat - 2 battle points
Major Defeat - 0 battle points


What to Bring
  • Your Army 
  • Tape Measure, Dice, Game Aids, etc. 
  • 3 Objective Markers with the center clearly marked.
  • 5 Typed Copies of your army list. Be sure to notate who your Warlord is on your army list. 
  • All pertinent rules for your army. Codices, White Dwarf Articles, Foregworld Rules, etc. 
  • If you are using a counts as army, bring a "cheat sheet" for your opponents.
Rules Judgments 

Rules issues will be dealt with swiftly by a roaming judge. We use a hierarchy for determining rules issues as follows:
  1. Main Rule Book 
  2. Games Workshop FAQs and Erratas 
  3. Tournament-specific Rules
  4. Judgements at the Table

Tournament-Specific Rules
  • We will be limiting the command re-roll stratagem to being used for die rolls made after the first battle round has begun and to not be allowed to re-roll the roll to end the game on turns 5, 6, and 7.
  • The player who finishes deploying first will, instead of going first, receive a +1 on the roll to determine who goes first.
  • We will be using the Advanced Terrain Rules in this event. Other terrain rules may be present on the day of the event and also may appear in this space leading up to the event. Among the things being discussed is the concept of allowing tall models to strike units hiding on levels of terrain in close combat. 
  • Players on a team may NOT share the Command Points gained from their Detachment with their teammate. 
  • Note that players do not each get the base 3 CP for being Battle Forged. They share these points instead.
  • Please keep an eye on the Facebook event for additional announcements
    https://www.facebook.com/events/204467333410652







Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The Fool's Errand Combat Patrol - April 1 2017


We will be running a Combat Patrol tournament on Saturday, April 1 at 9:30 am. We will play as many rounds as we can stomach - to a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 6 games. The entry fee is $10 with all fees going to prize support.

Thank you to Adepticon for developing this format over the years.


  • Armies will consist of 400 points or less, and must be constructed utilizing ONE of the following options:
    • 0-1 Modified Combined Arms Detachment:
      • 0-1 HQ
      • 1-6 Troops
      • 0-1 Elite
      • 0-1 Fast Attack
      • 0-1 Heavy Support
      • All Troops in this Detachment gain the ‘Objective Secured’ special rule. This is true even for Horus Heresy armies.
    • 0-1 Unique Codex Detachment
  • Players MUST use the same army list throughout the tournament.
  • Codices, Codex Supplements and Warhammer 40K Campaign Supplements that are released prior to March 27th, 2017 will be allowed in this event. Apocalypse War Zone supplements, Apocalypse Formations WILL NOT be allowed in this event.
  • Unique units, Imperial Knights, Allied Detachments, Data Slates, Fortifications, Lords of War will NOT be in used in this event.
  • Rules Modification (All Units):
    • Vehicles with armor value facings over 12 are considered to be 12 for the duration of all games, but may be reduced further due to game effects.
    • Vehicles with more than 3 hulls points are reduced to 3 at the start of the game. Hull points may not be restored beyond their starting value.
    • Other than Troops and units with the ‘Swarm’ USR, units with more than starting 2 wounds are reduced to 2 wounds at the start of the game. Wounds may not be restored beyond their starting value.
  • Rules Modification (Psykers): All Psykers may only attempt to manifest ONE Warp Charge psychic powers..
    • Psykers may exchange powers as normal.
  • Rules Modification (Flyers/Reserves): At the start of your Turn One, and each turn thereafter, you must roll a D6 for each Flyer being held in reserve. If the roll is 3 or more, the Flyer and all embarked units arrive at the start of the following turn. Flyers and all embarked units will automatically arrive at the start of Turn Five.
    • Example: On Turn Three, a Necron Night Scythe with troops makes a successful Reserve Roll - they will arrive on Turn Four. There is no need to make a Reserve Roll at the beginning of Turn Four, as all remaining Flyers and embarked units will automatically show up at the beginning of Turn Five.
  • A printed army list is required for the judges and each of your opponents (minimum of 6 copies required). Each army list MUST contain the following details: Player Name, the name of any Detachment (Modified Combined Arms Detachment, Nemesis Strike Force, Wrecker Node, etc.), the units included in each Detachment, the Faction of each Detachment.

The Warhammer 40,000 7th Edition Rules and all relevant Games Workshop Errata and FAQs will be used. In the case of a conflict between a printed and digital versions, the most recent update or FAQ will take precedence.

The current ITC FAQ will be used to resolve additional rules disputes.

Each player must bring a Warhammer 40,000 rulebook, the most currently published rules for all units represented in their army and all materials needed to play a game/report the results - including dice, measuring devices, templates, and a writing implement.

The models used in your army must MUST be WYSIWYG and 3-colors. Conversions, custom models, and creatively-executed counts-as models are allowed, but don't push it. Email the T.O. if you have ANY concerns in this regard.

Tournament Judges' and Officers' rulings are final and arguments or poor conduct by players will not be tolerated.

Narrative Environment

The purpose of this event is to kick off our Spring Narrative League: The Xorn IV War - the Fight for Keehar Hive. The following houserules will be in effect in order to follow this narrative.

  • The terrain will represent the outskirts Keehar Hive on the 4th moon of Xorn. All terrain will be set up like a city fight.
  • A powerful Void Shield protects Keehar Hive, therefore
    • Drop Pods are not allowed
    • Orbital bombardments and similar rules are not allowed (ask if you're not sure)
    • Barrage weapons which are using Indirect Fire will ALWAYS scatter, using the small directional arrow when an On Target is rolled.
    • Deepstriking by other units IS allowed. This represents the models flying low, then dropping in. Also, most factions have teleporter beams focused in from their beach-head locations, so Terminators and the like can also Deepstrike in.
  • Expect narrative, but not overly strange or powerful mysterious objectives.
  • Expect pairings and missions to facilitate the narrative. There will be a huge benefit to taking Troops and Troop Transports over things like Flyers and Artillery.
  • Victories and defeats will have an impact on the ongoing campaign.
  • Fortification buildings will be buildings by the rules, albeit dilapidated ones.
  • In addition, all Novas will require Line of Sight to affect an enemy. This strictly for balance purposes in this event type.


Thursday, August 25, 2016

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

2016 Flipside Gaming 40k Friendly Event



August 27, 2016
Flipside Gaming East Greenbush
598 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush, NY 12061 (518) 479-4746

Fee: $5 per game. There will be three games, but you are not required to play all three.

Although this tournament is capping off our summer league, all are invited to play. First round pairings will be narrative, second round pairings will be challenges, and third round pairings will be random.

PRE-REGISTER to be guranteed a spot:
< LINK COMING SOON >

If you get lost, feel free to call and ask for directions: 892-0023
Contact the 40k Tournament Organizer with questions and lists: 
Adam Fasoldt - adam.fasoldt@gmail.com


Prize Support: 

The entirety of the entry fees go to in-store prize support.Playing games gives you chances in the prize drawing. In addition, there will be a 50/50 raffle during the event going to the terrain fund.


Schedule

This is a very relaxed schedule. If we have people finishing early, we will go ahead and start the next round early.

8:30am-9:00amRegistration
9:00am-12:00pmGame 1
12:00pm-1:00pmLunch - Bring some cash and we'll order a pizza.
1:00pm-4:00pmGame 2
4:15pm-7:15pmGame 3
7:15pm-8:30pmPrizes and Clean-up
PLEASE STAY UNTIL THE STORE IS CLEAN
8:30pm-10:15pmApplebee's


Lists and Units
  • 2000 points 
  • Otherwise, lists must be Battleforged and have no other restrictions.
  • Only source material released before August 20, 2016 will be allowed
  • The most recent version of a unit must be used regardless of Battlefield Role. 
  • Forge World and Horus Heresy are allowed.
  • Players of the Summer League are encouraged to use those models for this event. If you use the same models from the League, then the games in this event will count as League games!


Models
  • All models should be a 3-color minimum and minimum based for this tournament.Please see the painting and sportsmanship scoring sections for details.
  • All units must be WYSIWYG - What You See is What You Get. Flamers are not Meltaguns.
  • Any counts-as units must present a good effort to reduce confusion for your opponents. Counts-as must be provided to the Tournament Organizer (adam.fasoldt@gmail.com) before the event if you want to avoid your model not being allowed on game day. This is especially true for Forge World or Horus Heresy models. Make sure they are the legitimate models or the alternative models are very convincing. If we begin to see nothing but poorly built armies simply to take advantage of good rules, restrictions against these units will likely creep back into our events. Insistence upon using bad reproductions will reduce your Sportsmanship score to zero.
  • Kitbashes must provide your opponent all the benefits and yourself all the negatives of any difference in size you may have modeled.
  • Don't be a jerk. If you follow this simple rule, you won't go wrong. We are subjective about our modeling policies, and are happy to work with anyone, but if you try to follow them to the letter and squeak out some kind of advantage, you will be disqualified from the event.

Scenarios

We will be using the standard Maelstrom missions for this event with alternative secondary missions. These alternative secondary missions will be posted soon.


What to Bring
  • Your Army 
  • Tape Measure, Dice, Game Aids, etc. 
  • 6 Objective Markers about 40mm in size. 
  • 6 Typed Copies of your army list. Be sure to notate who your Warlord is on your army list. (2 Battle Points)
  • All pertinent rules for your army. Codices, White Dwarf Articles, Foregworld Rules, etc. 
  • If you are using a counts as army, bring a "cheat sheet" for your opponents.
  • A copy of the scoring packet.

Rules Judgments 

Rules issues will be dealt with swiftly by a roaming judge. We use a hierarchy for determining rules issues as follows:
  1. Main Rule Book 
  2. Official finalized Games Workshop FAQs and Erratas 
  3. ITC FAQ
  4. Tournament-specific Houserules
  5. Judgements at the Table

Tournament-Specific Houserules
  • Fast Dice: If your opponent requests that you use Fast Dice for your rolls when you can, you must do so unless you use a dice tower. The only reason to roll one die at a time for saves which could use Fast Dice would be for either superstitious or cheating reasons. The odds are otherwise the same. 
  • Death From the Skies: Players who purchased the Death From the Skies book are welcome to use the Units, Formations, Wing Commanders, and Attack Patterns from this book. All other rules are banned as per the ITC FAQ. Any rules within the Units, Formations, Wing Commanders, and Attack Patterns which refer to other banned rules (such as Air Superiority and Dogfighting) are ignored for the purposes of this event.
  • Shifting Worldscape: This power is allowed to be used at this event. However, when moving a piece of terrain, it must move in a straight line, it may not pass over other models or terrain, and it may not pivot to a different angle before arriving at its final destination.

Terrain 

Terrain will be static and placed by the judges. If both players agree, however, some terrain may be moved. 
  • Hills: All rolling hills are open terrain, granting 5+ cover via LOS blocking/interference as normal but do not count as difficult terrain. 
  • Rock Towers, Crates, and Can Towers: Are impassible and block LOS completely (even if there are actual gaps in the terrain pieces).In order to facilitate easy use of Woods terrain and reduce Line-of-Sight arguments. 
  • Woods are treated differently from other terrain rather than just being simple difficult terrain. If any model is in woods or up to 25% of your model is behind the woods base, including vehicles, they enjoy a 5+ cover save even if the model is not obscured. The height of all woods is assumed to be as tall as the tallest tree on the base, so if a flyer stands over the tree-line, it will not enjoy the cover save. Similarly, if you are in woods and trace line of sight through any part of the woods you are in, your target also enjoys a 5+ cover save. 
  • Note that the bases of terrain count as part of the terrain piece and therefore, non-vehicle units enjoy cover saves for being on them. 
  • Terrain Data Slates (such as the Twisted Copse) will not be used. 
  • Fortifications are placed before your other models during deployment. You must remove one piece of terrain that is at least partially within your deployment zone before you place your Fortification. The exceptions to this are the Aegis Defense Line and Promethium Relay Pipes which are allowed to snake through other terrain as needed, even up hills. 

Scoring and Prizes 


These are arranged from largest prize to smallest prize. You must play all 3 games to be eligible for the first three prizes.
  • Best Overall: The player's combined Sportsmanship and Appearance scores.
  • Best Appearance: The player with the best appearance score wins this prize.
  • Best Sportsmanship: The player with the best sportsmanship score wins this prize.
  • Random Drawings: Additional random drawings will be added based on turnout.

Appearance Scoring 
3-Color Minimum: This includes 2 major colors and a minor color. The primer doesn't count as a color. If you were to spray a space marine brown, paint the guns silver, wash the model with black, and glue sand to the base, this would be considered 3-color minimum acceptable.

Tabletop Standard: This would include all details color-blocked before washing, and a single highlight on top of the other requirements for a 3-color minimum.

Judges are encouraged to score between the numbers presented for the General appearance score based on any partial accomplishment towards a particular goal. For example, if a large number or a vast majority of models are painted beyond a tabletop standard, but some are not, then they may wish to score 9 or 10 points. What constitutes "a vast majority", "a large number", or "a handful" of models is up to the Judge's discretion. Also note that the examples given next to a points score is just that... an example. Other factors can be involved in a points score. Suffice to say, Appearance Scoring is extremely subjective.

The player with the best appearance score will win Best Appearance with tiebreakers being decided by the players voting for favorite army.
  • General Score (up to 11pts):
    • -10pts  Some models are not painted to a 3-color minimum
    • 6pts The entire army is painted to a 3-color minimum
    • 8pts The entire army is painted to a tabletop standard
    • 11pts The Entire army is painted beyond tabletop standard
  • Basing Score: (up to 4pts):
    • +1pt Minimal basing (1 texture/color) on the entire army
    • +3pts At least 2 textures and/or colors are used to base the entire army
    • +4pts Many textures and/or colors are used to base the entire army
  • Modeling score (up to 4pts - note breakdown adds up to 6, but max is 4):
    • Conversions
      • +1pt Minor conversion work has been done to a handful of models
      • +2pts Minor conversion work on a large number of models or a small amount of major conversions. Conversions must be well-executed to score more than 1 point.
      • +3pts The army has many major conversions
    • Display Board
      • +1pt Simple display board with surface matching models' bases
      • +2pts Advanced display board with surface matching models' bases and matching terrain. Note that the execution of the display board must be of an Advanced quality to score more than 1 point, even if you do add terrain and effects.
      • +3pts Extreme display board with surface matching models' bases, matching terrain, and matching environmental effects (lights, smoke, etc).
  • Miscellaneous (up to 6pts - note breakdown adds up to 11, but max is 6):
    • +1pt Army uniformity 
    • +1pt Basing uniformity
    • +1pt Extreme bases
    • +1-2pts Extreme conversion work
    • +1-3pts Freehand
    • +0-3pts Judge's discretion. This is mainly to differentiate execution between players with nearly maximum points, but could also be used to award good faith on the part of players who are trying very hard to paint their army. Judges are also encouraged to take into account difficulty level and model count, to some extent, for the awarding of Judge's Discretion points, though the award is entirely up to them and players are asked not to grill the Judge on their final decision. If the Judge feels threatened or put off by questions by the players, the Judge is encouraged to alert the Tournament Organizer so that penalties may be incurred on the player's sportsmanship score. Asking for advice on how to improve one's painting, however, is highly encouraged.
Maximum Appearance score for the tournament: 25pts


Sportsmanship Scoring

At the end of the tournament, each player will offer a vote for Favorite Opponent and a Second-Favorite Opponent. Each Favorite Opponent vote is worth 5 points and each Second Favorite Opponent vote is worth 3 points. Each player also receives 5 points if no complaints are lodged against them throughout the tournament. Players who do not bring a 3-color minimum painted and minimum based army will not receive the bonus 5 points for sportsmanship.

Maximum Sportsmanship score for the tournament: 25pts







Friday, May 13, 2016

2016 Team Escalation League



In an effort to further grow our ranks, get some models painted, support the store, and play some fun games, we’ll be doing another summer league.

Please note that these rules are currently in their preliminary stage and open for discussion with both the community and Flipside.

Armies

Escalation: Lists will start off at 500 points and grow by 250 point increments throughout the league You must always use models from your previous list in the next one, though you are not required to use the same units. For example, a Space Marine with a flamer could be in a Tactical Squad at the 500pt level and then in an Assault Squad at the 750pt level. Creative use of magnets and turrets is also encouraged.

Composition: All lists must be battleforged. You are free to build whatever other kind of army you want in the confines of the rules and the social contract of fair play. The 500 and 750 point levels of the League will allow a player to use any detachment as their Primary Detachment even if the rules for that detachment say otherwise (such as an Allied Detachment). In these cases, however, that detachment must be your ONLY detachment.

Games

Cost: Participation in the Escalation League will be $5 per game.

Teams: Games will be played in pairs. You may not have the same team-mate in back-to-back games. All team-mates will be considered Allies of Convenience for the League, though your individual lists might include different alliance levels internally. If there is an odd number of people, a single person may stand in as an opponent for a team.

Off-site Play: You may play some games off-site, but the goal is to get players into the store. Less than half of your games may be off-site.

Missions: I suggest Maelstrom of War missions, but you are free to play whatever you want. Consider using the following guidelines for your games:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7RGoi6dfv6dLXdQYnRHVnlWV28

Schedule

  • Round 1: June 6 & June 13 500pts
  • Round 2: June 20 & June 27 750pts
  • Round 3: July 11 & July 18 1000pts
  • Round 4: July 25 & August 1 1250pts

Competition

Players will compete for chances in a drawing for gift cards. These chances will be counted with stickers on a poster board. For each sticker you collect, you get a chance at winning. The cost for the gift cards will be drawn from weekly dues. Stickers will be kept by Flipside in a safe place and dues will be tallied in the PoS system and tracked independently.

You can get a sticker for the following:
  • Playing a game (2 per Round)
  • Painting a unit in your army (2 per Round)
  • Purchasing a 40k kit over $20 from Flipside Gaming (1 per Round)
  • Give-Away Tickets (2 per Round)
Give-Away Tickets: When you play your first 2 games of a Round, you will get one sticker which you may not keep. Instead, you will give the sticker to any other player who is playing that day. You can give this sticker to them for any reason (awesome army, they won their game against you, they got you a soda... I don't care).

Prizes will be in $50 increments with a “booby prize” for the remainder.

You may only win one prize.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Albany Exterminatus ITC 2016



May 21, 2016
Flipside Gaming East Greenbush
598 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush, NY 12061 (518) 479-4746


Fee: $20 per player

PRE-REGISTER to be guranteed a spot:
http://www.flipsidegaming.com/products/warhammer-40k-albany-exterminatus-itc-2016

If you get lost, feel free to call and ask for directions: 892-0023
Contact the 40k Tournament Organizer with questions and lists: 
Adam Fasoldt - adam.fasoldt@gmail.com 

ITC: This is also an ITC ranked event. The more who show up, the more points will be awarded.



Prize Support:


The entirety of the entry fees go to in-store prize support.


Schedule

8:30am-9:00amRegistration
9:00am-11:30amGame 1
11:30am-12:15pmLunch
12:15pm-2:45pmGame 2
3:00pm-5:30pmGame 3
5:45pm-8:15pmGame 4
8:15pm-8:30pm Prizes and Clean-up
PLEASE STAY UNTIL THE STORE IS CLEAN
8:30pm-10:15pm Applebee's


Lists and Units

Models
  • All models should be a 3-color minimum and minimum based for this tournament. Please see the painting and sportsmanship scoring sections for details.
  • All units must be WYSIWYG - What You See is What You Get.  Flamers are not Meltaguns.
  • Any counts-as units must present a good effort to reduce confusion for your opponents. Counts-as must be provided to the Tournament Organizer (adam.fasoldt@gmail.com) before the event if you want to avoid your model not being allowed on game day. This is especially true for Forge World or Horus Heresy models. Make sure they are the legitimate models or the alternative models are very convincing. If we begin to see nothing but poorly built armies simply to take advantage of good rules, restrictions against these units will likely creep back into our events.
  • Kitbashes must provide your opponent all the benefits and yourself all the negatives of any difference in size you may have modeled.
  • Don't be a jerk. If you follow this simple rule, you won't go wrong. We are subjective about our modeling policies, and are happy to work with anyone, but if you try to follow them to the letter and squeak out some kind of advantage, you will be disqualified from the event.

Scenarios


Scenarios have both static and cumulative missions of various Battle Points values in your games. Here is a link to the last packet we used with the Goldensprue Cup missions (Scenario document updated 2015-12-08):

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7RGoi6dfv6dMVdSakxwcU9maE0

Please note that we are still discussing whether we'd like to switch to using ITC missions instead.


What to Bring
  • Your Army 
  • Tape Measure, Dice, Game Aids, etc. 
  • 6 Objective Markers about 40mm in size. 
  • 6 Typed Copies of your army list. Be sure to notate who your Warlord is on your army list. (2 Battle Points)
  • All pertinent rules for your army. Codices, White Dwarf Articles, Foregworld Rules, etc. 
  • If you are using a counts as army, bring a "cheat sheet" for your opponents.
  • A copy of the mission packet. (2 Battle Points)

Rules Judgments 


Rules issues will be dealt with swiftly by a roaming judge. We use a hierarchy for determining rules issues as follows:
  1. Main Rule Book 
  2. Games Workshop FAQs and Erratas 
  3. ITC FAQ
  4. Tournament-specific Houserules
  5. Judgements at the Table

Houserules and FAQs


Please note that the additional event rules in red are preliminary rulings and we are still working them out.
  • ITC Houserules
    Click on the FAQ in the menu under "ITC": http://www.frontlinegaming.org/community/frontline-gamings-independent-tournament-circuit/itc-2015-season-40k-tournament-format/
    Note: It is likely this link will change soon.
  • Angels of Death Psychic Powers: See the ITC FAQ for preliminary rulings. 
  • Death from the Skies: All general flyer rules and datasheets are in play from this book. For ease of tournament play, we will not be using the Dogfight Phase. If you plan on using a flyer which is not listed in this book, you must email the T.O. to receive your Combat Role, Pursuit score, and Agility score. These will be assigned according to the stats of similar models in the Death from the Skies book as well as their narrative background text on their datasheet.
  • Death from the Skies Interpretations: 
    • You may now choose hover or zooming mode when you arrive on the board.
    • Zooming flyers may no longer claim cover saves or line of sight blocking from terrain
    • Although we will not have a Dogfight Phase, we will be using the Air Superiority rule.
  • True Measuring: Measurements for shooting are (for most models) measured from base to base. Where one model is more elevated than the other, this will mean measuring the distance diagonally.
  • Barrage and Imperial Knights: To determine which "side" of the Imperial Knight is hit with a Barrage weapon, use whichever side the exact center of the blast marker is on. If your opponent has decided to make life hard for everyone and place the blast marker exactly in the center, dice off to determine which side is hit.
  • The Saint Is Dead: If Saint Celestine or any other model is incapacitated (as a marker or otherwise not in play) at the end of the game, they are considered killed for all victory conditions. 
  • Fast Dice: If your opponent requests that you use Fast Dice for your rolls when you can, you must do so unless you use a dice tower. The only reason to roll one die at a time for saves which could use Fast Dice would be for either superstitious or cheating reasons. The odds are otherwise the same. 
  • Climbing: For simplicity and ease of play, the core game rules allow most models to climb any piece of scenery. Use the ‘Wobbly Model Syndrome’ rule if it is not possible to place the model in the position it is meant to be occupying. 
  • Tall Models, Ruins, and Base Contact: If models are only fractionally apart due to the vagaries of scenery they count as being in base contact. However, though models on different levels of a building can be locked in combat with one another, they will not be considered in base contact with one another for the purposes of special rules or equipment that require models to be in base contact to take effect. The ‘Wobbly Model Syndrome’ rule applies to situations where you are attempting to charge a model that is on top of something, where there is no room for a model to be in base contact place the model as near as possible, and keep a note of its actual position. It is assumed to be in base contact with the other model.
  • To-Hit Rolls for Witchfire Powers: If a witchfire power does not have a profile, follow the instructions written for that power instead of rolling to hit. This includes most focused witchfire powers. If a witchfire power has a profile, the To Hit rolls matter in the same way as they do in any shooting attack.
  • Duplicate Weapon Profiles: A weapon that can be used as a ranged and a melee weapon can be used as both in the same turn unless specifically noted otherwise.
  • Master-Crafted Combi Weapons: Both the primary and secondary weapon of a Master-crafted combi-weapon are Master-crafted.
  • Horizontal Firing Arcs:  A hull-mounted weapon’s arc of fire a is a total of 45°, not 45° to either side.
  • Pivoting a Model: If a model moves, no part of the model (or its base) can finish the move more than the model’s move distance away from where it started the Movement phase.
  • Movement Types: Sometimes a unit will contain models that move at different speeds. When this is the case, each model can move up to its maximum movement allowance so long as it remains in unit coherency. This includes all phases of the game, including the Shooting and Assault phases, though restrictions incurred by movement in those phases affect the entire unit.
  • Terrain and Large or Flying Moels: The 25% rule applies in all types of terrain if the target is a vehicle of any kind (except Zooming Flyers), Soaring Flying Monstrous Creatures, or Gargantuan Creatures. All other targets count as being in cover if they are in or on the terrain’s base, even if not 25% obsured.
  • Shooting Super Heavies: You have to select all targets before any dice are rolled for the weapons mounted on a Super-heavy vehicle or Gargantuan Monstrous Creature. One Use Only/One Shot Only weapons are used up if a previous weapon destroyed the target that the One Use Only/One Shot Only weapon was going to shoot.
  • Hammer of Wrath and Walkers: Hammer of Wrath attacks against Walkers hit the armour of the side the attacker is facing.
  • Malediction Stacking: The effects of multiple castings of the same malediction cast on the same turn do not stack.
  • Superheavies and Terrain: Roll 3D6 (due to the Move Through Cover special rule) and double the highest result for all Superheavy Walkers and Gargantuan Monstrous Creatures moving through cover.
  • Mixed Flyers and Infantry: A Flying Monstrous Creature’s Hard to Hit rule does not work when part of a unit without the rule.
  • Blasts and Flyers: Blast weapons, Beams, and Templates cannot target Swooping Flying Monstrous Creatures or Zooming Flyers, nor can they be hit by the same that didn't target them. The Swooping or Zooming models are effectively ignored for all purposes when these weapons are adjudicated. However, if any of these weapons have the Skyfire special rule, they may be hit by any of these weapon types.
  • Ongoing Reserves and Flyers: A unit may not go back into Reserve the same player turn that it came onto the board from Reserve, nor may a unit perform a bombing run before leaving combat airspace.
  • Scout Order of Operations: Scout redeployments take place after the player going second is given the chance to Seize the Initiative.
  • Infiltrate Irregularities: Models with the Infiltrate special rule are allowed to not use the rule to deploy and then charge normally in the first turn. Having said that, an Independent Character without the Infiltrate special rule cannot join a unit of Infiltrators during deployment, whether they are Infiltrating, Deep Striking, Outflanking or deploying normally. They are free to join units as they wish after deployment.
  • Special Rules and Independent Characters: The rules for Detachments and Formations only apply to models/units that are part of the Detachment or Formation and are, therefore, not conferred to any Independent Characters from other Detachments or Formations which might be attached to those units.
  • Immobilized Flyers: If a flyer which is forced to move 18" forwards due to an Immobilised result ends its move over an enemy unit, use the Wobbly Model Syndrome to mark its actual location and set your flyer off to the side, out of the way.  For all purposes, the flyer is considered to be in the marked location until it moves again. If the models that were in the flyer's path get moved, and there is now room for your flyer, immediately put it in its proper location.

Terrain 


Terrain will be static and placed by the judges. If both players agree, however, some terrain may be moved. 
  • Hills: All rolling hills are open terrain, granting 5+ cover via LOS blocking/interference as normal but do not count as difficult terrain. 
  • Rock Towers, Crates, and Can Towers: Are impassible and block LOS completely (even if there are actual gaps in the terrain pieces).In order to facilitate easy use of Woods terrain and reduce Line-of-Sight arguments. 
  • Woods are treated differently from other terrain rather than just being simple difficult terrain. If any model is in woods or up to 25% of your model is behind the woods base, including vehicles, they enjoy a 5+ cover save even if the model is not obscured. The height of all woods is assumed to be as tall as the tallest tree on the base, so if a flyer stands over the tree-line, it will not enjoy the cover save. Similarly, if you are in woods and trace line of sight through any part of the woods you are in, your target also enjoys a 5+ cover save. 
  • Note that the bases of terrain count as part of the terrain piece and therefore, non-vehicle units enjoy cover saves for being on them. 
  • Terrain Data Slates (such as the Twisted Copse) will not be used. 
  • Fortifications are placed before your other models during deployment. You must remove one piece of terrain that is at least partially within your deployment zone before you place your Fortification. The exceptions to this are the Aegis Defense Line and Promethium Relay Pipes which are allowed to snake through other terrain as needed, even up hills. 

Scoring and Prizes 


These are arranged from largest prize to smallest prize.
  • Best General:  The player who won the most games. Ties default to Battle Points.
  • Best Overall:  The player who scored the most Battle Points combined with the player's own Sportsmanship and Appearance scores. 
  • Best Appearance:  The player with the best appearance score wins this prize.   
  • Best Sportsmanship:  The player with the best sportsmanship score wins this prize.
  • Biggest Game Hunter: The player who, in total, destroyed the most Superheavy or Gargantuan Hull Points and/or Wounds at the end of their games wins this prize.
  • Best Big Game:  The player who brings the best Superheavy or Gargantuan unit in their list or for use as terrain wins this prize (voted by players in attendance).
  • If turnout allows:
    • 2nd Best Overall
    • 3rd Best Overall
    • 2nd Best General
  • Golden Spoon: Dead Last in Battle Points

Battle Scoring


Every scenario is worth 25 Battle Points with two Primary Missions worth 9 points each a Secondary Mission worth 3 Battle Points and two Tertiary Missions worth 2 each.

Note that any ability which awards additional victory points (such as some Warlord Traits or the Tankbustas' Glory Hogs ability) are applied to a specific mission. Again, see the mission packet for more details.

Ties: The player with the most surviving points wins the game in the event of a tie. If a model or upgrade on a model was purchased for free or summoned, then it is worth zero points for the purposes of determining ties.

Additionally, the following scores are awarded:
  • 2 Battle Points: Bring 6 copies of your finalized list to the Tournament.
  • 2 Battle Points: Bring a copy of the Mission Packet 
  • 4 Battle Points:  Email the T.O. (adam.fasoldt@gmail.com) your finalized army list by the Monday before the Tournament. PDF or just text is preferred.
  • 6 Battle Points: You email the T.O. (adam.fasoldt@gmail.com) a selfie of yourself with an unpainted unit by the Monday before the tournament. If that unit is painted on the day of the event, you score these points.  (Single infantry, such as a single, small HQ, do not count. The unit must be somewhat significant.) 
Maximum Battle Points for the tournament: 114pts


Appearance Scoring


3-Color Minimum: This includes 2 major colors and a minor color. The primer doesn't count as a color. If you were to spray a space marine brown, paint the guns silver, wash the model with black, and glue sand to the base, this would be considered 3-color minimum acceptable.

Tabletop Standard: This would include all details color-blocked before washing, and a single highlight on top of the other requirements for a 3-color minimum.

Judges are encouraged to score between the numbers presented for the General appearance score based on any partial accomplishment towards a particular goal. For example, if a large number or a vast majority of models are painted beyond a tabletop standard, but some are not, then they may wish to score 9 or 10 points. What constitutes "a vast majority", "a large number", or "a handful" of models is up to the Judge's discretion. Also note that the examples given next to a points score is just that... an example. Other factors can be involved in a points score. Suffice to say, Appearance Scoring is extremely subjective.

The player with the best appearance score will win Best Appearance with tiebreakers being decided by the players voting for favorite army.
  • General Score (up to 11pts):
    • -10pts  Some models are not painted to a 3-color minimum
    • 6pts The entire army is painted to a 3-color minimum
    • 8pts The entire army is painted to a tabletop standard
    • 11pts The Entire army is painted beyond tabletop standard
  • Basing Score: (up to 4pts):
    • +1pt Minimal basing (1 texture/color) on the entire army
    • +3pts At least 2 textures and/or colors are used to base the entire army
    • +4pts Many textures and/or colors are used to base the entire army
  • Modeling score (up to 4pts - note breakdown adds up to 6, but max is 4):
    • Conversions
      • +1pt Minor conversion work has been done to a handful of models
      • +2pts Minor conversion work on a large number of models or a small amount of major conversions. Conversions must be well-executed to score more than 1 point.
      • +3pts The army has many major conversions
    • Display Board
      • +1pt Simple display board with surface matching models' bases
      • +2pts Advanced display board with surface matching models' bases and matching terrain. Note that the execution of the display board must be of an Advanced quality to score more than 1 point, even if you do add terrain and effects.
      • +3pts Extreme display board with surface matching models' bases, matching terrain, and matching environmental effects (lights, smoke, etc).
  • Miscellaneous (up to 6pts - note breakdown adds up to 11, but max is 6):
    • +1pt Army uniformity 
    • +1pt Basing uniformity
    • +1pt Extreme bases
    • +1-2pts Extreme conversion work
    • +1-3pts Freehand
    • +0-3pts Judge's discretion. This is mainly to differentiate execution between players with nearly maximum points, but could also be used to award good faith on the part of players who are trying very hard to paint their army. Judges are also encouraged to take into account difficulty level and model count, to some extent, for the awarding of Judge's Discretion points, though the award is entirely up to them and players are asked not to grill the Judge on their final decision. If the Judge feels threatened or put off by questions by the players, the Judge is encouraged to alert the Tournament Organizer so that penalties may be incurred on the player's sportsmanship score. Asking for advice on how to improve one's painting, however, is highly encouraged.
Maximum Appearance score for the tournament: 25pts


Sportsmanship Scoring

At the end of the tournament, each player will offer a vote for Favorite Opponent and a Second-Favorite Opponent. Each Favorite Opponent vote is worth 5 points and each Second Favorite Opponent vote is worth 3 points. Each player also receives 5 points if no complaints are lodged against them throughout the tournament. Players who do not bring a 3-color minimum painted and minimum based army will not receive the bonus 5 points for sportsmanship.

Maximum Sportsmanship score for the tournament: 25pts



Monday, February 8, 2016

Flipside Gaming ROCK & ROAD Combat Patrol Tournament



Saturday, March 26, 2016
Fee: $10
Registration: http://www.flipsidegaming.com/collections/tournament-registartion/products/warhammer-40k-rock-road-combat-patrol-tournament-3-26-16

To promote the hobby to newer players and to encourage the expansion of the collections of seasoned players, we're holding a Combat Patrol tournament. We'd love to see players embrace a new army or expand their current one and play their new models in our annual combat patrol tournament. Thanks goes out to the folks at Adepticon for the idea of running games such as this, but you'll note that our format features a few changes. Please read the rules carefully.

Note that this is an early announcement and the rules may change slightly as players weigh in on the format.

Schedule

Although we could follow our usual hectic schedule and get up to 8 games in, we've decided to relax the schedule a bit and get 6 games in and go for a later start and earlier finish for this tournament.

10:00am - 10:30am  Registration
10:30am - 11:45am  Game 1
12:00pm - 1:00pm  Game 2
1:00pm - 2:00pm  Lunch and Paint judging
2:00pm - 3:00pm  Game 3
3:15pm - 4:15pm  Game 4
4:30pm - 5:30pm  Game 5
5:45pm - 6:45pm  Game 6
7:45pm - 8:30pm  Prizes and clean-up
8:30pm - 10:00pm  Applebee's

Force Organization

  • Armies must be built with up to 400 points (minimum 375).
  • Armies may only use use the following Detachment and they may only take one:
    • Compulsory: 1 Troop or 1 Elite.
    • Optional: 1 HQ, 2 Troop, 1 Elite, 1 Fast Attack, 1 Heavy
    • Restrictions: All units must have the same Faction or no Faction.
    • Command Benefits: Your Troops have the Objective Secured Special Rule.

General Unit Restrictions

  • The most recent version of a rule released within 1 month of the event must be used.
  • The most recent version of a rule released within 2 weeks of the event may be used.
  • The most recent version of a rule released within 1 week of the event may not be used.
  • All units must be WYSIWYG - What You See is What You Get.  Flamers are not Meltaguns.

 Combat Patrol Unit Restrictions

  • Units which have more than 3 Wounds instead have 3 Wounds.
  • Units which have more than 3 Hull Points instead have 3 Hull Points
  • Units which have an Armor Value greater than 12 on a side instead have an Armor Value of 12 on that side.
  • Superheavy and Gargantuan units are not allowed.
  • Units Toughness 7 or greater are not allowed.
  • All unit choices are 0-1 except for Infantry Troops. 
  • In the spirit of the "ROCK & ROAD" theme, units which don't perform well while on the move are not allowed in this tournament.
    • Units with the Slow and Purposeful special rule are not allowed.
    • Models equipped with heavy weapons or ordnance weapons must also have the Relentless special rule. The ability to confer Relentless does not count; the model itself must have the special rule.
  • Forge world and Horus Heresy armies are allowed.

Combat Patrol Game Play Restrictions

  • Units may not enter Zooming or Soaring mode. 
  • Psykers may only manifest Warp Charge 1 powers nor may they increase the Warp Charge of a power that allows for it.Psykers may re-select if they get a power they cannot manifest. 
  • Warlords do not get Warlord Traits, even if the Character has one listed on their datasheet. 

Models

In the hopes of further balancing games of Combat Patrol, please playtest these suggestions. We will fold them into the tournament rules if the players agree they work out.
  • All models must be a 3-color minimum and based for this tournament. At least two of the colors must cover a significant portion of the model, whether it be panels, stripes, drybrush, highlight, or wash of some kind. The third color can be a spot color or details. 1 basing material is required. Paintjobs designed out of spite will be judged accordingly.
  • Any counts-as units must present a good effort to reduce confusion for your opponents. Counts-as must be provided to the Tournament Organizer (adam.fasoldt@gmail.com) before the event if you want to avoid your model not being allowed on game day.
  • Kitbashes must provide your opponent all the benefits and yourself all the negatives of any difference in size you may have modeled.
  • Don't be a jerk. If you follow this simple rule, you won't go wrong. We are subjective about our modeling policies, so if you try to follow them to the letter and squeak out some kind of advantage, you will be disqualified from the event.

Scenarios

Scenario 1: 'Lil Crusade

Deployment: 'Lil Vanguard Strike (Players deploy their armies within 12" of the Objective on their side of the table, but 12" away from the center Objectve.

Objectives: Place a single Objective in the center of the table. The player going first places an Objective 12" from their board edge. Then the other player places an objective 12" from their board edge. Place a third Objective equidistant between these two Objectives so that a straight line can be drawn through them.

Scoring: Score 3 Battle Points for each Objective you hold at the end of the game. Score 3 Battle Points if you destroy at least half of your opponent's models. Score 2 Battle Points if your opponent's Warlord is slain.. Score 1 Battle Point if you are in Linebreaker position at the end of the game.

Scenario 2: 'Lil Emperor's Will

Deployment: Vanguard Strike

Objectives: Players take turns placing 1 Objective each. These Objectives must at least partially outside their own deployment zone and must follow any other usual Objective placement restrictions.

Scoring: On turns 1-4, score 1 Battle Point for each Objective you are holding at the end of your turn. Also, score 3 Battle Points for each Objective you hold at the end of the game. Score 1 Battle Point if your opponent's Warlord is slain.

Scenario 3: 'Lil Cleanse and Control
Deployment: Table Quarters (Players deploy in opposite Table Quarters, but at least 13" away from the center Objective. The player picking sides decides which table edge touching their deployment zone is their home edge. Their opponent gets the opposite one.)

Objectives: Place 1 Objective in the center of the battlefield. Then, Players take turns placing 2 Objectives each. These Objectives must follow the usual Objective placement restrictions.

Scoring: Score 2 Battle Points for each Objective you hold at the end of the game. Also, on turns 1-4, score 1 Battle Point at the end of your turn if you hold at least 1 Objective that is more than 12" from your deployment zone. In addition, score 1 Battle Point if your opponent's Warlord is slain.

Scenario 4: 'Lil Guns Never Tire

Deployment: 'Lil Hammer & Anvil (Deployment zones are shortened to 6" from the players' board edges.)

Objectives: Both players take turns placing 2 Objectives, each exactly 14" from their own board edge and follow any other usual Objective placement restrictions.

Scoring: Score 1 Battle Point for each full 10% of your opponent's models you destroy. For example, if your opponent started the game with 25 models and you kill 7 of them, you only get 2 points because you didn't quite kill 30% of their models. Also, score 1 Battle Point for each Objective you hold at the end of the game. Score 1 more point if your opponent's most expensive unit has been destroyed.

Scenario 5: 'Lil Scouring

Deployment: Dawn of War

Objectives: Place 1 Objective in the center of the battlefield. After that, players take turns placing 1 objective each. These Objectives must be exactly 12" away from of the center Objective and follow any other usual Objective placement restrictions.

Scoring: Score 1 Battle Point for each full 10% of your opponent's models you destroy. For example, if your opponent started the game with 25 models and you kill 7 of them, you only get 2 points because you didn't quite kill 30% of their models. Also, score 2 Battle Points if you hold the center Objective at the end of the game and 1 Battle point for each other Objective you hold at the end of the game. Score 1 more point if your opponent's Warlord has been slain.

Scenario 6: 'Lil Relic
Deployment: 'Lil Hammer & Anvil (Deployment zones are shortened to 6" from the players' board edges.)

Objectives: Place 1 Objective in the center of the battlefield. This is The Relic and may be moved as such. The Relic may not be seized on Game Turn 1.

Scoring: Score 5 Battle Points if you have seized the relic at the end of the game or 3 Battle Points if you are simply holding it. Score 3 Battle Points if over 30% of your models survive the game or 5 Battle Points if over 60% of your models survive the game. Score 1 Battle Point for each table quarter you have a unit completely within at the end of the game. Score 1 Battle Point if your opponent's Warlord has been slain.

Wipeouts: In all games, if one opponent's units are completely destroyed, their opponent scores full Battle Points. In the unlikely event of a mutual wipeout, both players score full Battle Points for their unmatched bravado, yet they only score a Tie in the win/loss results.

What to Bring

  • Your Army 
  • Tape Measure, Dice, Game Aids, etc. 
  • 6 Objective Markers about 40mm in size. 
  • 6 Typed Copies of your army list. Be sure to notate who your Warlord is on your army list. (2 Battle Points)
  • All pertinent rules for your army. Codices, White Dwarf Articles, Foregworld Rules, etc. 
  • If you are using a counts as army, bring a "cheat sheet" for your opponents.
  • A copy of the mission packet. (2 Battle Points)

Rules Judgments

Rules issues will be dealt with swiftly by a roaming judge. We use a hierarchy for determining rules issues as follows:
  1. Main Rule Book 
  2. Games Workshop FAQs and Erratas 
  3. ITC FAQ
  4. Tournament-specific Houserules
  5. Judgements at the Table

Houserules and FAQs

  • ITC Houserules
    Click on the FAQ in the menu under "ITC": https://www.frontlinegaming.org/community/frontline-gamings-independent-tournament-circuit/itc-2015-season-40k-tournament-format/
  • True Measuring: When measuring range to and from any model or Objective, you must measure diagonally in three dimensions if the models are on different elevations.
  • The Saint Is Dead: If Saint Celestine or any other model is incapacitated (as a marker or otherwise not in play) at the end of the game, they are considered killed for all victory conditions. 
  • Fast Dice: If your opponent requests that you use Fast Dice for your rolls when you can, you must do so unless you use a dice tower. The only reason to roll one die at a time for saves which could use Fast Dice would be for either superstitious or cheating reasons. The odds are otherwise the same. 
  • Tall Models and Ruins: If an assaulting Walker, Superheavy Walker, Monstrous Creature, or a Gargantuan Monstrous Creature is at least face-level with a model which is on a level of a ruins, then the assaulting model does not need to count the levels up in order to assault the model on that level if the assaulting model's head is fully above that level. The assaulting model moves horizontally as far as it can, reaches out, and attacks the target unit. When measuring in this manner, do so from the closest point on the assaulting model, whether it's a part of the body or the base. Ignore any body parts that are normally ignored for cover purposes (melee weapons, etc.). This rule assumes that the assaulting model being used is modeled at reasonably equal height to the retail model kit.

Terrain

Terrain will be static and narratively-placed by the judges. If both players agree, however, some terrain may be moved. 
  • Hills: All rolling hills are open terrain, granting 5+ cover via LOS blocking/interference as normal but do not count as difficult terrain. 
  • Rock Towers, Crates, and Can Towers: Are impassible and block LOS completely (even if there are actual gaps in the terrain pieces).In order to facilitate easy use of Woods terrain and reduce Line-of-Sight arguments. 
  • Woods are treated differently from other terrain rather than just being simple difficult terrain. If any model is in woods or up to 25% of your model is behind the woods base, including vehicles, they enjoy a 5+ cover save even if the model is not obscured. The height of all woods is assumed to be as tall as the tallest tree on the base, so if a flyer stands over the tree-line, it will not enjoy the cover save. Similarly, if you are in woods and trace line of sight through any part of the woods you are in, your target also enjoys a 5+ cover save. 
  • Note that the bases of terrain count as part of the terrain piece and therefore, non-vehicle units enjoy cover saves for being on them. 
  • Terrain Data Slates (such as the Twisted Copse) will not be used. 
  • Fortifications are placed before your other models during deployment. You must remove one piece of terrain that is at least partially within your deployment zone before you place your Fortification. The exceptions to this are the Aegis Defense Line and Promethium Relay Pipes which are allowed to snake through other terrain as needed, even up hills.