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Toronto 2017 – Results!

Posted: May 2, 2017 by The Master of the Adeptus Administratum in Events, News, Scenarios
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Thanks to everyone that participated and supported this year’s event!  It was a great weekend of enjoying our great hobby.

Special thanks go to Nick Itsou for all of his assistance in coordinating the setup and tear-down of the venue.

Additional thanks go to all that sponsored terrain tables.  Sharing your personal terrain collection in support of the event is most appreciated.  This year’s event had the most Best Terrain entries in the history of Astronomi-con.  We expect that this trend will continue and look forward to seeing what you all come up with in the future!

A big thank you also to Dominic Manchisi for housing our terrain depot collection.

Phoenix Games was once again a great supporter of this year’s event, offering up terrain and table toppers.  We thank Bill for his ongoing generous support of our event, and hope you get a chance to visit his store in Kitchener and mention the event.

As we conclude this event we look forward to a new edition this summer, with an eye on updating Astronomi-con and looking to bring you new and exciting narrative battles in the 41st Millennium!

 

Full results for Toronto can be found on the Results page.

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On New Editions and 21st Century Changes

Posted: April 22, 2017 by Lord Commander Militant of the Imperial Guard in Events, News, Rules, Scenarios
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And so it begins…

Games Workshop has announced the 8th edition of 40k. Unsurprisingly it draws somewhat on their experiences with their (eventually) successful experiences re-booting Fantasy Battle into Age of Sigmar.

And, of course, a lot of people are losing their minds, preparing to rage-quit etc. etc.

One of the first things I did was read their FAQ on the new edition to get some kind of idea what they were going to do. The second thing I did was think on what this could mean – for our events, for the hobby, for my own efforts etc. The third thing I did was to call Christian – the fellow with whom I run Astro.

So – what does this mean?

Well, let’s take a (capsule) look at what GW has said. The game will be changing. This is a major rules changes that necessitates old Codex books going by the wayside. So – very strong game changes not just ‘tweaks’. GW is also breaking the hobby out into ‘Free Play’ (throw models down and shoot stuff – much like the old unbound, I expect), ‘Narrative play’ (build your forces in themes and campaigns from the 40k universe) and what amounts to Competitive or Tournament play.

I don’t expect Free Play to amount to much. By and large players like some structure. This might be okay for teaching folks, but I wouldn’t expect to see much more of it than that.

Competitive/Tournament style play – this is interesting stuff. GW is taking back the competitive scene from outsiders such as the ETC and ITC crowds. They will have their own lists designed for competitive play, likely limit over the top combos etc. This is very much going to change that side of the hobby. I expect a lot of the ‘broken’ stuff to get taken out. Those playing versus play are likely going to have to really learn how to play their armies. Broken combos will get fixed lickety split. Many very good tourney players will welcome this as it will really emphasize skill. – That is – if it turns out this way. This one – the execution is going to be very important. However GW has promised to look to the community for changes and feedback. It may take them time to get it right – but I think their hearts and minds are in the right place. They will get there – and the hobby will benefit from it.

For Astro, of course, well we’ve always been about Narrative play even while we put the aegis of a ‘tournament’ over it. From the very first Astro the crazy scenarios and the fact that people didn’t all play the same scenario meant that the ‘tourney’ style play we did was a very different experience from more conventional events. I think, at first, even we ourselves didn’t realize how much. Yet a lot of people embraced our vision.

For us – the organizers of Astronomi-con – we have a really unique opportunity. Christian and I are going to go ‘back to the drawing board’ with Astro. We are going to carefully outline our philosophies and, in the light of an entirely new system – we are going to create from Astro – which began as a ‘v3’ tournament long ago – an entirely new creation focused on narrative play, enjoyable times and crazy fun. We will still support our core philosophies of keeping everything above board and out front, crazy fun narrative story based scenarios and having people play armies which are as evocative of the 41st Millennium as we can manage. Within those bounds – we are going to do our best to create something new, cool, and hopefully totally unique – and fun as heck out of the new edition.

Change need not be a bad thing. With all change comes opportunity and this one looks to have a great deal of wonderful opportunity for event organizers like ourselves who have long had a hard time balancing the narrative and competitive aspects of play. With them neatly separated by the rules set, we can focus on what we do best and really try to create new adventures, battles, and wars in the 41st millennium.

Welcome to the New Age. Cadia has fallen. Biel Tan broken. A Primarch has risen and daemon princes stalk the stars. We’re going to take that stage, dress it up and bring your armies to it!

Astronomi-con FAQ Update

Posted: March 28, 2017 by The Master of the Adeptus Administratum in Composition, Events, FAQ, News, Rules
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Some updates to the FAQ for Astronomi-con:

  • Lifted restrictions on Independent Characters joining units during deployment.   The current GW Rulebook FAQ has addressed the most pressing issues and having additional restrictions seemed unnecessary.
  • Added information on how the Death From The Skies supplement will be used at Astronomi-con.
  • Added Captain Centos as an allowed special character.
  • Clarified how Formations composed of a single unit composed of multiple battlefield roles is to be handled.  (E.g. Deathwatch Kill Teams, Inquisitorial Henchman Warbands)

Astronomi-con Toronto 2017

Posted: December 16, 2016 by The Master of the Adeptus Administratum in Events, Hobby, News
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We are excited to announce that Astronomi-con will return to Toronto in 2017, on April 29th and 30th!

We will once again return to the Best Western Plus Milton, the home of Astronomi-con Toronto for the past few years.

Registration for our signature event is now open! Please visit the Registration Page to sign up.

For those that had registered for The Imperium Besieged and have not yet asked for a refund, your registration fees have been transferred towards this event.
We will be contacting everyone on this list to confirm their registration status.

We look forward to putting on another great event for you all!

The Imperium Besieged – Update

Posted: November 14, 2016 by The Master of the Adeptus Administratum in Events, News

Due to a number of participants withdrawing from the event due to scheduling conflicts, we have been put in a tough position where the event is no longer sufficiently funded to proceed.

We are at this time working to reschedule the event for early in the new year.

We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience.

The Imperium Besieged – Trailer

Posted: October 24, 2016 by The Master of the Adeptus Administratum in Events, Hobby, News
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Objective Markers

Posted: July 5, 2016 by The Master of the Adeptus Administratum in Events, Hobby, News, Scenarios
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As part of The Imperium Besieged, players will be required to bring two objective markers which will be used in all of the scenarios.

These objective markers should be on bases between 40mm and 60mm in size.  Players are encouraged to create objectives which are thematic in nature and suit the army being played.

We hope to offer an award for Best Objectives at the event, which would be voted on by the players.

The Impeium Besieged – Registration Now Open!

Posted: June 7, 2016 by The Master of the Adeptus Administratum in Events, News
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Astronomi-con Rivals

Registration is now open for our upcoming event:  The Imperium Besieged – A Narrative 40k Event.

Visit the Registration Page here.

 

The Imperium Besieged – Registration

Posted: May 31, 2016 by The Master of the Adeptus Administratum in Events, Hobby, News
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TheImperiumBesiegedRegistration for our upcoming event: The Imperium Besieged will open on Tuesday, June 7th at noon Eastern time.

The registration fee will be $100.00 CAD per player.

To ensure a balance between Imperium and non-Imperium players, the Imperium Faction will initially be capped at 25 players.

Players will include their Faction information at the time of registration.   They will also have the option to provide an Alternate Faction, should they be willing to switch to another Faction at a later time due to Faction registration imbalances.

Complete Toronto Results

Posted: May 12, 2016 by The Master of the Adeptus Administratum in Events, News
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Full Toronto Results are now available, including placings for all players.  Note that individual sportsmanship and theme scores have been cleared to ensure anonymity in these scores.

Once again we’d like to thank everyone that attended and we look forward to coming back to Toronto later this year for a new event that we are working on.  More details on that coming soon!