On Narrative events

Posted: June 8, 2016 by Lord Commander Militant of the Imperial Guard in Uncategorized

So – The Imperium Besieged…

Xian and I have been kicking around the idea for this event for well over a year. Once we finally committed to actually DOING it though – the development happened very fast. I guess 16 years of event running gives you at least some kind of skill at quickly knowing what is likely to work and what won’t when working together. It’s been exciting and very very cool.

So finally we consider ourselves ready – we book and confirm the space, people are talking excitedly and then we throw open the Registration.

And – in less than TWENTY FOUR HOURS – the event is half full.

It’s five MONTHS away!

Local folks are talking about potentially flying out to Toronto to play. There may be interest in a Winnipeg version too, which we would really welcome.

For a long time, it’s felt like very competitive events were all that could succeed. Outside of Toronto, Astronomi-con events have been falling off the tree, one by one due to simple lack of attendees. I’ll be honest with you – it’s been pretty heartbreaking. This event has been a big part of our lives for a long time now. In fact half the time I’ve spent doing the Games Workshop Hobby – I’ve been running Astronomi-con. We’ve seen it all, the rise and fall of Armorcast, the creation of Forgeworld, the rise of styrene models and the phasing out of metal models virtually completely. More and new races, new vehicles, the incorporation of flyers, of detachments and of formations.

It’s been quite a ride.

And through it all – the more ‘narrative’ type of events like Astronomi-con have been falling away, replaced by more ‘hardcore’ events. There is nothing wrong with that, mind – it’s not my cup of tea, but not everyone’s choice of how to play is ever going to be the same, but narrative events – there seemed to be less and less and, more importantly less and less interest.

Wow, folks. Wow.

Apparently we could not have been more wrong.

The level of support for The Imperium Besieged, the level of excitement and interest and passion – it’s really exciting. I haven’t been this excited about running an event in some years now. It’s literally THRILLING.

Thank you folks. You’ve made it a great time to be an event organizer and I really can’t thank you enough for your support, your excitement and your passion for the hobby.

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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.

The Imperium Besieged

Posted: May 27, 2016 by The Master of the Adeptus Administratum in Uncategorized

Astronomi-con Rivals

As has been discussed over the past couple of weeks on our Facebook group and Yahoo! mailing list, we are excited to announce a NEW narrative event:  The Imperium Besieged.

This will be a weekend of narrative battles at a scale never seen at an Astronomi-con event in the past, and players will be representing their factions on the battlefields.

While there is still plenty of work for us to do with respect to getting all of the fine details worked out, the broader workings have been refined to a state where we can begin sharing them with you all and at a date in the near future opening up registrations to be part of this event weekend!

Armies will be Battleforged and selected in three sections:  a 1400 point “Main Force”, a 700 point “Offensive Sideboard” and a 700 point “Defensive Sideboard”.  Lords of War are allowed and the weekend will  see each participant play 5 games.  Most games will feature the Main Force and one of the Sideboard forces, while there will be one game which players will get to use all three!

A great many more details will be posted to the website soon, so stay vigilant for all of the information as it gets published.  Once all of the key information has been posted, we will make an announcement regarding Registration.

This is not a Tournament per se, as players will never be directly playing opponents they are in competition with.   Awards will be based on your Faction – and by design you’ll only be playing games against opponents from another Faction (based on a mix of <50% Imperium Faction players).

We are very excited about this new event, and hope that players will take this opportunity to really explore the narrative side of their armies and their place in the 40k universe.

We hope to see you there!

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!

Toronto Results

Posted: May 3, 2016 by The Master of the Adeptus Administratum in Events, News
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Thanks to everyone that attended this year’s Astronomi-con Toronto event!

After a fantastic weekend of 40k battles and celebrating all that the hobby has to offer, with just shy of 300 man-games of 40k, we are pleased to announce that Best Overall was awarded to Jeff Brown and his White Scars Space Marine army!

Also congratulations to Devin Swann for being awarded Best General.

Special thanks to those that provided terrain and their time to help make this all possible.  We truly appreciate it.

Also a huge thank-you to Bill Kocher from Phoenix Games in Kitchener for his ongoing support of our events.  We encourage you all to drop in and visit there.  They’ve got a wide selection of GW products there to meet your hobby needs.

Follow the link to visit the Results page!

FAQ Update!

Posted: April 19, 2016 by The Master of the Adeptus Administratum in FAQ, News, Rules
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With the recent release of the Imperial Space Marine 2016 and the new Adeptus Astartes Psychic Powers we have updated our FAQ page to address these.

 

Army List Submissions

Posted: April 9, 2016 by The Master of the Adeptus Administratum in Uncategorized
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We have asked players to submit their army lists in advance, as you can well imagine checking everyone’s list takes a fair bit of time and effort! We thank those that have already sent in their lists for us to check correctness and score Composition.
 
Many people have asked us if there is a deadline to get their army lists in, and have also asked if there is a cut-off as to when newly released codices and units can be included. In the interests of allowing as much ‘cool stuff’ as we can, we have removed any such cut-off. Our stance is: If it’s out, it’s available to use.
 
Now, this approach can put us organizers in a bit of a bind (see above about scoring lists). We ask that players submit their lists to us as soon as they are ready. armylist@astronomi-con.com
 
With the upcoming Space Marine releases, many players may want to check out what’s available before submitting their lists – whether or not they themselves are playing Space Marines – or may decide to play them instead of the faction they are considering bringing.
 
Players are encouraged to send us their lists now should they wish. If you feel that the upcoming release is impacting your own list choice, please hold-off and get your list to us once you’ve had a chance to review the new release.
 
We will accept list revisions over the next couple of weeks, but be sure to get it in so we can make sure your list is legal, and get you your Composition score.
 
Composition is used to seed players for the first round of the tournament. If your list isn’t submitted in advance your Composition score is zero for first-round seeding purposes.
 
If you don’t submit your list in advance and the list you bring to the tournament is deemed to be illegal, then you will be in a difficult position. So, please get your lists in as soon as possible!

Toronto Accommodations

Posted: March 28, 2016 by The Master of the Adeptus Administratum in Events, News
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We have secured a room block with the Best Western Milton.
Please reserve your room before April 15th to stay in the same hotel as the event.

Check out the Accommodations page for all the info!

T-Shirts Now Available!

Posted: March 4, 2016 by The Master of the Adeptus Administratum in Events, News
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We are excited to announce the first offering of our new T-shirt design is now available for purchase via our online store page.

Shirts will be available to order until Friday April 8th, 2016.

Production for the order will take place after this cut-off date, and the shirts will be available at our Toronto event – Saturday April 30th, 2016.  Shirts will be distributed at the event.  Shirts will be available for pick-up for Winnipeg orders the week following the Toronto event.

For those interested in purchasing a shirt outside of those two communities, we will gladly ship them out to you.  Note that there is a second set of buttons for ‘shipped’ T-shirts these are set up to include a shipping fee.

When ordering your shirts, there are two buy-now buttons, one for sizes S-XL and one for XX sizes.

Please ensure that you take a moment to enter the desired size in the ‘note to seller’ box when processing payment! 

Your purchase goes directly to helping us pay the bills and keep these events running.  Thank you! We truly appreciate your support!