Posts Tagged ‘40k’

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 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!

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 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!

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!

Registration Now Open

Posted: February 5, 2016 by The Master of the Adeptus Administratum in Events, News
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We are excited to announce that registration for this year’s
Astronomi-con Toronto is now open!

Visit the registration page here!

Astronomi-con Toronto 2016

Posted: January 27, 2016 by The Master of the Adeptus Administratum in Events, News
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We’re excited to announce the first Toronto event of the year, taking place on April 30th and May 1st, 2016!  We will once again be returning to the Best Western Plus in Milton Ontario.  Registration information will be forthcoming.

This event will be the traditional 1500 point tournament.

At this time we are working on plans for a second Toronto event later in the year with somewhat different format.  More details on this later in the year as we put it all together.

Changing The Rules

Posted: November 18, 2015 by The Master of the Adeptus Administratum in Events, Forgeworld, News, Rules
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As Tournament Organizers, we are ultimately responsible for the way our events are run.  This covers all aspects of the tournament, from something as simple as how many points each player is allowed to use when creating their armies, to what restrictions will be enforced such as disallowing multiples of the same formation or limiting Lords of War.

Some Tournament formats such as the ITC produce their own FAQ’s and impose their own limits on abilities and limits for their events.

Astronomi-con while generally very open to using existing units and rules sometimes has to put a few of its own ‘fixes’ in place to address rules oddities, or potentially abusive combinations.

As such we have two such items listed on our FAQ page.

One item gives new rules for the Lucius Drop Pod produced by ForgeWorld.

The second restricts the ability of units embarking in Allied transports and Independent Characters joining Allied units.

These changes have been made in the interests of fun thematic gaming and to downplay potentially abusive combinations.

Ruleset Updates

Posted: October 14, 2015 by The Master of the Adeptus Administratum in Composition, Dataslate, Digital, Forgeworld, News, Rules
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In an effort to ease questions about what is and is not allowed with respect to codices, units, and formations for Astronomi-con we have simplified things somewhat from our inclusive list of codices and supplemental rules.

Astronomi-con has always been about including as much of the 40k universe as possible within the scale and scope appropriate to the points level being played with the goal of encouraging narrative thematic fun games for all participants.

To address the questions of what units and codices are allowed, we have opted to do away with the 30-day restrictions on new releases.  Currently it seems new units with their rules are made available almost every week via White Dwarf, in advance of a codex release.   If a unit has complete rules available then they are permitted.  If a unit is released with an incomplete set of rules – such as referencing special rules or wargear that has not yet been released then that unit will not be permitted.

All currently published Codices, Dataslates, Formations, Supplements, and their associated FAQ’s will be permitted unless otherwise noted on the Ruleset page.   This also includes Forgeworld Imperial Armour books, Experimental rules, and their related FAQ’s. Black Library hosted rules are also permitted.

Check the Ruleset page for complete information!