WWHFB Term 1 Play-offs

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Well, if you didn’t know the Wisconsin Warhammer Fantasy Battles League has a regular play-offs 3 times a year. What happens is that for 3 months, players are encouraged to go to play games with other players who are registered as part of the club and then go to the website and enter the game. Using a ruleset, each game is scored a certain number of points for things like the size of the game, winning, losing, and if the army was painted. At the end of the three months the top four players who can manage to make it out to play-offs are invited to an event.

For the Winter/Spring term of 2015 we had 24 players score their games, so there was a lot of interest in league play. With the top four players then were invited to a traditional, single elimination two round event that was hosted at Pegasus Games on April 25, 2015. Our qualifying players were:
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The End Times Campaign: Week 3

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The third week has been played out and good times were had by all of us that made it out. We had 6 of us out when we were making pairings so went with that. We had 2 more show up later, but it was too late for pairings as we were all playing and those two got to hang out and hobby. I will note that pairings were much more exciting with 5 players per team then three, but even then, there was strategy afoot in the pairings. While chaos has been on a tear with last week’s victories, order still controlled far more of the old world. With eyes set on the Battle for Karak Eight Peaks and the fall of Riekland, we paired up and played Warhammer.

  1. High Elves (Fred) vs Warriors of Chaos (Conesy)
  2. Dwarfs (Gordon) vs Skaven (Trevor)
  3. Empire (Nick) vs Ogres (Ben)

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The End Times Campaign: Week 2

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Another week is in the books, and what a week it was! Huge shifts in the campaign this week as the games were played and things were fast and furious. This week we had 11 players out which helped get everyone excited. After some decision making of who would play who, it was on to the match ups. The forces of Chaos still very down on the number of locations controlled was able to pick first, and led the choices of match ups. Overall, this system seems to work pretty well and lends a real team aspect to things. One thing I will note, and it’s not in the rules pack, but if your group tends to pick the same match ups every week, then you should have a rule in place to force the match ups to be different opponents for the first few picks. When you get down to the last two picks or so, you can’t help things as we did have one repeat match up.

  1. Undead Legion (Stark) vs Ogres (Eric)
  2. Dwarfs (Gordon) vs Warriors of Chaos (Conesy)
  3. Empire (Nick) vs Ogres (Big Ben R.)
  4. High Elves (Fred) vs Warriors of Chaos (Brian)
  5. High Elves (Kenny K) vs Skaven (Trevor) vs Ogres (Aaron)

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The End Times Campaign: Week 1

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Week one of our End Times campaign is set and done, and wow, what a great night! So, let’s set this up a little. It’s Wisconsin. The state’s big school, University of Wisconsin – Madison’s college basketball team is playing for national championships. Most of the state is at a bar or in front of their TV and here we were, 10 dedicated Warhammer players gather at our favorite local game store in town, . People were excited too, a lot of folks there before the normal start time and everyone there plenty early, by quarter after 6.

So, teams were made of 5 players each and after some waiting for order to select their supreme commander we went into the choosing opponents. Wanting to lock in a sure win (well maybe not so sure, but…) I choose to have our skaven player (Trevor) match up against Dwarfs (Gordon). Order picked next, and matched up Lizardmen (Kenny) vs our Ogre recruits (Eric). The remaining match ups were selected below:

  1. Skaven (Trevor) vs. Dwarfs (Gordon)
  2. Lizardmen (Kenny) vs. Ogres (Eric)
  3. Orcs and Goblins (Paul) vs. Empire (Nick)
  4. Undead Legion (Stark) vs. Warriors of Chaos (myself)
  5. Warriors of Chaos (Brian) vs. High Elves (Fred)

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Pegasus Hobbies: Barbed Wire Kit Review

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So, I know barbed wire really isn’t something that you think would appear much in a Warhammer Fantasy game, and you would be right. Of course, in a game world with steam engines and loads of black powder it certainly isn’t out of the scope that there could be barbed wire. On top of that, as you have heard Brian and I have been really into this 28mm game called Bolt Action by Warlord Games. It’s a WW2 game and it’s a great time, but all of my fantasy terrain didn’t have all of the stuff really that could be used for a WW2 game, or even a future game like Warhammer 40k.
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End Times Campaign for Pick Up Games

So, we talked quite a bit about the campaign we are starting on Episode 61. Here is the link to the work in progress document. At the time this was initially posted, I have the first 4 weeks designed and the final scenario.

It’s the End Times Bro Campaign

It’s been a great way to stir up some excitement at the local store for playing Warhammer in a game that people have been playing for a long time, particularly when close to the end of an edition with as many rumors flying around as there are currently. This campaign is written not to really interfere with player’s regular games, but to turn them into large groups and having their games work towards an end goal. The board that Eric (StoneMonkGamer) put together is amazing for this campaign for the campaign map.

We start the campaign tomorrow, April 6th. Stay tuned for updates on the podcast and show.


Episode 61: Campaign Times

Episode 61

In this episode, the hosts are together to talk about how things are going. Conesy goes off rails and talks a bit to much about Bolt Action by Warlord Games. Meanwhile, Brian has been quiet about his new secret project and not getting much in for gaming due to the normal school/life duldrums.

To spice it up, Conesy talks a bit about this new campaign and what it will hopefully do to spice things up for a crowd of Warhammer players that are tired of hearing about 9th edition doom and gloom.

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Reaper Bones II Kickstarter has arrived!

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Bonesylvania

So, yeah, this just showed up the other day. Lots of figures. Lots of the bones models.

So I unboxed the whole thing and put it into a small tub. While there are quite a few figures, none of them were really packed for figure safety and while the material Reaper uses for the Bones line is really durable, you would think a miniatures company would pack these with a little more care. Opening the box, figures are in three giant plastic bags. Opened, and I believe this is a complaint with anything in the Bones range, but anything like a spear, sword, staff, or similar is bent and bowed to the point that I have to ask myself if I should save that or just cut it off and replace it with brass rod.
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Bolt Action Battle Report #1

So, if you haven’t heard about it yet, then you probably missed us talking about it on the show but in our spare time Brian and I have been playing this great World War 2 historical game called Bolt Action from Warlord Games.

Bolt Action is a turn based game, but unlike Warhammer where you complete all of the actions of your units (move, magic, shooting, combat) then your opponent resolves their actions before the turn ends, each player in Bolt Action activates one of their squads or units when one of their order dice is drawn from a bag or dice cup. All of the dice are drawn from the bag the turn is complete and the players reset. Order dice also then represent the different “orders” a squad might be given, such as run, go down or fire at the enemy. It makes for a great turn sequence where you really interact with your opponent and there isn’t a lot of waiting to get to do something in the game.

Now that you have been introduced a bit to the game, on to the report! In today’s game, we discussed using a fan generated scenario that looked interesting and that I heard about through some other podcasts. The scenario is called Domination and can be found at the great fan site, BoltAction.net. The scenario really is about controlling the table, with objectives pretty evenly distributed and each worth different points. You can control a lot of objectives to win, or you can try to push for the more expensive objectives in the center of the table and hope to control enough of those for the win. Really cool concept and something I am going to look at throwing into a Warhammer game some time.
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Episode 60: Escalating the Hammer

Episode 60

The hosts get back together to record and there is a lot to talk about. Joined by guest Kenny Lull from the Combat Phase podcast again, the hosts focus on talking about the current escalation league that is being run in Madison, WI at Pegasus Games on Monday nights. The hosts delve into escalation leagues and how they can be used as tools for not just adding players and growing the group, but also to achieve and motivate a group to hobby. Several other pros and cons are discussed as well as just defining what an escalation league is.

Also the hosts just catch up. There is some side talk about recent geek TV and movies, as well as some random Bolt Action that is chattered about in there.

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