Monday, January 02, 2017

Double Trouble 2 Tickets on Sale Now

Tickets are now available for Double Trouble 2 which will be happening on Saturday June 10th 2017 at the NWGC in Stockport. The venue has recently had a thorough refurbishment so I'm looking forward to playing there after years playing there before the improvements.

The event will follow the same general format as the last one with a few minor changes. I'll go through what's new below but first a summary for those who couldn't come to the first one or simply weren't aware of it.

What is Double Trouble?
Double Trouble is a Warhammer 40,000 doubles tournament with a difference. Instead of writing an army list together with a partner, each player will write their own 750pt army list from the faction of their choice. Before the first round you will be randomly assigned a doubles partner and play against another random pairing. The allies chart will not be used therefore all combinations will be treated as "Battle Brothers".

At the start of the next round you will be assigned a new random partner and if I manage to do the draw correctly you shouldn't end up meeting the same person twice in the day either as your partner or as one of your opponents. This means you'll get to play three games with 9 different people and hopefully a good variety of armies.

Tickets are on sale now and cost £17.50 per person with 40 spaces available initially. If demand is high I can easily extend this to more but we'll see how things go. Your ticket entitles you to 3 games of 40K, lunch, free entry into the raffle and, a chance to win spot prizes throughout the day.  To purchase tickets, please send £17.50 per ticket to via PayPal (using the Friends and Family option). Please include your preferred contact email address along with email addresses for anyone else you're buying a ticket for. Please also include the dietary requirements of everyone you're buying a ticket for (even if it's just to say there aren't any). If people can include these things from the start it makes my life a lot easier, thanks!

Army Selection 
Each "Force" can cost up to and including 750pts and must come from a single faction. The only restrictions on the units you can take are as follows:

  • One detachment OR formation per 750pt army (detachments which are made up of formations, e.g. the SM Gladius Strike Force, are not permitted).
  • No super heavy vehicles, gargantuan creatures or fortifications are allowed (this includes super heavy flyers and flying gargantuan creatures). 
  • No unit may be taken more than twice* (excluding Dedicated Transports) 

*Note that Astra Militarum have a small exception in that you may take two Infantry Platoons but each Platoon can only include three infantry squads (allowing six per Force). The other components of the Platoon are excluded from the no more than two of a unit rule.

Just remember, you have no idea who you'll be paired with or against. That means either a balanced list or hope that you get something complementary.

Imperial Armour/Horus Heresy armies and Forge World 40K legal units ARE permitted. That being said, armies must still comply with the above restrictions.

Scenarios & Scoring
Each game will use Random Game Length (5-7 turns) and the same two concurrent missions:

  • Annihilation - Destroy your opponents' army for a number of blood points equal to the value of enemy units destroyed.
  • Tactical Superiority - Score VPs by achieving the tactical objectives detailed on the Double Trouble objective cards (deck provided). 

The scores for each doubles pair will be recorded with each player in the pair getting the same score. There will be no secondary objectives in play e.g. Linebreaker, Slay the Warlord etc.

Contingency for Drop-outs
There's nothing worse than being told you've received a bye when you were hoping to play three games of 40K for your money. Here's what I propose:

  • If we end up with a total number of players which is one less than a multiple of 4 (e.g. 27), I'll field a full 1,500pt army myself. It'll still consist of two randomly determined halves though from my collection and my opponents will roll for it each round! 
  • If we end up with a total number of players which is two less than a multiple of 4 (e.g. 18) then both Matt and I will field 1,500pt armies again being formed of two randomly determined 750pt forces. 
  • If we end up with a total number of players which is three less than a multiple of 4 (e.g. 21), I'll simply drop out bringing the number back to a multiple of 4.

I think it's important to have this contingency plan in place so that people feel reassured that the system will work and everyone will get their three games.

Prizes (kindly sponsored by Element Games)
Those of you who've attended my previous events will know that the raffle is where the real prizes are won but of course it's a tournament so there has to be something for winning. Please note the values below are dependent on a certain number of tickets sales and therefore may change. These will take the form of store credit with Element Games (the in-house hobby shop) who offer discounted GW products. The awards will not be given out in the same way as they would at a singles event (or even a normal doubles event) instead they'll be as follows:

  • Master Tactician (single player scoring the most objective points overall): Certificate & £20 voucher
  • Genocidal Maniac (single player scoring the most blood points overall): Certificate & £20 voucher
  • Nobody Loves Me Award (player scoring the least total points overall): Certificate and £10 voucher

There'll also be a painting competition with prizes for the following:

  • Best Painted Army: Certificate & £15 voucher
  • Best Painted Vehicle or Monster: Certificate & £10 voucher
  • Best Painted Character: Certificate & £10 voucher
  • Best Conversion(s): Certificate & £15 voucher

Each player will only be able to enter one category of the painting competition so they'll need to choose the one they feel they'll have the best shot at winning. With such a low point total for your Force, it's a great opportunity to really go to town on an existing army or even start a new one especially for the event!

Painting Showcase
Speaking of painting new models for the event. Last time I asked people to send me pictures of the miniatures they were painting for the event. I'd like to do this again so if you're coming along and painting stuff up then please send me plenty of pictures as you go along. I'll collate these into posts every week or so (depending on how many I receive) and hopefully we'll be able to encourage each other to make progress towards some beautiful new units or even full armies before the event. Use the contact me link on the right to send me pictures.

Changes from the previous DT event
The vast majority of the event format is staying the same. I'll be keeping the round times at 2.5 hours but I'm going to streamline the pre-game stuff and I've simplified the deployments so that games can start more quickly. Since we're playing the same missions in all three rounds it should be pretty straightforward to get your games underway.

The deployments are detailed on the DT2 page but it's Dawn of War in game one. Vanguard Strike in two and back to Dawn of War for three but with the twist that one player from each team deploys before the other two do (alternating of course).

I've also made some changes on my end of things to streamline the spreadsheet I use to collect up the scores. This should mean the event can run to time even if I'm playing along with you guys. Should also mean I get to chat you all a bit more at lunch time!

Summoning has been limited in that you can't break the "no unit may be taken more than twice" restriction i.e. if you start with two units of pink horrors, you couldn't summon a third. However, if you completely lost one of the two units you could summon a replacement for them.

Right, I think that's it. Hope to see a lot of you there! Any questions, feel free to email!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Hobby Resolutions for 2017

Not sure why I keep doing this to myself since clearly my resolve is lacking and I never seem to stick to them. Still, it's a tradition now so let's get on with it starting, as ever, with a look back over last year's resolutions.

  • Double Trouble - this is at least one I can tick off. I was really pleased with how the event went and how well people embraced the spirit of it. I'm really looking forward to the next one.
  • Get the scenery done - I'm looking at last year's resolutions post and Siph's comment "I'll believe it when I see it Alex" is haunting me. I made some progress on my scenery but nothing finished all year. 
  • Clear out the crap - I ended up with more crap if anything - fail! Needs to happen in 2017 though before the move into the garage. Watch this space! 
  • Paint all my knights - well partial credit here surely? Two of my four knights are "finished". Be nice to get my original knight up to the same standard and work on my freeblade too though.
  • Finish some Tau/SW units - nope!
  • Blogging - more hobby posts was the aim. Well, I barely posted about my hobby in the past so this was a somewhat meagre goal but with all of the knight stuff I think I did reasonably well.
  • Torunaments - think I managed my lofty goal of "the odd one here and there". Go me!
What about this year then?
  • Scenery - this is getting to be a bit of a joke/farce but I really really really want to get my scenery done. Doesn't help that I can't remember playing more than a couple of games on my own table all of 2016 though! Perhaps I should forget about the idea of having an alternate set of desert terrain and just worry about getting my winter stuff done. Still, it really doesn't take long to produce so there shouldn't be any excuse. Right Jamie and Siph, hit me with your sarcasm.
  • Clear Out The Crap - I've changed my mind about the Dark Angels. Seems a shame to get rid of another army that I've put work into (like I did with my Eldar a while ago). I think I just need to rationalise my collection though. The same goes for all my armies to a greater or lesser extent. There'll be a decent amount of space in my garage but I really want things to be better organised in there.
  • Painting - As I posted about at some point in 2016, I've given up on the idea of setting myself targets to keep to get my armies done. Instead I'm just going to go with the flow. Since I posted about this I haven't actually finished anything but again, hopefully the garage will change that.
  • Blogging - I've found my motivation lacking of late but hopefully I'll find some inspiration again when I start playing more games again
  • Tournaments - I'll be attending at least one event this year, Double Trouble 2 but who knows if I'll be playing in it. Outside of that I'd like to attend some 40K, X-wing and Blood Bowl events.
  • Double Trouble 2 - obviously I want this to be bigger and better than DT2. At least the venue will be better so I'm already winning!

So, essentially what I'm doing here is avoiding setting specific goals so I can feel better about myself next year! I'm putting a lot of hope into the garage conversion spurring me to new heights of hobby production but we'll have to wait and see I guess. 

As I said in my review post. We've got a big game coming up at the end of Jan so I need to get some Orks ready for that so there'll likely be my first order of business. What I'd really like to do though is get my new Human Blood Bowl team painted. I can't promise I won't be distracted and paint them instead. Clearing out the crap has to come before anything else though as it's a necessary part of the garage move. 

So, hands up who thinks I'll get any scenery finished in the next 12 months....

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Obligatory End of Year Review Post!

It's that time of year again when I look back over the last twelve months and remember how little hobby progress I've made once again! This will shortly be followed by interminably optimistic new year's hobby resolutions post where I list out a load of fictitious scenarios where I actually get something done! Still, shame to break tradition. Here goes...

The Year in Review
I started off the year in fine style with a trip to WHW for GW's anniversary celebrations. We played an awesome game of Orks vs The Imperium to celebrate and my greenskins triumphed. It was an excellent way to kick off. Incidentally, we've booked some tables at the Sanctuary at the end of January for another big game between the Imperium and the Orks but this time I'll be joined by some of Nurgle's cronies.

It was around this time that I put the Double Trouble tickets on sale and started the discussion about how the event would run. I'll talk more about DT later but suffice to say DT2 tickets will be on sale very early in the new year.

Over the first quarter of the year I spent my time building/magnetising my two new Imperial Knights followed by several airbrush sessions. It wasn't until March until I declared them "finished" just in time for them to help Matt and I to victory at an Outpost doubles event. 

I then went into full time Double Trouble build up with plenty of shots of your progress getting your armies ready for the event. I'd like to do this again for DT2 but I'll let you know how you can submit your photos soon. It's a great excuse to start a new army or get a 750pt chunk of one of your existing armies painted up. My attempts to get my DE ready for the event resulted in a massive failure but at least some progress was made. I'd be very surprised if my DE get any love this coming year though. If anything I'll be culling their numbers with some eBay auctions.

Double Trouble was the mid point of the year and, venue issues aside, I thought it was a great success for the first event in a new format. I'm looking forward to DT2 and who knows, maybe I'll run two in 2017.

My blogging dropped off dramatically in the second half of the year. I posted 45 times in the first six months (mostly DT build up I'll grant you) but I've only posted 14 times since the start of July (including this post!). I didn't post in October at all!!! There were a multitude of reasons for this but hopefully my posting will be more consistent next year.

The latter half of the year also saw me playing very little 40K and instead I participated in some X-wing events. This was a nice change of pace and I'm looking forward to more X-wing in the coming year. I will say that X-wing is in danger of becoming over complex though as more and more releases hit. More on that another time.

The last major gaming of the year was Fluffaggedon for which I returned to my faithful Space Wolves. Not a stellar performance on my part but I thought Matt did an excellent job in running his first event. Hopefully he'll run more in 2017, I'll obviously keep you posted.

The year was rounded out with the start of my work on the garage conversion. The re-release of Blood Bowl was awesome and although little has changed I'm hoping the new set will boost it's popularity and hopefully I can get myself into some league play. I managed to get in a couple of games with my brother-in-law and a friend from work which certainly rekindled my love for the game.

My final gaming of the year was an X-wing session with Matt and despite losing both games I enjoyed myself and particularly liked smashing both of Matt's heroes in Gorechosen to end the night.

Blog Stats
Another dip in views this year from 340,000 last year to 250,000 this year. Doesn't sound so bad until you realise that a big chunk of those views have come from Russian bots of some description. Seems to have been an issue affecting a lot of blogs but makes it very difficult to tell how many people are actually viewing the site. I suspect a pretty large proportion of those views are coming from Russia though. I mean, assuming I've never had a view from Russia before (which isn't the case) there's 50,000 views from there in my blog's history. Still, the drop in views is hardly surprising when I've posted just under 60 times compared to 80 last year. Last month's views (16,300) were even lower than September last year which was the lowest since Feb 2013.

Like I say every year. I'd love there to be more hobby content on here next year but that obviously depends on how much I do. Maybe the new surroundings in the garage will inspire me?

Hobby Progress
Extremely little outside of my knights. I'm struggling to think of anything else I actually "finished" this year. The less said about this the better.

Unless I'm forgetting something I only played in three 40K events this year with a further two X-wing events. Didn't help that the WHW events didn't fall on great weekends for me but it's becoming increasingly difficult to commit to events. My hobby is so often motivated by needing to get things ready for an event so it's no surprise that I haven't achieved much.

Probably my worst year to date in terms of hobby progress, tournaments and blogging. I can't really put my finger on why. Total War: Warhammer certainly took a big chunk out of my free time but I just haven't been motivated. A lot of the problem has been the disorganisation in my gaming room. Maybe when the garage is done and everything is in a sensible place I'll feel more relaxed. Being able to watch TV shows on my PC whilst painting will make a big difference I think.

A bit of a forlorn feeling to this post for which I apologise. The solution is naive optimism for the year ahead so look forward to that in the next post!


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