At last it has happened.
Sydney is getting a premier hobbyist event!
And we are creating an event to decide the "Australasian High Lord of Terra" (which might be called a "40K champion" (or should that be chumpion )) of the entire Australia/NZ region! Not half ambitious, are we?
After the dissappointment of this year's GT, added to the lack of a KF in Sydney, with fond memories of earlier Sydney GTs that attracted hobbyists from all over, quite a few of us have been beavering away in secret to rectify this lack. Now we're ready to announce, and get this ball rolling! This isn't just a Cryx special, although I shall be your head TO on the day, it's a group effort including input from many of Sydney's, and Australia's, top hobbyists. Especially Sydney's, at least, so far!
So what is "Lords of Terra"?
It's a 40K tournament to try and determine Australia and NZ's top hobbyist! To put Sydney back on the map in terms of premier 40K Hobby events!
In the absence of a Sydney GT this year, it also seeks to provide a premier hobbyist event for the NSW 40K gaming community.
Lords of Terra quick summary:
When: 28/29th June 2008. 9 am start. 5 round format (allows for earlier finish on Sunday for travel).
Where: North Sydney, NSW
Cost: $50 (unless we can make it cheaper)
Comp: 2000pt legal army with decent core that is fun to play against: Army comp simplified to peer. Asking players to be a bit more critical than usual because this should be the cream of the top, many of these armies are going to be excellent, so we need to differntiate. Sports will also be peer, probably checklist of 5 + rating out of 5 or similar.
Scoring: 50% Battle, 20% Painting & Modelling, 20% Army Composition, and 10% Sports.
Format: Run as a single event, both invitees and Open draw players vie in the usual Swiss-round format. Invitees are eligible for seperate awards (which will hopefully all be trophies of some description) as well as contesting the overall tournament placings. In the first round and as much as possible in rounds 1,2 and 3, invitees will be matched against invitees, but on day two it will be straight swiss ordering excluding double-ups.
NSW Lord of Terra 1st Overall
2nd, 3rd overall
Blessed Hands of the Emperor Painting/Modelling: 1st,
2nd, 3rd painting
Favoured of his Children Player's Choice
The High Lord of Saints Best Sport
Buckets of Guts Best composed army
Emperor's Fanatic Best General (outside Overall, ties split by comp)
Invitee main trophy: The Australasian High Lord of Terra Best overall performance by an invitee.
SInce the invbitees are the cream of Aussie gaming it seems likely the same player will take both overall prizes, however what a fantastic set-uyp for a lifelong grudge if one of the open draw players beat all the invited folk to the top spot! In this case the trophy would go to next higest placegetter who IS an invitee.
Other prizes to be announced as availability/numbers become apparant and allow. As much as possible all major categories will be awarded top 3. Many awards will not allow double-ups on prizes.
Trophies to be awarded for the top categories.
I like to spread the love, and once I've covered all our costs, the rest of the entry pool goes right back into prize support. General philosophy is one prize per place getter. More ppl walk away with prizes = good, right?
Paint criteria: To be judged by our top quality painting judges (That's right, plural!).
Army List submission: due by Friday 20th Of June to allow time for complex marking procedure.
We're inviting over 100 players from across Australia/NZ who have finished in the top 3 in a tourny (30 players or more), top 10% (12-29), or who are on the top twenty for Sports/Painting/or Comp rankings but without a podium finish. We would be delighted if all invited players were able to attend, we can fit you all, and that would definitely make it a rip-snorter!
There will also be an "open event," the "Aspirant Lords of Terra" open to everyone, to allow for locals/road-trippers to get more involved as well. Placing in the Aspirants allows qualification for the Lords of Terra the following year (yes, these are supposed to be annual events). More details for this will be forthcoming.
The "Lords of Terra" (Invitational event) will be available to players by invitation only. "Uh-oh, does invitational mean I need to be well known to play?**" Not at all, we have a very transparent system to work out our invitees:
It's no mystery at all, this is a championship. To qualify, you need a podium finish. Simple.
In more detail, you need to have received a top 3 (podium) OVERALL finish at any 1 event with 30 players or more in the period from January 1st to December 31st 2007. We also use Mark Croxford's excellent ranking system, particularly in the non overall categories, to ensure the top ten Sportsmen, Painters, and Army composers also get to attend. This is a championship, but it's also a celebration of the Hobby, so all top hobby performers are very welcome.
We're considering asking the top 3 overalls from Arcanacon 2008, Cancon 2008, Terracon 2008, and several other events, probably would add NZ NatCon and Conquest to those as well, in the lead up. Part of the reason for this thread is to discuss preferences amongst players, we'd especially like to hear from those top hobbyists. What do they need to entice them to a well-run event? We'll be bending over backwards to sort out more obvious issues such as terrain. Creating a mixture of missions, that encourage a balanced army, makes you think, without being too "fiddly" or unbalanced.
And since we'll be inviting players from across the nation/Tasman, the "Aspirant Lords of Terra" event caters to those like me, who'd still like to join in on what should be an excellent vibe, with a real genuine hobbyist feel, as well as our most competitive gamers battling it out.
** - this is not at all meant to denigrate other systems of invitational. At all. It's just that not every city has someone with Ghetti's touch, unfortuantly. You Melborunites also get Andrew Long! So in lieu of that level of talent, we came up with this idea.
The "Aspirant Lords of Terra" competition will be no sideshow or after thought, but a full blown tourny with full prize support (And those of you who have attended my tournies before know when I say "full prize support" I really mean it, my ambition is to spread the plastic prize-love as much as possible, thanks to GW as always.)
Saturday night: We hope to provide a forum for interstate/international challenges if we get appropriate & sufficient numbers/interest. We'd also like to encourage any who wish to create new traditions, any rivalaries that you think need to be challenged? Let us know. "NSW vs the Mexicans" might be a good place to try to start. Or what about "State of Origins". And who could resist some sort of test series Oz Vs NZ? Assault on Planet Bledisloe?
Numbers: We hope to have over 40 or 50 players in the Main event, but have room for triple that, so "Aspirants of Terra" can be as large if not larger. In short, we have room for the numbers. So come one, come all!
The venue is currently set to be the excellent North Sydney ANZAC Club (Site of this years GT, DogCon, Gathering of Might, and other events). Excellent because it's good value with a decent amount of space to accomodate over 100 gamers, and reasonable in-house facilities including the essential Bar. It's within easy striking distance of accomodation strips at St Leonards/Artarmon as well as the North Shore, and there's plenty of locals to assist with city travel - including airport pickups/drop off and so on. We plan on making our visitors welcome because we'll be delighted to see them!
*Comp in more detail. Your army is marked 3 times. (EDIT: I am rejigging the comp system and will likely opt for a far simpler comp solution, stay tuned.)
1) (Now simplified) Peer comp. Your peers will get to mark your army out of 10 for each round played. Strong guidance for marking philosophy will be provided - expect some tick/flick and then a score out of x for general composition score. Any outlying scores (apparant snipes or boosts) shall be queried.
More details to follow, feel free to make your impressions known here!
Invites shall be going out to players Real Soon Now ! Well, at least we have lists of ionvitees on the other threads now (see "The 118")
Please help us make this a fun event and get 40K rocking in Sydney town once more. Happy for feedback but as we get closer to the date we are firming up the exact format which wont be tinkered with too close to the event allowing us to concentrate on important stuff like prizes.
$50 entry ,
Please email or PM me to notiify of payment, and I shall confirm by putting you on the paid list.