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BRISCON Army Lists

With eight players taking to the field, the inaugural BRISCON Epic Armageddon tournament will be one of the smaller events in the Australian Epic Armageddon calendar. Despite that, BRISCON will offer players a chance to meet new and old players from across the country, with players coming from Victoria and the Northern Territory to battle it out.

This year we will see the tournament has gone paperless. In the past, Epic Armageddon Tournament Organisers have had players submit hard copy tournament results at the completion of each round. The Tournament Organiser (or a suitable lackey) has then had to calculate the ladder and next round draw for each round based off these chicken scratchings.

For BRISCON, the Painting Bunker, in conjunction with the developers of the online management tool, TableTop Tournaments, have put together an Epic Armageddon module for TableTop Tournaments. The Tabletop Tournaments management tool allows organisers to register events in advance, submit and track army lists, submit game results, allow tournament organisers to vet results before publishing them, seed each round draw and check out some of the tournament’s basic statistics, in real time!

You can see the Army lists and players details for BRISCON on the TTT website here. Check it out!

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BRISCON looms closer!

With just over a month to go, BRISCON is almost here. The Epic Armageddon tournament has some spots left, so if your sitting on the fence, get in now and book your spot on the table against some of the best gamers around. The booking links and players pack are available here.

The initial designs and work going into the tables is amazing, with some serious thought behind the effect and construction of the terrain. Here is a sneak peak of some of the terrain being produced by the Tournament Organiser for the competition.

And this is just a fraction of what is in store for the Epic Armageddon players at this year’s BRISCON. Secure your spot now.

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To fight or not to fight? – A look at the assault rules.

During CANCON this year, I experienced and was a bystander to two situations where I believe we identified an issue with the assault rules as written in the current tournament pack.

On both occasions, a player activated a formation with an engage order. At the completion of the move, the attacking and defending formation had units within 15cm, but no units from the attacking or defending formation had a valid line of fire to each other. The line of sight between them was blocked by a large piece of terrain greater than 10cm, therefor blocking line of sight but still able to bring units from both formations to within 15cms.

The assault rules found in the Tournament Pack at section 1.12.3 – Make a charge move state the following:

“It’s important to note that all you have to do is get one unit within 15cms of the enemy chosen as the target of the assault. There is no need for any units to get into base-to-base contact with the enemy unless you want them to.”

Under the rules as written, this situation is a legal action that can be taken by a player. If you factor in supporting fire or other assault modifiers and special rules such as “less blast markers” or “Inspiring” you can win an assault having never actually fought. While the tournament pack provides context for the question of getting a unit into base contact it does not stipulate a requirement to have a line of fire to the target formation. This presents a somewhat contrary situation. The design concept for assaults found in the Tournament Pack looks like this:

“The rules for assaults that follow are a crucial part of the Epic rules, and so it’s important to understand what they represent. Unlike most wargames, where assaults only really cover hand-to-hand combat, in Epic an assault covers everything that happens when a formation is ordered to assault an enemy formation. To put this another way, if you think of an assault as covering everything that happens in a typical 4–6 turn game of Warhammer 40,000, then you won’t go too far wrong!”

From my point of view, the design concept makes it clear that in an assault or engage action, someone fired a shot in anger at the opposing force. However, the current tournament pack and the FAQ do not force this requirement on to the player. An engage action and subsequent “assault” can be conducted, without ever firing a weapon.

I found this situation to be fairly frustrating. I believe an assault, at a minimum, requires someone to shoot using their Firefight value at the attacking or defending formation. The concept of “clipping” holds more in terms of representing a formation flanking a formation than the concept of “fighting without fighting“.

I also believe that the fix is fairly simple. Amend the following paragraph found at section 1.12.3 – Make a Charge Move:

“Make the move normally, as described in the movement rules given previously. Once the move is complete, the engaging formation must have at least one unit within 15cms of a unit from the target formation. If this is not the case then the assault does not take place and the action ends.”

To read as follows:

“Make the move normally, as described in the movement rules given previously. Once the move is complete, the engaging formation must have at least one unit within 15cms with a valid line of fire to a unit in the target formation. If this is not the case then the assault does not take place and the action ends.”

Line of Fire is adequately described in the Shooting section of the rules and removes the situation I encountered during CANCON. A select few within the Net Epic Armageddon community might argue that you cannot change the rules, that this will in some way, create a paradox resulting in the destruction of the universe. Others, say that exploiting an advantage in the rules is acceptable, rather than exploiting an actual tactical advantage. That said, this amendment will be made available in the Horus Heresy supplement, for those of you who wish to avoid, what you may believe is an oversight in the rules that needs to be fixed in order to meet the original design concept of the assault rules.

We would love to hear your comments on the matter, you can comment on our Facebook site here or on the forums here at epicAU. We would love to hear your thoughts.

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Battle Reports are Go

The team at epicAU have put pen to paper and produced a fairly simple battle reporting tool for Epic Armageddon. The Battle Reporting Tool takes battle report data from a user and stores it in a database. This is so army list developers can review your battle reports and study the effectiveness of the lists they may be working on.

The epicAU Heresy Supplement team hope that players take the time to capture the data required for the Battle Reporting Tool and enter the results of their Epic Armageddon Heresy Supplement games. This will assist us to refine the lists for a more balanced composition. Submitting other reports is great too, but we are extra keen to see the reports of games using the Heresy Supplement.

To lodge a report, simple fill out the form located here with your game data. Your battle report will be stored in our database for analysis. The public viewing component of the analysis is limited at this time, while we work out the bugs in the current system (of which there are a few). Users should ensure that they enter valid data for each entry, especially when it comes to army factions and army lists as the tool does not check to confirm that your list is indeed, Ork or Space Marine, it simply records the entry you select.

To see the latest five battle reports entered into the tool, users can visit this page. If you would like to submit feedback, notify us of errors you get or add your army list to the drop down menus in the tool, please e-mail us on admin@epicAU.com

Look forward to seeing your battle reports.

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The armies have marshalled! – CANCON 17

The armies!

The drums of war beat harder!

The organiser for this year’s Epic Armageddon tournament at the annual Canberra Convention has received and released the eagerly anticipated army lists. Every year after the army lists are released, power gamers and enthusiasts alike, pour over each list to assess and identify strengths and weaknesses that they can exploit, come game time.

The details!

Each year, a trend emerges in what players are taking to tournaments. This year is no exception, the causes of these trends vary, ranging from the latest release of miniatures to the list last year’s tournament winner used. This year, we will see five Eldar (1 Saim-Hann, 2 Iyanden and 2 Biel-Tan), three Ork (3 Gargant Bigmob), two Chaos (1 Vraksian Renegade and 1 Black Legion), two Tau (2 Vior’la), one Tyranid (1 Hive Onachus), seven Imperial Guard (2 Minervan, 4 Steel Legion, 1 Cadian), one Adeptus Mechanicus Titan Legion and six Space Marine (4 Codex Astartes, 2 Space Wolves).

For more details on the lists, head over to our forums or Facebook page and follow the discussion.

Onward!

This year’s Epic Armageddon Tournament is set to be another great event, with 27 players taking to the field. I’ll be there, will you?

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BRISCON 2017

Speaking of upcoming tournaments, the guys at The Painting Bunker will be running the Epic Armageddon Tournament at the Brisbane Convention in 2017. Next years BRISCON is schedule in late April and will host a wide variety of competitions and tournaments for table top gamers and board gamers.

The Epic Armageddon tournament offers 12 players a chance to display their painting skills and tactical acumen. With seats restricted to 12, you’ll have to be quick to secure a place.

You can check out the details for the convention here. The Epic tournament has been confirmed with the players pack already available here. We hope to see you there.

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CANCON 2017

With Christmas almost here and the New Year just around the corner, the jewel of the epic tournament scene here in Australia is less than forty days away.

CANCON 2017 will host its annual Net Epic Armageddon tournament, featuring players from across the country. This year is set to be another action packed tournament with new and seasoned players registering early for a seat at the NetEA tables.

Social media is rife with talk over who what armies will feature this year at the tournament? Who will win best general or who will take the title, bloodiest warlord?

Make sure you don’t miss out your chance for some great games of Epic Armageddon and register now through the Canberra Gaming Society website here.

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Castle Assault 2016

With the weekend here, it brings Newcastle’s annual Epic Armageddon tournament Castle Assault! The army lists were released earlier in the week with a lot of banter being generated on Facebook and personal blog sites as to the lists and players to watch out for. You can read some of the pre-game chat and discussion on Facebook here, the D6 Addiction blog here and on the WG.AU forums here. If your in or around Newcastle this weekend, I recommend you drop in to the Legions club, the tournament runs over two days and is one of the better social outings for gaming, if your interested in the opportunity to see how the game plays, you should really check it out.