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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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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.

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Update your calendar!!

Epic war gamers, grab a pen and paper and write this stuff down. The dates for this year’s Epic Armageddon tournaments all across Australia!

With CANCON 2016 over, the rest of the Epic Armageddon line up looks like this:

“the emperor’s legions” – 01 May 16 – The guys in SEQLD have scheduled a single day tournament to help increase the Epic Armageddon / epic30k player base. The new addition to our gaming calendar is focused on developing new players and introducing them to both the Net Epic Armageddon rules and the Horus Heresy Supplement. The tournament will be nestled within the BRISCON and looks set to be a fun, friendly day of heresy.

“There is Only War” – 19 Jun or 12 Jul 16 – Our western cousins are set to hold their annual tournament in WA some time either in June or July with confirmation closer to the middle of the year. Producing some of the most competitive players in the country, There is Only War is a great event for new and experienced players alike.

“Heavy Bolter” – 25 & 26 Jun 16 – Our big friendly giant, JB will be hosting this year’s Net Epic Armageddon Heavy Bolter tournament over two days. This year will see another “wet” event with alcohol being served throughout the tournament.

“AUS30k presents Epic30k” – 6 & 7 Aug 16. Our brothers over at the Eye of Horus Podcast will be running a parallel epic30k tournament to their 28mm Heresy event for the AUS30k Heresy Campaign.

“epic @ Castle Assault Sci-Fi” – 20 & 21 Aug 16 – Touted as one of the most social events, Castle Assault Sci-Fi features both Warhammer 40,000 and it’s fast growing Net Epic Armageddon player base. Hosted in Newcastle at the Gallipoli Legions Club, I can honestly say, is one of the best war gaming tournaments going around.

Stay tuned for more details and make sure you secure yourself a spot at one, some or all of these great events.

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Happy Holidays from epicAU

Just a quick post to wish all you tabletop gamers out there a happy holiday season and all the best in the New Year. 2016 is set to be a huge year for Epic Armageddon with nearly 30 players registering for Epic Armageddon tournament at CANCON.

With annual tournaments scheduled in New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia and the possibility of a tournament in Queensland, Epic Armageddon continues to increase in popularity once again.

On the Heresy Supplement front, the development team are scheduled to release 0.8.7 in Q1 2016 featuring elements of Forgeworld’s Horus Heresy Book Six. While on the web site, we will have our very own Heresy Supplement Army Builder and data packs for list generators such as BattleScribe.

Again, all the best over this holiday period and I will see you in the New Year.

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World Eaters, Angron, Epic.. ohh my!

John over at The Painting Bunker has recently posted an article about his step into Net Epic Armageddon. I encourage you to take the time to check it out and the rest of his site. John has done a fantastic job painting with weathering effects that create a gritty look and feel that conveys an army that has endured throughout the Great Crusade

The blog also offers up some great displays of John’s painting in 6mm and those other scales. You can check out the article here.

 

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The ground trembles – Titans 2015

With just under an hour until kick off, the first Titans Epic Armageddon tournament is set to be fast paced and brutal. The tournament organiser, JimXII has opened the field to a range of developmental and experimental lists. This offers players a lot of diversity when it comes to available factions and how to compose your army.

The draw includes over 15 players from across NSW and will see Adeptus Mechanicus armies, Space Marines, Necrons, three Ork variations (including a Gargant Bigmob!), Tau, Eldar, Vraksian Renegades, two Imperial Guard variations and a Chaos Titan Cult battle it out in South Coogee.

For the finer details, check out the Wargamer.AU forums.