Wednesday, June 23, 2010

List Submission and Painting Guidelines




It’s time to get those lists in!

When submitting your list, make sure to include your name (and your partner’s name, for team events) in the body of the email.
Titling the list with the army type and points value (Empire 2250 or CSM 2000, for example) will make our job easier, and making the judges’ job easier means happier judges – always a good thing.
The ideal submission will be an ArmyBuilder roster with your name as the title, but you can send your list in any typed format.

Also, please note that the deadline for list submission has been moved back to July 15th.

For Warhammer Fantasy Battles, send your lists to bolsconwfblist@gmail.com

For Warhammer 40K, send your lists to bolscon40klist@gmail.com

Also, we have had a lot of questions about the painting contests. Sorry, no simple checklist this year.

BoLSCon 2010 Painting Entry Guidelines:

This year we will be running this as a dedicated painting competition. This means that entries are submitted at the judging table and will remain with the judges until after the winners are declared at the awards ceremony on Sunday. Under no circumstance will the judges consider entries that are being used at gaming tables.

All models submitted will be the work of the person submitting the models. We reserve the right to question the techniques used to create models and or paint schemes and disqualify entrants based on their answers.

In this years competition conversion will be as important as painting. Part of the score will be based on conversion and/or dioramic display stand/base work. This includes vehicles. Display bases are allowed and encouraged. If the display base is a plinth/museum display stand then the figure must be secured to the stand. If it is a dioramic display stand that allows models on gaming bases to be incorporated into the diorama by using sockets or holes for the bases then the models are not required to be secured to the base.

An Entry’s score will be the average score of the judges who scored the entry. In the case of a tie the judges will confer and pick the best out of the tie. Entrants may only win once per category per genre. In the case that an entrant wins in all categories of a genre the judges will pick their best entry and award them in that category. Decisions made by the judges are final. The tournament organizer is not publishing the point scale or the judging criteria prior to BoLSCon in order to encourage competition and to give entries the freedom from meeting arbitrary requirements.

There is a separate “Best in Show” award. Best in Show is picked out of all the entries in the various categories and is not a separate category that one can enter.

All entries must be submitted by 1 PM on Saturday. Entrants waiting in line to enter the model prior to 1 PM will be allowed to enter their model. Entrants may enter more than one model per category. Judges will pick the entrant’s strongest entry per category and judge that selection.

For purposes of this competition model scales smaller than 20mm (1/72) will count one stand/team/base as a single model. Vehicles will count as single vehicles. For Example, a single Flames of War HQ, sniper, gun team, or infantry stand is appropriate in the single model category.

Models must be assembled in such a way as to allow gentle handling for inspection. What this means is that the models must be properly glued together so they do not fall apart when being gently handled. Models that fall apart will not be judged. The judging staff and tournament organizers are not responsible for any damage done to entries.

The categories for this years painting competition are:

SciFi Unit
SciFi Vehicle/Large Model
SciFi Single Figure
Fantasy Unit
Fantasy Vehicle/Large Model
Fantasy Single Figure
Historical Unit
Historical Vehicle/Large Model
Historical Single Figure

Models will be representative of the category they are entering into. The following lists are far from comprehensive and are more as a guidline for entrants.

SciFi or Science Fiction includes Warhammer 40,000, any Superhero genre, Pulp Fiction and Mecha.
Fantasy includes Warhammer Fantasy Battles, Warmachine, Hordes, Warlord, Mordheim, Warmaster, Lord of the Rings etc.

Historical includes any historical age/era. Historical Fiction is allowed, but may be moved to the SciFi or Fantasy category by the judges if the entry seems historically implausible, e.g. Old West Steam Punk, Weird War II, Greek Myths, etc.

Unit entries must consist of at least five bases/stands and have a unit display/movement tray to denote that they are a unit. It can be as simple as a piece of cardstock that all the models stand on, to complex dioramic unit display stands. This is so all models in the unit are judged together and not mistaken for single model entries.

Any questions can be submitted on the BoLS Forums. Psyberwolfe is the head judge for this event and will happily answer any questions about this event.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Warhammer Fantasy Pairs Tournament Clarifications





I’ve been getting a fair number of good questions about the Pairs events. Here are some of the areas of the Fantasy Pairs that I think are worth covering:

Although you have two separate 1250 point armies, for many purposes of the game, they are one army. This means there are one General and only one BSB available. This also means that each player follows their army construction rules for a 1250 point force, with the exception that one Hero choice can be replace with a Lord choice for one of the two players. If both players follow the normal guidelines, you end up with a force of up to 6 characters (one Lord), 4+ Core choices (2 from each army), 6 Special choices, and 2 Rare choices.

Two High Elf players could field 10 Special and 4 Rare choices, and only 2 Core units.

An army that has a Dwarf contingent gets 2 extra dispel dice.

If the General of the army is not a Vampire, he still is the General for purposes of the Vampire Counts special rules.

In general, any ability that affects a friendly unit affects all friendly units, but abilities that affect a type of unit (Undead, Skaven, etc.) will only affect that type. For example, special Banner abilities treat all units from the army as friendly, but not of a particular type. So the Warriors of Chaos Banner of the Gods makes all friendly units within 6” Stubborn, but the Daemons of Chaos Standard of Chaos Glory will only affect Daemons.

Characters may only join units from their Army Book. Sorry, no Banner of Hag Graef in your Plaguebearers.

Chaos Warshrines, Cauldrons of Blood, and other similar abilities can be targeted on any friendly unit. The Giver of Glory ability of Warshrines will still only allow Warriors of Chaos units to earn rolls on the Eye of the Gods table for defeating appropriate enemies.

If you army General is Bretonian and you take the Blessing, your whole army is blessed by the Lady.

If you have a Bretonian contingent, you must have a BSB, but you are not required to have a Bretonian BSB.

Panic is treated normally, with all units from your army being treated as friendly. So, odd as it may sound, a unit of Plaguebearers being destroyed near your Bretonian Knights might cause the knights to Panic.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Fantasy 8th Edition - Due in July




I'm planning to have all the WFB at BoLSCon still under the 7th Edition rules, for the following reasons:

#1 List Submission is due before the new Edition is released. This means people with good leaks will have time to tune and prepare lists for the new Edition, whereas those who do not would be flying blind.

#2 Very few people will have a command of the rules in under 3 weeks. I do not think people want to play learning games at a GT, and we would have to drop the number of games, lengthen the time limits, and probably have longer days just to get a standard 5 game GT done.

#3 The Pairs event would be even harder to figure out than the GT. Wierd rules interaction games are fun if you're familiar with the rules, but with unfamiliar rules, it seems like a whol lot of pain.

#4 The staff requirement would go up dramatically (by a factor of 3x or more) to deal with the unfamiliarity. And, to be honest, the judges would make more mistakes. Neither of these are desirable.

Those are my thoughts on why to stick with 7th Edition this time around. I'm interested in your thoughts, too.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

BoLSCon 2010 – Bigger BoLS!



BoLSCon is back in 2010, and we’re bigger and better. Besides our 7-game Grand Tournaments for Warhammer Fantasy and Warhammer 40,000 and our Warhammer 40,000 Anti-Tournament Narrative Events on Saturday and Sunday we’ve added another day of great gaming.

Friday has a full slate of one-day tournaments:

Friday has a 2500 point Warhammer Fantasy Pairs Tournament.
Friday has a 2000 point Warhammer 40,000 Pairs Tournament.
Friday has a 35-point Steamroller event for Warmachine.
Friday has a 1750 point Flames of War Tournament.

And every day we’ll have game demos, specialist games, and open gaming available.

Of course, we’ll be ready to play on Thursday night, so come on down to Austin, Texas from July 29 through August 1.

BoLSCon is back at the Doubletree Hotel, and this year we’ve got the loot pile high. We’re still tallying the prizes and giveaways for this year, but expect a bigger grab bag and larger, deeper prize pool, as well as more random giveaways throughout the convention.

There are more events and guests in the works; more on that in later weeks.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

BoLSCon 2010 Gaming Saturday and Sunday




Saturday, July 31st

Registration opens at 7am.

Warhammer Fantasy Grand Tournament (9:30am - 7:30pm)
Description: This is our 2-day 7-game 2250 point Fantasy Grand Tournament. After the first day, the bottom half of the field has a breakaway Consolation tournament.

Warhammer 40,000 Grand Tournament (9:30am - 7:30pm)
Description: Two days, seven games. 2000 point army lists. After the first day, the bottom half of the field has a breakaway Consolation tournament.

Warhammer 40,000 Narrative Track (9am - 8pm)
Description: The BoLSCon anti-tournament 40K track is back. This year will see new scenarios and eras explored; certainly the Hive Fleets will be invading, but other choices will be determined by votes, polls, and consultations with the Imperial Tarot! (More on this in coming weeks)

Open Gaming (8am - 11pm)
Description: Open gaming tables are available, as well as demonstration games. If you're in open gaming, you are still eligible for the team and random prizes, so pay attention to the announcements.

Sunday, August 1st

Warhammer Fantasy Grand Tournament (8am - 3pm)
Description: This is our 2-day 7-game 2250 point Fantasy Grand Tournament. Three games starting at 8am to determine the champion.

Warhammer Fantasy Consolation Bracket (8am - 3pm)
Description: Players who placed in the bottom half on day one get the chance to start fresh in this 3 game tournament. And the prizes will be better than most IGTs give for their championships, so our Consolation actually might console you on failing 8 3+ Ward saves in a row on Saturday.

Warhammer 40,000 Grand Tournament (8am - 3pm)
Description: Two days, seven games. 2000 point army lists. Three games starting at 8am to determine the champion.

Warhammer 40,000 Consolation Bracket (8am - 3pm)
Description: If the dice hated you on day one, this is your chance to heat them up and win fabulous prizes. The bottom half of the field breaks away to compete for prizes on day two.

Warhammer 40,000 Narrative Track (9am - 3pm)
Description: The BoLSCon anti-tournament 40K track is back. This year will see new scenarios and eras explored; certainly the Hive Fleets will be invading, but other choices will be determined by votes, polls, and consultations with the Imperial Tarot! (More on this in coming weeks)

Open Gaming (8am - 3pm)
Description: Open gaming tables are available, as well as demonstration games. If you're in open gaming, you are still eligible for the team and random prizes, so pay attention to the announcements.

Monday, January 11, 2010

BoLSCon 2010 Gaming Events - Thursday and Friday




Thursday July 29th 2010

Open Gaming 6pm - 11pm
Description: Open Gaming means we have tables available for you to play on. We'll also have demos and other special occurances in the Open Gaming areas.

Friday, July 30th 2010

Warhammer Fantasy Pairs Tournament 9am - 9pm
Description: The Fantasy Pairs Tournament allows you and a friend to bring two 1250 point forces (one Lord total) and play against other similarly equipped teams. This is your chance to use Infernal Puppet with the Ring of Hotek, and all the other crazy combinations you can come up with.

Warhammer 40,000 Pairs Tournament 9am - 9pm
Description: You and a friend bring two 1000 point forces and play against other teams. You won't be able to put Genestealers in a transport, but we will allow you to put Calgar and Abaddon in the same Land Raider.

War of the Rings Tournament 9am - 9pm
Description: One player will win the prize of Lord of Middle Earth in this day of 2000 point War of the Rings battles.

Warmachine Mark II Tournament 9am - 9pm
Description: Bring your 35 point Mark II force to compete in fast scenarios and prove that your faction and Warcaster are supreme.

Flames of War Tournament 9am - 9pm
Description: Expect the unexpected in this Late War 1750 point tournament. All official army lists are accepted.

Warhammer 40,000 Bring It Battles 1pm - 7pm
Description: For those who just want to play with the big toys, this is your event. Apocalypse Battles set in the history of the Imperium, no force restrictions and all the insanity you can handle. Bring anything you want 500 points to 5000 points; we'll balance teams and add support from our own Titan legions as needed.

Open Gaming 9am - 11pm
Description: Just like last year, the Open Gaming area will have open tables, demos, and participate in the random prize draws.