Saturday, 10 August 2013

Here for a Little Longer

Hi All,

Due to my work I'm often moving around the country, but it seems the powers that be want me to stay down south until at least next June.  What does this mean to you?  Mostly that I'm going to pack in an as many events as I can between now and then!

Stand by for more details.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Empty Shells 2013

Hi All,

I have been able to secure the weekend of the 6/7th July in the Solent Wargames Club venue at the Royal British Legion Portsmouth (South) at short notice. Due to the short notice of the event it wouldnt be fair to interupt the normal tournament scene with another generic event, so this will be a light hearted charity fund raiser.

I have had the privelige of working alongside and with the The Royal British Legion, and have directly seen the benefits they have on ex-servicemen's lives. As such, all profits from this event will be donated to the Royal British Legion. A donation of at least £10 will secure you a place in this event (any extra is more than welcome!), plus there will be plenty of opportunities to donate extra during the tournament itself.

1850 Points
5 Rounds
Standard Missions and Deployment
50 Places
RHQ uploaded
The trophies are being readied as I type this, and tie in nicely with the tournament name.

I hope you can all attend and support such a worthy cause!

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Solent 40,000 Concept

Its that time of year where I try out my strange ideas for upcoming events.

Perhaps the biggest idea I want to trial is if I can fit in 50 people!  At the last event I was able to fit in the extra 5 tables required, so the space is there.  Better to try it as a small one day event and see how it goes before I risk it on the big event in July.

Event specific missions are also a must this year.  With the fundamental slowing of the game (pyschic charts, gifts, traits et all) you can waste nearly thirty minutes before the first turn, one way of speeding it all up is simpler missions.

The other changes are mostly organisational so will not affect you, the player.  May your dice roll 6's!

Tony Kirby

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Confrontation PXR

The confrontation has happened, and the dust has settled. I'm going to take this time to go through the feedback I've had, my own thoughts and improvements for the future.

One Day Format

This was popular, and sold out a month before the event.

Points level/Rounds

I attended a two day tournament last year, where four games were played on day one. At 1250 points this was a test of constitution! I loved the atmosphere, but felt it suited a one day event. I did not want to put any further restrictions on players, so did not include the force organisation changes that were part of the other event. This did allow certain, more powerful, builds to be used. For future events this change to force org will be applied. There have been requests for events at a higher points level. Let's just see what the future brings!


I had more than a few concerned e-mails that players might not be able to finish their games on time. One side of this, is that you should build an army you know you can finish with in the time limit. The other is that you should be able to use any list, not restrict players by dint of time/model ratio. The former won out in the end, because list building IS important to winning games of 40k. On a lighter note, the schedule was designed with enough flexibilty to give players up to 30 minutes extra each round. On the day, only a few players found it neccessary to use this extra time.


There was some initial confusion in round one about how victory points were recorded. Once this was cleared up everything proceeded smoothly. There is some concern that the tie breaker does not favour those who table their opponents in a kill point mission. I aim to remedy this by introducing a ratio system. There were no complaints about the main scoring method, based on scoring at the ends of turn 5, 6 and 7. In actual fact I got complemented on it!


In round one I was approached by two players with a rules question. I made a decision that turned out to be wrong. In future events I will endeavour to make sure the situation is fully explained and that the players have fully read the rules before commenting. Due to unforseen circumstances my event FAQ's contradicted the GW official FAQ's. Players to whom it concerned did contact me to clarify the situation, and I will make sure that words to that effect will be added to any future documents.


I had a good time running this event, and everyone I have talked to did as well. Continious improvement will eliminate the small problems encountered. I hope to see you all again soon!