Hello again! AdeptiCon is now less than six months away, and the excitement is building up both locally and globally. The emails, private messages and forum posts have been pouring in - all requesting details about this year’s Warhammer Fantasy events. How many points? Are you using a comp system? How many rounds in the Championships? What is the average airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow? Well, maybe not that last one, but you get the point. The anticipation is truly palpable, and Sigmar only knows how we will get through the next six months as waiting, painting and preparing for the three glorious days that is AdeptiCon!
With the impending launch of pre-registration less than a mere two weeks away, you will soon see what we have in store for this year’s Warhammer Fantasy events. Keep in mind that these rules will be subject to change through the 1st of February and we reserve the right to modify, update, clarify, or change event rules in the best interest of the event. The release of new army books and/or official FAQ documents in the months leading up to the event could also require changes to the event rules. Myself, Steve Leckman and Scott Tipsword (your humble Warhammer Fantasy event organizers) have given much thought and spent a great deal of time insuring that this year’s Warhammer Fantasy events go off without a hitch. We are 100% committed to providing you, the gamer, with the best tournament experience possible. So let’s get to it and cover some of the basics:
Special/Named characters and unit champions will not be allowed in any of the Warhammer Fantasy events this year. Our opinion is, and experience has shown, that these characters are not equally balanced between army books. It is our hope that as army books are updated we will see this balance restored, but for AdeptiCon 2011, they will be taking a backseat. The experienced player might recall we did in fact allow these characters and units in the Size Matters event last year. This was a point of some confusion and we ended up with a number of Championships lists that were built without the proper restrictions in mind. It is our hope that a common approach to army construction across all Warhammer Fantasy events will help alleviate this problem.
A crowd favorite from 2010, Dogs of War and Dwarfs of Chaos will be back in all their glory this year! As per the Games Workshop FAQs for Warhammer Fantasy 8th edition, Dogs of War will not be allowed in non-Dogs of War armies. For all you evil stunties out there, we will be allowing the Indy GT Dwarfs of Chaos list, as we feel it is the most complete and best supported army book for them.
The Warhammer Fantasy Championships have been the topic of choice for a majority of the questions we have received. While we had initially hoped to expand the Championships to a full five rounds this year, we have found that the average game length in a tournament setting (75 games played total at 2400 points) is still averaging over two hours. To that end, the Warhammer Fantasy Championships will remain a four (4) round event in 2011. The reason being, each point in a tournament setting is incredibly important. The 8th edition victory conditions make it possible for the tide of the battle to drastically change from turn to turn, therefore players want to finish games by their own accord and not have it dictated by the clock. To that end, the Warhammer Fantasy Championships will also be a 2200 point event this year. Why 2200 points you ask? Again, the answer is time. It has nothing to do with comp and everything to do with starting and finishing each game on time. Not only does this foster better game results, but it also allows you to enjoy those precious breaks between games. Finishing games on time gives you the chance to step away from the table, relax and take in all the other awesome things happening at the convention instead of rushing to find your next table assignment. After all, there is more to AdeptiCon than just Warhammer Fantasy! Isn’t there?
We will continue to provide more information to you as we finalize the event rules. We are more than happy to provide you with our reasoning behind any and all decisions. If you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding any decision or change that we have made to the Warhammer Fantasy events for this year, we want to hear it! This is your convention and your input is very important to us.
More to come soon! May Sigmar protect you, and may Gork (or possibly Mork) watch over your dice!
- Alex Gonzalez, WFB Coordinator