Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Lets Talk Tournaments

SeerK here.  So there has been a rather big discussion over at the Spartan community forum about a regular Spartan Web Community.
tournament format.  Dreadbeard has spearheaded the drive to try and get some across the board standards for tournaments in the Firestorm community.  If you want to get into the real nitty gritty of the conversation you can find it at the

Essentially we are trying to avoid what is ever present in a lot of tournament communities, 40K cough cough...., that is a lack of uniformity and consistency.  Variety is the spice of life, but when you are trying to compare players and lists and strategy, it is very difficult when the rules vary a lot and format covers a wide range of points and scenarios.  don't even get me started on how rules are interpreted or ruled on in tournament FAQ's.

Now that's not to say there won't be variation.  There always will be.  Having a pool of scenarios and missions as well as a format standard to go from actually is really beneficial, especially for people new to running tournaments or trying to get a fledgling community off the ground.  Having an across the board standard also makes it easier to make lists.  Again this is especially true for new players or players that are new to tournaments.

The other big reason for this push is because we are planning two larger tournament events in 2014 and 2015.  This first Event will be taking place at UCON, link and dates to your right and we have a proposal submitted to run an event, which will be the same format as the tournament at UCON, at the big show in 2015, Adepticon.

Nothing is 100% yet or set in stone by any means.  proposals have been submitted and now we have our fingers crossed.  I am hoping the community shows their support by emailing the conventions and once an event is for sure signing up.

So now that the cats are out of the bag stay tuned for more information as it develops.  I am looking forward to UCON this year.  I may be doing some other games if time permits.  We are looking at 900 points and 4 rounds for both events. As it stands we will be using the 2 list standard as well.  Doing war log or just plain tournament compatible missions is really what we are trying to develop. There are some that are just not well suited to tournaments.  We have it down to any mission with an attacker and defender is generally not well suited for tournament play.  We have had mixed reviews on the escalating engagement mission as well.

So we are trying to keep it simple.  Objective holding and killing opposing fleets.  Mixing up the deployment zones and trying to keep things fresh and fun.  The next local tournament here in Lansing will be using our first drafts of some new missions.  me thinks a 2nd tournament War Log tracker may have to be started once we have a nice set of tournament standard missions available for use.  Have to keep everything consistent to get good data.

Well that is all for now.  I wanted to think out loud a little as it were.  Also Check out the new pictures of the Palnetfall stuff from Claymore 2014 over in the U.K.  Holy crap I am excited for this game.  Check them out here on the Spartan Community Forum.

Until next time crush the Alliance and as always....


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