Announcing Blood and Glory
Blood & Glory – A Bad Dice Podcast Event 20-22nd September 2013
It give me great pleasure to announce ‘Blood and Glory’ the first ‘official’ event from the Bad Dice Podcast. It will be an event where you can have a whole weekend of having a great time playing WFB and hanging out with like minded people with plenty to interest grizzled veterans and fresh faced noobies alike.
Blood & Glory is not just another tournament, far from it, there will be loads of other things to do as well. The centrepiece of the weekend will indeed be a 2 day, 6 game WFB Championship event, but it is also a fantastic opportunity to show off (and be awarded for) your hobby talents, as well as see other, awesome armies and paint jobs.
At Blood & Glory, there are lots of extra activities to take part in outside of the Championships. Friday offers open gaming and WFB 500, Warmachine and Malifaux events, seminars for gamers and painters alike. While Saturday night will include more open gaming (if you still want more!), a pub quiz, board gaming, seminars and more to be announced.
Alongside all of this will be the awesome event coverage that you have come to expect from Bad Dice. Interviews with players, photos of armies and the usual Audio and Visual treat.
The Blood & Glory Ethos
It’s worth underlining the Bad Dice Team’s aim for this whole event. It goes without saying that we want everyone to leave having had an amazing weekend. We also want to give players new to the tournament scene the chance to jump in without feeling total out of their depth while giving the regulars an event that they will be more than happy to recommend to their friends and can’t wait to attend again the following year. We want to celebrate all areas of the hobby but keep the competitive edge that is part of the fun of tournament gaming. My personal highlight from most of the events I have attended over the years is the social side. The events that stick in the memory are the ones that offer lots for the players to do and keeps them gathered in one place in the evenings. We will make sure that no matter your preference for a tournament evening, we should have something on offer to keep you entertained and having a great time.
Between the Bad Dice team, and our huge list of advisors, helpers and contributors we have attended and organised 100’s of events, this lets us see what works well, what we like and dislike and what we want to bring to Blood & Glory.
So onto the bits you all want to know and the bits that you really need to think about before attending.
Blood & Glory will be an out of the book Warhammer Event. We at Bad Dice believe that out of the book Warhammer has not been given a fair crack of the whip in the UK. The events that are run as ‘no comp’ are usually billed as ‘its no comp, go nuts’ and this is normally what people do, there are some notable exceptions to this but generally we think that No Comp does not have to mean win at all costs and ultra competitive attitudes. Saying that, we all know there there are imbalances in Warhammer (even Jervis Johnson has written articles discussing the need for comp at tournaments) and we are aiming to level the playing field using scenarios. These scenarios will not be published before the event. It is our hope that the unknown element will impact some list design but you can be certain that to go with the tournaments name, blood and glory (and more to the point, Fortitude) will play a huge role. Do not fear that you will waste points bringing banners and find that you only needed them in 1 game. Fortitude will play a starring role in each of the scenarios. Do not feel that you need to bring an army that will smash your opponent by a clear 1500 victory points, in these scenarios it will not be required. A flexible list, lots of fortitude and a solid grasp of claiming your various objectives is the way to get a high battle score in this event.
There is an age old debate around painting scores impacting the overall score in a tournament. At Blood & Glory the painting scores will play a part. There will be a large amount of painting scores in this event. We will be using a system that is laid out in advance and will be achivable to all standards of painting. We don’t for a second expect that everyone has an award winning army in them, but we do want to see (and award) an effort to present an nice army and also award degrees of effort. Even a self confessed terrible painter should we a good amount of effort be able to score very highly in the painting section.
Sports has been a hot topic recently. We want our event to be a showcase for fun competitive gaming and people that go out of their way to ensure that happens will be awarded for doing so.
The list of awards for this event will be huge. At the moment we have Hobby Champion, Best General 1,2,3. Best Painted Army (Judges Choice) 1,2,3. Best Appearance (players choice) 1,2,3. Most Sporting Player 1,2,3. and more are to be added.
Friday Night – WFB 500, Warmachine and Malifaux events. Open gaming and Board gaming.
Saturday Night – Board Gaming, Poker Tournament and more TBC
Podcasting. Gaming. Painting. Roughly 20 mins per session.
The event is held in Derby at the Grange Banqueting Suites. www.grangebanqueting.com
The Grange Banqueting Site
457 Burton Road
There are loads of local hotels and B+B’s and I will put out a list of these will be going up on the event website.
Keep your eyes peeled for more information as it becomes available. Tickets will be going on sale on Saturday 22nd June 2013 and with only 80 places available I expect the championships to sell out very very quickly!!
The Blood and Glory Website will be launching next weekend with lots more information about all the events over the weekend and details of how you can get a ticket.
Thanks for listening and I look forwards to seeing you all at the event!
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