Pre-Astro Terrain Table Tournament, Saturday, June 5, 2010

Interested in giving your 1500 Point Astronomi-Con Dallas army a 'test run?' Need additional motivation to complete your entry in Astronomi-Con's Terrain Table competition? Want to make your Astronomi-Con Dallas registration an even greater value?

The Gamers Realm will host a Pre-Astro Terrain Table Tournament Saturday, June 5, 2010--two weeks in advance of Astronomi-Con's arrival upon the Dallas gaming scene. Registration for this three-round, one-day event is $20...*unless* you have already purchased your Astronomi-Con ticket, in which case the cost is half-price, only $10! *However*--if you complete your tableful of terrain for Astronomi-Con's Terrain Table competition and bring it to TGR in advance, we will play over it in this preliminary event...and you pay *no entry fee* to participate at all!

There are so many virtues of the Astronomi-Con convention series to extol, and such things as their transparent scoring system and varied scenarios are rightly often mentioned--but of equal note is their tradition of having unique terrain (with unique challenges) on every table...and the way they celebrate player excellence in all facets of the GW Hobby. Their Terrain Table competition supports both of these goals: it encourages yet more varied tables of terrain, and awards a convention trophy of equal merit and coolness to all the others to the player whose table is voted best!

This first international Astronomi-Con outside the series' Canadian borders features special logistic challenges, not least of them providing all of the terrain; Dallas is simply too impractically far to load up a truck and drive all the terrain to. This Terrain Table competition, therefore, becomes even more important, because every tableful of terrain provided locally is one less thing the con staff needs to worry about.

Thus this event: while it *will* be a fun-filled afternoon, with registration costs going to prizes to make it even more worthwhile, and the opportunity to get three rounds in early with one's Astro army should prove very valuable...the chief goal is to further encourage participation in the Terrain Table competition at Astronomi-Con Dallas June 19/20.

And as a special incentive, Astronomi-Con is supporting this event with two valuable prizes: if the winner of this tournament is a submitter of a Terrain Table as well, they will win 1) a free registration to a future Astronomi-Con event of their choice (a value of $75 or more, depending on event chosen) and 2) a ticket to the ultimate celebration of the GW Hobby, this year's Games Workshop Games Day! So ready your army--and your battlefield!--register for Astronomi-Con Dallas at (where you can find additional details about the Terrain Table aspect of the con), follow developments for this major event at sign-up at The Gamers Realm for the Pre-Astro Terrain Table Tournament, Saturday, June 5!


10am: Check-In/Table Assignment
10:30am-12:30pm: Round One
12:30pm-1:30pm: Lunch
1:30pm-3:30pm: Round Two
3:45pm-5:45pm: Round Three
6pm: Awards

Wraith Gate 40K Tourney at Gamers Realm April 25

The Wraith Gate website is happy to announce hosting a tournament at The Gamers Realm April 25th for Warhammer 40K! The tournament will follow rules of 1,750 Points, Normal Force Organization, with only current, inprint codices allowed. It will be open to 12 players, with expansion to 16 with sufficient interest; a purchase from The Gamers Realm of $15 of Games Workshop product will allow players to sign up. All awards will be based on points received throughout the tournament: Best Painted, Best General, Best Overall. The schedule begins with submission of army lists at 11am, with three rounds of battle culminating in a scheduled awards ceremony at 5:45pm. Good luck, generals...and Wraith Gate!

Results: The Gamers Realm Doubles Tournament

+++Overall Champions: Mark Pollet & John Nelson+++
+++Best Sportsmen (and Second Place): Kyle Foster & Brady Allen+++
+++Best Army (and Third Place): Russ and Ken Elliott+++

Power armour dominated at this event, with pre-Heresy Thousand Sons and Emperor's Children clashing with Blood Angels and Space Wolves on the top table for the championship (and Ultramarines part of the team which would finish second overall after one vanquished the other); in the end, Mark and John's Traitor Primogenitor legions bested Russ and Ken's Loyalist primogenitor chapters, by the slimmest of margins (each had three units vying for control of the shipwreck which held the target objective, the Heretics breaking the tie two scoring units to one); but there was justice nevertheless, as Russ and Ken took the Best Army voting and secured that award (with Mark and John runners-up there), and both top-table teams tied for runner-up Best Sportsman with five out of a possible six points accrued (second place team Kyle and Brady scoring the only perfect six-of-six). Kudos to everyone who participated: Chad Jones & Lance Bock went undefeated, Jeff Whitehead & Bill Mikesell finished a close fourth overall and also netted five of a possible six Sportsmanship points, Randy Pope & Brian Rhodes were Murphy's Luck candidates (a single melta gun shot in one game and a run move by an opposing HQ in another turning two apparent victories into narrow defeats) and Alexz and Katarra Smelley netted not only excellent Sportsmanship scores but the 'Youngest 40K team' award! Also thanks to dad Eric Smelley, who acted as proxy for three rounds so no participants had to have byes (he would have gone undefeated and tied for Best Sportsman with his Wolves, if he had actually been participating in the tourney). Finally thanks to The Gamers Realm--this is as fine a hobby facility as one could hope for, and we are lucky to have it in North Texas, supporting miniatures gaming. Let's return the favour, especially as they gear up to be the primary host for Astronomi-Con Dallas June 2010! Congratulations to all the winners!

The Gamers Realm 40K Doubles Tourney April 11th: Descent of Angels!

The Blood Angels: to some they are the Emperor's winged defenders,gilded emissaries of all that is best in the Imperium; to others they are red of tooth-and-nail, uncontrollable monsters barely a step removed from Chaos. They are the Sanguinor and his Sanguinary Guard; they are LeMartes and his Death Company. They Know No Fear--and yet Thirst, and Rage.

They are the Blood Angels, they are returned to the 40K universe--and they are the centerpiece of the upcoming Doubles Tournament 'Descent of Angels' at The Gamers Realm Sunday, April 11, 2010, from Noon till 6pm!

A team may reserve their spot in the afternoon's action by making *any* one purchase of Blood Angels product from TGR (including preorders and even this month's White Dwarf!) *or* a purchase of any other Games Workshop/Citadel product of a total value exceeding $10.

Teams will consist of two players fielding armies not to exceed 500 points each (for a team total not to exceed 1000) composed from a single Force Organization chart. Each player's army must contain 1 Troops choice, and at least one player must include an HQ; if a second HQ is desired it must be a part of the second player's army. Special Characters are allowed so long as their specific conditions are met. Each half of the team will function as a separate army for purposes of special rules (waaghing, morale tests, etc).

Teams will battle across three rounds to either come to the Blood Angels' aid--or to wreak vengeance and destruction upon them. Blood Angel Allies teams may be formed from any combination of armies created using codices Inquisition (Daemonhunters & Witch Hunters), Imperial Guard, Eldar, Tau and Space Marines (including Black Templars, Space Wolves, Dark Angels and Blood Angels); Blood Angel Adversaries teams may be formed from any combination of armies created using codices Inquisition (Daemonhunters and *especially* Witch Hunters), Imperial Guard, Dark Eldar, Necrons, Tyranids, Chaos Space Marines, Chaos Daemons and Space Marines (including Black Templars, Space Wolves and Dark Angels). Armies eligible to be *either* Allies or Adversaries will have to mirror their teammate army (an Adversary Imperial Guard army would become Traitor or Renegade Guard to team with Chaos, for example; an Inquisitorial host would be either Puritan or Radical depending on which side they took; and a Space Marine chapter's allegiance would depend on whether they view the Blood Angels as Loyalists who stood with the Emperor at the Heresy...or Cursed who failed him that day and are forever damned...).

And participants who come to play *using* the new Codex: Blood Angels will find particular challenges in the three specially-created rounds of missions...

40K Doubles Tourney Schedule:

Noon: Check-In
12:15-1:45: Round One
2-3:30: Round Two
3:45-5:30: Round Three
5:45: Prize Awards

Prizes will be awarded, fun will be had, and TGR may even integrate games from the day into their ongoing Escalation League, for those participating in both...and it is an excellent opportunity to experiment with and familiarize units players are considering including in their Astronomi-con Dallas armies in June!

Make your purchase and reserve your team's slot for The Gamers Realm's 40K Doubles Tourney 'Descent of Angels' Sunday, April 11, 2010!