9th Age Summer Clash Tournament set for June 4, 2016!

Submitted by Iggy Koopa, May 23, 2016 at 8:41 AM.

iggykoopaWell it’s been a while since we last had an update to the blog and a lot of things have changed since then. In case you aren’t aware (and shame on you if you’re not!) the fellas over at the 9th Age have now released their final v.1.0 Rulebook and Army books! They’ve announced that these are the final changes and there will not be any changes until at least September 2016! Tons of beta testing, rules testing, and army battles were fought out and taken into consideration and they decided on this final version aptly named 9th Age: Fantasy Battles, v.1.0. And because we are now in the first official version of 9th Age we are getting ready to hit the Grand Tournament scene this summer and into fall and have decided to hold a one-day tournament to help prep for those tournaments as well as get together again to roll some dice and try out the latest version of 9th Age!!

So, on Saturday, June 4th, at Hero Complex located in Wichita, Kansas we will be hosting a 2,500 point 9th Age tournament using everything that is v.1.0! I know a lot of us have played some games with the newest rules and have been honing our army list and now’s the time to put them to the test and take the field of battle!

What: 9th Age 1-day Tournament

When: Saturday, June 4, 2016. Dice drop at 10:30 AM!

Where: Hero Complex, Wichita, Kansas

Why: Why not?? Be there!

Info: 2,500 point army lists. Bring a copy of your list!!! $10 entry fee and all of the entry money goes right back to the players!

Schedule for June 4, 2016 – 9th Age Summer Clash!

10:00 AM – Hero Complex opens

10:30 AM – Dice drop! Make sure you’re ready to roll!

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM – Round 1.

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM – Lunch break.

1:30 PM – 1:45 PM – Return from Lunch / Prep for Round 2.

1:45 PM – 3:45 PM – Round 2.

3:45 PM – 4:00 PM – Break time!

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Round 3.

6:00 PM – 6:30 PM – Clean up and Awards Ceremony.

Lastly, if you want to follow us on any forms of social media that we have here at the Midwest Gaming Alliance then please follow the following (or have others follow them) as they are all updated at the same time! Thanks!

Battle for Oz Round 4 – Dorothy’s Revenge – Tournament Report Out!!

Submitted by Iggy Koopa, February 23, 2016 at 7:43 AM.

iggykoopaThe Battle for Oz Tournament Series has come to a close and we sent it off with a great Final Round (Dorothy’s Revenge) by having 10 generals show up to do battle! There was some hard fought games, plenty of people meddling with the Winds of Magic, and in the end there was a first ever Grand Champion crowned! If you recall, we set out to have 4 tournaments that would be Wizard of Oz themed and lead up to the Wicked GT next month! Well after some thought we came up with the Battle for Oz Tournament Series!! And over the last year we’ve played 4 different tournaments – all with their own theme – and finally crowned the Grand Champion, based off of the final points standings!

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Here’s the final standings:

  • Overall Champion – Rob Nevarez, Dwarven Holds (2-1 record, 112 of 150 points total)
  • Best General – Jon Pike, Sylvan Elves (2-1 record, 58 of 75 Battle Points)
  • Best Sportsman – Evan Schwamb, Vampire Covenant
  • Best Appearance – Austin Murrey, Kingdom of Equitaine (see below!)

And we also crowned the first ever Grand Champion of the Battle for Oz Tournament Series! Sticking with the theme of Best General for all 4 tournaments, Jon Pike walked away as the first ever Battle for Oz Tournament Series Grand Champion! He ended up with a total of 77 Points! Coming up right in 2nd place was Austin Murrey with 75 total points. It was a close race throughout the entire series!

Below are some pictures of Austin’s amazing Kingdom of Equitaine army!

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And here’s some more pics from this past weekend!

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Thank you to everybody that helped to make the first ever Battle for Oz Tournament Series a success! We had a great time running the events and seeing how it all came down to the end in the points race and enjoyed seeing the changes in armies throughout the year. Upcoming is a 9th Age Escalation that is set to kick off as soon as we finish up the Wicked GT next month (March 18-20, 2016). So if you’re interested in signing up then make sure to do so by sending an email to mwgamingalliance@yahoo.com!

Lastly, if you want to follow us on any forms of social media that we have here at the Midwest Gaming Alliance then please follow the following (or have others follow them) as they are all updated at the same time! Thanks!

Battle for Oz Round 4 – Dorothy’s Revenge – Tournament Schedule this Saturday, February 20th!!

Submitted by Iggy Koopa, February 15, 2016 at 8:19 AM.

iggykoopaIn just a few short days we’ll be hosting the final round of the Battle for Oz Tournament Series! We set out to hold 4 great tournaments leading up to the Wicked GT about a year ago and have had 3 successful ones so far. We’ve transitioned from the last 8th edition Warhammer game to the newest era of wargaming in Fantasy battles: the 9th Age! (www.the-ninth-age.com) And now is the final battles for the Tournament Series this Saturday, February 20th! It’s a tight race at the top to see who will be crowned The Grand Champion! It’s going to come down to the wire! (Click here to view the latest Player Rankings!) Thank you to everybody that has participated in this tournament series and help to make it a great success. Now we’ll finish it off with a bang and get ready to host the 2nd annual Wicked GT just one month later in March! For those of you that will be attending this weekend, here’s the schedule:

Schedule for February 20, 2016 – Dorothy’s Return Home

10:00 AM – Hero Complex opens

10:30 AM – Dice drop! Make sure you’re ready to roll!

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM – Round 1.

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM – Lunch break.

1:30 PM – 1:45 PM – Return from Lunch / Prep for Round 2.

1:45 PM – 3:45 PM – Round 2.

3:45 PM – 4:00 PM – Break time!

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Round 3.

6:00 PM – 6:30 PM – Clean up and Awards Ceremony.

Lastly, if you want to follow us on any forms of social media that we have here at the Midwest Gaming Alliance then please follow the following (or have others follow them) as they are all updated at the same time! Thanks!

The Wargamer Project Podcast, Episode 19: We talk Wicked GT and 9th Age!

Submitted by Iggy Koopa, February 9, 2016 at 9:46 AM.

iggykoopaI had the pleasure of sitting down with Shane and James from the Wargamers Project Podcast – www.thewppodcast.com – on Saturday night. We’ve been trying to squeeze in some time over the last few weeks and life has simply gotten in the way… but we finally carved out some time and we talked about all things Wicked GT! It’s about a 30 minute interview and we talk about the origin of the Wicked GT, cost, location, dates and so much more! So tune into Episode 19 and listen to the guys talk about the rise of the 9th Age as well as The Wicked GT!

Episode 19: The Dawning of the 9th Age!

They have some very cool content and they have opened up their podcast to several types of tabletop games, not just fantasy. So make sure to check it out and spread the word!

The Wargamer Project Podcast!

Submitted by Iggy Koopa, January 22, 2016 at 8:57 AM.

iggykoopaQuick post to let everybody know that our friends over the Wargamer Project Podcast have released their 19th episode and it focuses on the emergence of the 9th Age!! They’ve taken the time to talk about 9th Age in general and give several shout outs to various 1-day tournaments as well as other GTs and specifically for us, the Wicked GT! If you’re interested in hearing the podcast and about all the 9th Age action the head on over to their website – www.thewppodcast.com – or simply click this link.

They have some very cool content and they have opened up their podcast to several types of tabletop games, not just fantasy. So make sure to check it out and spread the word!

Battle for Oz Round 4, Dorothy’s Return Home News & Notes!!!

Submitted by Iggy Koopa, January 18, 2016 at 8:25 AM.

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A quick update for everybody that is planning on attending the final round of the Battle for Oz Tournament Series – Dorothy’s Return Home! Remember that it will be featuring The 9th Age! (www.the-ninth-age.com) rules as will the Wicked GT in March 18-20, 2016! As you are well aware, the 9th Age rules are still considered to be in “beta” testing and a final version will be released some time within the next few months… So because of this…

  • Round 4 for the Battle for Oz Tournament Series will be played using the current rules – v0.11.1! We’re going to draw a line in the sand so that you have time to properly build your list and not have to get used to a new version if one gets released between now and then. This roughly gives us one month to anticipate any changes and then we can react to those changes once they’ve been made and submitted. Rather than hassling with changes we’re just going to use v0.11.1 in order to play the final round of the Battle for Oz Tournament Series! This could change if changes come sooner rather than later but we’ll make sure to keep everybody updated as to what we decide to do, however, for now, bank on just using the current rule set!
  • It’s a tight race between the top contenders of the Battle for Oz Tournament Series! We’re going to finish the Series off right and then prep for the 2nd annual Wicked GT in March 2016! If you’re interested in signing up for Round 4 or the Wicked GT then please send an email to mwgamingalliance@yahoo.com and we’ll get you signed up. Looking forward to a great turnout!!

Hobby Process Improvement #2: Wall-Mounted Gaming Table!

Submitted by Iggy Koopa, December 23, 2015 at 6:25 AM.

iggykoopaI’ve always wanted to have a table in my man cave so that I could pick up and play a game of Warhammer whenever I wanted or to use as a table for when I’m painting. When I got my new house this was the plan… So I bought the material to make a 4×6 foot table and the green felt material to cover it with. I’ve had this table for a little over 2 years now and while it does it’s job very well… It also does one thing that I just don’t like – it takes up too much space. In my man cave, I have all of my gaming consoles and a 47″ TV. A couple of recliners and I’m good to go when football comes on… But like I said, I had to make a choice about having a man cave or having a table for games… So I finally decided, why not both? I set to work on making the table more easily accessible and space saving at the same time. I’m very pleased with how it turned out. And the following is how I created my table.

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My original thought was that I would make the table in a way that it folds up into the wall using hinges and other material. After I started working on it, though, I decided to keep one half of the table permanently separated and put it in storage when not in use. This helps to not make it so bulky when it’s hanging on the wall. It also eliminates the extra weight that the 2 lag screws have to hold when folded up. So anyway, I already had the table and lumber, I just needed the hinges and lag screws. Here’s the list of everything, though, just in case you’re wondering:

– 4×6 piece of 1/2″ plywood

– 4 hinges and screws

– 3 tight seal sash hinges

– About 16 feet of 2×2 wood (to brace the tables)

– Two 6″ metal slats

– 6 hook and eye locks

I set to work on it and started on the hinges that go into the wall that will ultimately support the whole thing. The important thing to remember here is that these need to be screwed directly into the 2x4s inside the wall so that they can bear the weight of the table. If you screw it into the drywall only then you’re gonna have a bad time… Once those 2x4s were located I drilled the holes and then attached the first half of the table (I cut it in half so that there’s two 2×3 foot sections). I also added hook and eye attachments to either side of the wall so that it can hold the table in place when it’s folded up. After I attached it to the wall I then made the holes to put the legs. I cut these at 41 inches tall. I also put a small piece of plywood between the legs and the tabletop so that I could allow a deeper screw to hold the legs up. The height of the legs lined up almost perfectly so that they both fold into the inside brackets of the table, like so:

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So now that one side was done it’s time to get to the other side! I basically repeated what I did with the first half except I did add some 6″ metal slats to the wall mounted section. This is used to hold the table in place while I attach the 2 together so that I’m not straining to hold it up and get them attached. It also means that this table can be set up with only one person!

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A simple metal slat that holds the table so that the pieces can be attached with the tight seal hinges.

In order to prevent the legs from folding under on us when playing a game (and damaging all the miniatures on top!) I put the metal hook and eye locks all around on each of the 4 legs. They are also the kind that have a spring lock in place just in case one of the legs is accidentally kicked. Little bit of extra protection never hurts!

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Lastly, once the two tables were joined together I got underneath and attached the 3 tight seal sash locks. This is the most important part because this will be used to keep the table held in place. It’s important to put these locks slightly further than normal so that they can really pull and hold the 2 tables together. You want there to be a snug fit when the lock is pulled together. Mine turned out just right on all 3!

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All that’s left to do is add the felt whenever we’re ready to play a game! Then simply unlock everything and fold up the table when done! And in order to keep it from being such an eye sore when it’s folded up I cover mine with the soon-to-be NFC East Champions flag – The Washington Redskins! So now I can have my man cave and a gaming table! I’m really glad this turned out well. I enjoy having a table to play games since I don’t get out much to any of the local stores so having one available is critical for me. I hope you enjoyed the article! Let me know if anybody is going to give this a try in their home!

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