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!

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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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Final Battle for Oz Tournament, Round 4 – Dorothy’s Return Home – date set for February 20th!

Submitted by Iggy Koopa, December 14, 2015 at 12:56 PM.

iggykoopaThe final round of the Battle for Oz Tournament Series – Dorothy’s Return Home – has now been set for February 20th, 2016!! The first three rounds have been battled out and we’ve had some epic games along the way… and now the dust is set to settle as we close out the first ever Battle for Oz Tournament Series and get ready for the grand finale as we bring on the 2nd annual Wicked GT! To recap, here’s the winners of the first 3 rounds of the series and here’s the latest Player Standings in the points. As you can tell, it’s going to come down to a photo finish between Austin Murrey and Jon Pike! Who will be crowned the first ever Battle for Oz Grand Champion!!

Round 1 – The Scarecrow’s Wrath – Overall Champ: Chris McArthur

Round 2 – The Tin Man’s Revenge – Overall Champ: Brian Hunter

Round 3 – The Lion’s Pride – Overall Champ: Austin Murrey

Now Round 4 is set for February 20th, 2016 and it’s going to be great. If you’ll recall, we kicked off the 9th Age era last Saturday (December 5th) at the Lion’s Pride and it was very well received. The guys over at the 9th Age Crew have done an excellent job updating the Fantasy Battles rulebook and it’s one that we’ve adopted in full force here at the MW Gaming Alliance! So don’t forget that going forward, for all of our tournaments, including the 2nd Wicked GT, we’ll be using the 9th Age rules! (www.the-ninth-age.com)

Here’s the schedule:

Schedule for February 20th, 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 – 6:20 PM – Clean up and Awards Ceremony.

If you know of anybody that would like to sign up then have them either send us an email at mwgamingalliance@yahoo.com or visit the MW Gaming Alliance Forums and let us know that way. Looking forward to a great turnout. Hope to see you there!

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 3 Tournament Results are in!

Submitted by Iggy Koopa, December 7, 2015 at 1:01 PM.

iggykoopaWe kicked off the 9th Age with a big bang on Saturday, December 5th as 10 generals showed up to duke it out in the first official 9th Age tournament that has been held in the area. There were lots of great games, dice rolls, and outmaneuvering done by everybody that was in attendance and I want to send out a huge thank you to everybody that traveled to come make Round 3 a huge success! Especially to Jeremy Merle, who drove all the way from Chicago!

Congratulations to all of our winners!

  • Overall Champion – Austin Murrey, Warriors of the Dark Gods, 3-0 record.
  • Best General – Jon Pike, Highborn Elves, 2-1 record. 59 (out of 75) total battle points.
  • Best Appearance – Erik Wilmeth, Ogre Khans.
  • Best Sportsman – Evan Schwamb, Vampire Covenant.

This marks 3 out of 4 rounds for the Battle for Oz Tournament Series and we now just have the final round coming up in February 2016 (date pending) before we finish it all of with the 2nd annual Wicked GT in March 18-20, 2016! Now that Austin has won Overall Champion it has propelled him into first place in the Overall Tournament Standings, however, Jon Pike is hot on his heels! It’s going to be photo finish in February! And don’t forget that the overall winner of the points standings will be crowned the Battle for Oz Grand Champion at the conclusion of Round 4 in February! To view the current player rankings just follow this link!

Here’s some pics from the tournament:

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And here’s what Austin rolled in his attempt to keep his Hero Character alive… Needless to say, he didn’t make it…

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And here’s some pics of Erik Wilmeth’s Ogre Khans that won Best Appearance:

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And lastly, here’s the artwork that was drawn and colored by Brian Hunter for the Lion’s Pride:

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Battle for Oz Round 3 – The Lion’s Pride Art Work-in-Progress!!

Submitted by Iggy Koopa, December 1, 2015 at 10:27 AM.

iggykoopaWanted to take a quick moment to share some WIP of the artwork for the upcoming Battle for Oz Round 3 – The Lion’s Pride on Saturday, December 5th done by Brian Hunter (@bambamhunter). If you’ve been to Rounds 1 & 2 (The Scarecrow’s Wrath and The Tin Man’s Revenge) then you’ll know that not only does the Overall Champion walk away with gift cards and cool prizes, but he / she also walks away with unique, one-of-a-kind art that is generously drawn then donated by Brian Hunter. You can’t get these prints anywhere else and they are literally drawn from Brians’ imagination! Each winner takes home these awesome prints and now you can get your chance on Saturday as he’s preparing the artwork for the Lion’s Pride! Take a sneak peek of the WIP!!

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And in case you don’t remember what the artwork looks like from past events then just look below to see what Brian has created for the 1st and 2nd rounds of the Battle for Oz Tournaments!

The Scarecrow’s Wrath:

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The Tin Man’s Revenge:

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Lastly, Brian did the artwork for the Wicked GT as well!

shadedlogoThe Wicked GT artwork designed and drawn by @bambamhunter.

Make sure to come by and check out the artwork in person and visit Brian on both Twitter and Instagram. He does commission work so if you have any interest in having something drawn he’s the guy that can bring it to life! Thanks to Brian! We’ll have the completed version soon!

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