OZMS2Tallgeese wrote:P.s I think counting out the correct number of dice still takes longer than unsleeping a phone!
I mean, jus has a point with the 60 dice monster pool edge case, but still - not gonna come down one way or the other officially.
What I do have is a first go at guidelines for the 40K event - possibly "erring on the side of caution" and "erring on the side of lots of printed materials," but I hope my reasoning is apparent at least.
NagoyaHammer 40K event
Three 1000-point games, two hours each
Rule of Two as per the FAQ (consult with me if you want to field Drukhari - I'm willing to make adjustments for their weird Patrol-focused special rules)
➢ Note that an Auxiliary Support Detachment or Fortification Network IS a Detachment for Rule of Two purposes!
➢ There are no other army selection rules, but please do consider time constraints and whether you, your playstyle, and your comfort with the rules can handle, say, moving and rolling dice for 80 cultists or termagants or boyz or whatever without bogging the game down. Note rules for deciding winners and losers in slow games below.
Event Winner decided by best W/L record -> most VP scored -> fewest VP given up.
➢ Games that do not finish according to the scenario rules for battle length, but finish 5 complete battle rounds, will determine victor according to the scenario rules.
➢ Games that do not finish 5 complete rounds, but do finish at least 3 complete rounds, will count as ties for W/L record, but VP will be recorded.
➢ Games that fail to complete three full rounds (unlikely, knock on wood, with 1000 point games and two-hour time limits, but CYA and all that) will count as ties with 0 VP scored.
All games each round will use the same scenario, chosen by myself.
A hard-copy printout of the Rules Primer
(here owning the physical 40K rulebook is fine, but please put a post-it or bookmark or something where the core rules are).
A hard-copy printout of your army list, with unit and weapon stats and relevant special rules written in.
➢ BattleScribe, for example, will do this for you, and it’s free, but to be super frank the act of typing out your stats and special rules into a document will do you a lot of good if you haven’t played all that many games.
Some sort of hard copy of any Stratagems relevant to your army – either a document, or a copy of the relevant rulebook pages, or the cards GW makes, or what have you. It will probably be helpful to go through and winnow out any that are not relevant to the list you bring to the table.
A hard-copy printout of the latest FAQ, with any rules or clarifications relevant to your army (including updates to global rules) highlighted.
A bowl of m&m’s, with all the red m&m’s removed.
Philosophy notes: In all of this, one of my overarching goals is to not have people rely on the full rulebook and codex and all the page-flipping that requires, not to rely on books on tablet which are even worse for page-flipping than physical books, and to try to ensure that everyone has more or less the same baseline familiarity with the rules - hence the physically-highlighting-the-FAQ thing and so on. The idea is for everyone to have on hand just the rules they need for their army (but all
the rules they need for their army), in a single easy-to-access and easy-to-scan hardcopy document.
In the best of all possible worlds, of course, people will have played a number of games with their army before the event and will only need to reference the rules minimally, but better safe than sorry and all that.