Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Equinox 2018 - Tournament Report

Wargaming interest in the North Island of NZ is super strong at the moment and Equinox was run at the beginning of March so Hobbyists could rock their game during tournament season. This year saw a strange phenomenon which we haven't seen before of Hobbyists almost all registering their interest within three weeks till the tournament start. This meant that to ensure the tournament didn't see a huge loss, the venue was downsized for the Wargaming section of the convention. Some might say we upgraded as well, since we were Wargaming at the 'Auckland Rose Park Hotel' with full Bar, Restaurant, and Air Conditioning. Hosting almost 50 players, the venue was a den of happy gamers.

Help us Event Organisers out Hobbyists. Pre-register early so that the tournament can have the time and resources to prep and plan a awesome weekend for you to enjoy fully. With almost 30 on the waitlist wanting to come to Equinox on the books and no space because of the smaller venue, we couldn't capitalize on perhaps another large gathering for our hobby . If those waitlisted had been a little earlier in the show of interest, then it would have seen another super sized event that regularly happens at this annual Convention. The more attendees at an event means that we can promote our game to the public better and this is why we do this isn't it? We all want to grow our hobby so it doesn't just stay a small niche market. Lets do it better next event and make the hobby great again!

This year Equinox concentrated on the ever growing strength of numbers of Warhammer 40K and Fantasy battle. We saw travellers and locals competing at the Auckland venue and it created a great friendly rivalry between the group. It was spectacular to see Old and new players finding joy again playing their game at the venue. I for one have got wargaming in the blood and to see it amongst the whole group was a marvelous thing to witness.




Warhammer 40K Results

This year we had a great contingent from the Far North and Lower North Island providing some stiff competition for the locals. We saw a seasawing at the top of the tables with Tau, Tyranids, AM, Chaos and a few other factions all closely packed for the first days honours. It would be a very competitive second day that would decide the top tables. With so many varied factions and lists the majority of attendees reported that they were all enjoying the experience too. 
Astra Militarum has been dominating events both here in Auckland and around the world lately. At Equinox, their dominance was going to be sorely tested. It was going to be a test of Strategic skill and the fall of dice to decide the Champion.


     
adj Paint
Bat
KP
Tie
Total
1
Scott Paterson
Tau
14.3
95
39
 
109.3
2
Pascal Roggen
BA
14.3
91
70
0.1
105.4
3
Ben Clarke
CD
14.3
91
62
 
105.3
4
Felix Nesbit
Tyranids
10
91
33
 
101
5
Aidan Corlett
Tyranids
14.3
86
68
0.1
100.4
6
Adam Thornton
Tyranids
14.3
86
31
 
100.3
7
Chris Ward
AM
14.3
82
70
0.5
96.8
8
Simon Smith
AM
14.3
82
68
0.4
96.7
9
Andrew Bartosh
Alpha
14.3
82
52
0.3
96.6
10
Dave Hodgetts
CSM
14.3
82
52
0.2
96.5
11
Haydn Korach
CD
14.3
82
49
0.1
96.4
12
Michael Sheahan
Tyranids
14.3
82
39
 
96.3
13
Ignus Ferreira
AM
14.3
81
51
 
95.3
14
Henare Akari
DA
14.3
77
41
 
91.3
15
Ben McIntosh
Ynnari
14.3
73
49
0.6
87.9
16
Kyle Wilson
BA
14.3
73
37
0.5
87.8
17
Sam barnard
Tau
14.3
73
36
0.4
87.7
18
Cameron Lyell
Tau
14.3
73
34
0.3
87.6
19
Justin Reti
Admech
14.3
73
22
0.2
87.5
20
Ivan Soo
Tyranids
14.3
73
22
0.1
87.4
21
Greg Henderson
Ultra
14.3
73
19
 
87.3
22
Scott Nicholl
DA
14.3
72
40
 
86.3
23
Oliver Scott-Hushes
Necron
10
73
17
 
83
24
Alistair Morgan
DW
14.3
68
38
0.1
82.4
25
Dean Oldham
CSM
14.3
68
38
 
82.3
26
Josef Arnet
Orks
11.44
64
30
 
75.44
27
Ryoma Ashikaga
AM
7.15
64
25
 
71.15
28
Cole Mendoza
Tau
14.3
55
13
 
69.3
29
Conal Evans
Aeldari
14.3
50.1
0
0.1
64.4
30
Ghost
DA
14.3
50
0
 
64.3
               
 
Best Paint
 
Bartosh
7 votes
     
 
Best Sport
 
Josef
3 votes
     

Congratulations to the Champions. The tournament had been designed to encourage maximum carnage and Kill points was the key to winning the tournament (mentioned in the morning pre-tournament brief) More complexity is planned for our next tournaments with a emphasis on making sure that it doesn't impact on the time required to play. With only 2hrs 30 in rounds, it left the game slightly tight for 2000pts. All those factors will be taken into consideration with future Players packs.



The 9th Age: Fantasy Battle

Good field of contestants and short a fair few regulars with real life commitments this time around. It would of been great to see more players support this event from around the country but ultimately it's a big journey if you don't live local. The tournament will endeavour to provide more advance notice where we can. It's good that the game is getting more traction and exposure and hopefully from word of mouth we can jump start this amazing real Fantasy Battle game into a heavyweight in the future.

This time around the tournament was using the Ver 2 Beta rules. I hear from good sources that this will be the stable rules for the next foreseeable future. It plays amazingly well and is an excellent design with signature innovation. If you've been a WHFB or other type of Fantasy Battle enthusiast then this ranked battle game you should definitely give a go. Use a Army builder and it makes it easy to create your lists for tournaments. The ability to build multiple lists to chose from will not only make you enjoy the game better, it will make submitting your lists to tournaments a breeze.  

With Ver 2 so new to the community there wasn't a meta just yet. Equinox was a great way to test your army and play in a tournament environment with multiple new opponents. From the games I saw, you were rewarded if you stacked the phases to your advantage and was rewarded with action vs inaction.



     
Total
Late
Paint
Tie
1
Mccrae Loudon
Sylvan
126.1
   
0.1
2
James Brown
Dread
126
-4
   
3
Glenn Patel
Vampire
111
     
4
Basil Moskovis
Vampire
107
     
5
Nick Irvine
Sylvan
105
     
6
E.J. Loef
Infernal
100
     
7
Glen Tibbles
Warriors
96
     
8
John Willenbruch
Kingdom
95
-4
   
9
Damian Treanor
Dwarf
90
     
10
Ken Hay
Dwarf
89
     
11
Richard Holtzhausen
Vermin
86
     
12
Kelly Gragg
Ogre
77
     
13
Josh Workman
Saurian
74
     
14
Chris Ellis
Vampire
70.1
   
0.1
15
Phil Wu
High Elves
70
     
16
Brian Wigzell
High Elves
65.7
 
-4.3
 
             
 
Best Paint = Kelly
6 votes
       
 
Best Sport = Rich
3 votes
       

NB: 
1. There were numerous late lists and we waived the first offence. Multiple repeated resubmits are not acceptable in any situation and a minor 4pts was deducted. We will look at this situation moving forward and perhaps introduce a disqualification for repeated offences. A more concise list of strict penalties will be available in future. Honestly we never thought anyone could muck up repeatedly in this age of gaming support apps. 
2. Penalties were not added to your scores during swiss chess so it would not in any way affect match ups to give advantage or disadvantage.
3. Scores were open to view at all times to all competitors through to round 4 of the 5 round event. 
4. The tournament used multiple Umpires from ACG to help run the event and this is the usual policy with all events Equinox tournaments run.


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The Winners of the raffle were
Stan
Ken
Chris

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