To Do: Post BlackBird’s Latest Tournament Article

Howdy All!

Blackbird has returned from his self-imposed exile to the depths of Chicago’s sewer system with a new perspective on life, a love of hand sanitizer, and a brand-new article.

In his latest segment, he discusses his trek to the Dark Star GT, detailing his competitive 40K games and his thoughts of the tournament as a whole.

Unfortunately, I’m a bad editor and have no time to do my God d#*&ed duty and go through it, so I’ll have to post it verbatim. But that’s ok; Blackbird also found an English grammar book while navigating below Roosevelt.

***As always, Blackbird’s opinions may not reflect those of Nerds To Do List, other NTDL writers, or the President of the United States, who is an Aries (who says you can’t learn anything on this blog?)***

Hey everyone, Blackbird here to give you a recap on what happened to this Young blood up in Minnesota.

Well, where do I start? I haven’t had a life for the past couple weeks with school, prom coming up in a month, sports, and of course 40k. But with all that, I still manged to throw 3 colors on my army and go play up in Minnesota. Now onto the tournament. So it was fairly small GT with there only being 74 participants. I can say everyone their was decent/great except one guy (my round 5), I was pretty sure I was going to punch in the face if he didn’t shut up. Anyways, I did meet new faces and had a blast hanging out and getting games in. The TOs knew their rules (NOVA judges don’t know #@*%), friendly, and
had the tournament running smoothly which was a upside. Now, one thing that stood out was the terrain, talk about effort put into every table. Terrain was simply beautiful and tournament standard of “quantiy” of it. The competition was decent and I would recommend this tournament for competitive players as well as fun players. Now onto the battle report!

My list: Farseer on bike (warlord).
3x [5 man dire avengers in serpents]
3 wraithknights
“Buff” commander

So missions were cool, but a little odd (FUCK MISSION 3). The tournament was win/loss/draw, with you receiving 15pts for a win, 10 for a draw, and 0pts for a loss. On with the battle reports!

Game 1: eldar/tau vs CSM/daemons

So this guy right off the bat had absolutely no f@*#ing clue what he was talking about. He argued for 5mins that his daemon prince received plus 1 toughness instead of shrouding and defensive grenades. Once, we got everything finally settled we started to roll of on things. I went first and deployed aggressively to try and shove everything done his throat. He decides to put most of army in reserve (why? Who knows) so he then deploys 2 5 man walking marines and 3 bikes
with a chaos lord. There was no night fight. So my top 1 I kill everything and get the win for a “wipeout”, our game was literally 30mins in total. So with that I was 1-0 and enjoyed a 3hr lunch… I never seen anyone, so happy about being tabled top 1.

Game 2: eldar/tau vs Deamons

So this guy was running flying circus essentially and was good guy to play against. So luck was on my side as we were playing hammer and anvil, so I could sit back and hit his guys with str 10 until he died. This game had his ups and down with me blowing to daemon princes top of 1 and he destroying one my serpents. The next turn, however, was bad rolling on both our parts. It took my entire army to finish off his third Deamons prince and he squeezed one glance on a serpent. Turn 3 was when the game was really decided, I pop his great unclean one and finish off his last 5 dogs. The next two turns I kill his troops to table him turn 5. So up 20!

Game 3: eldar/tau vs grey knights/guard/inquisition

I was paired up against last year’s winner, meaning this game was going to actually require thinking. Oh, in case I didn’t make it clear enough F%^K MISSION 3! The mission was so bad in my opinion and others (including my opponent). So pretty much any unit that wasn’t a hq or
vehicles returned to battle in your next movement phase. Every reentering unit you killed was 1pt with a max of 3pts. Then there was 3 objectives with two that were placed as 1 pt and the middle one being worth 3pts. So with all that said, I wanted to flip the table. Well, brad and I didn’t even play the mission until turn 4 when we actually decided to read more into the mission. We literally were just killing each other and simply couldn’t pull a win on each other with the mission being the way it is. It went all the way until turn 7 with both of us having 4pts total and drawing. It was still a fun game and a learning experience for me, since I was playing a great player. So with
said 2-1

Game 4 eldar/tau vs Deamons

Ever have one of those games, where the dice gods just say “f@!k you”? Well this was one of those games. So turn by turn we simply were just withering each other down, it was coming down to dice rolls to decided who was going to wipe each other out first. So turn 5 is  here IT happened…we both had 1 objective a piece and I had first blood, he had warlord. His bottom five he rolls on the warp storm table and summons demons. He drop them behind me in my deployment zone to try to get linebreaker. I then roll a 1 to see if it continues and he wins by a point. Although I was pissed off beyond belief, I still enjoyed the game and had a great opponent to play against. So 2-1 and now need to recover on that loss to improve my overall score.

Game 5: Eldar/tau vs Eldar (Iyanden)

Wow, what was up this guy was beyond me. It took everything I had to not beat the s(*t out of him right there. I literally told him turn two “f%^k the mission, I’m blowing you off the board”. So right off the bat, he was bitching that I had a “hard” list, I told him “yea, I know, that’s because this is a tournament”. So over the course of the game I didn’t say anything except when I declared targets, etc. turn 5 he had 5 guardians left, and I told him “do you want me to table you, or do you
wish to concede”. He then said “I concede”, I didn’t say anything afterwards, I filled out my sheet and walked away.

So at the end of it, I went 311, getting my 5th overall. I enjoyed weekend and am playing to return next year to redeem myself. And yes, I did get the lowest sportsmanship score (shocking
right?). This tournament, like I said, was still a great experience and practice for adepticon. Anyone planning on going to do this next year, should definitely go.

To Do: Post BlackBird’s Latest Tournament Article


To Do: Shake Off the Cobwebs

I think it’s time I gave my poor supporting writers a break.


So wow. Much time. Very much busy. Wow. But seriously, I apologize I haven’t personally written a post in quite a long time. Ok, fur effing evah. I recently took on a new job as a marketing director for one of Chicago’s staple steakhouses, and it’s eaten up quite a lot of time. Oh ya, and there’s also been some house buying, a new car, wife caring for, and the occasional crime fighting late at night. It’s been a heck of a couple months.


But you don’t come here to read my bitching and moaning, you come here for a cheap laugh when there’s a re-run of Always Sunny on. You might also come here for a bit of info on my latest projects and what not, but probably more old television than anything else.

Speaking of 40K projects, what have I done?!? I went to my work stash (the pile of unopened boxes of models that tabletop gamers collect with the notion that they’ll eventually paint them…one day) to grab a box. Something wasn’t right though. Is it the dust? No, that’s not it. Was it the bug-eyed blow-up doll? No, he’s always been in that position. Then it hit me…it’s empty!


That’s right, I have hit the end of my To Paint pile. All that remains is one box of Grey Knight terminators to add to my ally force, and I’ll be out of models. Then there will be nothing. It will look like the metal heads section of a One Direction concert, or an average-sized bodice at a Victoria’s Secret fashion show. Barren. Non-existent. Vacant.

At first, I went through a sort of depression. I considered medication, but suppositories never sat well with me. I briefly considered calling the hobby a day and moving on, but then I threw up and realized that was crazy talk.


So I decided to break out my bits box and make models myself. My inquisitor warband needed some gun servitors, why not make ’em from spare parts? That’s what any self-respecting Jokaero would do, right? So that’s what I did. Below is the result of that idea.

Inq. Gun Servitor 1

Ok, well that’s over. Now what? Then it hit me. I can buy new models! It was finally time to not be confined by a pre-determined list, but to expand my gaming horizons and venture into new territories. To buy models I wanted to paint, not boxes that my army needed. To try new games, and paint their miniature dudes. Essentially, I was in for a Milo and Otis kind of adventure, where self discovery and furry shenanigans were sure to take place.

Oh, and I decided to pick Magic: the Gathering back up.


Ah, M:tG, the game that taught me the value of outplaying my opponent and turned me into an obsessive collector of things. Yes, it was also time to blow the dust off my high school life and try my hand at that as well.

Back to mini-dudes, I’ve been debating on where to expand my horizons. I know I’m going to slowly add an accompanying Tzeentch force to my Alpha Legion (who better to chill out with saboteurs and secret gatherers, amirite?), but what else? I need to flesh out my inquisitor warband, which is turning into a super conversion project on its own. That won’t take too long, though. I have purchased the rulebook to Flames of War, along with a few tanks to build an armored regiment, but those paint jobs are basic at best. What’s a gal to do?


I know a few people who play Warhammer Fantasy, and I’ve flirted with the idea of starting an army myself. I actually have a few of the models sitting in my closet, but every time I start to really put thought into it, well, I don’t know, I seem to turn myself off the idea. It’s odd, because in almost every other aspect, fantasy > sci-fi, in my naughtily illustrated book. There’s just something about WHFB that doesn’t “do” it for me. We’ll see, we’ll see. Maybe I’ll convince myself of it one of these days.

Don’t bother asking about Warmachines/Hordes. That stuff looks about as interesting to me as staring at selections of bread mold to see if one resembles Winston Churchill. About the same goes to Heroclix, except I’ve played that one (not a bad game, mind you, just not for me).

And as far as starting new 40K armies, that just ain’t happenin’, Jack. I sold my Tau ally, as I didn’t play it enough to justify its shelf space, and in all honesty, no other armies really “do it for me”. When I think about Chaos Space Marines and Space Marines (which includes Inquisitors and such), I get all this.


But others? Nothing. Not even a little. #firstworldproblems. I could get into drugs. I hear good things about them. But nah, too much money that’ll take away from other gaming love.

I guess this Milo and Otis story still has a ways to go before it finds its way back to the farm. I will leave you with this gem from the past. Later days!

To Do: Shake Off the Cobwebs

To Do: Let Blackbird Take the Floor

As can happen in real life, I’m swamped as can be. Luckily, Blackbird lives in a temporal paradox, so he can create infinite minutes on command. He decided to use his powers for good and write another blog post. In this edition, Blackbird will be all on his own; no moderator edits, professor critiques, or gas station attendants telling him to “move his ass” from the snack cake aisle. Take it away, Blackbird.

***As with other articles, Blackbird don’t do no speakin’ for folks on this site, or the site itself. Y’all here?***

Local Tournament Recap

Hey everyone Blackbird here to report on a local tournament recap. So kinda weird how I actually went to the draxtar games’ tournament, I was actually suppose to go the Good, Bad, Ugly tournament in Wisconsin,  but it was still a ton of fun! So as luck will have it I caught a Cold a couple days before the tournament and had a 101 fever saturday morning. Which means I couldn’t go up to play in the GBU sadly, but after taking some medicine and working out I was able to bring down my fever temporarily and was good enough to compete last minute at draxtar. The Tournament was 1750pts and three 2.5 hour rounds. So with all that said on with the tournament!

My list Eldar/Tau

farseer on bike — “buff” commander
3 wave serpents with 5 dire avengers in each
1 bike squad
10 kroot with hound
warp spider squad
2 wratihknights

Game 1: Eldar/tau vs Necrons

So lucky enough for me, he was using necron wraith wing with flyer support. His list was similar to my old necron list, so it was a matter of outplaying him with superior firepower. That being said, Turn 1 went terrible for this guy. I completely destroy everything he had for ground support but 1 wraith left, letting him bring in 3 out of 5 flyers. So, overall he couldn’t do much damage to me but kill a wraithknight, 1 serpent, and 2 5 man dire avenger squads. It ended turn 6 with him having no scoring units left and 2 flyers. I had 2 objectives, kill points, and 3 secondaries. Netting me a total of 23 points and my opponent 0.

Game 2: Eldar/Tau vs Dark angels

So with a 23 point performance I knew I had to start racking up more points to shoot me up to the top 3. So interesting enough my opponent was running a biker hybrid list with some tac squads and 2 squads of terminators. So with his low model count, my plan was to blow him off the board to get full points for getting a “wipeout”. I won the roll off to go first but he seized on me. He scouted up his bikes and did some shooting and caused 1 wound to a wraithknight and did a good amount of damage to my riptide squad. I in turn wipe out all 3 of his bike squads and bring his tac. squad down to azrael. His next turn he brings in both his terminator squad and does 1 more wound on my wraithknights and kills my riptide. On my turn I kill both terminator squads and azrael, leaving him with only a 5 man tac squad behind his defense line. With him only having 5 models left he tried to kill my warlord to steal a point, but my farseer refused to die. I then proceed to table him bottom 3, giving me full points and him 0.

Game 3: eldar/tau vs Nids

So with a great performance so far, I needed to keep up my streak to get me in the top 3. So where do I start here! So in the first two turns my rolling was so hot! I managed to kill all his M.Cs in two turns leaving him with only a 2 wounded mawlock left. He managed to kill 5 kroot and take 2 hull points off a serpent. My turn 3 I kill his mawloc and proceed to start killing his remaining gaunts. By now he had no answer toward anything I had left and had to start making instinctive behavior checks on his 2 remaining gaunt squads. I had enough shooting to blow the rest of his army off the board by turn 4.

So with 3 wins and a total of 79 points I got SECOND PLACE, winning $30 (yes my health was worth $30)! I lost first place by 4 points sadly but it was a local friend, so I wasn’t too upset about it. Still, I was the first loser (I’m pretty competitive huh (; ) and went over some mistakes I made and what I can do to further improve. I love my new army and being able to use it in a  tournament setting!

To Do: Let Blackbird Take the Floor

To Do: Let Eric Take the Wheel

Readers, let me introduce you to Eric. Eric is awesome. He does awesome things. He talks in an awesome way. He has a smoking jacket, and believes all real men should. Because he’s awesome. Effing Hugh Hefner wishes he could be Eric. Except then he wouldn’t be surrounded by huge boobs and bleach blonde hair…or would he?


Eric also happens to be a pretty damn good Tyranids player. He’s without a doubt one of my best hobby friends, and my immortal nemesis. With my original Chaos army, I won only one game in our numerous battles. My Black Templars fared marginally better; the first few games went to me, but just like the Hive Mind itself, he adapted, and smacked me around every game thereafter. My Tau? Smashed to hell. He’s the only person outside of winning-obsessed Blackbird that habitually beats me in 40K…


For all of these reasons, I was beyond ecstatic when Eric decided he would grace this blog with a post about his thoughts on 40K. I would have rolled out a red carpet for him, but Eric does not walk on land as mortal men do. Alas, all I can do is post his take a step back and let Eric do what he does best.

***As with any and all blah blah blahs on this site, the views and opinions presented in this blah blah do not necessarily reflect those of other Nerds To Do List writers or Nerds To Do List itself, though they probably do.***

Warhammer 40k is in the best shape it’s ever been.  There.  I said it.

But oh my dice and measuring tape, you wouldn’t know it from the discussion forums.  Ever since Escalation and Stronghold opened up like the aliens from Independence Day when the Mac timer function hit 00:00, I’ve been seeing comments like these:

“So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.”
– Bell of Great Pissing and Moaning

“But yet I call you servile ministers,
That have with two pernicious daughters join’d
Your high engender’d battles ‘gainst a head
So old and white as this. O! O! ’tis foul!”

“From Hell’s heart I stab at thee. For Hate’s sake, I spit my last breath at thee.”
-Khan Noonien Singh, Mutara Nebula

Independence Day

“There went my Screamer Star.  Damn D-weapons.”

Okay, I’m using some literary creativity here. Ricardo Montalban really has not given an opinion on the new 40k rules expansions, mostly because he died during 5th Edition. And he was more of a Fantasy player anyway.  I hear his Bretonnians were fierce.

To read the sad stories being related online, everyone is stuck in a small town meta where the only players are two guys who do nothing but hone their tournament lists, The Beast Rabban, and a Rage-Virus monkey with an Amex Black Card that lets him buy Eldar Revenants like crates of oranges at Costco.  I wonder.  I grew up in a small-town gaming meta, and I still had my pick of four to seven guys up for playing my Gorean-variant of RuneQuest (“Great job Bill, that’s thirty experience points for giving that uppity elf archer her first slave orgasm.”)


“See my list? It’s in my mentat’s head.”

I’m pretty excited about the ability to work the big guys into a regular game, now that there are rules to do so.  Because in my meta, it’s more about the fun of coming up with backstory for campaigns and scenarios.  I can see, for example, a three-game campaign built around an escalation model.  In the first game, maybe an under-1000 pointer, advance units attempt to size an area suitable for landing the super-heavy where it can intervene in the battlefield quickly and effectively (remember the fates of the gargantuan Japanese battleships Yamato and Musashi.  They never made it close enough to use their 18-inch guns, swarms of airplanes and submarines saw to that).  If he wins, the superheavy shows up in the next game.  If he loses, maybe it landed in an alternate area and is on its way, only able to use some of its guns in a limited way as off-board artillery, potentially dangerous to both sides.  The third game could go in all sorts of different directions: a battle around the corpse of the super-heavy as both sides seek to strip it of valuable technology, a damaged-but-still-terrifying monster spearheading a final assault, or a last-minute arrival of the super-heavy at a disadvantageous position, looking to redeem the previous losses like Blucher at Waterloo.  The point is, both sides will have something invested in the superheavy by this point, it’ll have the weight of story added to the lines of stats and point cost.  More fun for the players.

40k is a game, and a game is made up of two (or more) sides deciding a recreational outcome through an agreed-upon framework of rules.  Before Escalation, putting a super-heavy in a normal game had an element of Calvinball to it, now we have rules we can use (or ignore, based on agreement by both sides, of course).  Nobody wants to play the exact same game of poker every night with his buddies.  Expanding on the poker analogy, 40k and its supplements are Hoyle, but what happens on your own gaming table is your business, provided the players agree.  I know what I get out of 40k is very different from a tournament player or someone working toward a Golden Demon.  That’s the great things about this hobby, is that it gives you so many different ways to indulge your talents and enthusiasms.  Just don’t be this guy:

Second Dude

“Look it’s your affair if you want to play tennis with five people … but don’t go calling it doubles.”

In the end, Escalation (and to a lesser extent, Stronghold) will only change the 40k gaming scene if the players demand it.  I suspect the guy who always wants to bring a Baneblade to every game at his local store will be pretty lonely before long, when everyone suddenly has an important haircut scheduled.  Tournament organizers are looking to please the guys willing to pony up the entrance fee and make the trip, and if paying players don’t want the super-heavies and fortification combos, out they’ll go like two pixies at a Pottersville neighborhood gin mill.  In six months, we’ll be wondering what all the fuss was about and obsessing over the next game-wrecking feature causing players who’ve been in it since 3rd edition to rage-quit.

To Do: Let Eric Take the Wheel

To Do: Wonder if Blackbird Has a Life

Hello theoretical readers! According to recent surveys conducted by various organizations and special interest groups:

— married couples have sex 2-3 times per week, on average
— 16% of all email users use Outlook as their preferred software client
— Blackbird has no life

While the third is not intended to be a factual statement, it may very well be, because he’s back with yet another blog post. His competitive exploits have taken him to a local (being Chicago-land) 40K tournament, where his new Eldar force took on all challengers with their extreme firepower and ambiguous sexuality. Let’s see what Blackbird has to say.

***As is said with every blog post, the views expressed in this post are particular to the writer, and may not reflect those of other Nerds To Do List writers, Nerds To Do List itself, or the President of the Nebraska Homeowners Association.***

Hey everyone, Blackbird here to tell about a local tournament I was able to attend this past week. The tournament organizer, a cool dude who creates events for a variety of wargaming platforms (such as 40K and Infinity), hosted yet another very well run event. I had a blast hanging out with friends and playing some really sick missions in a well-organized atmosphere. But enough of my kudos, let’s get down to the tournament!

For this event, each player competed against their fellow 40K players in three games, where they could earn a possible 84 points. Each round lasted up to 2.5 hours. This was the first time I was able to run my Tau/Eldar list, which consisted of:


farseer on bike
x2 bike squads
x3 wave serpents
x2 wraithknights
x2 warp spiders squads

Game 1: Eldar vs. Chaos Daemons (Screamer Star)

On turn 1, we both deployed defensively and waited for each other to do something. I did manage to do some damage to his star before he popped his 2++ shenanigans, but I simply couldn’t pump out  enough firepower to kill the heralds I needed dead before the slaughter begin. He in turn popped two serpents in turn 2 and proceeded to kill 1 of my warp spiders squads. Man, these armies are fierce once they get going. From there, it was just a movement game with some light firepower on both our ends. As fate would have it, he rolled really well and I rolled terribly, leading him to smash most of my army off the board. By turn 5, I held only objective and one wraithknight wound up earning me linebreaker points, but that’s where my scores ended. This game, more than anything, was a learning experience for me, as I had never played the dreaded Screamer Star. My opponent was a cool guy, though as afterwards we talked about my mistakes and what I should do if I ever see a Screamer Star again.

Result : 1-27 pt loss

Game 2: Eldar vs. Eldar/Tau

With a miserable showing in round 1, I was determined to make a comeback! Since I was at the last table due to my horrible performance, I was pitted against an opponent that wasn’t quite prepared for a “hardcore” game. I was lucky enough to seize the initiative and go first. Turn 1 went pretty terrible for this guy; I managed to kill his two broadsides, his wraithknight (and warlord), and five wraithguard, right off the bat. He, in turn, squeezed out two glances to one of my  serpents. As the game went on, I was able  to out play and outmaneuver him with my fast moving army, tabling him by turn 4 and earning full points!

Result: 8-0 pt win

Game 3: Eldar vs. Blood Angels

So having earned a total of 29 points, I needed to earn full points again in my last match to catapult me beyond the top 16. My opponent, a Blood Angel player, actually ran an old grand daddy blood angel list, consisting most of a rhino rush backed by a land raider. This game was actually a lot of fun and annoying at the same time, as even with my far superior xenos firepower, I failed to penetrate the land raider four times. We had a tight game, going back and forth doing a good amount of damage to each other. Things began to start sliding my way by turn 4. At this point, I was able to crack open all his vehicles and make his marines walk across the battlefield. Now, since his marines had no real answer for my fast moving vehicles and monstrous creatures, I was able to dance around him and send an ample amount of shots into his forces. It ended on turn 5 with him having five marines left in the open. I was able to score all objectives and all secondaries to earn full points two games in a row!

Result: 28-0 win


The tournament overall was a ton of fun and I do plan on going again to redeem myself. With a 2-1 score and 57/84pts (netting me 4th place,) I was pleased with my performance, especially since it was my first three games with my Eldar army. My opponents had some solid lists (it was especially cool to see such an old school Blood Angels army), but, as many tournament goers can attest, few things can counter a well-constructed Eldar warhost. For now, it’s time to train for future GTs, because this Youngblood is on the hunt for a GT win! Now to figure out some solid counter-tactics to thwart those pesky daemons…

To Do: Wonder if Blackbird Has a Life

To Do: Read Blackbird’s Second Post

Damn. Our new writer, Blackbird, is on a tear! He has caught the writing bug, and he just can’t stop. He’s like a nymphomaniac who has confused sweet, sweet loving with writing articles. What I’m getting at is, he’s doing a lot of pen and paper humping.

Without further ado, here’s the latest from Blackbird!

***Editor’s Note: due to a crazy work day, the following article was posted sans edits. Also, please remember that the views expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect those of other Nerds To Do List writers, or the blog as a whole.***

Hello everyone, Blackbird here to tell you guys about a local tournament I was able to attend this weekend. This tournament was really cool to watch, and I was actually able to play my friend’s last round. The top army (yea you guessed it) was TAU/Eldar!

The Tournament itself is very well run with different T.Os that sometimes then their own flavor, which makes the game more fun than anything. The other thing is our prize support is well for a local tournament, with winners getting a nice plaque and a gift card to games workshop. We also have one of the best gaming groups in the country, we have top players that play on Team America every year, excellent painters, and overall we have a great atmosphere of players. Recently, however, our tournament attendance hasn’t been what we have been hoping for. With old numbers being at around 20+ and recently we have only been seeing around 12-16. Why you may ask? Well, there are many factors when it comes to running a tournament, and unfortunately you can’t make everyone happy. One key factor is what type of tournament is going to be ran, most of the time the tournaments being ran are about a 60-40 competitive split, meaning battle is worth the most, but you better have good painting and sportsmanship score if you want to win best overall. Even though this seems fair, some people (like myself) prefer tournaments more like Feast of Blades.

Feast of blades I like for two reasons. One, its all about battle points and winning games to get 1st. Second, they still give out other awards for best sportsmanship and stuff but it doesn’t count toward your overall performance. On the flipside of that you get people who want to play in a tournament where everything matters, like NOVA. So at Nova there are two main awards. One, is best general (all about winning games and battle points) and renaissance man (overall total score) and a lot of people like this format to. It gives players who aren’t there looking to win every game but expect to do well and get a lot of points from painting, sportsmanship, and just have a good time overall. Both I believe have their places.

Now back to the local tournament, since that is all cleared up. One issue too is that people all have different goals when they go to a tournament. I like going to tournaments and trying to get best general by any means necessary. Other people like going to tournaments just to kick back with some friends and get a game in. Others, try to go for best painter. So, it really depends on the type of person you are. Also, variety is key in a tournament. No one wants to go to a tournament that is all the same army because it won’t be any fun if everyone played Tau or Orks,etc. That’s why people prefer local tournaments sometimes over GTs because their is flavor in a local tournament. So, overall the tournament this weekend was great, with some really sharp painted armies and bloody battles.

To Do: Read Blackbird’s Second Post

To Do: Competitive Christmas Discussion by Blackbird

Well that certainly didn’t take long.

Our new writer Blackbird has already pumped out his first article. Apparently he was excited to get it online. Poor buggar thinks there’s “bitches” to be had for writers. But hey, I’ll let him dream.

And like an informercial about do-it-yourself organ transplant gadgets, I have to say, “The contents and viewpoints expressed in the following presentation do not reflect those of CBMcGames nor all writers of Nerds To Do List.”

On with the show!

—“Christmas: the Competitive Holiday for Wargamers” by Blackbird

Hello everyone! Blackbird here to give you some insight on the tournament scene, the evolving meta, and how competitive wargamers jack up their Christmas bill with new toys.

Recently, I’ve attended Nova (went 4-4) and Feast of Blades (3-3-2), and one thing is for sure; the meta has changed drastically. Necrons, the kings of 6th edition, have been harshly knocked from their throne by Eldar and Tau. Much like Grey Knights in 5th edition, everyone hopped on the powerhouse bandwagon. They’re simply everywhere! Near as I can tell, these two races make up about 2/3 of the army lists in today’s tournament landscape.

This is great for Games Workshop, of course, as they know how to make you buy new toys for the competitive scene. The Wraightknight costs 240pts (and a whopping $115), but since it’s an absolute beast on the battlefield, wargamers swallow their pride and pay to play. And no, I’m no different. I am in the process of building an Eldar/Tau list.

But will they still be the kings of competitive play in a couple of months? Those who follow rumors know that Tyranids, Guard, and Space Wolves may soon see an update, so balance may be on its way. But who knows. The Space Marine codex, for instance, was suppose to be the codex to finally create balance, and it did nothing but make marines players happy. SM players can pack a punch with biker spam and centurions with Tigarius, but not much else stands out as a xenos killer.

Of course, maybe it won’t be a codex that finally equalizes competitive play. This new “things” (I say that as nice as possible) called Escalation has come out, and caused quite a stir. Why? It allows super-heavies and Lords of War (A.K.A. Apocalypse units) to be used in regular games. To me, and to many other players, this is the most disgusting thing Games Workshop has ever done. Imagine setting up for a tournament game with a list you spend weeks creating, and then watching the player across from you place a Baneblade or an Eldar Titan loaded with “D” weapons. D weapons completely tip the scales on everything; if you’re not prepared to play against serious armor, you will be on the receiving end of some pain, and your opponent will advance simply because he brought a super-heavy.

Tournaments now need to decide what to do with Escalation and whatever other books Games Workshop releases, if they allow them at all. Feast of Blades has already decided how they’re going to combat the issue, which you can see here. Essentially, they’re creating a banned/restricted list for what players can and can’t bring.

Some players are not satisfied, however, as their restrictions don’t really combat the problem. In fact, all that does is start to restrict creativity and list building. The issue comes down to D weapons, not the units found in these books.

All this fuss, and we’re only talking about two books. What surprises and disarray will the competitive scene see in January and beyond! Only time (and myself) will tell.

To Do: Competitive Christmas Discussion by Blackbird