Monthly Archives: December 2013

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

To Do: Discuss Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

To quote the episode of Family Guy spoofing Taken, “On behalf of my country, allow me to say, we surrender.”


But seriously. As readers of this blog must know by now, I love hobbying. I do. Seriously love it. If it were a child, this blog would be my favorite first born. Unfortunately, my life responsibilities (full-time marketing career, wife, pets, undercover crime fighting, and so it goes) take up more time than I’d like. I simply can’t dedicate the time I would like to for this blog. It saddens my heart and soul.

But all is not lost, theoretical readers! The greatest part about hobbying is often the community you do so in. During my writing adventures, I picked up a few dedicated readers that loved the content they read, and wanted to start contributing to the blog. And for free! Being the American capitalist I am, there’s no way I’m going to turn down free labor, so I graciously accepted.


Starting very soon, Nerds To Do List will begin to have posts written by a collection of writers who are passionate about what they do. Some will be posting about the 40K competitive scene, some on non-40K games such as Heroclix, Warmachines, and fully costumed thumb wrestling…honestly, who knows what! I love it when people get creative, so I’ll let them decide what they write about, so long as it’s a hobby, it’s kind of geeky, and I can edit it to include jokes about butts and koalas. Don’t worry, I’ll still be on the site posting from time to time to keep people abreast about my hobbying efforts and what kind of dressing I put on my salad that day.


If you want to learn more about our writers, check out the new Writer’s Page. If not, well, don’t. You won’t hurt our feelings…much.


Thanks for reading!

To Do: Discuss Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes