The Great Game
Date – January 25th and 26th 2020
Tram Ticket – 3 players
A Warhammer 40,000 Campaign Weekend
Welcome to the event pack for The Great Game, the Wargames Association of Reading’s very first Warhammer 40,000 Campaign weekend. It will be held at Winnersh Community Centre on the 25th and 26th of January ‘20. Tickets are £30 (£25 if bought before 31st December ’19) and can be purchased from the WAR website (www.wargamesreading.co.uk). You can also buy an early bird group team ticket for £70 which covers 3 players playing in a team together.
Firstly, we cannot stress enough this is not a tournament so please don’t approach this event as one. You will get far more out of the event if you play with the narrative in mind. Also, there will likely be lots of random events happening over the weekend which means that your “win at all costs” army won’t be anywhere near as good as you think it should be, so you won’t be needing it. If narrative play isn’t for you (and it isn’t for everyone) WAR runs other tournament events that will be more your thing. Details for those will be available on the WAR website (www.wargamesreading.co.uk) when they are available. If you think this event might be for you the continue to read on:
The Great Game involves the 4 major Chaos powers and the Emperor fighting for supremacy both in realspace and the warp. Our story starts with all 4 gods in a state of warring deadlock, where any gains one god makes is swiftly negated by another. The 4 have taken to manipulating, temping, corrupting or just feeding on the deeds of the mortal races to further their cause in the game. These, whether willing or not, are you armies.
Selecting Your Allegiance and Army
When you arrive at the event we will put you into teams of roughly equal numbers with between 3-4 players per team. If you wish to be in a team with certain people then please let us know ahead of time and we will make sure that it happens. Your team can have 1 of 6 possible allegiances (Khorne, Slaanesh, Tzeentch, Nurgle, Imperial or Undivided). When selecting your army you can take anything you like, (there are no matched play restrictions) however remember this event is narrative so themed armies are highly encouraged. If you are unsure if your army is over the top or not then work on the assumption that it probably is.
Playing your Games and writing army lists
In each round of the campaign you will play a game against someone on one of the other teams. If you wish to, you can challenge another player from one of the other teams. The only restriction to this is you cannot play the same opponent twice over the course of the weekend. If you don’t challenge someone then you will be randomly assigned an opponent.
You will then be asked to pick one of the tables available (try not to pick the same table twice to give as many people as possible to play on each of the tables). On each table will be details of a mission that is designed for each table. Some will be missions from the rulebook or chapter approved (possibly with some tweaking) others will be completely new missions. You can either choose to play the mission assigned to the table or do something completely different.
The standard size of game will be 1500 points so that there is enough time to fit in the games in spite of some of the wacky rules. You don’t have to use the same army list for all 5 games, you can alter your list as much as you like subject to the restrictions above however please have something written down so that you opponent doesn’t have to wait half an hour whilst you write an army list. Also remember the golden rule of don’t be a dick.
Since the Great Game is a campaign weekend the stuff written here is just for guidance and so there is a default for you to revert to. If you want to do something different; more points, less points, or even play a different game system then providing you can find an opponent for what you want to do and it fits within the setting of the campaign then feel free. If you want to do something completely different that means you need a different size of table or different scenery it would be helpful if you could let us know. Please send an email to email@example.com and we will take the necessary steps to facilitate your request.
As this is a campaign the schedule is a little more flexible than it would be for other events, so this is more of guideline but here is the rough schedule for the weekend,
|Saturday 25th January
0915-0930 Welcome and Briefing
0930-1215 Game 1
1215-1300 Lunch Break
1300-1545 Game 2
1600-1845 Game 3
|Sunday 26th January
0945-1230 Game 4
1230-1315 Lunch Break
1315-1600 Game 5
If you’ve got any questions about this event, then please get in touch by using the email above. Finally, this document is very much a work in progress so check back closer to the event for more details.