Episode 88 – Dark Millennium Minisode

This “mini-sode” features a brief catch-up with myself and Sean Post Dark Millennium, and we have a general hobby chat as well.

PS – This post was scheduled to Launch at midnight on the 8th of March. At this time i’m unsure whether or not mini-fudge will be part of the world (but I think this was the most likely date for her arrival). Either way, i’m going to be out of the podcast game for a while, and just want to express my thanks to all of our listeners and followers, and also to everyone who has passed on their good wishes. Stay tuned to the website for articles (as I know a few people are planning to continue writing them), and watch this space for the return of the podcast. read more

Using Chess Clocks – it’s the Future !

Liam asked me to write a response to his article on Chess Clocks in 40k. Why you might ask? Well, I used them when preparing for the LVO, and in three of my 6 games at the LVO, so I have some experience of using them “in real life”.

I have to say, I was sceptical. After LVO 2018, when Frontline Gaming announced that they would use clocks at LVO 2019, I wasn’t impressed. In fact, I was so unimpressed I decided not to go, simply because of the clocks. However, over the year I mellowed to the idea and started to use them. I’m now a “fan”. IMO Chess Clocks work well for 40k, and I suspect they are the way forward. They take a bit of getting used to, no doubt, but all my games where I used them were fine. read more

The Scourge of Slow Play

Our biggest home-grown tournament (Dark Millennium) has just wrapped up for another year, and as far as I know fun was had by all and there wasn’t any major drama. This is exactly the sort of scenario that we like to see as Tournament Organisers, because the last thing that we want is for everyone’s fun to be ruined by players using the timekeeping rules to their advantage.

Although we had no issues at Dark Millennium, the question was posed to me several times, from several different people in the run up to the event: read more

Tales of the Singular Gamer – Part 6

Popping the Cally Cherry

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How to Make Sweet Sweet Hobby Love in Stockport

In my time of being involved in 40K, dear readers, I have been to a number of tournaments Dark Millennium, Bad Decisions, Rapid Fire, Stronghold, Scottish Takeover, Northern Warlords, Throne of Skulls….done singles, doubles and team events…one day events, weekenders…travelling up and down the fair land always chasing the 40K dragon.

Now hardcore tournament gamers will have lots more tournaments to add to that and probably go to them on a far more consistent basis than I do, all for a variety of reasons. They might be looking to get practice in or to hone a list for a mucho mucho grande tournament further down the line. They might be looking to improve their game or become a better player. They might be social outcasts and the brotherhood of 40K events is their chance to be with likeminded people who understand their insatiable hobby needs. They might be trying to harvest precious ETC or ITC points to improve their rankings to perhaps even get into Team Scotland, England, etc etc. Or they might just be skanks for the 40K and can never get enough. read more

XIV Legion march on into the Dark Millenium

At the weekend I will be attending Dark Millenium, for the first time since 2016. Fairly excited about it, as not only is it a great event, it also happens to be run by the shadowy form of Mr Liam O’Shea, the ‘instinctive behaviour: lurk’ puppet master of the Caledonian Deathwatch. Also, DM happens to represent the last time I ever done anything of note at an event, when I came 2nd in the 2016 event, just before I absconded from proper tournaments for the best part of 3 years. As I’ve documented in my previous blog posts, its been a rough ride getting back into the swing of things, with a few pastings for me – all be it with forces other than the Death Guard. Hoping to see some progress here, though I do appreciate that its going to be a tough one as there are some very good players coming. I’ve put in a bit of practice though, and know what my army should be able to achieve each turn. read more

The Start of a Torrid Affair

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I feel like I’m having an affair!

My Harlequins are like an elegant sophisticated woman – the one you take to the posh restaurant, or the Black Tie Dinner. She would “flow” into her dress and glide across the dance floor, looking stunning. Everybody would admire her from afar, and she would smile and laugh as they plucked up the courage to stutter a few words.

However, once you get home, you go to your separate bedrooms, and her door closes with a “click”.

On the other hand, if GSC was a woman, you might not take her to the posh restaurant (KFC more likely), and she might not turn heads at the Black Tie Dinner (well, she might, but it would be for different reasons). But when you got home…….well, she would probably bring a friend, and you would wake up next morning (maybe), sore, dehydrated and traumatised by what happened ……. but you would be looking forward to next time. read more

LVO 2019

Well the LVO has come and gone and I’m back in the UK (although my brain is still somewhere over the Atlantic!).

Long story short, I had a great time. All my games were fun, all my opponents were good guys, and I had a blast. Vegas is as horrible as ever, but my brother and I found some amazing restaurants, and spent more time together in 3 days than we have in the last 2 years. All in all, a great trip.

The Top 10 Psychic Powers in 40k

It’s time for another top 10 list! This time we are delving into the mystical world of Psykers and their assorted bag(s) of tricks (or just downright hideousness). This page is probably not going to hold much for Tau , Necron or Space Marines players – except perhaps toe curling dread or fist shaking rage!

I have to say that when I was compiling this list, it was a tough, tough cut. There are many psychic powers in the game, and believe me when I say that it was neck and neck between many powers on this list, as well as those among the honorable mentions. As is the norm for these sorts of lists, I suspect that the order (or even inclusion) of some powers will make many of you spit out your coffee in disgust! Stick with us though, and let us know your thoughts as to whether or not you agree, and what you’d have in here instead. read more

Episode 87 – Post Uprising Thoughts

We recount our adventures from Caledonian Uprising 2019, and ponder over some general hobby thoughts!

Gaming with a Disability

Hi All!

I asked my good friend Jonathan Humphrey to write an article based on the challenges of wargaming with a disability and the additional challenges he faced. I hope you enjoy reading about his experiences!

I met Liam last year and we quickly bonded over a shared love of all things Eldar. I walk with a cane, partly because it’s essential to my whole ‘eccentric English gentleman’ shtick, but mostly because I shattered my right knee some years ago and it will never fully heal (and I’m too young to get it replaced). We were talking about the impact this has on 40k for me, especially at tournaments – so much standing! – and I decided to reach out to other disabled players to see if they would share their experiences, which has grown into this article. read more

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