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all-day Rapid Fire 2018 @ Stirling Wargamers
Rapid Fire 2018 @ Stirling Wargamers
Oct 27 – Oct 28 all-day
Rapid Fire 2018 @ Stirling Wargamers
  The one you’ve all been waiting for Rapid Fire returns for 2018. Stirling Wargamers are proud to announce our annual 40K singles event. We will be releasing information in the upcoming months however to[...]
Nov
3
Sat
all-day Scottish Take Over 4 GT @ The Seaforth Club
Scottish Take Over 4 GT @ The Seaforth Club
Nov 3 – Nov 4 all-day
Scottish Take Over 4 GT @ The Seaforth Club
  This is it folks, our fouth event, and we are now officially a GT. To celebrate this milestone, and the speed you have all helped us grow to a GT, i want to make[...]
Nov
10
Sat
all-day The Warhammer 40k Freedom GT @ Common Ground Games
The Warhammer 40k Freedom GT @ Common Ground Games
Nov 10 – Nov 11 all-day
The Warhammer 40k Freedom GT @ Common Ground Games
  In place of the independent GT Scottish heat comes the appropriately named Freedom GT. This will be using the exact same missions and army selection as the independent GT would’ve done. An updated rulespack[...]
Nov
17
Sat
all-day Alliance Open – 40K – Dutch Gran... @ Van der Valk Hotel Schiphol A4
Alliance Open – 40K – Dutch Gran... @ Van der Valk Hotel Schiphol A4
Nov 17 – Nov 18 all-day
Alliance Open - 40K - Dutch Grand Tournament @ Van der Valk Hotel Schiphol A4
  Alliance Open – 40K – Dutch Grand Tournament – 2000 points – 5 rounds – 3 hour rounds – Price support for 1,2,3, best painted and best sportmenship – Epic Lunch – Goodie bag[...]
Dec
1
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all-day Allies of Convenience Wales GT @ Firestorm Games
Allies of Convenience Wales GT @ Firestorm Games
Dec 1 – Dec 2 all-day
Allies of Convenience Wales GT @ Firestorm Games
  The Allies of Convenience Team and the Welsh ETC team are co-hosting their event this year in Wales at Firestorm Games in Cardiff. It is a 2000 point ETC style singles event. Players will[...]
Dec
8
Sat
all-day The Grand Strategist GT @ Common Ground Games
The Grand Strategist GT @ Common Ground Games
Dec 8 – Dec 9 all-day
The Grand Strategist GT @ Common Ground Games
  Warhammer 40k tournament 5 games ETC style missions 2000 points prizes and glory to be won! Further details and rules pack will be coming soon. We will be submitting scores to ITC rankings ITC[...]
Jan
18
Fri
all-day Caledonian Uprising 2019 @ Element Games North West Gaming Centre 1st Floor, Hallam Business Centre, Hallam Street, SK2 6PT Stockport
Caledonian Uprising 2019 @ Element Games North West Gaming Centre 1st Floor, Hallam Business Centre, Hallam Street, SK2 6PT Stockport
Jan 18 – Jan 20 all-day
Caledonian Uprising 2019 @ Element Games North West Gaming Centre 1st Floor, Hallam Business Centre, Hallam Street, SK2 6PT Stockport
  Caledonian Uprising returns for the 9th year! Friday 18th January – pre-event social and gaming Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th January – Main event One hundred 40k players, one hall and one Champion! ________________________________________________[...]
Feb
23
Sat
all-day Belgian Team Championships 2019 @ Horizon VZW
Belgian Team Championships 2019 @ Horizon VZW
Feb 23 – Feb 24 all-day
Belgian Team Championships 2019 @ Horizon VZW
  We are honoured to present the 5th instalment of the Belgian 40K Team Championships Event. As usual, every Team is welcome, be it an actual representation of a Gaming Club, just a bunch of[...]
all-day Dark Millennium 6 @ Common Ground Games
Dark Millennium 6 @ Common Ground Games
Feb 23 – Feb 24 all-day
Dark Millennium 6 @ Common Ground Games
  Dark Millennium returns for its 6th year! 6 rounds of games using custom missions! Details to follow in the rules pack, but the below is a guideline: -3 detachments (including duplication) -2000 points -Forge[...]
Caledonian Deathwatch Network

Grow Your Community

Hey everybody – today I wanted to talk about a topic of 40k (or indeed wargaming in general) which is near and dear to my heart. I was updating the website’s events calendar, and it was to my utter amazement that I realised that there were still SEVEN (and probably at least one more if DWARF run 40k at Winter War again this year) tournaments still to run this year. For Scotland, this is absolutely mind bending! Those of you who follow this website internationally may be thinking to themselves “big deal, I can knock out seven tournaments in a couple of months”, but let me take you back a few years to explain how different the situation was even just 5 years ago.

 

 

I started playing 40k competitively about 8 years ago. I think one of my first ever competitive events was Throne of Skulls, which was held at Warhammer World (in the days before it was more of a gaming event) and I was absolutely hooked. As awesome as going to the home of Warhammer was, the killer about finishing a gruelling 2-day event is undoubtedly the trip home – and I wasn’t even the driver! Upon further investigation when I got home, I learned that there was probably only 1 regular tournament north of the border, which was Rapid Fire held by Stirling Wargamers (if the DWARF guys want to correct me on this and chime in please feel free!). Around this time there were also the Chaos of the Warp events held in Dunfermline by Geoff Nicholson (who sadly isn’t really on the 40k scene much these days), and these were quite pivotal towards establishing a base of Scottish Tournament gamers in my opinion.

 

 

About this same time my original partner in the Caledonian Deathwatch Radio podcast, Sean Morris, had expressed interest in running his own tournament. He had attended an invitational attendance event (I think more than once) called the Partick Crucible, which was held in Glasgow as a semi-competitive event. He later created the Stronghold 1-day event, which just last weekend celebrated its 7th year and is still going strong.

 

 

In 2013, Common Ground Games in Stirling opened it’s doors (and I found this video on YouTube which was filmed around that time):

 

That summer the venue’s first 40k event was held. “Clan Wars” was ran over 2 days by Scott Milne, and had a pretty good turnout. After having gone to the venue and seeing what it had to offer for myself, I knew that I wanted to run some events there. So the following year in February, I started the 2-day event Dark Millennium. This year it ran for a 5th time, and was Scotland’s biggest ever independent 40k event.

 

 

Since Dark Millennium started, I’ve seen more and more events being added to the Scottish Tournament calendar. DWARF, MAGE, Knightly gaming and Stirling have all added new events and seen attendances remain strong. When I actually worked out the full (current) calendar in Scotland for events, I was stunned by the numbers:

  • February – Dark Millennium (Independent)
  • March – Twin-Linked (Stirling Wargamers)
  • March – Scottish Take Over 3 (MAGE)
  • April – Clash of Alba 2 (Knightly Gaming)
  • May – Stronghold VII (Independent)
  • June – Cry Havoc(DWARF)
  • June – Eternal Warrior II (Independent)
  • June – Ironhammer (Knightly Gaming)
  • August – Scottish Take Over Doubles (MAGE)
  • September – Bad Decisions II (Independent)
  • October – Rapid-Fire (Stirling Wargamers)
  • November – Scottish Take Over 4 (MAGE)
  • November – GT Heat 2 (Independent)
  • November – Winter War (Likely Date) (DWARF)

This is a staggering FOURTEEN events that have either taken place, or are scheduled to take place this year. This is unbelievable considering no more than 5 years ago we had less than half of this in our entire country. I am proud on a personal level to help contribute to this number, and I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the various clubs and committees who have also put in time and effort. To grow both their own events, but also the Scottish scene is excellent for all of us who want to see the community grow and flourish.

 

So why go on at length about this? Throughout my various internet hobby surfing, one of the most common comments that I see on-line (besides all the FAQ hate!) is about how folks say that there are no events in their area. I have no official affiliation with any local gaming store, but I work closely with Common Ground Games to make our future events run smoothly – and there is no reason that you can’t do the same in your gaming communities.

If you are an aspiring tournament organiser, I want to encourage you to reach out to your Friendly Local Gaming Store (or FLGS as I have seen this termed on numerous sites), and see if they are interested in running some 40k events. Maybe they haven’t thought of how to develop their own rules pack, or they don’t know much about the ITC. As a gamer, you can arm your local store and scene with the tools and framework to develop and host new events. The scene in Scotland is still minuscule compared to somewhere like the states – but if we can collectively grow into what we are now, there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t do the same in your area.

 

One final note as well – for those of you who listen to our podcast, this is going to be a familiar statement. Tournaments are absolutely one of the most fun ways to experience playing the game, and the vast majority of tournament gamers are fun, good guys who you will have a great time playing against. You’ll see some cool armies, make some new friends and have some cool war stories to talk about when it’s all over. I can’t recommend getting into Tournaments enough, and I hope this may encourage you to get the ball rolling in your area.

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