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The 25 Astra Militarum Strategems Reviewed

This is a quick-fire review of the 25 Stratagems that the Imperial Guard / Astra Militarum gained with their new 8th Edition Codex. It might also be the first chance some players have to see them, so take a look and find out what cunning trickery, explosive bombardments and off-table firepower those wily guardsmen have ready to activate at the punch of a button.

I’m going to grade them quickly from 1 to 5 stars based on a simple scale: to be 5 stars, it has to be as good as the amazing Reroll a Dice per phase that all armies and races have access to. That one is often under-rated, and frequently squandered, but used right it is $Money$.

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5 Reasons You can Master 8th Faster with Vassal 40K

Looking for a way to speed up how fast you master the new edition of 40K? You might want to consider trying Vassal.

For those who haven’t heard of it, Vassal is a program that allows users to play turn based games online. It’s very basic, and rule-system agnostic (a fancy way of saying it doesn’t know what you’re playing and what the rules are, but just lets you get on with whatever it is). Despite looking like a 1990s Amiga game at best, it has grown to be a huge hit with competitive gamers -especially for FFG’s X-Wing and Star Wars Armada.

In X-Wing in particular, tournament gamers from around the world have credited Vassal as a key contributor to honing their skills and improving their game, for reasons I’ll briefly cover below. I must have logged hundreds of hours worth of games on Vassal back while I was an avid X-Wing player, including participating in several Leagues and international tournaments.
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Attached below are 3 images of the Black Legion updates.

Have a look, see what you think, and feel free to comment and complain.

Thanks to Captain Grizz for bringing these to my attention.
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Star Wars Armada Wave 2 – Unboxing preview of new ships and cards

SDFFG’s brilliant large-scale Star Wars strategy game, ARMADA, gets its second wave of ships over the next few weeks. This includes the new Star Destroyer, which frankly dwarfs the Victory-class Star Destroyer that was released with the game, as well as Home One rebel capital ship and a host of new fighter and bomber squadrons.

The new ships won’t be available to purchase for a few more weeks (and possibly longer), but a few sets will be won by the winners of the soon coming Mustering at Sullust tournaments. Fortunately a Bothan by the name of Lyraeus was able to get some photos of an unboxed set in advance, so the rest of us can have a look at the goodies that are in the pipe line.

After the fold; photos of the new ships, comparisons with the old, and a lot of the new cards and upgrades (I’ve edited some of the images for easier reading, so while imperfect these are the best quality currently available).

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Innocence Proves Nothing

Justicar_terminatorHey there guys! My name is Alex and I’m one of the new contributors to 3++. If you couldn’t tell by the title I’m a big fan of the Inquisition, particularly the Grey Knights who are my main army. So I figured I’d start off with a little information about myself:

I started playing about 10 years ago as a wee lad with Warhammer Fantasy. I was living in Europe at the time and was introduced by a friend and fell in love with the game playing Tomb Kings in small narrative campaigns. After a few months I decided to try and enter a local tournament where I did pretty decently. However after about a year of starting Fantasy my family moved back to the US and I was left without any place to play. I picked up a few Tyranid models and generally just built and painted them. I then happened to meet my current Warhammer partner who came over one day and noticed the Carnifex on my shelf. He informed me he was a an avid 40k player and we’ve gamed together ever since. Besides my Grey Knights I also have a large collection of Tyranids though they don’t see much play as I rather detest the 6th edition codex. But enough of that little intro how about what you guys can expect?

I’m a competitive player, but I aim for fun lists that can still hold their own against some of the more cutthroat lists out there nowadays (I do play Grey Knights after all, not the best codex out there).

So I thought for my first post besides the little introduction I’d showcase the list that I have used for awhile now that’s gotten me very good results. It is as follows:

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So you think you know 40K? Guest Articles on 3++

With Kirby current unavailability, AbusePuppy’s absence and my own enthusiasm for other games systems, there is now an opportunity for aspiring 40K players and generals to write articles here on 3++.

This site is for the thinking-gamer, tournament player and people interested in fun, competitive tabletop games of all sorts, but has always primarily been about 40K. We get thousands of visitors, but let’s face it: 40K has been a minority topic in the actual posts recently.

If you believe you may have something to add to the body of knowledge about the game, please get in touch.

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GW Trolls Fans ahead of Age of Sigmar

The Master-Pranksters at Gamesworkshop have struck again, this time realising that releasing their japes on unsuspecting fans several months after April 1st would make them far more effective.

Some long-term Fantasy players have taken to the internet to vent their fury at what the believe to be leaked rules from ‘The Age of Sigmar’ and the impact it could have on any attempt to play the game in a balanced, competitive manner. I’ve compiled all the leaks, previews and rumoured releases in one place to make it easier for readers to assess which are genuine and which are GW’s staff hilariously trolling their own fan-base.

Use your own judgement.
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Gamers get Creative: Dakka Dakka’s New Game – Maelstrom’s Edge

134Some of our readers may already know this, but for those in the dark Dakka Dakka, the juggernaut of 40K and table top gaming forums, recently announced that they will be getting off the sidelines of commenting, discussing and posting about games, and throwing their hat into the ring by launching their own tabletop Sci-Fi game: Maelstrom’s Edge.

I was initially a bit skeptical about this idea, especially since the marketplace is increasingly crowded with new modelling companies and flash-in-the-pan gaming start ups, but after spending a bit more time reading their background, looking at their team and reviewing their progress I think they could be on to sometime, and can do nothing but wish them luck. Read more »

Epic for Cancon

This weekend will feature CANCON, a red-letter date on the calendar for table top gamers of all types, with literally tens of thousands of people flying in to the Australia capital city (bonus points if you know which one it is) for a long weekend of hard core gaming.

This year I am eschewing 40K and skipping the massive X-Wing tournament, and instead will be playing EPIC:Armagaddon simply because its the game I’ve enjoyed most over the last year. It’s brilliant.

I’ll put up a couple of battle reports from a warm up event just to remind our 3++ readers that there is another 40K game. And it is Good.

Vior’la Tau vs Ork Gargants

The Tau army for this game featured a huge amount of air assets (AX-10 formation, Sunshark formation, Orca, Protector Spacecraft) and unlike most Ork armies the greenskins didn’t even bring a single fighter bomba. This meant that the Tau had total air superiority for the entire game but with the challenge of having almost 1000 pts less on the table to actually claim objectives with.
The battle would also pit one of the very shootiest armies in Epic against one of the best combat armies, and the Ork titans against some of the best Titan Killers available in the 41st century.
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Merry Christmas to All!

And Happy Holidays, Hanuka, Kwanzaa and whatever else might give you a chance to unwrap a present at this time of year. All the best wishes for a terrific day from your friends at 3++.

Did you get any noteworthy loot? Feel free to shout out below, along with any greetings.

For the first time since I was 10 years old I got Starwars Toys this year! You just can’t beat the classics. A VT-49 Decimator and two YT2400 Outriders, along with some things for my Death Korps of Krieg should make this a very Merry Christmas indeed.

The highlight is an Alpine gaming mat from Frontline Gaming, because nothing says Christmas like ‘my planet once defied the rule of Terra and was reduced to an atomic-ravaged frozen wasteland.’

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