Star Wars: Armada – International Tournament Lists, and a Vassal module launched

Sswm11-15_preview1tar Wars: Armada fans may be happy to hear that a new update for Vassal has just been released. Thanks to a huge amount of work put in by the talented Ransberger, the launch release v1.0 has now been repalced by v1.99 which comes with a host of new functionality and improvements (more details and a free download link the end of this post).

Even better, this is just in time for the first International Star Wars: Armada Tournament, which kicked off this morning, moments after the new vassal release. This is the very first vassal tournament for Armada, and has attracted players from around the world including some of most successful Xwing players. I have compiled a list of most of the Fleets being used, which I think Armada players will find really interesting.

The big questions at the moment as people try to ‘meta-game’ their squadrons against potential opponents revolve around the minimum points spent on initiative bids (the player with the least points in their fleet gets to pick to be player 1 or 2), objective selection (each player picks 1 of 4 objectives from 3 categories and offers them to their opponent to choose from if the opponent is 2nd player – it’s a whole mini game of interesting decisions before the real fight starts!) and especially the balance between Capital Ships and Fighter/Bomber Squadrons. Read more »

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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Epic:Armageddon: It’s like 40K – only further away!

I am happy to say that Epic:Armageddon is still going strong in many areas of the world, including the isolated outpost of Perth Australia where we have both a Campaign and a tournament this month. The game is great fun, the grimdark 40K Universe realised on a scale not possible with standard 40K, and the rule set balanced and armies excellent and varied despite GW not giving the game the attention it deserves. Basically, you should all play epic, and are frittering quality gaming time away on other systems 😀

Read on for a dramatic battle report as the might of the Death Korps of Krieg attempt to invade a peaceful Tau Sept world.
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Queensland wins the 2015 40K Australian Team Challenge

Congratulations to Queensland, winners of this year’s 40K Australian Team Challenge! Several months of preparation and practice, thousands of man-hours of gaming and painting, tens of thousands of kilometres of travel all culminated last weekend in the ATC event, and the following score board:


That is another solid result from what has proven to be a strong team over the years, and from all reports Queensland deserve their place as top dog of the Team Tournament scene this year.
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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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It is a  big weekend for WH:40K in Australia – the most important 40K gaming event of the year kicks off in less than 24 hours. Top players from 6 states will be battling for supremacy at the Australian Team Challenge, this year held in Hobart on the island of Tasmania on the 4th-5th of July 2015.

This will be the 5th ATC event, the annual interstate tournament having kicked off in 2011. This year the two ‘honourary states’ Australian Capital Territory and New Zealand will not be fielding teams, so there are 6 states participating, New South Wales, Western Australia, South Australia, Queensland, Victoria and of course the hosts Tasmania. I can vouch for what incredible, fun and competitive events these are, having been to a few of these myself as captain of the Western Australian team, but this for the last two years that honour has been passed to Mike “Massaen” Basc.

In the past people have been interested in the lists that are generated when groups of tournament players from across the nation are smashed together in a single cauldron of battle, so you can find links to the army lists below.
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The Guardian Newspaper review of Star Wars Armada

introGood for Gamers, Bad for Livers. 5 Stars.

I am planning to put up some brief articles and ‘Getting Started’ lists for the new game I’ve rapidly become a fan of; Star Wars:Armada. First though, I thought it might be useful to put up a ‘Why Should We Care’ for the 40K and other gaming crowds, in the form of a review of this game from the completely unbiased source of a main-stream media newspaper, The Guardian.

Have a read and see if this is the sort of system that might appeal to you.

Star Wars: Armada review – epic space battles on your dinner table

Board game publishers Fantasy Flight already make some of the most high-end tabletop games in the world, but Star Wars: Armada is something else entirely.

A two-player celebration of the fizzing lasers and swooping squadrons of Star Wars, this is a deep box packed with pre-painted miniatures, tiny dials, custom dice, even an intimidating snake-like thing called the “Maneuver Tool”. And these are just the toys that’ll catch your eye. As you pick them up to start fiddling, you’ll reveal still more stuff to play with –bound packs of cards, endless tokens, flatpacked asteroids.
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Star Wars Armada – 5 Things you need to Know

swmw1_plastic_imperial Star Wars Armada – it should have been an easy sale to a strategy gaming fanatic like me, who’s already done two 40K armies in Star Wars themes (not to mention a third at epic scale!). Let’s just say I am a fan.

The truth is though that when I first tried a demo game I was skeptical, it seemed a bit too simple (and properly-engineered star destroyers just too durable) which is why I didn’t get any models until now. However, the whole of Wave 1 is now out and the game has improved, so I finally made the plunge and bought my very first Armada ship last night. By the time midnight had struck, I had bought another 4 capital ships and 14 fighter squadrons.

But at least they are easy to store. Here are 5 things you need to know. Read more »

X-Wing Video Battle: TCAces Playoffs Gary vs Matt-Shadowlord

garymattPlus! Bonus: Interactive turns on large base ships ( X-Wing Tutorial / Guide )

We have two videos for the fans of Fantasy Flight’s X-Wing game today, both made by the true fanatics at the Outer Rim Smugglers.

The first is a battle report of a game between GaryAsh (of ORS) and me, where we are battling for a spot in the Team Covenants Aces league. This is sort of an international top 12 featuring US and World Champion Paul Heaver, Australian and World Runner up Morgan Reid, Dallas ‘Texx’ Parker, Jeff ‘TheTheorist’ Jones and other notable tournament winners, and it’s designed to be extremely challenging. Read more »

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 »

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