Pro Tips for the LVO!



The LVO is almost upon us! Here’s a quick guide for the new, traveling tournament player and the vet!

Going to a big tournament is a blast. You get to see beautiful armies, play against new people, have a laugh with other gamers and in general get away from real life for a while! That said, their are some logistical issues to consider when traveling to a GT.

  1. Read your player packet
    1. No joke. Open it, read it. Take the time to do this as the TOs have gone to great lengths to put these things together and they will answer 99% of the questions you will have without having to take TO time asking questions they’ve already answered for you. Also, read the missions!!!!!! The A number 1 rule of tournaments is to read the missions thoroughly. You don’t want to think you are winning only to end up losing because you didn’t understand the mission.
      1. Get your Warhammer 40K Championships Player Packet here.
  2. Register Early
    1. To avoid long lines at registration, be sure to get checked in early! Registration at the LVO will be open on Thursday, come on by in the afternoon or evening and you can help set up the event, get registered, grab your player packets, etc. This helps us out a ton and it means you do not have to wait in line the day of!
  3. Logistics
    1. Be early. Seriously, be early. Get there before you need to be there, familiarize yourself with your surroundings, and don’t try and rush everything. See what table you are on and go there before the crowds and get set-up. This leaves more time for playing and less time stressing out about getting where you need to be.
    2. Getting around a big tournament with hundreds of people isn’t the same thing as getting around your garage or FLGS. You REALLY want a convenient way to transport your models around from the room to the hall, and from table to table. Even with the 6′ wide walk ways we will have at the LVO, it can get congested fast. In order to facilitate this, you have a few options. Also, know where you’re going when you make your way around the hall. Get familiar with the order the tables go in, and where your game is located before the event starts so that you can get to where you are going, efficiently.
display board

A display board

      1. Display Board. These are probably the easiest to make and use. Essentially these are decorative boards that can look amazing and often match your army. They allow you to carry them around as well as display them. However, they are not easy to travel with, can be precarious to move around a crowded hall with, and are hard to store once games have begun. As most tournaments have tables 6′ in length, butt to butt, you have to stick them under the table and they can easily get stepped on or broken, and placing them on the table requires you to move terrain around. A lot of folks then leave the terrain moved after they leave, meaning the next players have to try and re-position the terrain as best as possible to where it was. For all of these reasons, I do not use big display boards myself at large events despite the fact that they can be beautiful, as they often get in the way. That said, a small display board with a lip to keep models from falling off, and handles, is easy to maneuver and stow during play. These work quite well. Lastly, it can be a rather funny experience to make the trip from the hotel room to the con hall with a big, ostentatious board full of models through a crowded hotel!


      1. Model Bag. These are the best while you are in motion. They protect your models, can take a bump with no harm and are usually pretty easily stowed under the table. They, however, eat up precious time as you have to remove and replace each, individual model for each game. This can really add up on the ever-present ticking clock of a big event where time is a precious resource.


      1. Hybrid systems such as the TableWar Display Towers and cases are awesome for tournaments. They are space efficient in that the models stand up in levels like a model bag and fit easily under a table, but are also on a display board when the trays are pulled out and make it easy and fast to get models in and out of the transportation device like a display board. These type of devices really shine at a tournament as that is what they are built for. They can be harder to travel with than a Model Bag in the bigger sizes and don’t take a hit as well.

All of the above choices have their pros and cons, but give this some thought before going to your next event as this can make your experience a lot more enjoyable!


  1. Lunch
    1. Invariably, lunch breaks are short at big events. Between finishing games late, putting away your models, submitting scores, etc. you can find yourself with barely any time for lunch, even with an hour break. Eat before going, and be prepared with a plan for where you are going to eat on your break. As we are in a big hotel, for us it is as easy as walking out the door and grabbing something, but still, be prepared as you do not want to come back late as that is very inconsiderate to your opponent. For the 40K Championships especially, we recommend that you just eat BEFORE the first round of the day and then wait till AFTER your last round to eat again.
    2. BE SURE TO LEAVE YOUR ARMY OUT FOR PAINT JUDGING DURING LUNCH! This helps a ton to get this very laborious task done quickly. Also, be sure to leave your name and player number next to your army so the paint judge knows who it belongs to!


  1. Score Sheets
    1. Make sure you turn yours in, accurately, right after you finish your round with your opponent. You have plenty of time to discuss the awesomeness of your game with your friends and opponent AFTER you turn those score sheets in! If you do not, we tend to have big lines at the admin desk that slow everything down. Help keep the event running smoothly by getting us your scores ASAP!
    2. For the 40K Championships, we will be using Torrent of Fire, a tournament management software. Go on the site and register if you have not already done so. It also tracks your scores and ranks you compared to other 40K players around the world! It will keep your score updated in real time as well, which is a ton of fun. You can submit your scores using your tablet or smart phone, too, which means less crowd at the admin table and less running around for you.
  2. Pace Yourself
    1. This is going to be a great event, and a lot of fun! That said, don’t blow your wad in the first 3 hours of arriving! Pace yourself on the booze, get some sleep (as much as you can, haha) and remember these big events are marathons, not sprints.
    2. Similarly, play your games in a competitive, but relaxed manner and remember everyone is there to have fun. Win, lose or draw, you want to walk away from it having enjoyed yourself and having been a gentleman while stomping your competition into dust! Be humble in victory and gracious in defeat.
    3. If you need a boost, think about bringing an energy supplement like an apple or a 5 hour energy to keep you going, but don’t overdo it. I drank two 5 Hour Energies at Adepticon one year and thought I was going to have a heart attack! Lol, do not repeat my mistake.
    4. Don’t argue with the judges. Please. They have a tough, thankless job and it is even harder when a belligerent player starts arguing with them. We all come together under a social contract to abide by the judges’ calls, whether it be on rules, paint, or what have you. I understand all to well what it feels like when you think you’ve been screwed on a rules call or paint score, but it is what it is. Give the judge the benefit of the doubt and let the little things slide. The judges have given up having fun to facilitate your fun and while you can politely and rationally argue your case, know when to let it go. Show them the respect they deserve because without them, there is no event to go to in the first place.
  3. Hygiene
    1. Yeah, yeah, yeah, this is an old topic but we all know us gamers can be stinky bastards. A tough game can get your heart racing and make you sweat. Sweat makes you stinky. Put on that deodorant! Maybe even bring some with you to put on mid-event if you think it may be an issue. Also, bring gum or mints or something similar as often, we don’t have time to brush after eating and chugging a few cold brewskies. I know I can get funky breathe after eating, so I always try to bring gum with me so as not to punish my opponent. You should do the same!
  4. Take time to enjoy the Con!
    1. A lot of people have put a lot of effort into making the event fun for you! Check out the companies displaying their goods, and buy some if you can! They came here to show you their stuff and their prize support really helps to financially support these events. Support them supporting the community!
    2. Demo and observe other games. Cons are a great way to see new games and check them out as they are being played by experts. Don’t let the chance pass you by to find a new game to geek out on!
  5. Have Fun!
    1. Duh, right? Don’t forget that. You are here to get away from the pressures of real life. Unwind, relax and remember that the worst day of gaming is better than the best day at work! Enjoy the time with fellow hobbyists, and don’t worry about things that don’t really matter much. Make some fun memories, play some fun games and enjoy each day as it will be over so fast you won’t believe it.

See you all in one week and counting!


About Reecius

The fearless leader of the intrepid group of gamers gone retailers at Frontline Gaming!

44 Responses to “Pro Tips for the LVO!”

  1. Blackmoor January 30, 2014 2:09 am #

    Also become familiar with the hotel.

    Here is a listing of the restaurants:

    The fast food is in the back and down on your way to the monorail. You will find Sbarros and Nathans hot dogs there.

    There is also a tunnel that takes you to the Paris Hotel, but all they have is more upscale French dinning.

    Also you might think that nearby hotels are close and you can stop over for a bite, but they are farther away than they seem, and hotels in Vegas make it easy to get into them, but hard to find a way out, so do not think about leaving while an event is still running.

  2. Snotling Swarm January 30, 2014 3:33 am #

    Details like this really make me want to attend one of your events. It really seems like you go the extra mile to make things convenient for the people who attend.

  3. Belge January 30, 2014 6:13 am #

    Will there be live streaming of the 40K championship? 🙂

    • Reecius January 30, 2014 8:55 am #

      unfortunately, no. It was $5,000 to have WiFi in the hall for the event, lol!

      • winterman January 30, 2014 2:50 pm #


        • Reecius January 30, 2014 5:07 pm #

          Yeah, hahaha, the prices associated with running a con in Vegas is bananas! We literally bet our business that we could pull it off. It was pretty scary! lol

  4. Hotsauceman1 January 30, 2014 6:16 am #

    You forgot stuff in your shoes like padding. I do that alot because im a big guy, standing for that long hurts
    Now, My plan for Vegas is the lock everyone else is their hotel room and be the only one to show up 😛

    • Reecius January 30, 2014 8:56 am #

      We have carpeted floors, which helps a lot!

      • Hotsauceman1 January 30, 2014 9:15 am #

        Im gonna miss the barn 🙁
        It had a quant smell….or maybe that was the cows at the fair grounds

        • Reecius January 30, 2014 9:16 am #

          lol! The Barn got us going, so for that, we’re thankful, but it is time to move on!

  5. colin sherlow January 30, 2014 7:47 am #

    Are the tourney packages available online? Our flight gets in Friday late morning. So we will be heading straight to the hotel to play. I’d like to read up on everything before the event. Thanks

    • Reecius January 30, 2014 9:01 am #

      I will upload it.

      • colin sherlow January 30, 2014 10:06 am #

        Excellent! Will you just do another post with it?

        • Reecius January 30, 2014 11:38 am #

          Already done! It is in the body of the article above, and we will put it in the next podcast.

          • Polare January 30, 2014 1:59 pm

            Excellent, thanks – I was thinking I would need to put together a ‘cheat sheet’ with the mission order of operations and objectives for each mission since I wasn’t sure if everything would be clearly laid out in the player packet. Seeing that it *is* makes me happy and saves me time 🙂

          • Reecius January 30, 2014 5:09 pm

            Glad it helped! I seriously have fine tuned that thing over the years, I feel that it is pretty damn solid. I am always open to critiques though, if you see ways to improve it.

  6. Charles Tracy January 30, 2014 8:42 am #

    Reece, which vendors will be there. Good lord I hope it’s a lot, I love impulse buying…..

    Do you have a list?

    • Reecius January 30, 2014 8:57 am #

      Mechanical Warhorse
      Greenman Designs
      Frontline gaming
      Life After the Cover Save
      and more!

  7. DCannon4Life January 30, 2014 9:00 am #

    Tylenol, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Advil–whatever your pain reliever of choice is, have it on hand and have plenty of it. Yes?

    • Reecius January 30, 2014 9:01 am #

      Sure, especially if you are drinking! lol

      • Hotsauceman1 January 30, 2014 9:21 am #

        I thought mixing Drugs and booze was a bad idea.

        • Reecius January 30, 2014 10:13 am #

          I like to party, Hot Sizzle, so that kind of alters what I see as good and bad =P

  8. jy2 January 30, 2014 9:23 am #

    Very important….


    Don’t stay up all night painting or gambling or partying. And don’t overdo it with the drinking. Fatigue will be a huge factor during the tournament.

    • Xaereth January 30, 2014 9:42 am #

      Good call on that, though I would add the qualifier, “If you’re trying for impressive competitive marks, GET ENOUGH REST” – lots of people are going there for the hybridized experience of Vegas + Warhammer (I have a couple friends going for that reason alone, and don’t particularly care about how they do at the event itself. I will likely do the things you prescribe (i.e. sleep, only drink a little, etc.), but that’s because I want to do well.

      If you’re one of those who just wants to throw dice and drink enough not to remember all of it… hey! It IS Vegas, after all 🙂

      • Reecius January 30, 2014 10:13 am #

        Troof! If you’re there just for the social experience, get weird! haha

  9. narceron January 30, 2014 10:46 am #

    I think this should be page one of every tournament packet going forward, good job, man.

  10. Gregorius42 January 30, 2014 11:01 am #

    Comfy shoes… ‘Nuff said.

    • Reecius January 30, 2014 11:09 am #

      So true! I always wear running shoes or hiking boots for comfort.

  11. Reecius January 30, 2014 11:31 am #

    I added a link to the 40K champs player packet in the article. You can print it out and bring it with you.

  12. colin sherlow January 30, 2014 12:00 pm #

    Question about the serpent shield being a weapon that can be destroyed.
    Does it count as a weapon if I did not fire it in the shooting phase? Also if it is destroyed do I lose my shield as well, or just the ability to shoot it again?

    • Reecius January 30, 2014 1:30 pm #

      You lose only the weapon portion. It always counts as a weapon.

  13. DankRobber January 30, 2014 2:13 pm #

    Damn I wish I could afford LVO thia year! I got married in Vegas last year and ever since I’ve wanted to go back so badly, and you guys seem to have a quality event being organized.

    I’ll start with making it to the BAO and see what I can do about getting out to LVO 2015.

    Great job on staying connected with the community and putting in the extra effort to make sure your attendants have a fun, organized and safe time. Kudos, fellas

    • Reecius January 30, 2014 5:08 pm #

      Thanks! We love this crazy, ridiculous hobby of ours and take pride in what we do. We want it to be as good as it can be.

  14. Alex Yuen January 30, 2014 2:16 pm #

    Ok I been to Vegas more than i can remember for the pass 5 years for all kind of reasons. Anyone need help on anything just ask. From food to sex (romance for those who has a wife)

    • krisbot4000 January 30, 2014 3:47 pm #

      warhammer and hookers, a night on the strip
      sounds like a late night HBO series lol

      • Alex Yuen January 30, 2014 5:31 pm #

        Just a forwarding. don’t get hooker at Vegas. ads/cards/magazine/etc the price on all those are what they call arrive at door fee. Mean nothing will happen until you pay more.

  15. z3n1st January 31, 2014 12:48 pm #

    Is there anyway to register for Torrent of Fire (which you are indicating to do in the player packet) without paying $9 a month? Seems ridiculous to add another cost to the event for the player. Ticket for event, con badge, and torrent of fire registration…what happens to those that don’t register with Torrent of Fire because they didn’t find out until the day of the event?

    • Reecius January 31, 2014 1:18 pm #

      I think you can register without paying, email the contact. We will be registering you guys, too, and we’re not paying per player.

  16. z3n1st January 31, 2014 1:34 pm #

    yeah I found it, its in an odd place for certain

  17. BrotherErekose January 31, 2014 7:25 pm #

    For halitosis, I’d call for Altoids (hot cinnamon) instead of gum. Gum just masks your bad breath with Minty clouds of Nurglish rottenness (doublemint? P’tui!) . The altoids burn it clean off.
    I’d like to recommend a Turn 3 to Turn 4, “Seventh Inning Stretch” convention of sitting down for 5 minutes, swilling that beer. Kibbitsing about non-40k things (bitch about congress!) and then move on to Turn 4 and those objectives!

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