Signals from the Frontline #601: ATC Recap, FLG Mat Summer Super Sale and Community News!

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Show Notes

Date: 7-18-18


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  • We’re running our first ever FLG Mat Summer Super Sale! We just stocked our warehouse with materials to make mats and we’re bursting at the seams with inventory so we wanted to move some of it and offer our customers some great savings! We also re-released new versions of our Urban Chaos mats and have a brand new Snow 2 mat which is beautiful.

  • We are very excited to announce that the ETC 40k Singles championships event will be scoring ITC points! This is a great step towards bringing together these two very large groups as while there is a friendly rivalry between some participants of the two respective organizations, ultimately we all love to play games and have fun.

  • The BAO 2018 is nearly upon us! Be sure to prepare yourself to have a great time and also please, please, please read the Chess Clock rules and play with them at least once as we don’t want anyone to be caught off guard playing these for the first time in a competitive setting in a high stakes game at the BAO! As a reminder:
    • Not everyone will be using a clock, but anyone that wants to, can!
    • We will not have them at all day 1 unless both players at a table ask for them.
    • Day 2 all players with a winning record will use the clock and those tables that have 2 players that want to use the clock, can.
    • We will be recording how many turns players complete with and without the clock and run an opinion poll after to determine what everyone felt about it.
    • Clocks aside, we can’t wait to see everyone at the 8th annual BAO! It will be an awesome time and we will see if Brandon Grant can threepeat!

Upcoming ITC Events

  • We got an awesome email that we wanted to share as it really hits the nail on the head in regards to what the ITC is about:

Just want to say definitely please keep doing the podcast and streams. They have helped me, a returning hobbyist not be turned away from going to tournaments. At the end of the day like Reece said, the ITC mission statement is simply for people to come and play the game with like minded people. I’ve made so many new friends in the last 12 months and am no longer scared by these kinds of stories.

The podcasts and streams help provide a ‘designers commentary’ on reasons decisions were made, provide insight on the challenges of this aspect of the hobby and show that this all is a really good thing! Hopefully the word spreads and more people can take on opinions and ideas expressed in the podcasts.

Upcoming 40k ITC Events

Upcoming AoS ITC Events

40k ITC Top 10

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Rank First Name Last Name Points Events
1 Matt Root 691.07 5 of 5
2 Joshua Death 635.55 5 of 5
3 Mitchell Pelham 593.48 5 of 5
4 Nick Gower 590.54 5 of 5
5 Geoff Robinson 589.07 5 of 5
6 Daniel Olivas 588.22 5 of 5
7 tj lanigan 585.88 5 of 5
8 John Lennon 579.88 5 of 5
9 Bruce Merker 572.26 5 of 5
10 Ryan Verbeck 565.71 5 of 5

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40k ITC Hobby Track Top 10

Rank First Name Last Name Points Events
1 Jeffrey Merrick 348.7 4 of 5
2 Lou Rollins 324.73 3 of 5
3 Shawn Prosser 286.89 4 of 5
4 Nick Gower 281.37 4 of 5
5 William Ivey 279.72 4 of 5
6 anthony bellm 265.27 4 of 5
7 Antonio Cedeno 254.55 4 of 5
8 Connor Whitehead 252.87 4 of 5
9 Kristopher Boss 231.59 3 of 5
10 Michael Ralston 227.87 2 of 5

AoS ITC Top 10

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Rank First Name Last Name Points Events
1 Joe Krier 446.68 4 of 5
2 James Thomas 446.05 4 of 5
3 Mathew Jones 430.43 4 of 5
4 Joshua Harvey 427.39 4 of 5
5 Steven Hyche 419.67 4 of 5
6 Ken Eubanks 410.34 4 of 5
7 Alex Gonzalez 378.09 4 of 5
8 Jarrett Zazuetta 373.62 4 of 5
9 Cody Middleton 364.86 4 of 5
10 Jason Heide 361.49 4 of 5

AoS ITC Hobby Track Top 10

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Rank First Name Last Name Points Events
1 laljit sidhu 208.52 2 of 5
2 Philip Verduzco 158.69 2 of 5
3 Frank DeLoach 158.62 2 of 5
4 Scott Reed 155.07 2 of 5
5 Joshua Harvey 150.5 2 of 5
6 Ben Nelson 146.37 2 of 5
7 Josh Greenfield 124.35 2 of 5
8 Chris Stifter 110.56 1 of 5
9 Tyler Hamil 105.55 2 of 5
10 Daniel Callaghan 96.74 1 of 5

Shadespire ITC Hobby Track Top 10

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Rank First Name Last Name Points Events
1 Mike Corse 333.98 3 of 5
2 Matt Everhart 306.03 3 of 5
3 Josue Ibarra 297.42 3 of 5
4 Andrew Everhart 287.83 3 of 5
5 Tony Field 276.65 3 of 5
6 David Escobar 263.04 3 of 5
7 David Cutts 256.37 3 of 5
8 Christopher Avalos 228.06 3 of 5
9 Brandon Ulick 221.14 2 of 5
10 Michael Misulich 194.18 2 of 5

Tactics Corner

Completed Commissions

  • Check out this awesome Dark Imperium starter set painted by the FLG Paint Studio! These models came out beautifully.

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26 Responses to “Signals from the Frontline #601: ATC Recap, FLG Mat Summer Super Sale and Community News!”

  1. Neon_Katt July 18, 2018 11:20 am #

    If you speak up at a tournament when your opponent makes a mistake and call them on it. Would that be considered being “inControl” of the situation?

  2. Agent X July 18, 2018 2:03 pm #

    Your Upcoming 40K ITC Events look to have been accidentally copied from JUNE instead of JULY. Might want to do a quick edit.

    I only mention it because I actually user your list to find a local tournament that I attended last weekend.

    • Reecius July 18, 2018 4:02 pm #

      Yeah, I goofed it =(


  3. Alpharius Walks July 19, 2018 10:23 am #

    Regarding your defense of the plasma pistols as potentially innocent-if you cannot remember a list well enough to not make that mistake with a piece of wargear on multiple models have the self-awareness to only go WYSIWYG. If you cannot get WYSIWYG models for your ideal list and cannot remember the right gear if it is not WYSIWYG then make sacrifices from your ideal list to match the models you can obtain. There is simply no excuse for “forgetting” that you did not pay for at least 21 points (plasma pistols on 3 squad sergeants), whether the offense is deliberate or not.

    Given that this happened when the individuals involved were winning (apparently decisively so) it just goes to show how ingrained dishonest behaviors can become, whether they are needed or not in a particular match. This is why TOs and event rules need to deal with these infractions harshly, regardless of whatever “intent” can be divined from the circumstances.

    • Reecius July 19, 2018 10:29 am #

      Oh, trust me, there should have been consequences whether intentional or not. The TO’s handled it as they felt was appropriate. What I was driving at was that we weren’t going to make a statement as to intent as a lot of people are claiming he cheated intentionally. While that is certainly possible, we can’t know what he was thinking so we don’t cast that stone but regardless, he broke the rules and so we brought that fact to light.

      If it had been us at one of our events, we would have been a lot harsher in how we handled it. We make people pull models/units/detachments off of the table, often for the rest of the event. However, this was not our event and the judges handled it the way they felt was most appropriate.

      • Alpharius Walks July 19, 2018 12:58 pm #

        Thank you for the clarification. The discussion in the episode in conjunction with the character references later gave a different impression than just attempting to stay neutral.

        • Reecius July 20, 2018 8:29 am #

          There are two Aarons on Team Happy. I actually don’t know Aaron Aelong very well as I’ve never really hung out with him so I don’t have anything to say as to his character as it would be purely speculative. I was talking about Aaron Towler who is legitimately one of the nicest people I have ever met and an all around awesome dude.

    • Jerry K July 19, 2018 2:09 pm #


      There was 1 plasma pistol on 1 sister superior.

      • Alpharius Walks July 19, 2018 2:50 pm #

        In the Long War podcast on this the 2nd round opponent states around the 23 minute mark that it was multiple pistols on multiple superiors in multiple squads. So unless he misspoke at least from one opponent’s perspective it was more than 1.

        • Jerry K July 19, 2018 3:05 pm #

          Juice said pistol. Kenny said pistols. It has been confirmed it was 1.

          • Reecius July 19, 2018 3:08 pm

            I will ask Frankie again (he was on the receiving end of this as well) but I think he said it was Pistols also. However, it’s a bit of splitting hairs either way. Using equipment you didn’t pay for, whether 1 or X, is still illegal.

  4. Jerry K July 19, 2018 6:21 pm #

    I agree Reece,

    But Alparious changed the story to 3 pistols on 3 sgts. That is significantly more intentional than 1 on 1.

  5. Rob Butcher July 20, 2018 3:46 am #

    Reece, what measures if any are you planning on taking to prevent a recurrence of this cheating at your three coming events?

    Will lists be checked pre-game ?eg- I liked the way that some tournaments allowed an extra 15 minutes for lists to be checked by first round opponents. And also at the London GT where the lists were put on the net weeks ahead and most of famous/ infamous players’ lists were well scrutinised by many players.

    How can the responsible majority of gamers help to cut out cheating or sensationalising the situations ?

    Are ever bigger events causing issues as the small group of TOs is being overwhelmed ?

    • Reecius July 20, 2018 9:17 am #

      Perhaps you haven’t listened to the podcast yet, but we cover it in the episode. We’re actively working on a set of Floor Rules to cover these issues.

      As for events growing and causing issues? Yeah, growing pains are a thing but they pretty easy to overcome, too. I am not concerned about continued growth but on finding the ways to make it happen smoothly.

      • Rob Butcher July 20, 2018 11:27 am #

        WWAD wrist-bands ? Play by the rules and call a referee. An illegal / unpaid for weapon that suddenly gets selected when the original weapon fails to kill is CHEATING. In your own tournaments, that would be a DQ model.

        “We’re working on the floor rules” …. BAO is in a week. Where are they? And are these going to be produced with aid from the GW Events Team who are the best in the world at this?

        • Reecius July 20, 2018 12:17 pm #

          Lol, whoa man, patience. These things take time. It is actively being worked on.

          And we didn’t witness nor were we aware of the whole incident with Juice and Aaron. I didn’t know of it till after we recorded the show and so had no opinion on it. Plus, I like and trust Juice, but anything we said on that topic would be hearsay unless we simply quoted them but again, we weren’t even aware of it until recently so please temper your perspective.

          • Dbiesto July 21, 2018 2:13 pm

            I think there are some incidents that are getting blown way out of proportion. The plasma pistol was an obvious cheat. If you use an ability, know how it works. Don’t use models that clearly have a weapon not in your list. There will always be slow play accusations until the templates return. Competively most armies are going to have 50+ models.

            For slow play issues, I know you don’t want to increase the time back to 3+ hours but between increasing the points to 2000 and the addition of all these rerollable abilities it does sometimes feel impossible to get past turn 4. Hopefully something is done.

            With that said: if you get caught blatantly cheating you lose that tournament. If you don’t know your army mechanics, don’t bring it to a tournament or not knowing a rule and how to use it legally means its illegal. that means by mistake or intentional, you cheated. Don’t bring an army you don’t know how to play in a tournament setting.

          • Rob Butcher July 21, 2018 10:19 pm

            “hearsay” is an American legal term …. and yes, Juice taped after you did. But one of your commentators,who wasn’t even at the event / doesn’t play competitively, wanted to lessen the serious nature of the problem.

            But how will your rules be different to the ones that the official GW Events Team already use ? Aren’t you taking time in reinventing the wheel?

            The good news is that I visited my local GW store and nobody had heard of the controversy. They were happily killing plastic toy soldiers. This may be big news in the USA but elsewhere it’s treated as a few cheesy guys not playing by the rules. Millions of other gamers are in the same situation…. they don’t know and don’t care about cheating thousands of miles away.

  6. GeekmasterK July 20, 2018 11:59 am #

    You have no idea how happy I am that you guys are making a centralized guide for how TOs should deal with cheating. I was actually going to suggest something like that, then you guys confirmed it was being worked on.

    I’ve never been a TO before, and I frankly don’t know if I’m cut out for it at this point in time, but I want to read the guide when it’s out, anyway. If nothing else, I want to be able to help TOs deal with this, should I see it at an event. They get overwhelmed enough as it is, and really do need all the help they can get. I feel like it’s everyone’s responsibility to help combat this kind of behavior in some way, not just the responsibility of the TOs.

    These events are great, and I hate seeing so much controversy coming out of the recent majors. It just hurts the reputation of the tournament scene, especially for people on the outside. Having a guide for TOs to handle this is a huge step in the right direction.

    • Reecius July 20, 2018 12:19 pm #

      You got it! It’s not just about dealing with cheating, either. It’s not a punishment guide or what have you, it’s a guide for players and organizers to use to standardize the tournament experience as much as is possible. It’s about etiquette and all sorts of stuff that isn’t covered by the rules. It should, hopefully, be very helpful.

      • GeekmasterK July 20, 2018 5:57 pm #

        Looking forward to seeing the final draft! Covering other things besides dealing with cheating is important, too. Even if cheating isn’t happening, there are other potential points of failure for an event when it comes to unwritten rules. Unsporting behavior is another good example. Hopefully this will help get some of those unwritten etiquette rules in writing so they’re less ambiguous. They really shouldn’t need to be written, but sadly, they do. Human nature, and all that.

        • Reecius July 20, 2018 10:01 pm #

          Yeah, it is what it is. Pretty much every competitive event/sport/whatever has these types of guides.

          • Agent X July 21, 2018 11:34 am

            Maybe this is also worth adding a feature to BCP

            If you can flag players or matchups so they end up clustered together you can use fewer resources to monitor them instead of having to run all over the gaming floor due to random distribution

            They are still being paired randomly but table assignments for physical proximity can be used

          • Reecius July 21, 2018 12:16 pm

            It is hard to do that but possible. Typically the way it works out is that high frequency judge calls and other judge related issues tend to occur at the top tables because the games are higher stakes. People with less on the line play more relaxed. So naturally you get the effect you are referring to. Round 1 is the only truly random round of play.

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