SoCal Open 2019 40k Championship Finalized Format and Guidelines

Hey everyone, Reecius here with a MASSIVE update for the SoCal Open 2019 40k Championship!

40k Champs tickets have become available! Grab them while there are some left.

Event Schedule:

  • Saturday, October 26th, 2019
    • Registration: 8am
    • Round 1: 9am
    • Lunch: Noon
    • Round 2: 1pm to 4pm
    • Round 3: 4:30pm
    • Day 1 End: 7:30pm
  • Sunday, October 27th, 2019
    • Round 4: 9am
    • Lunch: Noon
    • Round 5: 1pm to 4pm
    • Round 6: 4:30pm to 7:30pm
    • Awards: 8pm

BCP List Uploader

Part of the tournament process is establishing baselines, such as baselines for participant conduct, baselines for terrain interpretations, as well as guidelines for the awesome new list uploader the fine gentlemen over at BCP have made for the community! Here’s the document for you to use as your list basis, and below is a great video explaining how to use it!

Your list must be uploaded for the SoCal Open 40,000 Championships no later than 7:00pm PST, Monday the 21st of October, 2019 through the Best Coast Pairings app. No new rules materials will be allowed into the event that are released after October 19th, 2019.

SoCal Open 2019 Terrain Guidelines


We make several modifications to the normal Ruins rules for our events. We have a type of Ruin at our events that is not commonly seen and so requires some extra explanations. We refer to a Ruin with all four walls and a roof which form an enclosed space as an Enclosed Ruin. Enclosed Ruins use the normal Ruins rules per the BRB but with one house-rule we add to them for ease of play:

  • Units with the Fly keyword may not end their movement inside of an Enclosed Ruin unless they would normally be able to pass through the walls of a Ruin if they did not have the fly keyword, such as Infantry.

Further, for this event we are playing a second house rule for ruins:

  • If it sits, it fits: Vehicles with the Fly keyword may only be placed on a level above the ground floor of a ruin if the entire base fits: meaning the entire base, with no part of it off the ruin, can be legally placed. In the case of models that do not measure distance to and from the base, but use the hull instead, the entire hull of the vehicle must fit.

Here is an example of an Enclosed Ruin we typically use.

And, here are some examples of normal Ruins that would NOT use the Enclosed Ruin house-rule that are commonly seen at our events:

These are not Enclosed Ruins because the walls and roofs do not form an enclosed space. If in doubt, discuss it with your opponent prior to playing the game and, of course, you can always call a judge.

Some of our buildings have natural openings in them that are quite large. If a model can naturally fit in to a ruin with such an opening, they may enter regardless of unit type. Example: the Knight in the picture below can actually walk into the Ruin in question and can therefore enter into it as it is not moving “through” the walls.

Additionally, there has been some confusion in the past on what types of buildings can be entered into versus which ones cannot.

The above buildings would be treated as Enclosed Ruins and can be entered by units that can typically pass through the walls of a Ruin such as Infantry. If the terrain piece has doors built into it, it is intended to be able to be entered by units that could typically enter a ruin. They’ve been designed to have a removable top but when you have a volunteer corps building them, they sometimes get glued together on accident. In the case you can’t put models inside of them because the building has been glued shut, or simply don’t want to bother with opening it up, place the models on the roof and declare where their actual position is to your opponent.

Terrain pieces such as the one above lacks any doors and is not intended to be entered into. Treat them as impassible terrain.

Bottom Level Openings in Ruins that Block LoS

Our second (and final) modification to Ruins is one most of you are already familiar with, but one we wanted to add some clarification to. We treat the openings on the first floor of Ruins as being opaque, even if you can actually draw LoS through them. This is for windows or openings that are fully enclosed, not partially open on one side. Again, this is a deviation from the BRB but we choose to play them this way as much of the terrain we have has openings in them which (if played with true LoS) would not provide a sufficient amount of cover for a fun and fair 8th edition game of 40k.

This ruin is an example of what this rule applies to. The windows highlighted in red which would normally allow LoS through them, but at our events would be treated as opaque as they fulfill the criteria listed above:

  1. The openings are entirely on the bottom floor.
  2. The openings are enclosed on all sides (i.e. it is a whole window frame).

Infantry Assaulting into Ruins

Due to the nature and amount of multi-level ruins we have, we chose to use a different method for Infantry assaulting into them than is presented in the FAQs. This is a conscious choice to deviate from the FAQ in order to facilitate smooth, more enjoyable games. We included a few pictures to help illustrate these concepts.

The Lychguard declare a charge against the Terminators, roll for it, and can make the charge with the distance rolled.

However, the models won’t stand on their own without falling.

Place the models as close to their true position as possible and then count those models that would have been able to make it within 1″ of enemy models (assuming part of their base could have fit on the upper level) as being in combat. Those models that would not make it up a level would not be able to attack in melee as they would not be within 1″ of an enemy model or a friendly model within 1″ of an enemy model.

Cargo Containers

We have a LOT of Cargo Containers. So, it is important to be clear on how to correctly use them. We treat Cargo Containers as hills for all intents and purposes. It occasionally comes up how to complete Charge actions against models standing on them.

In the instance a model rolls high enough to make the charge, but their model won’t fit on the Cargo Container, simply place the models as close as possible just as you would with a normal hill.

These terrain features are common at our events and not intended (or designed) for models to be placed on them (typically models cannot stand on them). Treat them as impassible terrain.

Huge thanks to the literal hundreds of people that contributed to this! It wouldn’t be possible without everyone’s help and input.

Let us know if you have any questions in the comments section below and we look forward to hosting you at the biggest and best SoCal Open yet!

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2 years ago

Great outline, would it be possible to give a few picture examples of “if it sits it fits”? Thanks for the visual aids, really helped some of our local players understand it better.

James Mackenzie
James Mackenzie
2 years ago

Minor thing buddy but might want to change to avoid confusion. List submission part references LVO not Socal Open. Thanks guys 🙂

2 years ago

While I appreciate the pictures I’m still confused about assaulting into ruins.

Is the standard that you need to be able to fit any part of your base on to the higher level?

Also, does “if it sits, it fits” count only for vehicles and not battle suits?

2 years ago
Reply to  Ty

To be able to assault upper levels of ruins or ammo crates, you simply need to utter the words “that box won’t save you” or “that upper level of ruins won’t save you” then move your models. At least that’s what I got out of this :).

2 years ago

So no Top 8 format for this event? 6 rounds isn’t enough to have on undefeated is it?

Casey H
Casey H
2 years ago

Reece: “It is not, no. We will likely go 3 days next year.”

Nooo! No. Nope. Nu-uh.

2 days, Reece. This mid-tier, meat and potatoes, average, loyal, been-to-all-your-LVOs and all BAOs that-I-knew-about, and all your SoCal Opens, *THIS* player sez, ‘please, no. Keep it at the weekend.’

3 day tourneys are too long (and yeah, I’m not playing on day 3, cuz I’m not Top Table material), and costing me a day off of work (works in to retirement in the long run) to attend Day 1, Friday, hurts.

Sure, the Sunday drive back from Vegas is nice when I’m not sweating games versus Brandon Grant or Nanavati. But not for a San Diego gig.

Cue the Ren and Stimpy Horse: “No, sir. I don’t like it.”

That Team BeerHammer guy

Casey H
Casey H
2 years ago

srsly, Something very definite came up in worth considering:

Make Monday the championship/Top Table day!
The rest of us baby-seal, shlubs go back to work, but the really dedicated Brandon Grants, Nick N’s, those guys, *they* can put in the time (and what’s Nick’s job, anyway?) on a Monday to knock out those coveted ITC points.

While the rest of us can toe the middle-player line, and the middle class work schedules.

Very seriously, I humbly ask to place this option into your considerations. It’d be a big plus to this little guy.

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