Two weeks ago for my weekly article, I wrote an “Open Letter” style post to Tournament Organizers about what they need to do to make sure their events are worth the premium price they are charging. With the proliferation of tournament 40k in an exponential manner the last few years, TOs have been hard-pressed to keep up with the growth, or even to meet the basic expectations of an event out the gate. Several people took umbrage with one aspect of the article, that I posted pictures of events with bad terrain and didn’t showcase any good examples. To that end, I wanted to take the chance with this article to post some photos of events with good to excellent terrain. Then talk about it a bit and restate a few of the points I made that got lost in the wake of the internet rage machine.
These tables showcase several events and different styles of terrain. They all represent what players attending a GT or Major should expect from their organizers. Some are certainly in the adequate, or bare minimum, category while others are definitely in the upper levels of “good” terrain. The important thing is the terrain is finished. It is more than just built and thrown on a table and the mats are all quality mats. People who pay for a GT or Major deserve to be treated to that quality of an event and it is the responsibility of the Tournament Organizer(s) to make sure their customers get what they paid for.
Something that got lost from my previous article was my second point about terrain set up. So I want to reiterate it here: This is a separate problem from item number 1, the terrain in general. While the terrain itself needs to be of high quality the way it is set up is also very important. You can’t just throw standardized, cardboard thin, MDF terrain out on tables and expect it to provide a good experience. I wrote another article all about this topic here. While MDF terrain done well looks good, the issue is really with the placement of terrain and creating boards, notice the plural, that work well within the format and game. Having a single set, and standard, board for every table is not a good idea, and I discuss that further in the article linked above. A variety of board setups is best, for multiple reasons. This is probably enough discussion of something I’ve covered more than once, so I would like to move on to some good news, that’s non-competitive 40k related!
If you love 40k, which I assume you do, you’re probably aware of the YouTube channel dedicated to an animated series on Space Marines. It recently was hacked and taken down by YouTube but it is back!
If you haven’t watched any of the “Astartes” series go check it out on YouTube it is both phenomenally well done and entertaining. I can’t wait to see more of his content now that the mess with YouTube has been sorted out.
The ITC rankings remain unchanged from last week. The Atlanta Open results are not in the system yet, so we can’t see officially that Richard Siegler has overtaken Jim Vesal as the number one in the ITC.
Hopefully, the event will be in the scores so we can see a more accurate picture of the top 10 as we get closer and closer to the Las Vegas Open and the end of the season.
In Las Vegas Open news, expect a few posts in the coming days about the event. Specifically with news about the event(s) and format(s) and updates from the staff. One of which will be the video I make every year to discuss the 40k Championships, another will be a post from Reece dealing with some of the same points but also expanding on other events and details. I hope to see many of you at the Las Vegas Open in a few weeks!
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