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6th ed 40K Tournament Guidelines

Points: 1,500pts

We are going with 1500pts for these early 6th ed tournaments as we’ve found that the new rules slow the game down quite a bit, and we are sure people are going to be taking more time looking up rules, rolling up Warlord Traits, etc. and would rather have more time per round so as not to rush anyone.  As we go through the season and people get more accustomed to the game, we will start to increase the points cap.

Tournament Format

We are using 2 hour and 15 minute rounds with 15 minute breaks between rounds and 30 minutes for lunch.


40K Day 1: Saturday, September 29th

9am: Check In.

9:30am: Round 1 Begins

11:00am: Round 2 Begins

1:15pm: Lunch

1:45pm: Round 3 Begins

4:15pm: Round 4 Begins

40K Day 2: Sunday, September 30th

9am: Check in.

9:30am: Round 5 Begins.

11:45pm: Lunch.

12:15pm: Round 6 Begins.

2:45pm: Round 7 Begins.

5:00Pm: Round 7 Ends.

5:30pm: Awards.

6:00pm: Clean Up and Break Down.


Round 1: Bay Area Open Scenario Alpha, Hammer and Anvil Deployment

Round 2: Bay Area Open Scenario Beta, Dawn of War Deployment, The Scouring

Round 3: Bay Area Open Scenario Gamma, Vanguard Strike Deployment

Round 4: Bay Area Open Scenario Beta, Dawn of War Deployment, Big Guns Never Tire

Round 5: Bay Area Open Scenario Alpha, Hammer and Anvil Deployment

Round 6: Bay Area Open Scenario Gamma, Vanguard Strike Deployment

Round 7: Bay Area Open Scenario Alpha, Dawn of War Deployment

The Bay Area Open Scenario is one we have built over a great deal of time, play testing and player feedback. It is a scenario that strives for fairness, and simplicity with multiple paths to victory. We want you to focus on playing your best game, not focusing on trying to figure out a mission you aren’t familiar with.

The Bay Area Open scenario has 3 Victory Conditions always happening simultaneously plus 3 bonus points. Each is worth a varying number of Victory Points dependent upon the mission (Alpha, Beta or Gamma). There are also 3 Bonus Points per mission. The Player that earns the most Victory Points during a game, wins. If both players earn the same amount, they tie. There are no degrees of victory, if you win by 1 point or 12, it is just a win. The player packets will have a score sheet for each mission clearly showing how much each objective is worth for each game to make it easy to keep track of.


  1. Victory Condition 1: The Emperor’s Will. Each player places an objective on a 40mm base in their deployment zone, after deployment zones have been decided prior to deploying their forces. This objective must be 6” from a table edge and 12” from another objective. The player that controls more of these at game’s end wins this Victory Condition, if tied; neither player scores the points for this victory condition. In Alpha this is worth 2 points, in Beta 3 Points, in Gamma 4 points.


  1. Victory Condition 2: Crusade. Three objectives on 25mm bases are placed outside of either player’s deployment zones before the roll for first turn. One is always placed in the exact middle of the board. The other two by each player (player rolling highest places the first objective), at least 6” from a table edge and 12” from another objective. The player controlling the majority of these objectives at game’s end wins. If both players control the same amount, neither achieves this objective. In Alpha this is worth 3 points, in Beta 4 points, in Gamma 2 points.


  1.  Victory Condition 2: Purge the Alien. Each unit fully destroyed or broken at game’s end is worth 1 Kill Point. In Big Guns Never Tire and The Purging mission types, Heavy Support and Fast Attack units respectively are worth 2 KPs. In Alpha this victory condition is worth 4 points, in Beta 2 Points, in Gamma 3 points.


The Bay Open Scenario also uses Book Bonus Points in every mission. The Bonus Points are worth 1 Victory Point each and are the same for every game.

  1. Bonus Point 1: Slay the Warlord.


  1. Bonus Point 2: Line Breaker.


  1. Bonus Point 3: First Blood.


Every game uses the book rules for Reserves, Night Fight, Seize the Initiative, Random Game Length, controlling objectives, etc.

Mission Order of Operations


  1. Place Seize Ground Objectives. Players roll off, player rolling highest places first objective. One objective always goes in the center of the board. These objectives must be outside of either deployment zone and must be 6” from a table edge and 12” from another objective.
  2. Roll for Warlord Traits. (Each player rolls 1D6, chooses any of the three traits with that number for their trait).
  3. Roll for Night Fighting.
  4. Roll for First Turn. The player rolling highest chooses their deployment zone and deploys their Emperor’s Will objective. This objective must be 6” from a table edge and 12” from another objective. The player going second does the same.
  5. Place Fortifications if any are present. The player that won the first turn roll off places theirs first. If a large Fortification (Bastion, Skyshield, or Fortress of Redemption) is placed over a piece of terrain, remove the piece of terrain and replace it with the Fortification.
  6. Deploy forces, with the player that won the roll off deploying first.
  7. Game then proceeds as normal.



Allowed Armies


  • All current Codices, and White Dwarf armies will be allowed.
  • Allies per the Rule Book will be allowed.
  • Forge World units will be allowed so long as they are neither a Super Heavy nor Gargantuan Creature. The most recent version of the rules must be used. This means not just the “40K Approved” units, but any that do not fall within the above restrictions.
  • Forge World Army Lists will not be allowed.
  • Each player MUST have his pertinent rulebook with him to show his opponent.
  • Fortifications will be allowed, but not Fortresses of Redemption or Skyshield Landing Pads as they are physically too large and require too much modification to the terrain on the table to be practical for a tournament. We may alter this in time, but for now we are restricting those two pieces of terrain.


Warlord Traits and Psychic Powers


  1. Warlord Traits will be determined using the following modified system: Each player rolls a die and then chooses which Trait with that number he wishes to use.
  2. If you roll a psychic power the model can’t use (such as  Broodlord rolling a shooting attack), you may reroll on the table until you get something you can use.


Rules Judgments


Rules issues will be dealt with swiftly by a roaming judge. We use a hierarchy for determining rules issues as follows:

  1. Main Rule Book
  2. FAQs and Erratas
  3. Consensus of judges present at the time. Please note, that these judgments are final.




All models must be painted to a 3 color minimum. We count primer as a color. If you have any models that are not painted to a 3 color minimum, you will be ineligible for prize support at the end of the event. We will use a Paint Rubric for judging paint.



We use Swiss Pairings, meaning that players with the same record play each other. Pairings within a bracket are randomly determined first round (friends and club mates can request not to play each other first round) and then by strength of schedule thereafter. For final rankings, the field will be stratified by accumulated Victory Points.

Comp and Sports


There will be no comp scores at this event. We feel that the game has an inbuilt comp system with the rulebooks and Codices. We do not feel that a second, player created level of comp is necessary. So bring whatever army you want to play!

Sportsmanship will be handled as a simple thumbs-up, thumbs-down check box on the results sheet.

The temptation to ding someone on sports after a tough loss is often too much for many players to resist. We therefore are providing a very narrowly defined set of terms under which a player may mark their opponent with a thumbs down mark on sportsmanship. This system is intended to punish those who are being abusive, but to not allow chimpmunking. After a great deal of real world use, we have found this system to work very well.

Legitimate reasons to give an opponent a thumbs down on sports:

1. Your opponent was 15 or more minutes late to the round.

2. Your opponent was verbally abusive. This does not mean you argued with your opponent or that your personalities clashed, but that they were verbally abusive and insulting.

3. Your opponent intentionally cheated. Be prepared to support your case to a judge.

4. Your opponent slow played. We define slow playing as not completing 4 game turns of play. In the case of 20 or less minutes left to play, divide the time remaining between players to complete one full GAME turn. Time each other during this period to ensure that each player has an equal amount of time to complete a full game turn. If one player does not finish within their limit, the other player can force them to stop and then begin their turn. This mechanic is in place to ensure no one is slow played out of a turn of play.

What does NOT constitute a thumbs down on sports?

1. You argued over rules with your opponent.

2. Your opponent beat you.

3. You didn’t like your opponent’s army.

4. Your opponent likes Star Trek Voyager. Picard was the best!! NERD RAGE!

A negative mark on sportsmanship will be met with administrative action as follows:

1. First thumbs down: A verbal warning from a judge, up to reversing a win to a loss.

2. Second thumbs down: Reversing a win to a loss, up to disqualification from any prize support.

3. Third thumbs down: disqualification from any prize support, up to expulsion from the event with no refund of the ticket price.

4. Fourth thumbs down: Expulsion from the event with no refund of the ticket price.



All models are expected to be WYSIWYG as much as is reasonable. Proxies are not permitted. Counts As armies with counts as allies will only be permitted if they represent a clearly concerted effort to build a unique army around an obvious theme. For example, an Adeptus Mechanicus army using extensive kit bashing and conversions will be fine. If you go this route, YOU ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE A HANDOUT TO SHOW YOUR OPPONENT THAT SHOWS WHAT EACH UNIT IN YOUR ARMY IS ALONG WITH ITS STATS AND PERTENANT RULES! You must also present this to them prior to the game so that they have time to understand what they are playing against. There will be no exceptions to this.

If your army uses only a single Codex but if for example you have Crimson Fists models using the Blood Angels Codex, or Chaos models using the Space Wolves Codex, that is acceptable. Allies for this type of army however, MUST be represented by their actual models. This is to avoid confusion. No exceptions.

If you are using converted or scratch built models with Forge World rules, this is acceptable so long as your model is as close to the represented model as possible in terms of equipment, size and shape. We will not be lenient with this.

If you have any questions about your army, ask us prior to the event so that we can let you know if what you have will be acceptable or not.

Modeling for Advantage


There is a fine line between creative freedom and modeling for advantage. We do not wish to stifle anyone’s creativity, but in the end, this is a game that relies heavily upon the physical characteristics of the models being used.

Modeling for advantage will be handled on a case by case basis. To resolve a possible abusive situation, follow these steps:

1. Ask the player to play the model as if it were a GW standard, modern version.

2. Call a judge to ask for a judgement.

3. Possibly substitute the model with an appropriate replacement.

Examples of what we consider modeling for advantage:

1.)Using out of date and inappropriately sized models such as the rogue trader era Eldar Avatar (which currently is a large, monstrous creature model but back then, was the size of a Space Marine, which would now grant huge advantages due to being so much smaller) or Gorka Morka Trukks (which are less than half the size of modern versions). If an army is made predominantly of Rogue Trader era minis (or any era) and is clearly going for a theme, then exceptions will be made. If it appears to a judge that the player is in fact modeling for advantage, then action will be taken.

2.) Increasing or decreasing the size of models to gain an advantage in gaining or granting cover. Custom Battle Wagons often fall into this category.

3.) Altering a model to increase the range of a model or to benefit your LOS.



Terrain will be prearranged and laid out by the TO’s prior to the event. We will not be using terrain placement rules per the book as it is too time restrictive. If you come to a table and feel that it is not sufficiently or fairly arranged, or that it may have been moved by the previous players, alert a TO who will arrange the terrain appropriately.

Mysterious Terrain: Will not be used.


Fortifications: If any fortifications are being used, they will be placed prior to army deployment by both players, after they have determined deployment zones. The player that chose their deployment zone first, places his Fortification first. Scratch-built fortifications will be allowed so long as they are closely the same size and shape of what they are meant to represent. If you are unsure if your fortification will be OK, ask first to avoid disappointment.


Hills: All hills are open terrain, granting cover via LOS blocking/interference as normal.


Barriers: All barriers grant cover per the book and are not considered to be Aegis Defense lines unless they were purchased and placed by a player.


Buildings/ruins: All buildings and ruins are assumed to have a ladder or other means for moving up and down. Rules in the Rule Book will be used for Ruins and Buildings.


Rock Towers, Crates, and Can Towers: Are impassible and block LOS completely (even if there are actual gaps in the terrain pieces).


All other terrain functions as outlined in the book.

What to Bring

  • Your Army
  • Tape Measure, Dice, Game Aids, etc.
  • 3 Objective Markers on 25mm bases, 2 Objective Markers on 40mm bases.
  • 9 Typed Copies of your army list. Be sure to include write how many Kill Points each of your units is worth on your list for ease of reference.
  • All pertinent rules for your army. Codecis, White Dwarf Articles, Foregworld Rules, etc.
  • If you are using a counts as army, YOU MUST HAVE YOUR PLAYER HANDOUT FOR YOUR OPPONENT IDENTIFYING WHAT EACH UNIT IN YOUR ARMY IS, NO EXCEPTIONS!! You don’t need to have one for every player, just one for the judges, and one to show each opponent.
  • A rocking pair of Jean Shorts. Chicks dig em.
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