ComicReaders Downtown - Warhammer Fantasy Escalation League - Season 3

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LEAGUE STRUCTURE

Welcome to the ComicReaders' Warhammer Fantasy Escalation league season 3. The league works by slowly increasing the required points to play over a predetermined period of time. Please read through the whole document because there are changes from previous seasons.

All months build upon the previous month. Players will be allowed to change armylists between months but not game to game. Players are allowed to change magic lore from game to game.

We require a minimum of 8 players for the League. There is no maximum to the league, but only the Top 8 players will be able to participate in the tournament*.
*Tournament size subject to change, dependent upon player activity.

Play will start June 1st

Important Note: If a player came in the Top 2 of the league end tournament of the previous season, that player will not be able to play with that particular army.

Justin – Bretonnia and Chris S – Vampire Counts are not allowed to use their respective army this season.

ESCALATION DETAILS
Normal army composition will be applied
First Month (June): 1000 points
Second Month (July): 1500 points
Third Month (August): 2000 points
Fourth Month (September): 2500 points
Fifth Month (October): 2500 points*

*Note: Top 8 players in the overall Escalation months are granted the tournament slots first, if they do not wish to participate or are unable to participate, the slots will go to the next ranked player.

Battle & Bonus Points:
A Crushing Victory earns you 4 battle points, a Normal Victory 3 battle points, a Draw 2, Normal Loss 1, and a Crushing Loss 0. There are a number of ways to earn and lose bonus points over the course of the league.

  • Artisan - Any game played with a fully painted army earns a bonus +1 points
  • Neutral Ground  - Played a game at ComicReaders +1 point per game
  • Specter of Death – Only wins within a month + 2 points (minimum 2 games played)
  • Slayer of Kings  - Defeats a Specter of Death from previous month + 1 Point per
  • Challenge Accepted - Played a game with your rival for the month + 2 points
  • Fools Rush In - Games played with un-finished miniatures (painting not required)  – 1 point per game
  • Idle Hands- A player that does not play a game in a month – Player’s points are reset
  • Herald of Chaos - Players with complaints regarding his or her conduct within the month: Suspension*
*Multiple occurrences of this particular infraction will result in expulsion from this league, and possibly the ineligibility to participate in other future events

A new bonus is being introduced called "challenge accepted", this bonus refers to two players that were randomly paired  at the start of the month from their existing pool of non-played opponents. The pairing will be referred to as a rivals. If the players were able to play a game with each other in the month, they both will receive 2 bonus points.

Prizes
3 prizes will be given out each month. The first place player in the month will receive a prize. In an event of a tie when determining prizes, the prize will be awarded to the player that has played the most games in the store. If a tie still occurs then the winner of the prize will be randomly drawn between the tied players.

Prizes are provided by ComicReaders Downtown, details of the prize support will be given to the winners of each month. After the prize is awarded to first place, the remaining prizes will be randomly drawn from all players that have played at least two games in the month. A player may only win one prize each month.

Month points are reset at the end of each month to let newcomers have a chance of getting monthly prizes. Overall standings only affect entry into the tournament.

Tournament prizes* are based on competitive aspects: Best General, Best Combined, Most Sporting Player, and Best Painted.

*Subject to change

GAME SCHEDULE
Wednesday and Thursday all day at the store is guaranteed for space to be free in the store. Players do not have to only play on Wednesdays and Thursdays at the store, but the space is available. Players are to schedule games between other players.

The store is generally not available: Friday nights and Saturdays due to other events in the store. Please call ComicReaders to see if there is any room in the store. Please use the Sask Games Forums (http://forums.saskgames.com/index.php?board=4.0) to find out if there are major events happening in order to help you schedule matches against other players in the League. Go to the Leagues section (http://forums.saskgames.com/index.php?board=85.0) to help contact other players in the League, or get contact information from the store.

When wanting to play games at the store, be mindful of store hours. Keep in mind how long it takes to set up and clean up a game, an hour or two may not be enough time to play a full game. Staff may ask players to leave when it is time to close the store without a time warning.

GAME PLAY/REPORTING
All games must be played using the pitched battle selection from the rule book (pg 141), chosen randomly as per normal, or as agreed upon by each player.

1000 point games are played on 4’x4’ tables. All other games are played on 4’x6’ tables.

Games are no longer required to be played exclusively at ComicReaders, however in order to be eligible for monthly prizes, at least two games per month must be played. A player needs to play at least one game in a month to keep their points from being reset, this game does not have to be played at the store.

There is no maximum number of games, but you may only play a league player once per month to count for points.

Report wins and losses along with any bonuses to ComicReaders Downtown via email, or sending a message to Lareina (this will yield faster results). Games reported only through the forum thread will not be counted due to message clutter.

We no longer require players to fill out the Sportsmanship Criteria cards, but this does not mean we will not be monitoring conduct. Depending on severity of the issue, a suspension may be given out without a warning. Please refer to the general Code of Conduct expected of players: http://forums.saskgames.com/index.php?topic=794.0

If you are spectating games, please refrain from helping players with strategy or influencing players’ decisions. If there is a rule error or clarity of a rule is under dispute, if you know the answer, refrain from simply telling the players what the rule is, but instead find evidence in the rulebook or FAQ.

WANT TO PLAY IN THE LEAGUE?
Contact ComicReaders Downtown via email (readers2@sasktel.net), phone (779-0900) or in-person at the store. We will need your first and last name, phone number and (optionally) email address.

THANKS
This League would not be possible without the dedication of ComicReaders' staff.

Rules subject to change, changes will be indicated in red.
« Last Edit: July 14, 2014, 07:35:52 PM by Lareina »

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Lareina

League FAQ
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2014, 11:50:29 AM »
FAQ as of Aug 19
Changes highlighted in red

League Questions:
Q. Why am I not allowed to play the same army I played with last season?
A. You were in the Top 2 of the tournament, which means you generally know what you are doing with your army. In order to promote healthy competition, you are being asked to rest that army for at least a season.

Q. Why are prizes now given out as random draws?
A. Only the top player per month will be guaranteed a prize, while 2 other players will be randomly drawn from eligible players. All winning players will receive the same prize amount, this way players do not feel stressed about trying to get good results but rather play games without the heavy weight of trying to get top spot in the month.

Q. What's the point of standings now?
A. Overall standings determine Top 8 for tournament.

Q. Why is the tournament only for the Top 8 players in the League?
A. 8 is a much nicer number to work with than say, 6 or 10 for a one day tournament. It’s easier to find one day that works for 8 people rather than if there were more people.

Q. Why the rush to wrap up a four month league in one day?
A. It’s what everyone in theory is working towards, the countless games, learning new strategies against armies, and it hopefully all comes to fruition for that one important day.

Q. Why can I not change my roster game to game?
A. To promote balanced roster making rather than creating hard counters to a specific army.

Q. Help, I’m new and don’t know how to play the game very well but I want to play in the league. Is there someone willing to teach me?
A. While everyone in the league is generally willing to help out the new person learn, private message Lareina to help you find someone to show you the ropes. If multiple requests come in, a day will be scheduled to accommodate as many newcomers as possible.

Army Roster Questions:
Q. Can I change wargear between games?
A. No

Q. Can I change Magic Lore between games?
A. Yes, as long as the unit is allowed to change.

Q. Do I need to keep the same roster for the tournament as I used in the escalation months?
A. No, but you are required to keep the same army.

Q. I don't like my army! Can I change to a different one? Or That army just got an update (book or model wise), can I try that one instead?
A. Yes you may, but at a price, your league points will be reset, which may hurt your chances to play in the tournament.

Q. My army just got updated! What do I do?
A. Your points will not be affected if you keep the same army. You will need to purchase the new book since your codex is now outdated, but you are allowed to play the first month with your old codex the month that the new codex has been released. You are not allowed to switch to the new codex if you have played games that month with the old codex. After the first month of its release you must use the new codex or switch armies, the latter being subject to a point reset. The exception to this rule is if it is tournament month, you must use the new codex for the tournament.

Game Reporting Questions:
Q. Why didn't I get any prizes for month x? I was the top player!
A. The top player will receive a prize, while the other two prizes will be allocated as a random draw. Everyone who has played at least 2 games in a month will receive an entry. Please ensure you report your games, and check the game results for errors, Lareina is only human and is prone to mistakes!

Q. Why is a game result not listed for me?
A. You must email: readers2@sasktel.net, or send Lareina a private message with your results, results posted only on the forums may not be counted due to it being lost in the flood of messages.

Q. Why am I missing some bonuses?
A. Did you report your results along with any bonuses? Please be honest when reporting since I will be posting the results in one of first posts to keep track.

Q. How do we calculate for crushing victory in missions like Watchtower or Blood and Glory?
A. Blood and Glory results in a crushing victory for the winner. Watchtower results in a regular victory as default, but you may calculate points as normal to see if a crushing victory is achieved.


Technical Questions:
Q. What does 'unfinished miniatures' mean?
A. It is only in regards to missing parts (ie arms, weapons, etc), you are allowed to play with unpainted miniatures without penalty. Improper substitutes will count as unfinished.

Q. What do you considered as "painted"?
A. At its core, being considered painted is 3 distinct colours on each model. As long as each model is painted and not purchased as a pre-painted figure. If proxy models that are improper substitutes are painted, your army is still not considered painted.

Q. Are proxy models allowed?
A. As long as they are proper substitutes, and your opponent can identify what the unit is. If your proxy models are improper substitutes, ask your opponent if they are ok with it before playing. Please check with tournament organizers to see if your proxy models are allowed to be played with in the tournament.

Q. What are considered ‘improper substitutes’?
A. Models on incorrect base sizes. Incorrect model size but on the correct sized base, Models from a different army altogether.

Q. What are considered ‘proper substitutes’?
A. Models from different companies but still look like the model it is supposed to represent.

Conduct Questions:
Q. Since we don't have to fill out the Sportsmanship Criteria cards, how can I indicate I have a problem with so and so's conduct?
A. This shouldn't be a problem because we're all mature adults, right? We will monitor closely to what is posted publicly on the forums for any disorderly behaviour. We do not recommend sending a PM to Lareina or Chad because it is sometimes hard to iterate a point clearly through text. We recommend you talk to either one of them in person. Please note: depending on the severity of the behaviour, a warning may or may not be issued before giving out a suspension.

Q. Am I allowed to watch other players' games?
A. Yes, but please ask the players if it is ok to watch, some people may not like the added pressure of spectators. Most importantly, if you are spectating, please refrain from helping players with strategy or influencing players’ decisions. If there is a rule error or clarity of a rule is under dispute, if you know the answer, refrain from simply telling the players what the rule is, but instead find evidence in the rulebook or FAQ.

Q. May I come play in the store Friday night or Saturday (or whenever there is a special event going on)?
A. Please phone (306-779-0900) ahead and ask if there will be any room available on that particular day. We will try our best to post when there are special events running at the store, so you are aware that availability may be extremely limited.

Q. May I come in and play a couple hours before the store closes?
A. Most likely yes depending on the day, please keep in mind the time it takes to set up and clean up a game. Players are responsible to watch the time, staff may or may not give a time warning of when the store will be closing.
« Last Edit: August 19, 2014, 11:03:07 AM by Lareina »

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Lareina

Roster and Game Results
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2014, 11:50:55 AM »
Roster as of August 20th
Lareina C (Lareina) - Dark Elves
Chris S (Yolanka) - Ogres
Maeson L (Prince of Arnheim) - Skaven
Mark K (Mark) - Warriors of Chaos
Sean R (Rex Crash) - Wood Elves
Robert P (RobertP) - Empire
Don M (squalie) - Chaos Daemons
Nathan S (Nathans) - Orcs and Goblins
Justin G (Gallagher) - Orcs and Goblins
Allan L (Allan Luesink) - High Elves
John M (groundworker213) - Warriors of Chaos
Tyler H (Tyler Hutchison) - Vampire Counts
Devin B (DevinB) - Warriors of Chaos
Wade D (email: walegrin@gmail.com) - Warriors of Chaos
Brandon P (Brandon P.) - Ogres
Aaron (pod720) - Dark Elves

The Top 8 for Tournament Oct 26th, confirmation needed:
Maeson - Confirmed
Chris - Confirmed
Tyler - Confirmed
John - Confirmed
Nathan - Confirmed
Devin - Confirmed
Robert
Mark - Confirmed
Aaron - Confirmed

Games Played as of September 30th:
Sept 4th: Aaron (painted) vs Maeson (painted) - Maeson victory - in store
Sept 4th: Maeson (painted) vs Mark (painted) - draw - in store
Sept 4th: Aaron (painted) vs Devin - Aaron victory - in store
Sept 7th: Maeson (painted) vs Wade (incomplete) - Maeson crushing victory - in store
Sept 10th: Nathan vs Robert (painted) - Nathan crushing victory (rival match) - in store
Sept 11th: Devin vs Maeson (painted) - Maeson crushing victory - in store
Sept 11th: Don vs Aaron (painted) - Aaron victory - not in store
Sept 18th: Chris (painted) vs Tyler - Tyler victory (slayer of kings) - in store
Sept 20th: Chris (painted) vs Lareina - Chris crushing victory - in store
Sept 25th: Aaron (painted) vs Robert (painted) - Robert crushing victory - in store
Sept 27th: John (painted) vs Tyler - John crushing victory - in store
« Last Edit: October 20, 2014, 11:15:52 PM by Lareina »

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Mark - Warriors of CHAOS!

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Sean - Wood Elves

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Oh I didn't realize I could still play my Skaven, so I am defaulting to my Decaylings of Technology as I don't really like hauling my old Dark Elves around.

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I will also join, Robert Possberg.  I don't know what I will take yet! (Beastmen or empire most likely)
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I'm in with either, Tomb Kings, High Elves, Warriors or Beastmen.  Sigh. :D

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I'm in with either, Tomb Kings, High Elves, Warriors or Beastmen.  Sigh. :D

First world problems Don :P Too many army options :P

We have officially hit 8 people for this league to get the green light, now to wrangle in more players!