End of May – Almost Bugeater Time!

Ladies and Gents ~

Please check out tournament information for updates this week. Warhammer 40k updated pack is already posted, and includes the actual missions for rounds 1 and 2 of the tournament for you to practice on. Event pages have been updated with specific schedule information as well.

We will be having advanced check in on Friday (specific times TBD) for at least Warahmmer 40k and Kings of War. We will have a large room that we lock up for people wishing to store their armies and display boards to avoid having to bring them up to the school the day of.

The Final Countdown – 1 month!

Ladies and Gents we are just about a month away from the Bugeater!

First – excited news – we will have ModCube as one of our sponsors of the event, providing objective markers for our 40k players!

Speaking of 40k, two important items.  Our official rules pack will be updated shortly to reflect this:

*We will not be using the new Death from the Skies rules.  It adds an additional phase to the game when we’re worried about time, and we have not seen a forgeworld update

*We will not be using the new GW FAQ.  There are three primary reasons for this.  First, there are some rules changes that are new and significant.  These changes would have impacted several players’ lists (I know, we got your emails!).  With only a few weeks until go time, this was a significant issue for us.  Second, some rulings conflicted with rulings in the ITC FAQ.  We did not want to have to resolve all of those discrepancies, mainly because of our third reason.  GW made it clear that what they posted was the draft, subject to final modifications.  Those modifications would potentially come after the cutoff we set for new rules.  Because the document was a work in progress, we decided to go with what we knew.

Hotel Block Info + 40k Info

The hotel block is up – if you call or use the online website the code for our block is MWB. The rooms are 2 queen beds at $99 a night. We have a limited number so grab them quick if you know you plan on staying there! Rooms are available for Friday and Saturday night (covering the full length of the Friday through Sunday stay).

Also 40k players – we are aware that some of the new Space Marine powers are ….. going to require some rulings. We will make some decisons on those ASAP.

http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/…/hampton-inn-omah…/index.html

Infinity, Kings of War, and more!

Hello folks!  Some important updates!

First, our Infinity details are up!  Thanks to Chris and Rob for all their work getting Infinity off the ground.  We are excited to be added this to the Bugeater this year!

Second – exciting Kings of War news!  The Bugeater has been selected as a Clash of Kings Qualifier.  That means that the winner of the Bugeater will get a free entry to the Finals for Clash of Kings at Adepticon 2017!

Third – and finally hotel update.  We had a major issue with hotel this year so we went back to the hotel we have used in the past.  I’m finalizing the paperwork as we speak, but the group rate will be at the Hilton Garden Inn found here: http://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/nebraska/hilton-garden-inn-omaha-west-OMAWEGI/index.html

The second the group rate is up we’ll let you know!

Bugeater Update: 40k FAQ, Hotel/Prize support coming soon!

After looking over player feedback concerning the use of the ITC FAQ, we determined that for the purposes of the Bugeater we will use the document in its entirety.  The overwhelming feedback we received was to use the FAQ unchanged OR identifying “must have” rulings from the FAQ and not identifying anything they’d like to see us rule differently.  There were a few suggestions for modification, but they were unique (so no one suggested the same change twice) and either we concurred with the ITC’s ruling OR we were fine either way, but preferred to remain consistent with other events for the sake of simplicity.

Two things will be put into the pack to avoid any confusion:

*Yes, super heavy fliers/creatures are allowed.  You just have to be under the points cap specified.

*Yes, we will be allowing the Dread Mob Army List, but make sure you have a copy of the update from Forgeworld: https://www.forgeworld.co.uk/resources/fw_site/fw_pdfs/Warhammer_40000/Ork_Dread_Mob_Army_List_Update.pdf

We were hoping to have hotel info but we are a little behind on that.  We should get it posted ASAP.  We’ll also start posting about prize support for our various events.  Stay tuned for that!  If you’re going to Adepticon, many of our staff will be there – look for us and say hello!

Finally, if you’re itching to get your tournament on in a month’s time, you should seriously consider the Flying Monkey GT going on a month from now in Wichita.  Help make this great event a success – they have several games there and we really want to support and grow more events in this region!  Please consider them, there’s a ticket to the Bugeater GT available there!  Their website is here: http://www.flyingmonkeygt.com/

Bolt Action Information and 40k FAQ!

A huge thanks to Josh Dunn, who is running our Bolt Action tournament, for putting this all together.  Tickets for Bolt Action are now available (remember you’ll need to buy the weekend pass too).  Go to our Bolt Action page for more information.

And remember – this is the last week to get your 40k FAQ feedback to us!  Click on the form here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1rnGoAFHGQiHbPT6R9TB9jfKaIrCbcgufoN7qiipNWcM/viewform

Tickets are now live!

Tickets are finally available!  Thanks for your patience as we updated the infrastructure on the site.  We will be uploading player packs soon now that the layout is set and in place.

Because we are offering so many events this year, ticket purchasing will look slightly different.  When you click on “Buy Tickets”  it will take you to a page that shows ALL of your ticket options at once, and you just add the quantity you need.  It is mobile friendly now.  You will have to rotate your phone to landscape, for some reason it cuts off part of the shopping cart page. We hope to get that fixed soon.

The biggest change is that we broke off the base cost of the weekend pass since we will be offering one day events this year.  We did not want to require the weekend pass for a one day event (paying $45+ for a one day event would seem pretty cost prohibitive if forced to do it), but certainly wanted to leave the option.  For two day events the pass is REQUIRED.  So if you purchase the GT ticket alone without it, we will contact you and ask that you purchase the pass.  If you do not by the time the event rolls around you’ll be required to pay when you come in the door.

We will post tickets for Infinity and Bolt Action ASAP.  We want to get the basics locked down before we sell tickets to those events, but rest assured they will be added very quickly.

Warhammer 40k at Bugeater 2016

Although the primer pack is not out yet (it is coming along, should be here in a couple of days), I wanted to post some important information about the plans for 40k this year.  First, thanks to the more than 50 people that filled out the 40k survey.  This really drove the decisions made for how the event would be run.  I want to go through the decisions, and address some concerns.

Concern #1: The Bugeater is losing its unique format and becoming a standardized ITC event.

If you were one of the people expressing this concern, rest easy.  This is absolutely not the case at all.  The goal of the Bugeater has always been to run the event the way we think it should be run, but have enough standard, recognizable elements that people do not have to completely change their approach to the game to attend.

So what are we taking from the ITC?  Two and a half-ish things.  First, as you’ll see in a few days, most of the list construction rules are in line with the ITC.  This was the biggest thing we wanted to line up with the ITC on because it would mean that players would have the easiest time attending the Bugeater if they’re also going to other, ITC centered events.  And this matches what you wanted (more on that later).

But what is NOT changing?  Soft scores – painting and sportsmanship are not going anywhere, and their values will remain just as they have the first five years of the event.  We will also develop our own missions again, but they will be blended between traditional missions and maelstrom.  We had some growing pains doing this last year, but based on our lessons learned and some great feedback you provided in the survey they’ll look better – look to the primer pack missions when they come out.

So bottom line -there are no drastic changes to how we’ll be doing business at the Bugeater!

Survey Results

List Construction results were not surprising.

  • 80% wanted 1850 points.
  • 74.4% wanted the proposed ITC based list restrictions (3 sources, can duplicate 1, etc.)
  • We’ll be banning Come the Apocalypse allies.  51.3% wanted this rule, and 33.3% would tolerate this rule.  Only 15.4% said this would cause problems.
  • Forgeworld is in.  Only 7% said they don’t think it should be allowed.  33.3% wanted Forgeworld, and 48.7% said they were fine with it so long as they provided the rules.
  • Forgeworld lists will also be in.  64% were fine with it in some fashion (either saying they love FW army lists or they’d be fine with an opponent so long as they had a list of special rules and such to look at).
  • Obviously for both of the FW items, we will have a list of approved choices.  This will be our OWN list, but obviously we’ll look at Adepticon/ITC/others for inspiration
  • 90% wanted us to limit to one fortification.  That’s an easy one.
  • 56.4% want us to limit Lords of War to one choice with the ITC exceptions

Other Items Of Note:

  • Although many favored the ITC FAQ, there were some vocal concerns by some, especially for certain armies (*cough* Tau *cough*).  So what we’ll do is provide an open comment period on what rulings you feel are important to include, which ones you don’t like, etc.  Our tournament staff will look it over, and by February we will have our own FAQ document, borrowed heavily from the ITC.
  • We’ll still be fine tuning how we do Maelstrom missions.  Literally half wanted the chart style that we used last year and half wanted cards (37.5% want us our deck, 12.5% want a GW deck).  So this will require some internal thoughts on our part.

Hopefully this gives you something to chew over until the primer is out.  And if you have any questions let us know!