It’s amazing how something can feel like it shot by in a hurry yet lingered forever, isn’t it? For me, that’s the perfect way to describe May 2016. Between the anarchy that is Rockfest KC, the mad dash to get enough Planeswalker Points to qualify for my first round byes for next year, and the FRAG trip to GP Minneapolis, it was a whirlwind ride to say the least.
Spring always has a way of exploding into your life, and it looks like this year isn’t going to be any different. With a ton of things happening in the Kansas City area and another FRAG Road Trip at the end of the month, May is turning out to be one of the busiest months we’ve had around here in a long time. For those who don’t keep track of the rest of the world, here’s some things you might have missed….
So I’ve spent the last several hours cleaning up the forum and the website from all the months of neglect. I swear, spammers are like rats. Turn your head for just a few minutes and they nest up and breed in the dark corners.
Well, yes, I am serious. I know it doesn’t look like much has been happening on the site, and after the last post a few months ago about us bringing it back from the dead, I must look a bit like the boy who cried wolf. So, with that I mind, I thought I should give you guys a bit of an update as to the things going on around here.
Yes, the website has been effectively dead for almost a year now. We just kind of lost the urge to do it anymore. But time and rest has renewed the interest in working on things that we so sorely lacked this time last year. So we’re digging out the shovels and breathing some life back into this corpse!
A day late as usual, but here it is folks, the official announcement of the 2015 Midwest Massacre Warhammer 40K Tournament, presented by FRAG and FrostReaver.net! This marks the 7th year that FRAG will host the Midwest Massacre and once again this year it will be held at the Recruits Gaming Convention in Lee’s Summit, MO. This year though, we’re changing it up a bit…
While I can and will write an entire article about why we went with the new format, this isn’t the time. For now, here’s what you need to know. This year the Midwest Massacre will be held on September 12th. It will be a three round tournament with three hours per round. The points limit for this event will be 2500 points. Painted models will not be required for this event. The cost for this event will be $20 and does not include the $5 charge for a convention badge that each player is required to have to play at Recruits.
This tournament is restricted to the first 24 participants who sign up and pay their entry fees. Pre-registration will open to all FRAG members for one week beginning on May 1st, 2015. On May 7th, any spots left available will be offered to the general public. As usual, pre-registration can be done via the website. If you are a FRAG member who wishes to pre-register, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for the link. All emails with the link will be sent out on May 1st, at midnight CST.
While prizes may vary depending on the amount of support we receive, we will be giving away at least $500 in trophies and prizes. Plaques and prizes will be awarded to Best General, Best Overall, Best Painted, and Player’s Choice. Prizes for all awards will be of approximately equal value. Door prizes will also be available and will be handed out via raffle in the usual manner.
That’s all for now, but we’ll be releasing the full rules packet in the next few days. Be sure to check back for that release and future articles in our Road to the Massacre series. See you in September!
With the official announcement only a couple of days away, thoughts around FRAG have turned to the other things needed to successfully run an event like the Midwest Massacre. As with any wargaming event, one of the primary concerns has to be tables and terrain. One of the prevailing trends we’ve noticed in the tournament scene these days is how basic and uniform most of the terrain truly is at most events. Now I’m not saying there’s really anything wrong with the terrain these events are putting out, but there just isn’t a “wow” factor to anything other than maybe the top one or two tables. That’s something we’re hoping to fix for the 2015 Massacre. While I can’t tell you why without spoiling future announcements, this year making each and every table into an individual masterpiece isn’t just a possibility, it’s a certainty.
If you read last year’s article about terrain prep for the Massacre, you know that with the help of a local painter, we got a lot of the old stuff revamped and repaired. Luckily for us, all of that terrain has made it through the last year unscathed and doesn’t need attention. However, we’ve still got a lot of work to go to get all of the new stuff we bought and built last year ready for use. Eventually, we’ll have to do mock builds for each table, but for now our primary concern is to get the terrain itself painted and ready for use.
As any of you who have been to my house (where the terrain is stored between events) or to a FRAG Terrain Day know just how much terrain is sitting on the shelves in various states of completion. It seems everyone likes to start on projects, but no one likes to finish them. I assume it just feels too much like real effort. The point here being that we had a lot of terrain that required “minimal” time and effort to finish and put into the usable terrain pool. So, being sensible beings, that’s where we concentrated our efforts. All told, we made a decent dent in the terrain we had available, knocking out 11 buildings and 13 river sections. For those who are interested in the final product, I’ve posted a thread with pictures in the forum. You can find it here: Massacre Terrain Prep.
One thing we’ve realized along the way is that there is more to a good board than just slapping down a few buildings or other line of sight blocking pieces and calling it good. Does that work for tournaments? Sure! It’s quick, it’s easy and as long as it’s somewhat balanced, no one complains. On the flip side though, nobody is going home raving about how good the tables were either, and we think they should. So, at least for the Midwest Massacre, we’re going to change that. Don’t worry, we’ll show you how in a later article, but for now you’ll just have to bear with us a while, as this article is getting overly long as it is. In the meanwhile, take a look at the pics in the forum and let us know what you think!