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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.

The Midwest Massacre 2015

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 admin@frostreaver.net 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!

The Road to the Massacre 2015: Terrain Prep Begins

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!

Midwest Massacre 2014

Below you will find information about the 6th Annual Midwest Massacre, held at the Recruits Convention.

Midwest Massacre 2014 Rules

Midwest Massacre 2014 Results

Midwest Massacre 2014 Painting Scores

Midwest Massacre 2014 Promotional 

Hall of Champions Forum Thread

Breaking News for the Midwest Massacre 2014!

We are very excited to announce this breaking news about the Midwest Massacre 2014.  Remember, the Midwest Massacre starts this Friday, September 19.

In an effort to attract more players, we have officially dropped the painting requirement for models at this year’s tournament.
Models do not need to be based, primed, or painted to a tabletop standard (three colors).  Instead, any and all models may be used, providing they are still WYSIWYG with the proper weapons.

Secondly, if we have 30 or more participants in this years tournament, the winner from last year has agreed to randomly raffle the WINNING ARMY from last year!
You read that correctly… the winner from last year will randomly give away the entire winning army list (fully painted and based!).  To see pictures of this outstanding army, click here:  http://tiny.cc/1aabmx

With these two new announcements, and the fact that it’s only $20 for the entire weekend to one awesome convention, there’s no excuse for you to stay home…. and bring your friends!

For the full details about the Midwest Massacre, please visit this page:   http://www.frostreaver.net/MidwestMassacre

Midwest Massacre 2014 Rules Updated for 7th Edition

We have now updated the rules for the 2014 Midwest Massacre to bring them current with 7th edition. You can find these rules by clicking on the link at the top of the page. If you are considering participating in the Midwest Massacre, please be sure to read these rules carefully as much has changed.

One of the biggest changes you’ll notice is the drop in price. Let’s face it, 40K is expensive. The books are expensive, the models are expensive, and tournaments are expensive. Well, we can’t do anything about the first two, but we’re tired of tournaments costing as much or more than a new box of models, so we’re changing things up. This year, the price for a ticket into the Midwest Massacre will be $20, and that includes your convention entry for the weekend! Advertised prizes will not be changed, however we will be giving out a few less door prizes than we have in the past. Well worth the trade off for a price like that, right?!?

So, click on the link, read the rules, and start making your plans to attend the Midwest Massacre today!

The Road to the Massacre 2014: Terrain

Let me start this with a little background about FRAG and our terrain. As many of you know, FRAG started in my basement and from the beginning we’ve been on a shoe-string budget. Terrain happens to be one of the requirements for any group like ours, and since we couldn’t afford the nice prepacked terrain, we had to make our own. So several years ago, I went to the hardware store, bought a lot of foam and textured paint, then arranged several FRAG terrain days. The group really pulled together and we built several tables full of random assorted terrain, mostly cheap and easy to make. In the end, it wasn’t all pretty but it worked for us and it lasted several years.