This past Friday night at 8:00 PM EST, registration has opened for the 10th Anniversary of the NOVA Open on August 29th - September 1st 2019.You can register for the convention by visiting the NOVA Open Store.Last year my son and I attended and played in some of the Warmachine/Hordes events (Team Tournament / Breakfastmachine) and then also played some open gaming. This year, the plan is to play in 3 different gaming events.NOVA Open is host to one of the largest Middle-earth Strategy Battle Game events of the year, the Lord of the Rings GT and the Doubles event. We wont be playing in the GT (a 2 day event), but my son and I will team up for the Doubles event on Friday. Seeing how we do not play the game much, it will just be for a fun time to play on all the beautiful themed tables that the NOVA Open displays.On Saturday, we are signed up for the X-Wing Grand Championship Heat 2, where the top 32 players of the day will move on to Sunday's final event, more than likely it will not be us, bu
The other day I received one of the semi-monthly newsletters from the NOVA Open and in real big letters it had said that the room block was 80% sold out. For the heck of it I decided to log into my NOVA Open Store account just to see if anything was there. All of last years events have been removed and there was a note stating that on February 1st, 2019 they will be reactivating the site. I also noticed under my account settings that I had $15 available in store credit, I then proceeded to login with my son's account and it showed the same, $15 credit available. These credits are on our accounts because last year we signed up for an event and then changed it for another event, the credit difference was placed into our accounts.That then got me thinking... My plan for 2019 was to skip over the NOVA Open this year, with a family vacation two weeks later and hopefully SteamCon USA a month later, I thought another Con may be too much. I really do not want to leave that credit to go t
In 24 hours we should just about be pulling into the Hyatt Regency Crystal City and checking in for the 2018 NOVA Open. We are leaving tonight and driving straight through, so tomorrow is going to be a very long day playing right into the Warmachine/Hordes Team Tournament. Luckily I do not take tournaments too seriously and I am just playing for fun. Who knows, maybe after 2-3 rounds we may retire (but we will have to see with our teammate first).Am I ready for the events? Not really...but who cares if I win or lose, lets just through some dice. Saturday and Sunday events I am really looking forward to ("Breakfastmachine" and "Speedmachine") these events do not take the whole day and leaves some time to do some other things. I am still glad I dropped the Guild Ball event on Friday to open a day of gaming (I am even bringing a few Batman miniatures and may do a quick demo).I plan on posting some pics each night when I get back to the room, we shall see how that goes...stay tuned..
So the 2018 NOVA Open Invitational is coming up, and there’s a bracket at https://challonge.com/NOVAinvite18 . Predictions based on brackets are always interesting, because they both give you the chance to source a wide range of predictions (there are 110 now) and they let everyone include whatever soft factors they think are important. I hate making them. I’ve never been good at them (though once, by accident, I nearly won an NCAA pool) and beyond that, with as random a game as 40K is, I don’t think the failure of any given bracket actually indicates a failure of that prediction method to work. So instead, I’ve made two what I call “benchmark” brackets – brackets based of randomness that can serve as comparators to people’s actual brackets, if they’re so interested. The Random Bracket: This is the crudest of all brackets, and is spiritually the same as the randomly selected Fantasy Football team that I never actually submit because it’s against the
Well I finally made it to the week of the NOVA Open. The NOVA Open starts in just under 3 days, and we will actually be leaving this coming Wednesday night. All my Warmachine Khador lists have been uploaded to Conflict Chamber (just waiting on some more in to come in so I can finish printing them), my Arena Rex models/terrain is all packed and ready to go for some friendly games (although there are no official Arena Rex events at NOVA Open, we are hoping there will be some space available for a few games), and my shopping list is ready for the event. That list is not too long or expensive, just depends if we decide to pick up the new Middle-earth Strategy Battle Game Rules Manual, or wait until we get back home and pick it up at my son's store.Unfortunately this past week I did not get in any practice games of Warmachine/Hordes, I only have one more night available and that would be tonight, we'll see how that goes. Last Friday night my son and I did get in a game of Arena Rex, althoug
We are only one week away from the start of the NOVA Open in Arlington, VA. My son, my friend TJ and I will actually be leaving late Wednesday (29th) evening and driving through out to night to Arlington. The plan is to arrive sometime late morning and freshen up, relax before the Warmachine/Hordes Team Tournament starts at noon.Here is a recap of my schedule for next weekend:Thursday: Warmachine/Hordes Team TournamentFriday: Open Day, Iron Arena and some Arena RexSaturday: “Breakfastmachine” in the morning and then some open play.Sunday: “Speedmachine” and then travel back home.TJ is signed up for the same events (our 3rd team member), but on Friday he added the Warmachine/Hordes Masters Tournament. Originally my son and I were signed up for the Guild Ball Tournament on Friday, but since we have not played in awhile, we elected to drop that event and have a little open time. When I attend these conventions, I like to have a little down time and not have it be tournament after tourname