Calling all N.Ireland 40k Players!

Hi guys and girls but more likely guys!

I just want to introduce myself as Team Northern Ireland’s 40k captain. I started playing 40k back in 2nd edition – only played a few games but really enjoyed it. I came back to 40k in 2009 playing 5th edition. I discovered that there are a lot of other people that play the game in clubs – which was new to me as I was playing it on the kitchen table maybe once a month. I joined Lisburn Gaming Club and was made to feel very welcome. I discovered that there are 40k competitions. The first one I went to was great craic – even though I came last I still had a blast and met people who since then have become good friends.

I fell in with a group of gamers known as the Northern Wasters affectionately known as “The Wasters” who have been attending and running events for a number of years. There are a large number of tournaments run in N.Ireland and Rep of Ireland of which these guys attend and run. Big props to Jonny Fisher – J65, who has stoked the fire of the NI 40k scene! Going to an event became not just a trip to try out my latest army list against different types of armies and players but an excuse to meet up with what were now friends from across the country.

I found out about the European Team Championships. This is an international competition where each country sends 8 players to do battle on the tabletop over a weekend in the summer. After attending quite the number of tournaments throughout the year I achieved enough ranking points to join the Team NI squad that was going to Switzerland at the ETC. I didn’t win ANY of my games but had a blast anyway! My experience of ETC 2011 developed me as a player and I started to do much better at tournaments and finally winning one just before I went to Poland for ETC 2012.

Poland was a blast and getting our armies to the event was made much easier thanks to http://www.krmulticase.com/. I soon discovered that I can not play 40k hungover or tired! I did very well the first 2 days scoring good points in my 4 games. On the 2nd night I went out and had a bit too much to drink and ended up with 1 hour sleep before the event kicked off on the final day. Result can been seen in this ETC documentary http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHOEA_-xx1A *hint – scroll to the very end!*

If you are interested in taking part in some tournaments I urge you to do so! Check out the Team Northern Ireland website www.teamni.org and join our very active forums. Register your interest in trying out for TNI http://www.teamni.org/?page_id=25. We discuss lists and tactics – going into more detail in the team section. Now that 6th Edition has dropped we need your help to find powerful army lists and allied combinations! I know there are talented people in NI that play this great game of ours. Join the fun!

My 40k tournament trips so far: All across the Republic, England, Switzerland, Poland. Further oversea trips are planned for this coming year…

Rowan (row)

On the Road Again: Retcon 2011

26/27 March saw the TNI tour continue with a trip to Retcon 2011 at UCD in Dublin. This time we managed to roll down with even more bodies and return with even more prizes. Barry was our sole representative in fantasy land, finishing 2nd in a very strong 12 man field. The 40K field of 34 was even tougher, with the majority of the players either ETC veterans, or fighting desperately for places on the Ireland ETC team. Here’s how the raygunners got on:

John – 1st

Jan – 2nd

Chris – 7th

Jonny – 10th

Scott – 14th

Alan – 17th

Shane – 22nd

Rowan – 30th

Well done to everyone who made it down and especially to John, Jan and Barry for showing how it’s done.

Team Northern Ireland, bunnies no more?

The boys done good

Itzacon 2011

Four of our raygunners made the long trip to Galway for Itzacon 2011. It was an opportunity for us to try out some possible ETC lists in a competitive environment, and pick up some ranking points for Poland 2012. There’s still quite a bit of list tweaking to be done, but we all in all things went pretty well. In a field of 26, I finished 3rd, John was 10th, Row was 12th and Shane was 13th. We’ve gained some valuable knowledge (keep your landspeeders far away from hydras for one) that should help with further fine tuning.  Here’re the results:

The boys done good