Friday, February 13, 2015

News, views and our first tournament

Hello gals and guys!

Nick here from the 1+Armour team, your favourite Warhammer Fantasy team, and the arch-rivals of the Geeks of the North. Life has been busy but I wanted to write up a quick post to let you know we are still alive.

News and Views

In my opinion, Warhammer Fantasy has been kicking ass! I can’t recall the exact time that the End of Times supplements started rolling out but they seem to be getting better and better. I think my only issue with them so far is that they have been coming too fast! I have hardly had the time to read and appreciate all the compelling narratives that the fluff books are, and to appreciate all the additional rules, scenarios, lists we are getting out of them. Now I have no idea where these supplements will be in a year from now, they may end up collecting dust on our shelves or a must bring to every event, regardless, for now, they’ve been a lot of fun. I know there have been some gripes about when to use the combined lists and what they mean for the competitive scene. I won’t lie and say that Warriors really needed Skullcannons, or any of the elf books needing anything, but in my experience of using my Lizards, it has been manageable. In fact, my worst performances in recent memory have been against stock elves and dwarfs.

What about channel news? Ok so here’s the deal. We are a bunch of bros that love to play Warhamms and provide content to our viewers. If I’m to be frank with our readers… this can be quite the challenge. Some of the guys are away for work and family commitments, and work hasn’t been any quieter for the rest of us. So please be patient with us as we try to deliver on the Warhammer Fantasy content.

We have also have a couple of upcoming projects I wanted to mention that we will be producing videos for some time in the not-too-distant-future hopefully. Here they are:
  •       We are looking to start a Fan-submitted content section of the channel. What is this? Well it occurred to us that some of our viewers may enjoy making their own videos but feel that posting them online may not be worth it since we all worry sometimes “who will watch it?” Here’s your chance! What we want to do is open the forum to you! Basically, it goes like this…. You film you and your buddy playing Warhammer. You contact us, and upload the video to a dropbox account. We will review the video and if it fits our quality standards then we can publish it for you. There will obviously be some disclaimers once we get this up and running, but this one thing we are excited about and hope you will be too!
  •           We have this website! Not too many viewers may know this, but we made a 1+Armour dedicated site as home for the team. You will be able to access our event information, view our blog and works in progress, and whatever other crazy shenanigans we may be up to.
  •           So it turns out that producing content is not only time-consuming, but also can be expensive. The equipment, software, other incidentals add-up. So we have been brainstorming on how we can improve the quality of our videos but not have to sell our houses (or partners) to do this. We don’t have a concrete plan yet, but if you have a suggestion please let us know. For example, we thought about setting up a Patreon account. Viewers can subscribe if they want and chip in as little as a 1$ per month to help fund our ongoing operational costs. Let us know what you think, and as a viewer if this is something you think would be feasible.

Tournament

Our first ever event is just over a week away, and we are excited! I, personally, haven’t gone to many events, but with our combined experiences we tried to design the tournament with the best elements in mind from the events we did attend.

One thing we really wanted to do is offer good prize support, and hopefully we delivered. I won’t end up having time to post pictures before the event, but take my word for it, it’s pretty rockin’ for an 18 man event. Really have to give a shout out to the FDB crew for being amazing hosts! Our goal is to return the admission fee to the winners of the tournament, and the other prize support as draw prizes so everyone has a chance to leave with something cool. You let us know what you thought about it.

The comp. I wrote a small piece a while ago on my thoughts on comp. We tried to maintain a fair game environment for everyone, but at the same time don’t want to limit people too much if they wanted to bring out a cool new toy such as the Glottkin or Imrik. Of course, sometimes that’s tough since some characters are way off base in terms of game balance and we had to make some hard decisions. I don’t think we were too wrong with our choices since in a recent tournament, I believe in the West coast, seven or eight separate Hosts of the Eternity King with Malekith placed in the top 10. Anyways, we will see and player feedback will go a long way to further develop the comp pack.

Where do we see the S&M series going? I think I want it to grow, and become it’s own, living thing. Of course, like most living things we need to start small and go through the necessary growing pains to get where we want to. A crucial part of this process will be your participation and your feedback. Let us know what we did right, and what we did wrong. Maybe eventually the S&M could become a premiere destination for Warhammer Enthusiasts, its stories carrying the magic all year round.

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you soon!

Nick


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