AoS Shorts: Your Essential Guide to Age of Sigmar

Justice Series GT

Hey all, not to be lost in all the Adepticon hype was the Justice Series GT this weekend, hosted by JustPlay Games. 42 players in Liverpool, UK, playing under a really modern pack that is worth checking out. Scenarios and rules selected to ensure games finish on time and with a challenge for different army builds. I have only heard good things from the attendees.

And, as always, check out Dark Fantastic Mills for great 3D printed terrain perfect for wargaming.  Its super versatile and light so worldwide shipping is inexpensive. Use the “aos shorts” discount code for a further 10% off the already decent prices.

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Justice Series GT Pack

You can check out the Justice Series GT Pack here.

LLV as always did his great army breakdown analysis so that you can easily see where the world-wide tournament meta is shifting and how the tournament attendees are adapting to the new Age of Sigmar battletomes.

Justice Series GT Results

So the results were:t

  • 1st – Mike Wilson (Slaanesh)
  • 2nd – Tony Moore (FEC)
  • 3rd – Chris Young (Daughters of Khaine)
  • Top Order – Nathan Foster (4th, Daughters of Khaine)
  • Top Chaos – Michael Bennett (11th, Blades of Khorne)
  • Top Death – Rob Hull (17th, Legions of Nagash)
  • Top Destruction – Andy Lampkin (12th, Gloomspite Gitz)
  • Coolest Army – Graham Shirlie (Troggoths)
  • Best Painted – Graham Shirlie (Troggoths)
  • 2nd Best Painted – Lewis Sloan (Sylvaneth)
  • 3rd Best Painted – Luke Power (Sylvaneth)
  • Favourite Opponent – Nathan Foster

You can find all the results on Tabletop.TO (TTT) and I’ve screencapped the top 15 below. As you can see, still a strong showing from Daughters of Khaine and Idoneth Deepkin, but perhaps surprising no killer Skaven builds at the event and that the second best Death player was 17th.

Top 10 Lists

All the lists up on TTT but the top ten are below. Will be really interesting to see how Mikey goes when he has his hands on the new Hedonites of Slaanesh book.

Coverage and List Tech Videos

Ian and Ritchie of JustPlay Games and the JustSaying podcast did some excellent round re-cap and list tech videos throughout the weekend. I highly recommend you check out the interview with Mike below regarding his list and the rest of the videos on their channel: JustPlay YouTube channel

Painting Nominations

Here are the painting nominations – as always Graham Shirlie’s force stands out from a mile due to its amazing top quality painting. I could look at that army all day long.

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Adepticon 2019 Day 2: Doubles Day

Hey all, a quick round-up of day 2 of the Warhammer Age of Sigmar events at Adepticon 2019. The second day was for the Team Tournament (doubles) . You can check out my preview of all the events, the day 1 round-up, and follow along all the coverage on Twitter here.

And, as always, check out Dark Fantastic Mills for great 3D printed terrain perfect for wargaming.  Its super versatile and light so worldwide shipping is inexpensive. Use the “aos shorts” discount code for a further 10% off the already decent prices.

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Adepticon 2019 Doubles

The Team Tournament is the largest Age of Sigmar event at Adepticon 2019 – 147 pairs, 294 players! all playing Age of Sigmar at once.

Teams Tournament Results

Thanks again to Tanya, the results were:

  • Overall: Scooter and Caleb Walters
  • 2nd: Stephen Thompson / Sean Troy
  • 3rd: Shaun Clarke / Jake L’Ecuyer (DETROIT!)
  • Order: Zach Kennedy / Gavin Grigar
  • Death: James Presseur / Friend
  • Destruction: Mark & Mitchell Tobin
  • Chaos: Steve Mata / Josh Zuro
  • Mixed: Nicholas Carpenito / Chai Tzola
  • Sports: Chris Slye / Friend

You can find the full results on Warscore.

Best Appearance

Best Appearance at the team event was taken out by Jimbo and Mitzy, all the way from the UK, with their stunning Stormcast and Gloomspite Armies.

Teams Tournament in Action

Thanks as always to the people sharing pictures at the event, we get a chance to see all the amazing tables and armies in play.

Armies on Parade

The Teams Tournament brings some truly stunning efforts with armies and display boards. Thanks to Rhellion for most of these pics.

8th Wonder of Ghur

And finally the day ended with a four player game between Tyler Mengel, Eric (StoneMonkGamer), Mitzy and Jimbo as they had the culmination of their 8th Wonder of Ghur campaign. Seriously check out the #8thWonderofGhur hashtag on Twitter and Tyler and Eric’s blogs for all the background on these great forces.

Adepticon 2019 Day 1: Preview, Vanguard & Dome

Hey all, a quick round-up of day 1 of the Warhammer Age of Sigmar events at Adepticon 2019. The first day was for the Vanguard event and the narrative event, the Gibbering Dome. You can check out my preview of all the events and follow along all the coverage on Twitter here.

And, as always, check out Dark Fantastic Mills for great 3D printed terrain perfect for wargaming.  Its super versatile and light so worldwide shipping is inexpensive. Use the “aos shorts” discount code for a further 10% off the already decent prices.

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GW Studio Preview

Wednesday night was the Games Workshop Studio Preview, one of the biggest preview events that Games Workshop runs each year. Around 500 eager hobbyists lined up to hear the latest news from the horses’ mouth. You can find all the coverage over on Warhammer Community, and check out my pages for:

The Gibbering Dome

The Gibbering Dome was the narrative Age of Sigmar event. Paul put a massive amount of effort in building an amazing set and running a great event. We’ll have a full write-up after the weekend of the story of the Dome. But for now, some photos.

The Vanguard Event

The Vanguard event was a 1,000 point Age of Sigmar event with 86 players.

The awards were:

  • Overall – Emma Mangels (FEC)
  • Second – Tom Lyons (DoK)
  • Third – Sean Troy (Skaven)
  • Sports – Tom Toepfer
  • Paint – David Griffin
  • Best Order – Jake L’Ecuyer
  • Best Death – Shaun Clarke
  • Best Destruction – Scooter Walters
  • Best Chaos – Kaleb Walters
David Griffin’s Best Appearance Winner

The top 10 were:

  1. Gristlegore FEC
  2. Khailebron Daughters of Khaine
  3. Skaven
  4. Daughters of Khaine
  5. ???
  6. Feast Day FEC
  7. Gristlegore FEC
  8. Disciples of Tzeentch
  9. Ironjawz
  10. ???

You can find the full results on Warscore.

The tables

Armies on display

Mates and Good Times

Surely the best part of Adepticon has to be catching up with awesome wargaming mates from across the globe. Can’t wait until next year to join in the fun.

And also a great chance to catch up with your painting hero, Vince Venturella 😉

And to pick up some cool swag…

Adepticon 2019 Preview

Hi all, today starts the epic Warhammer Age of Sigmar coverage from Adepticon 2019 – the largest Age of Sigmar event, and the world’s premiere wargaming convention. Adepticon is a true convention with hundreds of systems, events, classes, seminars, stalls and more. The event hosted 4,500 people last year at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Centre Hotel, outside Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Today, I’ll be previewing the Age of Sigmar events at Adepticon 2019. The action starts with the Games Workshop Studio Preview at 9pm Chicago Time (2am Thursday GMT) before cracking into the gaming tomorrow. The Age of Sigmar events are:

  • the Vanguard tournament (Thursday)
  • the Gibbering Dome narrative event (Thursday)
  • the Team Tournament (Friday)
  • the Championships (Saturday / Sunday)
  • the Youngbloods (Sunday)

All of the events run with plenty of breaks and time to roam around the convention or catch up with wargaming friends from across the world.

Here you’ll find all the pack details and links to the coverage over the weekend. You can check out its website and my 2018 coverage for a taste of the event. I also have a Twitter list containing the attendees of the Age of Sigmar events that I know, so if you are on Twitter you can subscribe to the list and follow along with the excitement over the weekend.

And, as always, check out Dark Fantastic Mills for great 3D printed terrain perfect for wargaming.  Its super versatile and light so worldwide shipping is inexpensive. Use the “aos shorts” discount code for a further 10% off the already decent prices.

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Age of Sigmar Vanguard

The key details for the Age of Sigmar Vanguard tournament at Adepticon 2019 are:

  • Thursday 28 March – 9am to 7:30pm
  • 1000 points
  • 5 games
  • 96 players
  • Malign Sorcery and Realm Rules in play (realms and featured announced on the day)
  • Hidden Agendas as Secondary Objectives

Check out the full pack for more details.

The Gibbering Dome Narrative Event

Paul is running a bespoke narrative event on the Thursday called the Gibbering Dome. Sixteen players will bring 1,000 points of models and play through a string of custom narrative scenarios carrying on the adventures from last year.

Check out the full pack for more details.

Age of Sigmar Team Tournament

The Team Tournament is one of the premiere events over the weekend and always looks and absolute blast. 84 pairs will bring a 2,000 point army (made up of two 1,000 point halves) and play 3 games using the Coalition of Death rules.

The key details are:

  • Friday 29 March, 8am to 8:30pm
  • 2, 1,000 point armies
  • Coalition of Death rules (Core Book, p272)
  • No duplicate army allegiance abilities (except if using the Grand Alliance abilities)
  • Malign Sorcery and Realm Rules in play (announced on the day)
  • Hidden Agendas used as Secondary Objectives

Check out the full pack for more details.

Age of Sigmar Championships

The blue ribbon event of the weekend: the Age of Sigmar Championships. 204 players playing five games of 2,000 points matched play over the weekend. Last year the top three were Sean Troy (Changehost), Jeff Campbell-Crawley (Fyreslayers) and Adam Trunzo (Seraphon). How the meta has shifted.

The key details are:

  • Saturday 30 (8am – 7pm) and Sunday 31st March (8:30am – 4pm)
  • 204 players!
  • the new Blades of Khorne book is not in play
  • Malign Sorcery rules are in force – with each game being played in a pre-determined realm with a pre-determined realmscape feature (both announced on the day)
  • Hidden Agendas will be used as secondary objectives

Check out the full pack and the painting/appearance guide for more details.

Age of Sigmar Youngbloods

Finally on Sunday there is a small event for the Youngbloods, players under the age of 16 in a three game, 1500 point event.

Check out the full pack for more details.

SAGT 2019 Results

Hey all, so the South Australian Grand Tournament 2019 (SAGT 2019) was run over the last weekend in Adelaide, South Australia. Fifty players fighting for glory and a great opportunity to see how Skaven and Flesh-Eater Courts are performing (very well), and how the rest of the tournament scene is reacting.

In this post, you can find the results of the SAGT 2019 and the top lists. If you want more details of the event pack, you can check out my SAGT 2019 preview.

And, as always, check out Dark Fantastic Mills for great 3D printed terrain perfect for wargaming.  Its super versatile and light so worldwide shipping is inexpensive. Use the “aos shorts” discount code for a further 10% off the already decent prices.

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SAGT 2019 Rounds & Realms

The SAGT 2019 was using five pre-determined battleplans with a randomly chosen realm (each with their own pre-determined realmscape feature) before each round.

  1. Blood and Glory – Shyish: Haunted Realm. The Realm Command Soul-Force Sacrifice will not be in play
  2. Starstrike – Ghyran: Seeds of Hope
  3. Better Part of Valour – Ghur: Primal Violence. The Monstrous Beasts rule will not be in play
  4. Three Places of Power – Chamon: Rust Plague
  5. Focal Points – Hysh: Aetheric Beams of Light

SAGT 2019 Results

So the results and awards from the weekend are:

  • First: Dan Brewer – Skaven
  • Second: Mick – Flesh-Eater Courts
  • Third: Sam Morgan – Mixed Order

Best in Alliance awards were awarded for the players that finished top in each of the four grand alliances (unless they podiumed and then it drops down to the second place in that grand alliance).

  • Best Destruction: Peter Atkinson (@PlasticCraic)
  • Best Order: Tristan (@vlossr)
  • Best Chaos: Wayne Buck
  • Best Death: Gabriele Dello

And then the hobby awards:

SAGT 2019 Top Lists

You can check out all the lists or dive straight into the top finishing ones here

First: Dan Brewer (Skaven)

Second: Mick (FEC)

Third: Sam Morgan (Mixed Order)

Best Order: Tristan (DoK)

Best Chaos: Wayne Buck (Skaven)


Best Destruction: Pete Atkinson

Best Death: Gabriele Dello (Legion of Sacrament)

SAGT 2019 Stats

You can check out all the lists if you want more information, you the pairings and the Honest Wargamer breakdown of the event compared to the global tournament meta.

Picture Gallery

So, with thanks to the people of Twitter and Facebook (mainly Michael and Christian), here are a gallery of pictures from the event.

SAGT 2019 Preview

The South Australia Grand Tournament 2019 (SAGT 2019) is coming this weekend.  Fifty players smashing out some Warhammer Age of Sigmar at the Hilton RSL in Adelaide, South Australia.  Hosted by Mathew Weiss and Michael (aka Doom & Darkness) I’m sure it will be another great event on the Australian Age of Sigmar scene.

I’ll have all the results after the weekend, but you can also check out the Facebook group and follow along via Twitter.

And, as always, check out Dark Fantastic Mills for great 3D printed terrain perfect for wargaming.  Its super versatile and light so worldwide shipping is inexpensive. Use the “aos shorts” discount code for a further 10% off the already decent prices.

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SAGT 2019 Battleplans

The SAGT 2019 is five rounds of 2,000 point matched play using the following battleplans:

  • Blood and Glory
  • Starstrike
  • Better Part of Valour
  • Three Places of Power
  • Focal Points

SAGT 2019 Realms

Each round a random realm that has not yet been played in will be used for the game. The full rules for the realmscape rules, realm commands and realm spell from the Core Rulebook will be in use with the exception that the realmscape rule will be fixed as per below:

  • Shyish: Haunted Realm. The Realm Command Soul-Force Sacrifice will not be in play
  • Aqshy: Flaming Missiles
  • Chamon: Rust Plague
  • Ghur: Primal Violence. The Monstrous Beasts rule will not be in play
  • Ghyran: Seeds of Hope
  • Hysh: Aetheric Beams of Light
  • Ulgu: Perpetual Dusk

The Spells of the Realms are optional and only will be used if both players agree.

You can check out the full pack for more details.

SAGT 2019 Lists

You can check out all the lists and the Doom & Darkness list review show with Nick Hoen (of ETC, CanCon and Dwellers Below infamy).

Bloodtithe 2019: Lists & Preview

Hey all, its been a hectic week, so a super quick post with the Bloodtithe 2019 lists and pack preview. Bloodtithe is a 4 player, international team tournament for Warhammer Age of Sigmar held in London. Given the quality of the field, Bloodtithe is attended by teams preparing for the Six Nations and the European Team Championships.

I’ll have a full breakdown of the pack and coverage of the weekend on Monday. However, in the mean time, you can check out:

Catch all the livestream coverage over the weekend on the Honest Wargamer.

And, as always, check out Dark Fantastic Mills for great 3D printed terrain perfect for wargaming.  Its super versatile and light so worldwide shipping is inexpensive. Use the “aos shorts” discount code for a further 10% off the already decent prices.

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Sheffield Slaughter 2019 Results

Hey all, a very quick post with the results of the Sheffield Slaughter 2019, the longest-running UK Warhammer event, going 22 years and counting. Pete and Ady of the Dragon Slayers put on a great event, attended by over 70 players and with a strong prevalence of new Skaven and Flesh-Eater Courts.

And, as always, check out Dark Fantastic Mills for great 3D printed terrain perfect for wargaming.  Its super versatile and light so worldwide shipping is inexpensive. Use the “aos shorts” discount code for a further 10% off the already decent prices.

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Sheffield Slaughter 2019

The Sheffield Slaughter was held once again at the Davy Sporting Club, Prince of Wales Road, Sheffield on the weekend of 23/24 February 2019.

5 games of 2000 points Age of Sigmar. The event used realmscape features, and the signature command and spells from each realm (i.e. not the full set if realm spells).

You can check out the tournament pack and the event card (for scoring).

Sheffield Slaughter 2019 Coverage

The weekend was streamed and covered by the Honest Wargamer with guest commentary from Adam of AngelCast (the London-based AoS podcast). Not only were they covering the top tables, but they also streamed the adventures of one player throughout the tournament (who I believe finished 39th). Its great seeing the developments in streaming coverage with more options and more match-ups being covered.

You can watch back all the coverage, for free, on the Honest Wargamer Twitch channel.

Sheffield Slaughter 2019 Results

So, the results:

  • 1st: Dan Bradshaw (Beasts of Chaos)
  • 2nd: Ben Johnson (Flesh-Eater Courts)
  • 3rd: James Tinsdale (Idoneth Deepkin)
  • Best Sports: Dan Bradshaw and Nick T
  • Judges’ Best Painted: Wayne Kemp (Skaven)
  • Players’ Choice Best Painted: Paul Marshall (Idoneth Deepkin)
  • Best Team: SEQs Offenders

The top 10 is definitely skewed towards to the armies released a week before the event. It will be interesting to see how long these armies stay there once players learn and react.

  1. Beasts of Chaos
  2. Flesh-Eater Courts
  3. Idoneth Deepkin
  4. Flesh-Eater Courts
  5. Mixed Order
  6. Legions of Nagash
  7. Skaven
  8. Skaven
  9. Legion of Sacrament
  10. Flesh-Eater Courts

1st Dan Bradshaw – Beasts of Chaos

Dan ran his UK Masters list again and took out the top prize, despite the influx of new contending armies.

2nd Ben Johnson – Flesh-Eater Courts

Ben’s list was a Royal Menagerie, all the big beasties, Gristlegore Flesh-Eater Courts build.

3rd James Tinsdale – Idoneth Deepkin

James has been having sustained success with his Deepkin. He really shows he knows how to use that army.

Sheffield Slaughter 2019 Gallery

A selection of pictures from the event.

Holy Wars V Preview

Hey all, today I also have another post from Mitch previewing the Holy Wars GT event coming up this weekend. Holy Wars is a great narrative event in the US and is always played on stunning tables, where you are often playing against the table as much as against your opponent.

And, as always, check out Dark Fantastic Mills for great 3D printed terrain perfect for wargaming.  Its super versatile and light so worldwide shipping is inexpensive. Use the “aos shorts” discount code for a further 10% off the already decent prices.

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What is Holy Wars?

Holy Wars is a five game Age of Sigmar narrative event held in Yorkville, Illinois. Started in 2014 out of the burning desire of two clubs, Lords of War and Holy Hammers, and their need to play games in the absence of tournaments in the area.  The “narrative” moniker doesn’t quite do Holy Wars its justice. The event, now in its fifth year, is renowned amongst the region for its themed tables, terrain and clever storytelling twists it brings for its players.

Forging a New Tournament

Coverage for Holy Wars starts with two things, tournament organizer Steve Herner and the event’s terrain, hand built by Herner and his sons to outfit fifteen uniquely themed tables that set the backdrop for a weekend of collaborative, battle-centric storytelling.

Herner serves as the TO for Holy Wars and Holy Havoc (the team version.) After receiving some early advice from fellow midwestern tournament organizer Rodge from Waaaghpaca to “run the tournament you personally would want to go to” Herner launched Holy Wars back in 2014 and has continued to facilitate the event since. This advice brought out a passion in Herner for organizing and building Warhammer events, almost literally from scratch.

Terrifying Terrain

Herner has spent substantial amount of time, even part of his own personal hobby streak, towards creating Holy Wars’ renowned terrain tables. He regularly offers his time and advice to community members and aims to create a positive atmosphere for all who attend his events.

Previous Holy Wars have featured large set pieces, all informing the stories being sketched out by opponents during each round. It’s not uncommon to find multi-leveled pieces of scenery, massive signature pieces consuming the battlefield and this year even a Skaven Clan Skryre-themed table built by Herner courtesy of kits donated by @ministomp.

Holy Wars is made out of a love of bringing people together and showcasing their armies. Clever scenarios invented by Herner and top-tier painted models enhance the experience of tournament goers and when combined with the terrain, the stories start flowing with ease. With an eye on sportsmanship and performance on the table, but the primary focus on investment in miniatures and telling a compelling story within each battle, Herner has kept investment high and event tickets disappear as soon as they become available.

Armies being brought to the GT stand out and play off of one another and build across the tournament’s five games.

Floating Island and Serpent Monolith from Khainite table.

The event hosts thirty players across its fifteen tables, each with their own custom built scenario. This in addition to the Holy Wars Twist and Ruse decks that accompany each table and realms were in full effect (with monsters provided for Ghur tables), Herner is more than excited to kick off Holy Wars V.

Weaving the Narrative

Of course, Herner can leave no narrative stone unturned, as he even found a thematic way to determine player matchups at Holy Wars. Draws for opponents are not simply generated using swiss pairings (1st vs 2nd etc) like most Warhammer tournaments. Aside any round one grudges from previous Holy events or player rivalries, matchups and tables will solely be determined randomly. Prior to the beginning of each round, individuals will be picked at random and will select either a table or matchup for that round. Repeating this process until all tables and matchups are set, Herner’s idea is to allow stories and games to evolve organically as the tournament progresses. Players may choose the same table or the same opponent each round should they wish, but no matter what is selected, the journey of every general’s army is priority one.

The Heart of Holy Wars

Holy Wars gives back to the Illinois community in a large way. Holy Wars sends part of its ticket proceeds to Hesed House – a comprehensive Homeless Resource Center – which provides shelter, food and other needs like haircuts and job placement to the local homeless. Herner has incorporated another innovative way for the player community in attendance to give back, via the Holy Wars Re-Roll dice. Players make a $20 donation to Hesed House and are afforded one dice re-roll during each game, even if they wish to re-roll for priority! Raffle winners are gifted selected pieces of Herner’s terrain and model kits, which are likewise donated by attendees.

Numbers & the Narrative

At the end of the day, games demand winners and scoring at Holy Wars breaks down into 74 points across three key categories. Categories are Battle (30 points), Narrative & Event Participation (22 points), and Appearance (22 points).

Battle Points

Each battle round has six points available to players. Two points are scored for every table or terrain objective attached to each round’s scenario. An additional two points are won if players capture special grail tokens that are housed at each table, with the final two points attached to the player selected secret mission and by having the most deployed units surviving the battle. Having various objectives and multiple ways to capture them allows options for players with different armies and play styles to continue their force’s narrative as they see fit.

Narrative & Event Participation

In addition to their 2,000 point army, players are asked to bring 1,000 point battlehosts to have as a sidebar to utilize as scenarios dictate. Points break down in four ways that relate to different participatory elements of the weekend. Eight points are reserved for using at least 400-1000 pts of players’ battlehost sidebar in at least two of their five games. The next set of eight points is dedicated to how cohesively your army reflects the narrative as it relates to composition, paint scheme, basing and custom display boards. Perhaps the most important five points of the tournament are awarded for attendees donating one or more items to the Hesed House charity raffle. The final point in the participation category goes for casting a “favorite army” vote in the first night’s judging.


Appearance is by far the most itemized of all Holy Wars points-earning categories. Army presentation is crucial to the value of the tournament as players are looking to immerse themselves in the experience. Highlights of the painting checklist include that only one point of 22 is granted for the tournament-standard three color minimum, each point following is earned for each additional layer of difficulty or technique. Display board, name plates, painted base rims, 10 or more models having glazes, highlights, blending, shading and details are among the higher tier of points available. For reference, you can view the complete Holy Wars V Paint Check List here.

One of a Kind Winners

No single player can take home more than one of these famed Holy Wars accolades.

  • The Holy Conqueror (most battle points)
  • Favorite Opponent (sports votes)
  • Fan Favorite Army (voted on by peers)
  • Best Battlehost (highest paint score, based on judge votes)
  • The Best Conversion (best converted single model)
  • The Hammer Hobbyist (best cohesive battlehost, based on judges votes)
Trophy work in progress.

An As-Yet Untold Weekend

Narratives have yet to be forged, but Holy Wars shows no signs of stopping. Herner keeps bringing participants back each year and the quality of Holy Wars jumps out at participants, as the loving amount of time and effort is evident in the final product. Should you be eyeing events more on the narrative side, this kind hearted, relaxed weekend tournament is a wise choice. High level hobbyists and competitive players alike are in attendance each year, and are only a fraction of what makes Holy Wars a credit to Warhammer.

Best Coast Pairings Event App

Hi all, you may have seen that my Las Vegas Open coverage this year was greatly helped by using the Best Coast Pairings app (an event organisation and management app for tabletop games). Previously I’ve had some reservations about the app, however the team behind it have made significant improvements to it which addressed these concerns and added many new useful features.  So I wanted to write this piece going through what it offers for those players and event organisers who may not be familiar with it.

Now, before I begin, I just want to make it clear that this is not a paid or sponsored piece, nor an advertorial.  The Best Coast Pairings team provided a couple of teaser stats as part of my LVO coverage, but otherwise all the information I received was from my own use of the free and subscription versions of the app.  I have also previously used both Best Coast Pairings and Tabletop.TO as an event organiser myself.

For more Las Vegas Open 2019 coverage, you can check out:

And, as always, check out Dark Fantastic Mills for great 3D printed terrain perfect for wargaming.  Its super versatile and light so worldwide shipping is inexpensive. Use the “aos shorts” discount code for a further 10% off the already decent prices.

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Best Coast Pairings app

So let’s start with the basics.  Best Coast Pairings is an American gaming app company.  It has a partnership with Frontline Gaming, the major American games website, media company and organisation behind the Independent Tournament Circuit (ITC), probably most famous for Warhammer 40,000.

The different BCP apps

Best Coast Pairings has three different free apps: a Player app, a Tournament Organiser app and an Event Suite app. All are available on both iOS and Android and require an internet connection to work. These apps are supplemented by a paid subscription service which unlocks some features (which I’ll explain below). Let’s look at each briefly:

  • The TO App: The TO app, funnily enough, is the main app used by tournament organizers to run events.  All features are free and Best Coast Pairings intends to keep it this way.
  • The Event Suite App: The Event Suite is more of an enterprise app used by game stores or organizations like Frontline Gaming that is used to manage multiple TOs of a store, or circuits and rankings like the ITC.
  • The Player App: The app used by players to manage their experience with events. As we will get into, players can input their scores, check in, see pairings, etc. The base app is free and there is a subscription service available for viewing lists and results from all events (not just the ones you attend or sponsored events).

Game systems supported by BCP

Best Coast Pairings supports 25 different games currently from 15 companies.  This support includes customisation of the software for the scoring, pairings and placings approaches used by these different game systems.  

Players can enter the total points they earned from the game in points.  So regardless of your scoring system (for majors, minors, secondaries etc), the app can record the results. Tournament organisers can also choose the secondaries and tiebreakers (such as kill points or secondary missions).  I’m also informed that Best Coast Pairings are adding the option for tournament organisers to select different scoring metrics and determine in which order they break ties (for instance, you could do Secondaries, then Best Sports, then Strength of Schedule).  If a tournament organiser needs further customisation, they can contact Best Coast Pairings directly.

Ticketing via BCP or third party

These apps allow event organisers to run their events from ticketing to final results. The organiser creates an event in the TO app which creates an event listing in the app and on the Best Coast Pairings website.  

Players can then find information on the event, sign up and purchase a ticket using credit or debit cards (or cash on the day).

Best Coast Pairings will handle refunds and ticket transfers.  The standard processing fee is 5% plus .30 for each ticket sold which is subtracted from the funds that are deposited.  Ticket funds are released 3 business days after the player has paid.

However, if you want to run your own ticketing (via Paypal, or a service associated with your venue for instance), you can set the event to free in the app and still use all the pre-registration features (such as self-check-in and list uploading). So you don’t have to use the Best Coast Pairings ticketing service to get the most out of the app.

NB: I have not used the ticketing feature myself.  I’m interested to hear how other TOs have found this feature, or if you tend to keep ticketing separate (for instance, through a ticketing agent associated with your venue).

Player Registration: self check-in

At the event, players can check-in remotely (thereby reducing the amount of registration time needed at the desk before people hit the tables).  The online check-in is tied to the event start time and the GPS location for the event (so late players can’t avoid a penalty by checking in from the freeway several miles away).

If a player has not checked in (i.e. not shown up) the player will not be paired into the next round.  Organisers can also drop players at any time from the roster or add them in if they show up at round 2 or 3 for instance due to travel delays.  The app will pair the newly arriving player into the event and automatically record losses for the previous rounds.

List Submission through BCP

One of the most exciting new features of Best Coast Pairings is plain text list submission.  Increasingly in Age of Sigmar, event organisers are requiring players to submit lists via a plain text export from Warscroll Builder or Azyr.  This is usually for ease of list-checking and also to aid compiling the lists for distribution to players and spectators in a list document.

Options for stats and analysis

Now players can upload their list in a plain text format to Best Coast Pairings.  Not only does this put the list in a clear and readable format within the app for everyone to see, but it also means that the people at Best Coast Pairings can do some cool stats and analysis.  For Las Vegas Open, we could see quickly what were the popular factions, spells, artefacts, traits and more. All because the lists were in a standard plain text format. This is a significant improvement on previous versions with pictures or non-OCR’d PDFs of lists.

Event Pairings

The Best Coast Pairings app will automatically assign pairings for the first round of your event (and then every round afterwards once scores are loaded).  

By default, the app randomly sorts players for the first round and then operates under a battle-points Swiss pairings system (i.e. 1st plays 2nd, 3rd plays 4th etc).  The app can also separate team and club mates so that they don’t play each other in the first round (nothing worse than travelling for a tournament and ending up playing the same guy you play every week at home). The event organiser can either re-draw the round (at the tap of a button) or manually assign match-ups in particular cases (for instance, if a couple of players have grudged each other for the first round.

At the moment, Best Coast Pairings assigns pairings as follows:

  • Wins (if the organiser wishes, this step can be skipped).
  • Battle Points (i.e. total from battleplan result, major victory etc and any secondary missions)
  • Points Destroyed
  • Strength of Schedule

As mentioned above, more options are coming for how pairings (and even placings) are determined by the app.

Historically, Best Coast Pairings has struggled with dealing with “soft scores” such as painting and sportsmanship. However, I understand that Best Coast Pairings are aware of the issues here and are working on developing a new system for how soft scores are recorded and handled.

The Event Rounds

The app has a customisable round time countdown clock that is displayed in both the app and the web version.  This allows players (and the TOs/judges) to easily check how long is left in each round, regardless of whether they can see the any big screens at the venue.

Player score-entry: verifiable

After each round, the players can enter their scores directly into the app.  The scores are verified by each player in the match-up (so there isn’t a risk of a mistake, unintentional or deliberate, by one of the players). This certainly saves on TO data entry between rounds.

Live updates and CSV export

All the scores are live-updated in the app so you can see the standings as they are during each round. And the event organiser can export a CSV at any point during the event (should you also want to be manipulating the data, running a back-up or doing stats as you go).

All a player’s information in one place

During the event, you can click on each player, see their list, every match-up in each round, their strength of schedule and their results throughout the event.

Results and ITC Rankings

Throughout the event, the live placings are available to see in the app.  However, should you wish to keep the suspense for the final award ceremony, an event organiser can hide the placings for the final round (or at any point before that too).

If the tournament organiser wishes, the event’s results can be submitted to the ITC Age of Sigmar player rankings.

BCP Subscription Services

Finally, I mentioned that the Best Coast Pairings app is supported by a subscription service.  So what does the subscription get you for USD$4.99/month:

  • Expanded search through the entire backlog of Best Coast Pairings events (not just those you attended or the sponsored large events)
  • Viewing of every submitted list
  • Exclusive rewards program from the Frontline Gaming store which you can redeem on discount codes in their store, or on tickets for Best Coast Pairings ticketed events.  For example, for two months of being a subscriber you get a 10% discount at the Frontline Gaming store

Further features, including a full List Search function are being added shortly.  You will be able to search for lists you want to find and see their event placings, so you can quickly see whether the fabulous list idea performed well.  Not only that, you can search for lists based on location and will be able to see the winning lists in that local meta. Want to know how the East Coast meta compares to the West Coast?  Here is your answer.


So that’s the wrap for now. Best Coast Pairings have made some exciting new changes and initiatives that will help all of us that are part of the Age of Sigmar event scene (whether as players, organisers and commentators).

If there are particular features about other apps or services, such as Tabletop TO or Warscore, get in touch and let me know.