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Berks Four Diamonds Winter Blast 2017!

Berks Four Diamonds Winter Blast 2017.

When? January 21, 2017 Doors open 9:00am. First dice by 10:00am

Where? Jonny & Hons Smokehaus, 924 W. Penn Ave, Robesonia PA 19551

What? Team Warhammer 40K Tournament & Fund raiser that supports the fight against Pediatric Cancer.

How much? Cost is $30 a player, $60/team and includes lunch and dinner served buffet style all day long. ALL prizes are raffle prizes awarded throughout the day and all proceeds after expenses benefit the Four Diamonds Fund with Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Penn State Berks (Org #77).

PRE-REGISTER: Contact Michael Biancone in person, on facebook (SteelThunderMike) or you can pay via Pay Pal at: In order for your team to be officially registered, ½ of the team payment must be in. The rest of payment is Due by January 10th. Any teams not fully paid by January 10th may be bumped off for other teams on the waiting list willing to get in. For now, we are opening up to 30 teams. (60 players). We may consider opening more, but space is limited.

This is a Warhammer 40K Team Tournament that benefits the Four Diamonds Fund and the fight against Pediatric Cancer. (details on THON and Natalie and such will be filled in later).

This is our Fifth year running this event!   To date we have raised over $5000 in the past four years for our charity and hope this year to expand that total by a lot more!

Players will each field a 1000 point army list following the standard rules for 7th edition of Warhammer 40,000. Lists may be Battleforged or Unbound. There will be minimal restrictions in place for this event. All current army codex books and published lists in effect up to Date of December 21, 2016. This also includes Imperial Armor, Forge World and Horus Heresy books.

* Players are required to have at least 1 rulebook per team as well as all necessary Codex books and army supplements. These can be photocopies, PDFs, and electronic versions, but must all be accessible for opponents to view.

* GW has released the new FAQ & Erratta as Official. As such, the new rules will be in effect for this event!

* Players need to have dice, templates and 5 copies of their army list. Hard copies needed to hand to your opponents! Army lists MUST be emailed in to the Tournament Organizers by January 15th for review and approval. Email army lists to:

* Each individual army will be limited to a maximum of 3-factions (including allied detachments)

* One Super-heavy Lord of War, Single Gargantuan Creature, or Primarch per 2-player Team.

* One fortification allowed per player. Exception: Fortifications with the “Mighty Bulwark” special rule are limited to 1 per 2-player team.

* If you field a 30K-Horus Heresy era army, your entire 1000 point list must be from that series/format. (No mixing of 30K and 40K in the same list. However a team could consist of one 30K army and one 40K army).

* The 2 player’s armies of a team will count as Allies of Convenience. No sharing of powers/benefits.

* There are no restrictions on what armies may team with another. And yes, you can also team up with an identical Codex if you wish. It is possible to go Ork/Ork in this event.

* During the Psychic Phase, players will roll off 1D6 only for their combined team. Total dice will then be determined by the dice roll and the combined total of all psyker levels from all units from both teammate’s armies.

* All games will be played on a 4’x6’ table.

* Players will play 3 full games of Warhammer 40K by the current 7th edition rules. * GW has released the new FAQ & Erratta as Official. As such, the new rules will be in effect for this event!

* Missions will feature winter style effects and themes. Some missions and rules may be “non-standard” from regular play, and are intended to create a fun and themed format.

* Armies do not have to be fully painted, but models MUST be fully assembled. Incomplete models will not be permitted. Models should also be WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get). However, we will be understanding if you glued something specific to a vehicle or some large model. But nothing using an Ork as a Terminator, or a plasma pistol as a Lascannon.

* Customized models and armies are encouraged. If you are unsure how a certain model may be perceived or want to use something special for a “counts as” model, just contact us at and we will do our best to get back to you with an answer.

***Detachment options from DEATH FROM THE SKIES will be allowed but we will continue to be using rules for flyers in the standard 40k rulebook, so new special rules such as break turns and air superiority will not be in effect. The flyer combat role rules will only be used to determine special bonuses granted by attack patterns. All flyers will be able to chose to skyfire or fire normally regardless of their combat role. This is done to try to minimize any discrepancies between the two rule sets with each other as not everyone has access to this book yet.

Death From the skies attack patterns, wing leaders, formations and the air superiority detachments will be allowed.

Dog fighting will be allowed only if both teams agree to the dog fight, and if both teams have access to the dogfighting rules. Dog fighting cannot be forced and is being included only to add extra fun to the game if both sides agree

* Players will receive bonus tickets for their raffles for signing up. We will allow you to earn additional tickets during games 1 and 2. After game 2, we will stop ticket sales. Players will get bonus tickets in the beginning as if they had won game 3. We are then going to pull the raffle tickets during Game 3, with the exception of special prizes (most valued $100 or more will be drawn live). This will allow us to cut out a major time snag for us and get the event moving smoother.

* Tickets will be available $1 each, six for $5, 15 for $10, 30 for $20, and 85 tickets for $50. These are strictly optional, no one is required to purchase any additional tickets, but the additional proceeds supports our charity.

The Four Diamonds Fund: is a charity developed in conjunction with Penn State Hershey Medical Center by the Millard family, who lost their son to Cancer 40+ years ago. The Fund has grown and is supported by students at Penn State University, who hold an amazing 46-hour no sitting, no sleeping dance marathon in February each year, celebrating all of their fund raising efforts for the year, called: THON.

My own daughter, Natalie Biancone, became our benefactor for this foundations support back in 2007 when she was only 16 months old and diagnosed with A.L.L. Leukemia. Natalie spent 2 ½ years battling her cancer, and with the help of THON, the Four Diamonds Foundation, the medical staff at Hershey Hospital and the caring and support of the students at Penn State Berks Campus, Natalie not only survived, but thrived and kicked cancer’s butt. Natalie is now looking at being 7-years cancer free as of December 19th. She is 10 years old now and in 5th grade, and just recently made Honor Roll at Conrad Weiser Middle School. This is huge for Natalie, because for years she was in IEP’s for extra learning because she missed a big part of her key developmental years (18 months to 3 ½ years old) with her battle with Cancer. Natalie is involved in Cheerleading, Girl Scouts and loves horseback riding.
Now that Natalie is healthy, there are many others who need our help. So in one of our ways to give back to this amazing organization, we pulled our friends together and came up with the idea of the Winter Blast tournament. Your dollars will help with not just Cancer Research, but will directly help families deal with the financial burden that comes with a child fighting cancer. The Four Diamonds Fund helps cover medical expenses, provides direct support to families at the hospital as well as counseling, therapy, and various specialists for both the children patients as well as their families. It truly is an amazing organization, and we proudly volunteer our time speaking on their behalf several times a year.

Berks Four Diamonds Winter Blast is a fun winter-themed event designed to bring together those who enjoy our hobby of Warhammer 40,000 and celebrate our fun in support of an amazing charity that is very near and dear to us. As a tournament Organizer, I, Michael Biancone, strive to work with my partner Darryl Hartman in coming up with ideas and formats that are both challenging yet fun and entertaining for our gaming community as a whole. This hobby has changed so much in the most recent years, and we are trying our best to keep up with those changes, but still try to keep this event as a friendly event. Please keep that in mind when building your army lists, as those lists that may be too competitive could possibly cost you a few points when it comes to overall sportsmanship. This is a charity event. There are no big prizes to win. All the prizes are done by Basket Raffles. You can only win a $5 trophy. It is means that much to you to win that little trophy, than build your big bad army list and go for it.


Players will receive a number of raffle tickets for signing up, as well as the opportunity to purchase more tickets at the event. Players will also have chances to earn more tickets during the first 2 games of the event. In an effort to conserve time, all players will receive bonus tickets instead of earning tickets for game 3. This will allow tournament staff to pull raffle drawings during game 3 while players are finishing up their games, and save us a bunch of time. Only major prizes valued over $100 will be drawn after game 3.

* 1Up collectibles
* The Vault , Kutztown PA
* Owl Central Games
* Kromlech
* KR Multicase
* Cloud City Games

* TerranScapes
* Frontline Gaming
* Scorched Earth Terrain
* Chessex

Please check back frequently for updates.

Berks Spring Assault 7 !!!

Well, here we are approaching April 16, 2016 for what will be Berks Spring Assault 7!

With the games and hobbies growing as they are, so too do our events and rules to cover them.   This year we continue with two options for the Warhammer 40,000 players with our 1000 point BSA-Classic format played on 4x4 boards, and our 2500 point BSA-Unleashed for those who want to play with larger toys.

Also this year we have added Star Wars X-Wing from Fantasy Flight Games and some of our club members will also be hosting an Infinity campaign as well.      So read up and check out the rules for the game you want to play.      Lunch is included in price of admission and of course we feature many raffle prizes so that everyone has a chance to go home with something nice.

Berks Spring Assault 7!
Date: April 16, 2016
Location: 1238 County Welfare Road, Suite 110
Berks County Ag Center, Leesport, PA 19533-9709 (Large tan colored structure in rear)
Time: Doors open to the public at 9:00 a.m. Events will start at 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Here we go! The Berks-PA Gaming Club presents to you our 7th time of running Berks Spring Assault! As our gaming community grows, so too do our event. This year we have been working hard to give our fellow gamers a great experience for a large one-day event by giving our guest three different options to enjoy themselves this year!

Like all of our major events, BSA7 will offer a variety of raffle prizes available in addition to the main prizes associated with each event. These are simply additional awards so that even the newest gamer, with the worst record still has a chance to leave with something nice. Also, this event will be catered and lunch will be provided in with the cost of your ticket. So if you have any dietary concerns, please notify the Tournament Organizers so that we can accommodate you as needed.


* BSA-Classic: 1000 point Warhammer 40,000 tournament with a very restricted format. This year we are going with a Highlander format, where you may only have one of any particular unit. There will be Gift Certificate prizes for the top finishers, just has we have done in the past for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and Best Sportsman, as well as chances to earn additional raffle tickets.

* BSA-Unleashed: a 2500 point Warhammer 40,000 tournament with a much more open format. Lords of War will be permitted and this event will feature both battle forged and unbound armies. This will be 3-rounds of large scale battles. Warhammer 40K, 7th edition with no restrictions. Lords of War, Allied detachments, formations, Imperial Armor/Forge World, and Horus Heresy (30K) all permitted. Store Gift Certificate awards for the top finishers in 1st, 2nd, 3rd place as well as Best Sportsman as well as chances to earn additional raffle tickets.

* Berks Spring Assault/X-wing: Yes, we are featuring a Star Wars X-wing tournament using Fantasy Flight’s X-wing Game. Prizes for this event will be provided by 1-Up Collectibles and Fantasy Flight Games. This will be a 100 point event, with more details to come.

* Berks-PA Gaming Club basket raffles: to keep in the fun and good spirit of our events, we feature a number of raffle prizes for our guests. Players will be given tickets for registering, and can purchase additional tickets at the venue to win more prizes. Some games may also feature “bonus achievements” for players to earn additional tickets each round.

* INFINITY: CAMPAIGN GAMES & DEMONSTRATIONS: Scott Yanos will be hosting some games of Infinity and also remain on hand for demonstrations as well for any interested parties. Cost for Infinity campaign is $20

* BSA-Classic 1000 point Warhammer 40K Highlander event: $40 Pre-registration ($50 at the door)

* BSA-Unleashed 2500 Warhammer 40K: $40 Pre-registration ($50 at the door)

* X-wing event: $20 Pre-registration. ($30 at the door)

* Infinity Campaign Games: $20 Pre-registration ($30 at the door)


* Please note that in order to qualify as pre-registered for the discounted price, both your payment must be in full, AND your army list MUST be submitted by the deadline. If you do not submit your army list in time for the Tournament Organizers to review it, you will pay full price at the door. Army lists need to be filled out on the Berks Detachment sheet and emailed in to Tournament Organizers.

Army lists should be submitted to the following email by April 11th, 2016 to:


Warhammer 40K Detachment Sheet

Please only 1 detatchment per sheet, if using multiple detatchments you will need to submit all of them together at the same time

This pdf is able to be filled via computer or smartphone (make sure to have the latest version of your reader!) or can be neatly handwritten.

* Tee Shirts:
Tee-shirts will be available for pre-order as well. You may order a T-shirt with your registration, and we will need your size. We may have some extras on hand at the time of the event, but we cannot guarantee that. It is best to order one ahead of time to ensure we have your size. Our color this year is Purple (in accordance with the 7th company Space Marines armor trim and our 7th year running this event). T-shirts are $10 each, unless you need 2XL or bigger, than they are $13 each.

---The deadline for T-shirt orders will be March 28th, 2016.

***All money for pre-registration should be done via Paypal to:

You may also pay in cash if you see Michael Biancone or Darryl Hartman Jr in person, or at 1-Up Collectibles, (CASH Only!). Keep posted to Berks pages to see where we may be out in public.

You will also find the links on our club blog site:

1000 BSA Classic Format:

Highlander format: Only 1 of each codex entry may be taken when building an army. You will engage in 4 games of Warhammer 40K, with a 2-hour time limit per game. You are required to have 6 copies of your army list. One for you, one for judges, and one to hand out to each of your 4 opponents. Players are expected to have rule books, codex, dice, tape measure and templates needed to play, as well as models. Models do NOT have to be painted, but must be fully constructed and need to be WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get). You have a space marine with a missle launcher? Good use one, do not substitute an ork with a rocket for it.

MANDITORY! Highlander Detachment using the Berks 40k detachment sheet (other formats and programs are fine for reference but this is the only format acceptable for list submission)

Army Construction: 1 faction only. All units have a 250 point maximum cap. Note that dedicated transports count as separate units from the unit they belong to. You are only permitted to use up to 1 Forge World/Imperial Armor model or unit. No Horus Heresy rules allowed.

No duplicate units permitted. Highlander means “There can only be one”. That means dedicated transports, troops, and such, you are only permitted ONE of each unit type. Squadrons may fit as many vehicles as they can into the 250 point cap, but you only get 1 squadron.

0-1 HQ
1+ troops. (0+ troops for Inquisition and Harlequin armies)
0-3 Elite
0-3 Fast Attack
0-3 Heavy Support
0-1 Fortification

• 0-1 Forge World models: These would count towards your normal unit allotment. You are permitted only 1 unit from Forge World/Imperial Armor books.

• Demonic Summoning must also follow this format: of only 1 of each unit and no summoned unit may be worth more than 250 points. (if you have 1 on the board you cannot summon another and must summon something different)

• Invisibility (Telepathy psychic discipline): Works as following: Opposing models are considered to be BS:1 and WS:1 when targeting units shielded by Invisibility. They can be targeted by blast templates.

• There will be NO forced crashing of flying units. If a flyer is unable to move a full 18” due to something like a stunned effect (Velocity Locked) result, and that movement would put them over another unit or into impassable terrain, the flyer will simply be moved the minimal distance required to position the model appropriately.

* ASTRA MILITARUM & Miltarum Tempestus: An Infantry Platoon taken as a troop choice would have to stay to the bare minimum of units: i.e: Infantry Command, 2 squads of guardsmen (no more), and you could still take a heavy weapons team and one special weapons team.

****For armies with very few selections, such as Militarum Tempestus, you must fill ALL other available slots. Once you have done that, then, can you duplicate a troop unit, and only troops units can be duplicated once all elite, fast and heavy support options are filled. A good example of this is Militarum Tempestus, who only have a Lord commissar or command squad as HQ choice, Taurox Prime as dedicated transport (can only take 1), Valkarie as fast attack, and Tempest Scions as the only troop choice. So after all of those slots are taken, a second Scion and third Scion squad may be taken to fill up the 1000 points.

**Void Shield Generator: Creates a 12" bubble. ONLY models within the 12 inches get the protection. Models not inside the 12" Void Shield Zone are NOT protected.

20 Possible Battle Points per round, 4 rounds
10 possible Sportsmanship per round, Player Judged, 4 rounds
3 Possible Favorite Player points, Player Judged
12 Possible Painting points, Staff Judged
5 Possible Composition/Fluff points. Staff Judged. ----give us a write up, a story or a paragraph explaining your army, their background, and make it entertaining!

140 Total Possible Points for the event

2500 BSA Unleashed

2500 point limit using the Berks 40k detachment sheet (other formats and programs are fine for reference but this is the only format acceptable for list submission). You will play in 3-games of Warhammer 40K, with a 3-hour time limit per game.

Battle forged and Unbound Legal. Bring it all. Warhammer 40K, formations, Stronghold assault, Forge World, Imperial Armour, Horus Heresy, its all legal in this format. Models do not need to be painted, but do need to be fully constructed and also should be WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get). And please do not bring paper or cardboard constructed models. They won’t be permitted. If you are unsure of a model, please submit a photo to for us to review.

All Games Workshop and Forge World Publications are Legal including Horus Heresy but please have a physical copy of any rules you need with you! (Copies, print outs and PDF scans are fine). If using electronic devices, please make sure that they are fully charged.

30 Possible Battle Points per round, 4 rounds
10 possible Sportsmanship per round, Player Judged, 4 rounds
3 Possible Favorite Player points, Player Judged
153 total Possible Points for the event

Star Wars X-Wing Tournament

Berks is offering our first Star Wars X-wing tournament here at Berks Spring Assault. This event will follow the latest rules by Fantasy Flight Games and their latest Errata and FAQ’s.

Players will build a 100 points force based upon one of three factions: Imperial, Rebel Alliance, or Scum & Villainy. All standard rules for FFG games will be in effect. Please check out their tournament pages on their website for details. Game play will be at least 4 games of X-wing played at 75 minute turns.

Players should have 5 copies of their roster. Players should also have attack and defense dice, movement templates, shooting template, full damage deck, and all necessary models and templates and bases for their ships.

Tournament will be Swiss parings as in accordance with the main FFG rules for X-wing. Scoring will be by the FFG rules packet. 5 points for a win, 3 points for modified win, 1 point for draw, and 0 points for a loss. Margin of victory will play part as tie breaker. We will also feature a best sportsman award for the most favorite player.

Prizes will be from both Fantasy Flight Games and 1-Up Collectibles.

More Details to come.


Once again we present the Golden Grot painting competition. Every year we like players to feature their hard work at model building and painting. We ask that players only submit models that they themselves have actually painted, and not something that they purchased or hired someone to paint for them.

We have 3 categories for artists to compete in. We ask that they set their models up in a display area for everyone to view. We have a panel of judges on our staff who have been selected to do the voting. Top winners will earn a special prize to be determined. We also ask that players who have won in the past, submit new entries and not something they entered last year.

The categories are: Individual models. Squad/vehicle/large creature/squadron. And the last category is Large Model/Super heavy models/dioramas

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