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Berks Four Diamonds Winter Blast 2018

Berks Four Diamonds Winter Blast  2018 

Date: January 20th, 2018
Location: Johnny & Hon’s Steak House, Robesonia PA

Cost: $30 a player, or $60 a team, if Pre-registered by January 10th After that it is $40 a player and $80 a team. We will have room for up to 50 teams!

This is the Berks-PA Gaming Club's Team Warhammer 40K event that raises money for the Four Diamonds Fund in the support of the fight against Pediatric Cancer. 


PRE-REGISTRATION: Can be done online via PayPal to: BianconeGlobal@comcast.net you may also pay in cash in person by contacting Michael Biancone at 484-955-9368.
This is a 2-player Team event. Warhammer 40,000 8th edition rules. The most current rules, FAQ, and Codex book releases up until December 31st, 2017 will be in use. All standard Codex books, Imperial Armor and Forge World list permitted.. You need to have copies of the rules, either book, hard bound or electronic copy on a fully charged device.

**Your Team Slot will be reserved once you have pre-registered with at least 50% of the registration fee ($30). This event last year had 44 teams, we are expanding to 50...this could sell out, so book early!

This is a team event. 1500 points per player (3000 points per team) using matched play rules.

* Armies must be Battle forged and are limited to 1500 points each, must include an Army Warlord, and are limited to 2 detachments, AND those detachments MUST be different. One player can not field 2 of the same detachment. (for example: you can not field two Battalions, but you could field one Battalion and one Vanguard detachment, and so too could your team mate).

* Your team may not have more than ONE (1) of any special, unique, named characters or models.

* You and your teammate count as “ONE” army with the exception that you may not utilize each other’s transports or benefit from command re-rolls from your teammate and also benefit from other units in their army, even if they are of the same faction as yours. (7th Edition “Allies of Convenience”).

* Players may not share Command Points or re-rolls between each other.

*Each player will nominate a warlord for their army detachment.

Armies do NOT have to be fully painted, however only a fully painted army is eligible for the Players Choice award. Models MUST be fully built though. Incomplete models will NOT be permitted for play. Also, all models should be WYSIWYG (What you see is What you Get). If you are uncertain of a model or are using different models to represent something, please contact the Tournament Organizers with questions and perhaps a picture of the models in question: BerksGamingTO@yahoo.com

* Proxy Models are NOT allowed, but models do not need to be GW totally either. What that means is that you may have a custom model made up to be your warlord or a special unit, but please don’t use something blatantly wrong, like using Orks and calling them Terminators. This is especially so for the Horus Heresy armies. Please use the right models for the correct units.

* For deployment purposes, only half of EACH player's army may be held back for Deep Strike/Teleport depoloyment. Not one entire player's army. 1/2 of each players army maximum.

You should have at least 1 copy of the 8th edition rule book per team, all appropriate codexes, books and dice. PDF's and electronic formats (and copies of such) are permitted, but please have a FULLY charged electronic device with you if this is the case.



SCORING

Each mission will score up to 25 points maximum per game. We will also feature sportsmanship per game, up to 10 points maximum per game.

Player Pre-Registration ends by January 10th, 2018

REGISTRATION:


Cost: $30 per player ($60/team) pre-registered by 01/02/2014. $40 at the door (per player). Maximum number of 30-teams, (60 players)
Pre-Registration can be done online via PayPal to me (Michael Biancone) at: BianconeGlobal@comcast.net or YOU may pay in CASH ONLY at meeting locations set up by the Tournament Organizers.

Part of pre-registration is also List Submission. All ARMY LISTS need to be in by January 10th, 2018. If they are not, you and your partner will not benefit from the pre-registration discount and will have to pay the difference of $20 at the door. Submit army lists to: BerksGamingTO@yahoo.com

We will feature changes to missions that are not standard with the rules and have winter themed and unexpected twists to the games played.

We will play 3 games, with each round being 3 hours long with scheduled 30 minute breaks. Lunch and dinner will be provided with the cost of the event. If you have any dietary needs, please contact the Tournament Organizer (Michael Biancone) so that proper provisions can be made for you.
Schedule: (subject to change)
8:30-9:45- am Player Registration
* 9:45pm: Tournament Organizer Announcements and Pairings
* 10:00am-1:00 Round 1 games.
* 1:00pm-1:30pm: Break for lunch (30 min)
* 1:30pm-4:30pm: Round 2 games
* 4:30-5:00pm Break for snacks (30 min)
* 5:00pm-8:00pm Round 3 games
* 8:15pm Final Awards & Raffles




Raffle prizes will be broken down into 2 different allotments. This will keep the action going on all day long. Smaller prizes will be drawn during game 3 by our Tournament Staff. This will save time and we can simply announce winners based upon drawing raffle tickets for many of the smaller items we get donated to our event. We will save our biggest prizes for raffle draw at the end.

While there may be some minor prizes available and of course trophies, this event is intended more for fun, and as a fund raiser, will rely more upon donated prize support and divided out in a format that features basket raffles (a.k.a. Chinese auction).

The prize support will be done via Basket Raffles, but is not at all limited to war gaming or Warhammer items. In fact, any earned or purchased raffle tickets will be eligible for various other prizes that we have donated to our event. To save on time this year, players will only be able to earn bonus tickets in rounds 1 and 2. Round 3 will determine our final winners by points for additional prizes. To offset that, all players will receive bonus tickets upon registration. This will match what we used to give out in the past, and count as if everyone had won their 3rd game (in regards to the number of tickets they shall receive). Tournament, and will be available at $1 each, 6 tickets for $5, 15 tickets for $10, and 30 tickets for $20, and 85 tickets for $50 donation.

We will also have some Fun and Special recognition awards at the event, but they are still being worked out, but will be a fun way to celebrate the battles over the course of the day.

All monies raised from registration fees and raffle ticket sales will help cover the cost of the venue and expenses incurred in running the event. ALL proceeds beyond the expenses will be donated to THON in conjunction with Penn State Berks, organization #77. 
www.thon.org

My own daughter (Natalie Biancone) is going into her 8th-year cancer as a survivor, having been diagnosed with A.L.L. Leukemia back in September of 2007 at the age of 15-months old. Natalie is now a thriving 11 year old girl and we along with many other families benefited from the support of Hershey Medical Center, the Four Diamonds Fund, as well as the efforts of the Students at Penn State Dance Marathon, who have now raised over $100 million over the past 40 years for the Four Diamonds Fund.

This event allows us to give back to such a wonderful organization.





Some Penn State student may be on hand to assist our staff with running the event as well. For those who do not know the full story, As Tournament Organizer (Michael Biancone), my daughter Natalie was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in 2007 when she was just 15 months old. Thanks to the Four Diamonds Foundation, the specialist and social workers they employ as well as the money raised by the students at Penn State University, my daughter was treated and cured of her cancer. The Four Diamonds Foundation helped cover medical expenses that families insurance does not cover as well as provide many other benefits including specialists, counseling, cancer research as well as support for the families who have to contend with such tragedies.

More information on the Four Diamonds Foundation and the Penn State Dance marathon can be found here at : 
www.thon.org

For information about my daughter Natalie Biancone and her battle and victory against cancer, you are welcome to visit her website and read up on her journal: 
www.caringbridge.org/visit/natalieb1

SPONSORS FOR BERKS WINTER BLAST 2018:
1 1up Collectibles
The Vault
Owl Central Games
KR Multi-case
Kromlech
Secret Weapon Miniatures
Modelbahn Otts, hobby shop
AA comics, Lebanon PA
Hooked On Comics, Myerstown, PA
* Portable Warfare
***Geeky Jerseys (pending)
* Fear This Kustoms
* Laser Terrain company

* Techtonic Craft Studios
* Dicehead Games


additional FAQ:

* For Army Deployment, only up to  half of EACH player's army may be  held in reserve, so both players of a team must still have 1/2 of their army deployed.

* No team may field 2 of the same "named" character.   Only one Vulkan He'stan per team.   ect.

* 30K and Horus Heresy is not allowed because they do not have 8th edition rules yet.

* Armies can be the same type, but will still count as separate armies as far as allies go on the same team.


We will be adding sponsors to our list, and if you know of anyone or your club would like to sponsor our event with any prizes, please let us know. This is all for a great cause.

Spring Brings Fun, Apocalypse, and Berks Spring Assault 8!

We wrapped up an amazing Berks Winter Blast tournament raising $1616.00 for the Four Diamonds Fund!    This money contributed with Penn State Berks benefiting THON and helped the commonwealth campus place 3rd in money raised compared with all the other commonwealth campuses of Penn State.    As a whole, this year THON raied over $10 million for the Four Diamonds Fund!

This brings us into Spring events for the club.    As players continue to have fun with Warhammer 40K and Star Wars X-wing still being our most popular games, others are delving into more Role Playing Games, and other table top games such as Infinity, Bolt Action, and Flames of War.

On March 18th, a Saturday, the Berks club will be hosting a birthday Apocalypse Bash for Ethan Biancone, son of the club President (Michael Biancone...and the author of this blog).   Ethan requested to host a battle similar to the Fall of Cadia as presented in the book of the same name.   We have some older donated terrain that should be suitable for a Cadian Gate.   We are planning a Themed battle with forces allied with the Imperium defending against Abbadon the Despoiler and his Black Crusade.  Ethan will take the mantle of General Ursar Creed of Cadia.

Details are available on our facebook page.   Players attending are asked to contribute $5 towards some fun prizes and also to play armies tied in with the theme, and also, if possible, have their armies painted, or at least something on them so they are not base, bald grey.

Of course, April 22nd brings our 8th Annual Berks Spring Assault!     We are very excited to host this event once again.    Due to a change in date and venue, we are only able to host the Warhammer 40K events this year.    Our original date had to be moved due to Free Comic Book Day, which affected some of our staff members and sponsors.     The new date forced us to abandon the original venue of the 4H-community center we used last year, but we are able to go back to Jonny & Hon's Smokehaus in Robesonia!

This venue was excellent for Winter Blast, and since we feature our events with catered food, their food is fantastic.   Our vegan players loved their options and of course, having a cash bar on hand with great staff made for a wonderful time.

Like all of our main Berks Events, this event is tied in to a fund raiser again.   We are supporting the Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF), as we have  had many of our friends in the gaming field face Lymphoma cancer.  Some have survived, and some we have lost, and in their honor, we continue to support the LRF in hopes of a cure and while the battle rages on, we support our Cancer Warriors as best as we can.

Berks Spring Assault 8 will feature two simultaneous tournaments this year for Warhammer 40K.   The first is the BSA-Classic, a 1000-point tournament with restrictions.   This year we are having some fun with a modified highlander format that will allow you to use 2 sources to build your army.

For those looking for something bigger, we offer the BSA-Unleashed: 2500 points of pure 7th edition fun.   In this format, nothing is taboo.   All armies, codexes, Imperial Armor, Forge World, Horus Heresy,.....bring it all.  

Both events have a fee of $35 this year ($5 cheaper from last year due to a less expensive venue).   This includes lunch and dinner and of course the opportunity to win any of thousands of dollars of raffle prizes that we feature at our events.  

Space is limited to 72 total players on the venue.

Details to Berks Spring Assault are available for download here:   BSA-8 Rules.

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