Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Operation Bear Player Pack


Operation Bear

A Melbourne based, 3 game
1111 point, Bolt Action Event
 Operation Bear will be held at Good Games Melbourne on Sunday, the 1st of July 2018. 

Welcome to the Operation Bear player pack! 

Operation Bear is a Bolt Action event aimed at encouraging new players to play the great game that is Bolt Action and to provide established players with a fun, casual event that is slightly different from your stock standard wargaming event. 

Good Games
Level 1, 365 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000
(03) 9670 0102

Contact Information:
For more information, to submit an army list and for registration information please email Brad at:  whatisabattle(at)gmail (dot) com

Please be on time for this event. Registration opens at 9:15 AM on the 1st of July. Games will begin at 9:30 AM. 

Army Lists:
Given that this event is geared towards fun, inclusive play and that it is designed to welcome newer players to Melbourne's Bolt Action scene, I have fairly high standards for listing for this event. As a result I will be rather draconian with list submissions, though there are no units restrictions for this event, outside of the fun ones listed below, I would like to emphasise that this is an fun, casual event. 

I would like to encourage people to experiment and play with lists that are fun to play with and to play against. This is NOT a win at all costs event. The TO reserves the right to ask players to resubmit army lists that are considered... perhaps "too hard" for the spirit of the event. 

If you are unsure, please ask. 

  • All armies for this event should be no larger than 1111 points. 
  • Forces must be made up using the generic reinforced platoons rules and armies CANNOT contain more than one platoon. That is right, your army has to be one and only one platoon. 
  • To give players variety given these restrictions, players may choose one bonus unit from one of the 0-1 restricted units in a generic platoon but this bonus unit cannot duplicate an entry already in the list.

For example: You could not take dual GAZ AA trucks in a list because they would be duplicates.
You could take a medium and a heavy mortar on the other hand as they are different units. 
You could not take a Tiger one with a pintle MMG and a Tiger 1 without a pintle MMG as these are the same unit with a different option added on. If you have any questions. Please ask.

Please make sure that you are familiar with the most up to date rules FAQ PDF available (for free) from the Warlord Games Website.

Please email them to: whatisabattle(at)gmail (dot) com

Given the purpose of the event, we will have 9 trophies on offer at this event. Most of these have nothing to do with winning games on the tabletop, that is intentional. That said, there will be plenty of prizes in addition to this that players will be eligible to win. Prizes will be randomly drawn after the trophies have been handed out.

Best Sportsman (for the player that folks most liked playing)
Best Painted Army (as determined by players in the event)
Best Themed Army (as determined by the TO, if your army has a theme make sure this is communicated to the TO)
Hobby Hero (For next level conversions, painting and theming combined... The total package)
Best New Player (You are eligible for this if this is your 1st or 2nd ever Bolt Action Event)
Bolt Action Badass (For the player that takes a list that bucks the meta and avoids the obvious efficient units). 
1st Place

2nd Place
3rd Place

As stated above, Operation Bear is a three game tournament.  Each round will last 2 hours.  In Round 1 players will be chosen at random but grudges are possible at player request. We will be using 3  missions over the course of the day. Two will be objective based missions and one will be based on "Meeting Engagement" (where you win by "killing" more order dice than you loose).

This is shaping up to be Melbourne's largest Bolt Action event ever. Because of this, as a TO, I will be not be playing as a "gumby" if we have an odd number of players. I will endeavour to have a gumby army on the day if we need one but if this is not possible, a buy might be necessary. Should a player end up with a buy, they will receive the points as though they had won the round. As a TO, I will not be entering or be eligible to win any prizes or awards at this event.

To submit an army list and for registration information please email Brad at:  whatisabattle(at)gmail (dot) com

We are almost entirely sold out at this point. If you would like to play, please contact Brad prior to sending money.

The event costs $20 which must be paid via PayPal prior to the event to hold your place.

For this event you will need:
   Warlord order dice (rounded edges preferred) and enough six sided dice to play the game
   3, 40mm circular objective markers
   A tape measure
   The rulebook and relevant “Armies of…” book or list
   Pin markers
   A pen and/or a pencil
   3 print outs of your army list
   An appropriate dice bag

We would like to thank our incredibly generous sponsors for this event:

 The War and Peace gang have once again generously provided prize support this tournament.  As the Australian distributor of Warlord games products they have a great selection of product AND have a super friendly and helpful staff that love to "talk shop."  Give them a call or check them out online:

We would also like to express our thanks to Warlord Games for writing such a great game system (Bolt Action) and for consistently providing great prize support for our events.  Thanks guys!!!

Knights of Dice are the makers of fantastic quality MDF terrain, figure cases and coloured acrylic tokens. We highly recommend that you check out their online shop for the bits and pieces you need to make your gaming tables look absolutely fantastic! 

Looks for their fantastic terrain gracing the tabletop at this event!