Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Operation Bear 2019 - Player Pack

Operation Bear 2019

Welcome to the player pack for this year's Operation Bear Bolt Action Tournament.

Last year Operation Bear was Melbourne's largest ever Bolt Action Event and this year looks to be only bigger!

 Operation Bear 2019 will be held at Good Games Melbourne on Sunday, the 4th of August 2019.

Operation Bear continues to be a Bolt Action event aimed at providing established players with a fun, casual event that is slightly different from your stock standard wargaming event and is aimed at encouraging new players in trying out Bolt Action for the first time!

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 4th of August. 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. 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 667 points.

Given this low points level:

  - Armies cannot include free units of any kind. That includes arty observers, free squads or free squads that you get if you buy two of a similar type (see national rules).
 - Armies can have up to two armoured vehicles with armour of 7 or one armoured vehicle with armour of 8 or more.

  - Armies may not include more than three soft skinned vehicles.

  - Armies 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.

  - Forces cannot include more than one flame thrower per army

  - Tank Platoons are not allowed for this event

  - The German squad from The Western Desert Book that confers a free LMG is not allowed for this event.

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, I would recommend writing an accompanying fluff piece)
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

These awards will be spread out. Players will not be able to win more than one. If a player is eligible to win multiple awards, they will be given the choice of which one they would like and the unchosen trophy will be passed onto the next eligible player. 

As stated above, Operation Bear is a FOUR game tournament.  Each round will last roughly 90-100 minutes.  In Round 1 players will be chosen at random but grudges are possible at player request. We will be using 4 missions over the course of the day. Three will be objective based missions and one will be based on "Meeting Engagement" (where you win by "killing" more order dice than you lose). No mission in this event will allow vehicles to claim or contest objectives at all. 

Games will be played on 4X4 tables on this event!

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 bye 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

The event costs $25 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 approved PDF 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!!!

We would also like to sincerely thank Michael from Laser Shark Designs for his excellent work in helping us to have cool, laser cut trophy components and custom tournament swag!

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