Ard Boyz venue being dropped by GW? Please tell me it isnt so. It looks like a local FLGS was told by their GW rep that Ard Boyz is no more. North American players will be upset by this, especially in my area. Its something we looked forward to in my neck of the woods.

Until we get closer to summer and no tournament is announced, this is a rumor. Lets hope for the best, and hope GW reconsiders this. This was posted in the comment section here yesterday, and thought it deserved its own post. Thanks Cornu Mortem for keeping us up to date on what you hear.

via Cornu Mortem
Just a little news, My FLGS just got off the phone with his GW rep 'Ard Boyz is no more, rep said that they were getting too much negative feedback from players getting their face stomped at the tourney so they're stopping it. No opinion on the matter, just what the GW rep said

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  1. Yeah, heard it from the rep on Monday.

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  2. The owner of one of the 'Ard Boyz semi-finals locations posted on Dakka that it's not happening this year.

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  3. Sad to hear, it was one of the few events that you could participate in without being in the larger areas. I don't mind travelling, but I liked the idea that travelling to the semis meant you were going to get good tough games, instead of the games where you have to teach people their army.

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  4. Don't mind it at all. With the overly large (and not fun) 2500 point game size, typically bad/vague missions, and often poorly-run locations, it generally left a bad taste in my mouth. Zero comp was great, free entry, and good prize support were great, but I'll not be unhappy to see it go.

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  5. Canceled because too much negative feedback from people getting curb stomped? Uhmmmm, it's an official tournament. Of COURSE people are going to get run over by the rape train. What's next? Wizards of the Coast are going to cancel pro tour events because little Jimmy got crushed by the pro's? I imagine that the amount of negative feedback GW will receive because they're canceling Ard Boyz will be far greater than the whiners who are crying because their Hello Kitty Space Marine army got eaten by Hivefleet Overfiend.

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  6. I had often thought that the missions were poorly written but the no holds bared size of the army combined with no comp was very appealing and inclusive rather than exclusive.

    I know a few builds were... over the top (horde orks, mech guard)... however, players knew before they signed up that it was a 'meat grinder' sort of event...

    if that makes sense...

    I'll be in other corners...

    CK

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  7. Just had the rumor confirmed by the store owner in my town. He talked with his rep this morning and was told no Ard Boyz this year, they prefer to organise events that appeal to noobs and veterans alike.

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  8. when 2 people PLAY one of them usually loses
    this is untakeable for the hobby
    GW is going to FAQ this :D

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  9. The "curb stomp" excuse is lame. They cannot admit that they have no interest in putting effort into events anymore, even if it is just a web page and prize support on their end.

    The same holds true for their "tournament circuit". They are just gonna let that rot as well. I heard they might cancel Throne of Skulls this year too.

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  10. I'm going to dance if 'Ard Boyz is gone. 'Ard Boyz was hobby cancer for the American gaming scene, pushing high-point games of unprimered Rhino/Chimera parking lots. It accelerated the burnout of the set of folks who got tired of seeing "win at all costs" lists and mentalities on parade in BOLS and in various 40k forums.

    Eight or nine years ago, the Eye of Terror campaign was a big thing. I have to say I'd get a lot more hot and bothered by another global event like the 13th Black Crusade, than another year of spammy, shooty, dull as dishwater lists grinding into each other in a tournament with no context or purpose but to propagate the WAAC mentality.

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    1. I find this mentality of calling competitive players a cancer appalling. This hobby of ours is a game with models. Some people love to play the game for what it is, a game with winners and losers. Others like the modelling aspect.

      If you choose to only be apart of the fluffy side of the game, that is fantastic. We welcome you into the hobby. If you hate the "game" part of the hobby, then I am sure there are games that have no winners and losers for you out there to move to. Or you can just stick with the the collecting and modelling aspects.

      WAAC is a myth. Making a tough list, and fighting other tough lists with competitive players is alway the goal. There might be some that like to club baby seals, but a majority of the competitive players love hard fought games, whether its over beer and pretzels or in a tournament.

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    2. Have to disagree here. When People talka bout WAAC players we mean the ones who play hard, make creative rules interpritations, and club baby seals. All waac gamers are the kind of people who would flip a monopoly board if they weren't winning (which has happened to me before). Calling someone a WAAC player when they mke hard lists is appauling, but a lot of gamers called WAAC gamers are called that cause they are WAAC gamers. Sorry to disagree with you.

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  11. Could it be related to them not wanting a tournament less than a month after the new edition drops? Last years were on August 13th, and if 6th drops in July, they would still be in full promotion mode. Or are the Fantasy and LOTR ones also canceled?

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    1. This is what I am thinking. I think a national tournament right after a new addition would disasterous.

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    2. Was that not the exact case in 2008, when 5th edition came out in July of that year? This (if the June release date rumour holds true) would mean an even larger gap than then.
      It seems to me that GW is just no longer interested in hosting free anything whatsoever.

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  12. I heard the GW fired the guy that was doing 'Ard Boyz. No idea why. Wasn't there some noise about last 'Ard Boyz people cheating, purposely throwing games to allow their friend into the semi-finals?

    Stinks there will be no 'Ard Boyz this year. As you know, Natfka, I've been working hard on my Dark Eldar to play them.

    I disagree with Anon 11:48am. I find 2500pts a litmus test for army builds. Instead of knocking out one squad or a few bad die rolls tanking the game you gain the advantage of using tactics. Because of this I have won a game with only three models, two Kabalite Warrios and one Scourge, on the table.

    Guess now I have a year to work out the kinks in my army and use different models.

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  13. Mantenete questo tipo di torneo!!!!
    Non è assolutamente il caso di escludere questo torneo per delle dicerie di giocatori che hanno perso, abbia la GW la maturità di proseguire questa strada e migliorare l'evento anno dopo anno, a livello internazionale

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