This year, I will be attending the April 29th-May 4th Valhalla gaming event just outside Salt Lake City. Blue Table Painting was gracious enough to invite myself and my wife as guests, and this morning I confirmed that I will be going.

For those that do not know, Valhalla is the ultimate gaming vacation. Its 28,000 sq ft of a resort lodge overlooking the Deer Creek Reservoir about 20 minutes outside Park City Utah. The entire lodge is reserved for the event, and everything is included (food, transportation).


Of course what do you do for 6 days? Play games of course. I will be bringing my 40k either Grey Knights or Dark Eldar (if I can get all those metal hooked raiders there without damage). So for 6 days I will be videoing, playing 40k, occasionally speaking to the wife (hopefully she reads this part), and talking shop (40k rumors and news). Did I mention there is a pool, sauna, lake, food, trails, and more?

Speaking about my wife, she will be joining for a couple days, after all the fresh air and relaxing atmosphere of this place is going to be fantastic.

I want to thank Shawn (the owner) and Blue Table Painting for inviting me to come out to the Spring Valhalla. I know it will be a blast.


Here is a bit from Blue Table Painting on what the event is all about.

If you have any questions or wish to purchase a ticket contact bluetablepainting@gmail.com or phone 801 372 8545

Airport is Salt Lake City (SLC), or Provo, UT. The Train Station is in Provo. The location is about twenty minutes out of Park City. The lodge overlooks Deer Valley Reservoir, a small lake in the mountains. Witt’s Lake is also nearby.

We cater to Warhammer Fantasy and 40K, War Machine and other notable systems. Between guests and staff there are plenty of people to play almost whatever type of game you like.

Dates
April 29 to May 4
August 26-31
October 21-26
Monday 3pm to Saturday 8pm.

You don’t have to have to have an army, we can usually provide a studio army, or create a special commission for you- available for pickup at the event.

Book your air travel into the Salt Lake City airport (SLC) or Provo airport for Frontier Airlines. The local train station is Provo.

Tickets
Tickets available on our webstore. You can also make special payment arrangements or ask any questions at bluetablepainting@gmail.com.

A ticket gets you the room for the six days (five nights), as much food as you can eat, event, and some limited transportation. We make a few airport runs the start day and the end day so you don’t usually need a rental car.

Event Pass Find your own lodging, but eat and play with us. All events, meals and on-site amenities are included.
Shuttles to and from Zermatt resort in Midway TBA. So, you can buy and event pass which is everything except lodging, you stay at a local location of your choosing. Zermatt is a great place for this. It is 15 minutes away from the lodge. Zermatt Youtube channel.

Drop Pod This gets you a single or larger bed, probably in a two or four-bed room with one, two or three other gamers. We put you in the best place that’s open.
Captain or Master Single or Double-occupancy, 1 Queen or King bed, luxury accommodations. This includes food and lodging for up to two people.
Common Areas
There will be plenty of wargaming tables all set with lavish terrain. There is also a game room with a billiards table, or similar games. Goodies to be had at any time you like. Want to come out at 3am and make a plate stacked with delectables? Go on ahead! (just be sure to have your robe on!).
Tickets do not include airfare. Some transportation is provided gratis; we’re making a few pickups at the airport and train station and may be running shuttles from the lodge to Park City.

Food
Food is an important part of Valhalla. We serve three meals a day plus extras and snacks. You don’t have to purchase this, it’s part of the ticket.
Gaming Events
Over the four days we offer a variety of custom terrain to play on, rotated in according to the needs of the guests. We are emphasizing friendly play. The boards will be world-class and with plenty of space to move around.
Painted armies only. You don’t need to have an army, you can use a house army if you want. We bring up a variety of armies.

We will have other games available such as Space Hulk, Necromunda, Game of Thrones (for example). All painted up of course. While initial events are geared to 40K or Fantasy, there is no reason not to play some of the others as well. We will have studio armies available for use (no charge of course) for casual play. The plan is to have all sorts of games up there. A lot.

We are interested in doing something different than a typical tournament where a small handful of people come out on top. We would prefer to do a spectacle with an element of storytelling. The various table represent key battlefields on a particular planet.

Prepared Armies
Bring your own army to the event if you’d like. (That will be the normal thing.) Also, you can have your army created by BTP in advance and ready for you to use at the tournament. We have studio armies as well, limited quantity, for common use.

There are more videos and information over at Blue Table Painting
http://bluetablepainting.com/valhalla/







7 Comments:

  1. THAT IS VALHALLA!

    My brother owns a large cabin in Tahoe, that is full of tv's, gaming tables and anything a guy could ever need. But I dont think that could beat this. Lucky man.

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  2. This looks awesome. I think I'll be leading an expedition myself. (I've already called two friends)

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  3. Haha I have to agree-- That really is Valhalla!! Glorious battle day and night. If your army falls on one field then you simply come back to fight again on a different field :) warms my viking heartstrings. I live in Salt Lake City so I am going to try to see if I can go- But it looks like it may be crazy pricy! All food included and other stuff to do in a big awesome lodge? for a week or whatever it was? I hope there are just 1 day tickets and whatnot-maybe I missed them when I was quick reading the article but thats probably the most I could do.

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    1. I dont know about single day passes. I would imagine you would have to contact Blue Table Painting to see if there is something like that.

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  4. WOW, Great location, Everything provided. That really sounds like Valhalla. Wish I was in the US.

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  5. Not going to lie, that seems kind of cool... but the prices seem incredibly steep. How expensive exactly IS Utah? I've never been.

    But for the single queen sleeper, I can spend 8 days, 7 nights in Cancun at an all inclusive (with 'top-shelf' [as considered here at regular American bars] alcohol), with as many meals/room service as I desire.

    For people who wouldn't mind sharing a room, it seems like a GOOD deal though! But I've helped run tournaments, I don't think I would want to share a room with any of you smelly people... Would have to go with a group of friends.

    Looks like fun though, regardless. I think people snagging up the single beds get the best bang for the buck!

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  6. Looks sick. I am planning on getting tickets for the October event.

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