The Horse Lords Tournament has started!

The Horse Lords Tournament has started! May the Gods have mercy of the warriors who will fall in battle.

If you wish to see the list of participants and discover who might be the champion to defeat, check this page.

Also, which nation involved is your favourite? (Avar! Avar! Avar!)

The general tournament rules can be found here:

http://www.slitherine.com/tournaments/rules.asp?aPage=1&filterStatus=

 

Specific tournament rules:

This tournament will involve three rounds. The battles will be medium-sized custom battles.  Note that the Parthian, Sassanid and Kushan lists were all given a significant makeover in the v1.4.7 patch.

Round 1: 167 BC. Parthian invasion of Graeco-Bactrian Kingdom. Parthian (250 BC-225 AD) vs Graeco-Bactria (250-130 BC). Middle-Eastern Agricultural.

Round 2: 225 AD. Sassanid invasion of Kushan Empire. Sassanid Persian (224-349 AD) vs Kushan (130 BC-476 AD). Middle-Eastern Agricultural.

Round 3: 582 AD. Avar invasion of the Balkans. Avar (558-631 AD) vs Byzantine (579-599 AD). Mediterranean Agricultural.

Games are paired, so each matchup will be played both ways. Each player will be able to choose his forces using the normal force selection system. In each round, all players will be playing on the same randomly generated map for both games.

First round pairings will be selected randomly, subsequent rounds using the Swiss Chess system. Nobody will play the same opponent in more than one round.

The scoring system is as follows:

·         If a game runs to the turn limit, each side scores points equal to the enemy % routed at the turn limit. If the game times out, adjustments may be made, depending on how far the game has progressed and who took longer over their turns – see below.

·         If one army breaks, the victorious player scores 60 points plus the difference between the enemy % routed and his own % routed. The loser scores points equal to the winner’s % routed.

Examples:

1) If Ben defeats Tamas’s army, and has inflicted 45% routed on Tamas, and Tamas has inflicted 15% on Ben, Ben will score 60 + (45 – 15) = 90, Tamas will score 15.

2) However, if Ben defeated Tamas’s army by inflicting 62% routed on Tamas, and Tamas had inflicted 56% routed on Ben, Ben would get 60 + (62 – 56) = 66 points, and Tamas would get 56.

3) If the game is unfinished (or it reached the turn limit) with Ben inflicting 20% routed on Tamas, and Tamas inflicting 10% routed on Ben, Ben would score 20, and Tamas would score 10. (Provided that between them they have played at least 24 turns in all – see below).

Note that this system rewards aggressive play over desultory skirmishing. If you rout an enemy unit then hide for the rest of the game, both players will get extremely low scores – lower than if they played hard and lost.

Byes:

If an odd number of players sign up for the tournament, one player will get a bye in each round. In the first round this is random. In subsequent rounds it will be the player with the lowest score. The score for a BYE is 75 points for each game.

Round times and timing out:

Each round will last 14 days.

Any battles that are not completed by the end of the round will be timed out. The player who has had the game in his “My Turns” box the longest overall will be the one who is deemed to be timed out. This will not normally incur any penalties, unless insufficient turns have been played: If the timed-out player has played less than 12 turns, his score will be reduced proportionately, and his opponent will be granted the BYE score if it exceeds his current score. If the timed-out player has played less than 6 turns, he will not be included in the draw for the next round. This is to prevent someone else’s enjoyment being spoiled by being drawn against someone who has apparently dropped out of the tournament.

Field of Glory II – The Decline of an Empire (AAR)

Have you already read this thrilling Field of Glory II narrated AAR featuring the last attempts of the Western Roman Empire to preserve its sovereignty? Kudos to user A Human Being  for such nice work!

From the AAR description:

“A narrative centered on the Field of Glory II shuffle battles, being made in custom battles that are not part of the campaign, focused on fictional events but with real macro events from the end of the life of the Emperor Majorian until the end of the Western Roman Empire. Accompanying the plot of Domitian Natta, and his commanders in the face of this decline.”

Here’s below a little taste of this grand-scale AAR or read here for the full entry

Chapter I: Legion XVII Gallic
 
 
It was a cloudy afternoon near Lugdunum, where the troops were encamped, suddenly the soldiers were seen on the road, the tuba touched as the soldiers turned to look at the new soldiers arriving, in the front there were some men on horses, perceptibly the commander of these troops. Until at some point some of them descend from their horses while their troops begin to rest, they follow a few yards to a tent with 2 guards outside.
 
The commander of the troops stationed there let the men in, the first gives him a letter.
 
As he holds it, he says, “So … you would be Lívio Balba, and that outside the Legion would be Galician?”
 
“Yes,” said Lívio. He continued, “I was sent by the Master of Soldiers Egidio with the legion, to support the limits.”
 
“Here you say it, and what did you bring with you?” Asked the local commander.
 
“He brought committees and an auxiliary cavalry.” With a pause,Lívio spoke again, “And also came Sétio Nerva and Aelio Pulcro.”
 
“Great, and are you aware that this defense is crucial? If he were under control Egídio would not send a legion, “said Domitian, the local commander.
 
Aelio raised his voice, “We are aware of the situation, it is well delighted, so we have not been placed in command of the legion, you Domitian, continue in command.”
 
With his hand on his chin and looking at the side of the tent, Domitian said, “I see, the two defeats I have suffered, and followed, were the cause of this, they want me to show that I am not totally expendable.”
 
“A change of command can now make matters worse, Egídio, and probably the emperor already knows of his defeats, after General Felix knows that you are the next in the command line, still here, too, because the invading the barbarians are not over, and you are the closest commander to the enemy. “
 
“My life depends on the military success on this frontier, probably or I will be in charge of another position for the empire, perhaps a more peaceful province, if there is one at the moment.” Domitian continued, “Well, organize the troops, the barbarians are probably close by tomorrow, and send scouts to the north, at the moment we have few ineffectives. “
 
“Yes, sir,” said the three newly arrived commanders.
 
 

Battlestar Galactica Deadlock – Artwork from the community

Lately we’ve been noticing some amazing artists emerging in the Battlestar Galactica Deadlock community. In particular, we were granted permission by ghostinthecamera to share his awesome work!

 

 

You can admire more of ghostinthecamera‘s work on his social media profiles:

 

Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ghostinthecamera/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ghostinthecam

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ghostinthecamera/

 

If you have amazing artwork you made yourself that you would like to share, let us know on the forum or on Battlestar Galactica Deadlock’s facebook page

Panzer Corps – Big Sale – the World Championship 2018 is over!

It’s been an epic journey, an astonishing feat, but the longest, largest Panzer Corps tournament ever is now over!

131 players, 374 days, one winner: Lifever!

Lifever has become the Panzer Corps World Champion by defeating Woken (who had been runner up in the 2017 edition, too) in a tough and epic match. 

The champion, Lifever, is going to be remembered in the Panzer Corps Hall of Fame, alongside last year’s winner! He will also be featured as a Hero in Panzer Corps 2! Hail to the champ!

We would like to once again congratulate with Goose_2 for a perfectly run tournament which wouldn’t have been possible without his dedication and passion. Thank you Goose!

 

But there is more! To celebrate the end of this epic tournament we are going to run a weeklong sale on the entire Panzer Corps saga, up to 90% off!

The sale starts today and lasts until January 30th! Don’t miss this chance to complete your Panzer Corps collection! More details here.

 

 

Warhammer 40,000: Gladius – What the press says about the Tyranids…

Last week we released the latest DLC for Warhammer 40,000: Gladius, Tyranids.

We are really glad to have read such favourable comments from players on Steam and on online forums. As usual your feedback is very important, so please let us know on our forum if you have suggestions or criticism.

The press also spoke at length of this new expansion.

PC Gamer felt it’s a really good addition to the game, while Gamewatcher highly recommends it to any Gladius fan. Explorminate awarded Gladius the title of 4X Game of the Year and also reviewed the Tyranids’ unique mechanics in this video

If you’d rather listen to a podcast, the guys at Three Moves Ahead ran an episode about the Tyranids just yesterday. If you belong to the francophone audience you might want to read Wargamer France‘s AAR while if you are an Italian native speaker don’t miss the review from Tom’s Hardware.  

These are just a few of the magazines and online sites which reviewed this DLC. Which one did you like most?

Warhammer 40,000: Gladius – Tyranids preview stream live on Twitch!

We said this week we would show everything of the new DLC for Warhammer 40,000: Gladius, Tyranids.

We already spoke at length of the new gameplay mechanics yesterday, and we’ll follow up every day with news about the new DLC. 

Today we have very interesting news in store for you. We are going to stream the new expansion on Friday January 11th live on Twitch, for the first time ever!

Don’t miss this exclusive first-look preview stream – Agrippa Maxentius will lead his very own Tyranid swarm. We’ll see if he manages to conquer Gladius Prime at 7 pm CET, this Friday, on our Twitch channel.

Come and see us at the Warhammer Open Day this weekend

This weekend we will be in Nottingham at the Games Workshop headquarters – that’s right, at Warhammer World!

 

We will be there as part of the Warhammer Open days on Saturday and Sunday. You’ll be able to play Warhammer 40,000: Gladius – Relics of War as well as speak with us and get an exclusive sneak peek of what is about to come for Gladius.

You can find more information at this site. So see you in Nottingham!