So it is once again time to recognize these staff members with a little fun and shenanigans - a Duel to the Death (cue dramatic music).
This will be an Arena of Death pitting individual models against each other.
The competition is open to all staff members (except myself). This includes all administrators, custodes, moderati, moderati cedo, librarians, and the Adepti Domus.
All a staff member has to do to participate is post a picture here of their fully painted miniature, along with stats. The requirements:
- HQ independent character
- 145 points or less
- 0-1 attack at Str 8 -or- instant kill ability
- Not accompanied by any models with stat lines
- No bikes, jump packs, or the equivalent (just to keep things easy)
- No monstrous creatures or vehicles
- Special characters are okay if they meet all of the above criteria
- Any B&C army is allowed (including Space Marines, Chaos Space Marines, Inquisitors, and Daemons)
They'll have until May 21st to submit their entries - the first battles will be conducted that weekend with batreps published as quickly as I and the other authors can get them done.
We're not going to have a storyline with this one, and the battle reports won't be all that flowery. They'll be fun(ny) and entertaining (hopefully), but not up (down?) to Black Library standards .
Battles will be to the death (or whatever humiliating ending the authors of the batreps come up with - we might come up with some doozies), and it will be a single-elimination tournament.
Now why does this matter to you?
Well, each staff member will declare which forum he's fighting for. Any staff member can declare for any forum - there's no limit to the number of staff members per forum (i.e., multiple staff members can declare for the same forum).
The staff member that wins get bragging rights as the 2010 Staff Champion, and there will be something nifty in it for the forum at large (I haven't quite figured out what, yet, but it will be something that can be lorded over all of the other (loser) forums). At the very least, the winning staff member will get a signature banner image and members may choose to use a "My Mod Won" banner image with appropriate imagery (Chapter/Legion and character-specific). There might be more, depending upon what I can pull off.
So if you don't see your friendly neighborhood staff member posting a character in here, let him know what a cowardly git he's being and remind him that he's fighting for your honour. Some of them might try to pull some excuse out such as (in a lame voice) "but I'm too busy with work/school/family to get a mini painted up" or "I really have to focus on getting my army painted up for a Rogue Trader tournament" or something equally pathetic, but you know that's just a cop-out for being afraid to fight and lose in front of everyone. Keep them honest.
Expect a lot of good natured smack talking as we all let our hair down (those of us that still have hair, that is) and have a good time. Y'all are encouraged to get in on the fun (just be sure to keep it fun and light without any profanity or other buzzkill stuff).