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Past Contests / Re: Community Voted Contest - March
« on: February 15, 2014, 03:08:15 PM »
I will always vote for Poorhammer. And I will always enter. And so should everyone else.

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IS there a reason for this trend in downward activity? Are people leaving Games workshop in droves?  I know with other gaming companies they usually have a very good forum of their own so people tend not to post else where.

The reason for the downward trend on our forum is probably because we don't appear in the first ten pages on any google search for '40k forums', 'warhammer 40k forums' or similar. We've had very few new members since we all moved over to 2S, and people moving on from the hobby or the forums aren't being replace with fresh faces...

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Non-GW Games / Re: Deadzone
« on: December 24, 2013, 12:22:40 PM »
I got my Deadzone kickstarter package in the post a couple of days ago!

We played a couple of trial games yesterday, and my initial thoughts are positive. I don't have a lot of time these days to build up an army or play games, so it's great to have something of this scale where I've only got a dozen or so models. The games are claimed to take an hour, but took us much longer - mostly due to trying to learn the rules, admittedly, but even the second game was probably about three hours.

My thoughts:

  • The modular scenery is fantastic and makes creating an awesome game board really easy, and means you can set it up completely differently each time. It was a little tricky to deconstruct and we ended up snapping a few of the joins, but that was probably just us being impatient. Movement and shooting are based on the grid of the playing mat, which means there's no tricky measuring involved, and climbing/descending is all done on a 'cube' basis, making the third dimension of play really easy to use.
  • The models are great - really detailed and very dynamic poses. They're not particularly pose-able, but since you're only playing with a small number of models, it's less important - the models are pretty much all different anyway.
  • The games had a lot of counters everywhere, but you get used to it. You get a deck of Battle Cards which adds an extra element to it - these give you an extra dice or an extra action, and can be very useful.
  • The players' missions are kept secret from each other, which can make things interesting - you never know when the other player is about to win! This was confusing to start with, though, as you're not really sure of the best plan of action
  • There were campaign rules, which add a bit more to the RPG element (experience gaining etc.), but haven't had the chance to look at these properly yet.

Few pictures:







This wasn't using all of the scenery - still a load more in the box.
It's a rubber playing mat, although they provided a paper one as well.

We ordered six factions, four of which had arrived.

These were:
-Enforcers (as silverfuge mentions, very Arbites-esque)
-Plague (essentially Genestealer cult - different stages of infection, with only the lower stages able to use weapons)
-Marauders (Orks)
-Rebs (Ragtag assortment of different races)

Still to come are the Forge Fathers (Space dwarves) and Asterian (Eldar/Tau).

I'm getting the Rebs and Asterian - will start a project log to keep everyone updated!


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Official Contests / Re: Second Sphere Member Awards 2013
« on: December 04, 2013, 10:04:08 PM »
Who's FT?
Who're you?!

The guy who still has full Moderator abilities within all Contest Boards ;)

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Official Contests / Re: Second Sphere Member Awards 2013
« on: December 04, 2013, 09:26:34 PM »
Who's FT?

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Past Contests / Re: Contest Schedule 2013 and Onwards
« on: February 10, 2013, 02:43:00 PM »
Nice work Narric, looks good.

Thanks for getting this up and running again!

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Comments, Suggestions and Troubleshooting / Re: Board Mod Name Fix
« on: July 11, 2012, 10:15:15 PM »
The Contests Board should be me and Thantos as mods, too

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Campaign Discussion / Re: A 2S Campaign?
« on: July 11, 2012, 06:46:43 PM »
Regarding people who collect multiple armies - you should pick a side to join, but that shouldn't necessarily mean you can't earn points by playing with the other army, or e.g. writing articles for races on the other side. Maybe you'd earn less points for doing this though? I guess for articles, you're essentially stopping someone on the other side writing about the same thing, so essentially 'stealing' points. Possibly a viable tactic...

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Past Contests / HQ Contest [RULES]
« on: July 10, 2012, 07:57:30 PM »
Part 2 of our rebooted Competition Calendar! Check out the thread here for more information on current and upcoming contests!


Whether they lead in the front lines with sword held high and bloodlust in their eyes, or sit back in the command tent and pore over strategic maps, at the core of every army lies a great leader. This contest is open to any single HQ model - the lone character, without any retinue they might have.

Dates:
  • Entries can be submitted via a PM to Thantos Masked Thespian from July 1st until August 22nd.
  • Voting will take place between August 23rd and August 30th.
  • Winners will be announced on the 31st of August.


Prizes:
1st Place - 10pts
2nd Place - 5pts
3rd Place - 2pts

(The top 3 all receive official 2S winners seals as well).

The winner of this contest will also be able to lay their grubby little mitts on a fantastic shiny set of Custom Second Sphere Dice:




Rules:
  • The unit must be a legal HQ choice in a current edition 40k Codex;
    • Transport options, such as Rhinos or Mycetic Spores, may not be included;
    • Up to three pictures of your entry may be submitted;
    • Forgeworld models and Monstrous Creatures are accepted;
    • A caption or title of up to 10 words may be included as part of your entry;
    • Depending on response, entries may be divided by a panel of impartial judges into Master and Novice tiers for the purposes of voting;
    • The models may not have been entered in a previous contest;
    • The models must be fully painted;
    • Photos of your entry may not exceed 800x600 pixels.

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Past Contests / Troops Contest [RULES]
« on: June 23, 2012, 11:06:05 PM »
Contests have been on hold for a couple of months, but we're back, and best of all, it's with a forum favourite - the Troops contest. Forming the core of the Force Organisation Chart, Troops make up the bulk of any army, whether it's a squad of Marines or a swarm of gaunts. We know you have them - everyone has them - so now's your chance to show them off.

As an additional bonus, to make up for the fact that we've been away for so long, all entrants get an automatic karma point. So what are you waiting for?!

This contest is open to a single Troops unit.

Dates:
  • Entries can be submitted via a PM to Thantos Masked Thespian from June24th till July 22nd.
  • Voting will take place between July 23rd and July 30th.
  • Winners will be announced on the 31st of July.


Prizes:
1st Place - 10pts
2nd Place - 5pts
3rd Place - 2pts

(The top 3 all receive official 2S winners seals as well).

The winner of this contest will also be able to lay their grubby little mitts on a fantastic shiny set of Custom Second Sphere Dice:




Rules:
  • The unit must be a legal Troops choice in a current edition 40k Codex;
    • Transport options, such as Rhinos or Mycetic Spores, may not be included;
    • Units that only become Troops when certain other units in the army are taken (such as Ork Nobz in an Ork army including an Ork Warboss) are excluded from this and may not be entered;
  • Up to three pictures of your entry may be submitted;
  • Forgeworld models and Monstrous Creatures are accepted;
  • A caption or title of up to 10 words may be included as part of your entry;
  • Depending on response, entries may be divided by a panel of impartial judges into Master and Novice tiers for the purposes of voting;
  • The models may not have been entered in a previous contest;
  • The models must be fully painted;
  • Photos of your entry may not exceed 800x600 pixels.

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Official Announcements / Re: Feature requests and bugs
« on: June 17, 2012, 01:42:48 PM »
BBCode in custom titles!
Which theme(s) still have this feature lacking?

I'm on the forum default.
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Also I'm still in favour of a restore to back-up from a few months ago before all the threads from the last year got spread across the forum...this would be really beneficial to everyone...
It would be possible (in theory) to revert back around 5 months if FT still have the backup. More recent topics could be restored across.

However, it would likely have problems in itself in that it would involve a day or two of downtime (for some reason restoring SQL files brings the server to a crawl) and might not even work. :-\


As an idea, maybe it would be possible to restore an old copy of the messages and topics table. Then, once that was up, I could mirror all of the recent posts/topics over to that table and delete our old table. Would take a week or few of uploading the old database I would think but the downtime would be minimal. It sounds good in theory but I've no idea if it would actually work. :P

I guess up to you on this one. I think downtime would be a small price to pay to get everything working again, but at the same time we don't want to break things even more!

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Official Announcements / Re: Feature requests and bugs
« on: June 17, 2012, 12:03:59 PM »
BBCode in custom titles!

Also I'm still in favour of a restore to back-up from a few months ago before all the threads from the last year got spread across the forum...this would be really beneficial to everyone...

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