Sunday, May 19, 2019

2020 Narrative Event

Full details of the 2020 Narrative Event will be released towards the end of this year.

Here is what we know so far:

- May 1st - 3rd, 2020
- Narrative Kickoff will be Friday at 9pm
- First game will still be Saturday Morning at 8:30am

Location (same as 2019)
Ramada Waupaca Ballroom
110 Grand Seasons Drive, Waupaca, WI 54981
(This is about halfway between Chicago and Minneapolis)
(715) 258-9212

Reserve your room by phone with the codeword “Mission Critical”. The website may not necessarily show availability, but if you call, you will be able to get access to the group block and rate.

Tournament Info
- 40 players
- 5 Rounds
- 300 Points with 2 Army Lists 
- All models must be fully painted to a 3 color minimum


In double checking the raffle figures, I see I forgot to add the last minute Paypal payments for Raffle tickets to my earlier figure of $805 or so. After adding those in and deducting the shipping costs for the Symbiomate Tribe giveaways, we are at a final donation figure of  $947.70 (!) to the Environmental Defense Fund! That is amazing!! Thank you to all who donated!

Monday, May 13, 2019


In the Martian mines, miners frequently settled grudges the old way, with the mine elevators doubling as cages for their pit fights. Sixteen combatants honored this tradition Saturday night at Mission Critical.

Here are a few snaps of the final rounds. It came down to Matthew's Swiss Guard HMG (who unbelieve-ably defeated Neko Oyama, Saito Togan and Senior Massacre) to face Jon's Kiel-Saan (which went through a Jaguar, Nahab, and Hussein Al-Djabel). The final round was brief, with the Kiel-Saan quickly dispatching the Swiss Guard. Congrats Jon! Well fought Matt!

Here were the rules we used:
- Starting Wounds equal to Physique value
- Crits cause D20 damage (roll ARM or BTS against each point of damage separately)
- For each additional WND value over 1, count 1 critical as a normal hit instead
- No Lt, Tactical Sense, Impetuous orders, or Command tokens. (just tit for tat back and forth)
- Rerolls available for certain event achievements prior and each $5 ticket purchased for the Charity Raffle (could buy as you go!)

We did have some restrictions:
- No STR (no blood)
- No monofilament or Adhesive ammo (no sport)
- 10 point model minimum (no risk)

E/M was allowed which did shut down some HI.

A model that was killed could not be used in Sunday's games. A model with less than half wounds could voluntarily yield by leaving the elevator. (Which did happen at least once, as Jon's Kiel-Saan let Mark's Nahab flee once it became clear his +6 BTS Metachemistry roll would shut him down!)

Thursday, May 9, 2019


Big thanks to all who attended and congrats to our winners!

The Corporate forces wavered in Round 4 but rallied in Round 5 for a resounding victory!

The war was won by Joel Vaughan, Jonas Gabel, Tyler Peterson, Andrew Pangburn, Clayton Beese,  Nathan Vik, Theodore Krenke, Jamie Kuddle, Jordan Heckman, Julian Dwight, Matt Loftus, Jason Lester, and Edwin Perez. Nice work lads!

The award for Best Team went to RajCorp. Way to go Jamie Kuddle, Jordan Heckman, Julian Dwight, and Matt Loftus!

The award for Best Performance went to Julian Dwight. Congrats!

The award for Worst Performance went to Jon Witthuhn (along with that coveted complete set of Total Recall trading cards.) Although Jon did redeem himself by winning the Saturday Night Cage Fight!

The Best Army award went to Will Thompson! That was some sweetness, my man!

This event is not really about the numbers but I do have some breakdowns to peruse for bragging rights purposes. Enjoy!

Friday, May 3, 2019


Good afternoon Martians, here is the schedule this year: 

6:00pm - 2:00am - Open Gaming (the hall may be open before then as I will be running in and out all day) 

8am - Check In 
8:30am - Narrative Kick Off 
9:00am - Noon - Round 1 
Noon - 1:00pm - Lunch Break 
1:00pm - 4:00pm - Round 2 (Commanders arrive 10 minutes early) 
4:00pm - 4:30pm - Break 
4:30pm - 7:30pm - Round 3 (Commanders arrive 10 minutes early) 
7:30pm - 9:00pm - Supper Break 
9:00pm - 9:30 - Mandatory voluntary group activity 9:30pm - 2:00am - Open Gaming 

8:30am - 11:30am - Round 4 (Commanders arrive 10 minutes early) 
11:30am - 12:30pm - Lunch break 
12:30pm - 3:30pm - Round 5 (Commanders arrive 10 minutes early) 
3:30pm - 3:45pm - Cleanup, casual standing around or nervous standing around 
3:45pm - 4:00pm - Charity Raffle 
4:00pm - Final Awards and Conclusion 

Hold on? What's that Commanders thing about, then? We'll handle it Saturday morning, so just stew til then! 

It was not mentioned, but to confirm, there is no buffet option this year. Unfortunately, the Ramada Bar will not be open for lunch, so you will need to bring your lunchables or plan to pop out. I do recommend Johnny Salsa's gas station tacos and, if you're not from the Midwest and didn't know, no road trip is officially complete without a stop at Culver's. 

Not everyone will necessarily have a ride or chums, so please make sure you don't leave a team mate behind scrambling or having to fight on an empty stomach. 

The Ramada Bar opens at 3pm and will be available for dinner. I will be eating there myself during the supper break on Saturday (whenever I get through the administrative work you rascals leave me with). Regarding alcohol carry-ins, the Ramada's official policy is none. We understand the bars hours are limited, so if you imbibe before then, please makes sure to put any spent cans/bottles/boxes/barrels back in your bag to be disposed of in your room. 

For anyone hanging around on Sunday after the conclusion, I recommend we head over to Schueller's Great Exspechtations to unwind. (That is the actual spelling) 

See you all soon!