Tickets Still Available For Firestorm At Warfare 2017

Wargames Association of Reading logo.

Not so long ago, tickets went on sale for the Firestorm Armada tournament at Warfare 2017 in Reading, England. The event is basically the UK national championship in all but name, and is one of the largest FSA tournaments around.

After strong showings in the previous three years, this year’s capacity has been increased yet again to 30 players. Tickets have been selling at a steady pace, and there are still some available for sale. A ticket costs £20 for both days of the tournament and includes general entry to the Warfare show.

The event will take place over the weekend of the 18th and 19th of November, 2017. Check out the forum thread for details and the link to book your tickets if you want to take part.

Want To Beta Test Firestorm Armada/Planetfall?

Spartan Games logo.

Spartan Games announced on the official forums that applications are now being taken for the beta test groups for Firestorm Armada and Firestorm Planetfall. The new editions aren’t ready for beta testing just yet, but the groups are being assembled now in preparation.

Bear in mind this isn’t for those who just want to play the games early. You’ll need to commit some time and effort, and really want to help shape the Firestorm games into something awesome. The reward will be seeing the new editions in print (or as a PDF) and being able to say you helped to make them!

If you’re interested in becoming a Firestorm beta tester, have a look at the forum thread where you’ll find the application link. (It’s good for both Armada and Planetfall applications.) Good luck!

ODST, Elite Ultras, Daedalus Station Scheduled For Feb

Spartan Games has announced the February 2017 slate of releases, covering Firestorm Armada and Halo Ground Command (along with Dystopian Wars).

Firestorm Armada will see the introduction of the Daedalus Space Station, which ties into the Flashpoint Amber campaign published late last year. The station comes complete with three Fold Space Beacons which have previously featured in the Firestorm narrative.

Daedalus Space Station for Firestorm Armada. Image credit: Spartan Games.

The new additions for Halo Ground Command are the long-awaited ODST Air Assault Unit for the UNSC, and the Covenant Elite Ultras.

UNSC ODST Air Assault Unit. Image credit: Spartan Games.

Covenant Elite Ultra Unit. Image Credit: Spartan Games.

There’s also news of new ships coming down the pipe later in the year for Halo Fleet Battles, including the Autumn-class cruiser, and the Blockade Runner corvette seen in Halo 5. In addition, new stuff for the Firestorm games is due to be shown at Adepticon in late March.

All of the new February shinies are currently on pre-order, and although a release date isn’t explicitly mentioned, Spartan Games products usually ship on the last Wednesday of the month, so Feb 22nd is a good bet.

Beasts Of War And Spartan Linde Talk Adepticon

Beasts of War logo.

In the run-up to Adepticon 2017, Beasts of War has posted a chat with Josh Linde (aka Spartan Linde), Spartan Games’ representative at the convention. Topics include which games will be run at Adepticon, how the events will be run, and prize support.

Speaking of prize support, Josh posted this photo of the Halo event prizes on Instagram the other day. That’s a lot of stuff!

Adepticon will run from March 23rd to 26th in Schaumburg, Illinois. Places are still available for the Spartan Games events.

Canon Fodder Recaps Recent HGC Releases

Covenant Command Team from Halo Ground Commmand. Photo Credit: Spartan Games/343 Industries.

This week’s official weekly dose of Halo lore that is Canon Fodder contains a recap of the December 2016 wave of models for Halo Ground Command, including the UNSC Recon Team and the Covenant Command Pack. If these recent HGC releases passed you by, this is a nice way to catch up (with pretty photos to boot!). Of course, being Canon Fodder, the unit descriptions are all about the fluff.

The update also features some insanely cool card art from the Blitz game mode in the upcoming Halo Wars 2, as well as some community lore spotlights.

We’re Not Wizards Interviews Spartan Neil

We're Not Wizards podcast logo.

Just before the Christmas and New Year break, Richard from the We’re Not Wizards podcast recorded an interview with Neil Fawcett, aka Spartan Neil. That interview was recently published and covers the beginnings of Spartan Games (and Neil’s career prior to that), as well as what Spartan will be working on this year.

At almost an hour and a half it’s a long episode, so why not make a brew, maybe paint some miniatures, and have a listen?

Adepticon 2017 Primer Missions And Information

2017 Adepticon logos.

Adepticon 2017 is only a couple of months away, and the build-up to the convention has begun with primer missions and information on the events taking place there.

First up, The Waygate (who are organising the Firestorm and Halo events) have posted primer missions. These are intended to get you used to the kinds of scenarios you’ll encounter at Adepticon if you’re going, and of course can also be played by anyone even if they’re not going to the dance.

Additionally, a new post has appeared on the official Spartan Games blog that outlines the events themselves, and provides some handy tips for having fun at the convention. This year’s events will also introduce some new sponsors who will provide terrain and game mats.

Tickets are still available for the Adepticon tournaments, so if you fancy a fun weekend of sci-fi gaming in Schaumburg, IL, then don’t wait too long before booking!

Spartan Games Community Discord Server Opens

Small Discord logo.

Happy new year!

Ciciro, a member of the Dystopian Wars community, has opened a Discord server for all Spartan Games players.

In case you’ve never heard of Discord, it’s a free text and voice chat service made for gamers that was launched in 2015 and currently has over 25 million users. It’s a bit like a combination of Skype, Slack, and IRC, and can do more than just chat (for example, you could pipe an RSS feed into a channel). Check out the Discord website for more information on the service.

Discord offers apps for desktop and mobile, but you can also access the server with a browser (although I highly recommend the apps for long-term usage).

I’ve been a Discord user for over a year, and I’m excited that Spartan Games is now represented with a Discord server. Let’s build it into a great place to chat and discuss all things Spartan.

Fleet First Jumps On To YouTube

Fleet First video about front line ships in Halo Fleet Battles. Image credit: Fleet First.

A new YouTube channel called Fleet First has appeared, which focuses squarely on all things Halo Fleet Battles.

The channel hasn’t been up for long, but already has a guide to front line ships and a guide to the November 2016 rules changes, as well as reviews of the CAS and Punic massive ships.

It’s always great to see new Halo or Firestorm channels appear on YouTube. If you enjoy the content, be sure to subscribe to the channel!