The club held its fifth annual Tentcon event on the weekend of August 22-23, 2020. This event started in a tent in the founder's backyard, but now is an annual event of outdoor gaming for the club. Normally held the first or second weekend in June, this year Tentcon was held later due to the Coronavirus pandemic. It was held in a 30x40' tent in the back parking area of Crescendo Studios in Merrifield, VA. Attendees wore masks, and participation was capped at no more than 25 people at a time. Even with restrictions, it was a great time. Games played were Warhammer 40k and 30k, Middle Earth Fantasy Battle, Marvel Crisis Protocol, Dropfleet Commander, Blitz Bowl, Warcry, and Aeronautica Imperialis. Photos below.
The club is starting to resume in-person gaming, as safety allows. The club leaves it to individuals to decide when and how to start in- person gaming based on their circumstances and level of comfort. Victory Comics has not yet announced resumption of in-store gaming, but Huzzah Hobbies is taking reservations for gaming tables (bring your own terrain). The Board Room has informed us we can resume using our reservation for Sunday afternoons, but I would like to have people sign up to limit numbers in the space. Looking for the most efficient way to handle that sign up process and will post details in the future.
Below is a schedule of club events for a typical week. An update is sent out by list serve every Monday and posted on the club's Facebook page.
TUESDAYS - Age of Sigmar at Victory Comics, 6-9 pm. All welcome to battle it out in the Mortal Realms. [ON HOLD]
THURSDAYS - Kill Team at VIctory Comics (6-9 pm) [ON HOLD]
SATURDAYS: Warhammer 40k / 30k at Victory Comics (6-9 pm) [ON HOLD]
We have multiple WhatsApp chats for Age of Sigmar, Warhammer 40,000, and other games and activities. Current chats are: AoS, 40k, Skirmish Games (KT, Necro, Underworlds), Blood Bowl, Middle Earth, RPGs, Star Wars, Great Hall (general announcements), Sales & Swaps, Literacy (book club), Kidshammer (kids gaming), Video Games, and more! Follow the club on Facebook at Victory Gamers Falls Church.
Wanted to provide a quick update on what is going on with the club.
2018 was big. 2019 brings some changes and opportunities to be even bigger.
How big was 2018?
Well, for a start our club reached over 50 members. We have about 20 different chats going on our WhatApp group, with usually 200+ postings a day (conservative estimate; I've been away from my phone 3 hours and returned to find that many unread messages!) If you don't see a lot of activity on the website or FB page, don't let that fool you. There's always a vibrant scene going on in the chats! And I swear Victory Gamers was one of the largest gaming groups attending the NOVA Open this year, both playing but also setting up and breaking down (which is something to be especially proud of). We even have members in Portugal and Ukraine now!
Gaming? AoS had another big year. Club members ran not one, but TWO Coalescence Narrative events in 2018, and then threw in another massive narrative all day event in the fall as well. In addition, members of Victory Gamers pretty much ran all the AoS events at the 2018 NOVA Open. Speaking of tournaments, three VG members attended a GT this fall and all three placed in the top 10. KidsHammer had another successful run at the 2018 NOVA Open and held the first of its quarterly events afterwards at The Games Tavern in November. To end the year, the club ran another months-long campaign at Victory Comics, this year using the Path to Glory format.
40k? Let's see. Victory Gamers represented at LVO for the fourth straight year. Sunday gaming at the local dojang became a regular thing. TentCon moved to the fall to avoid conflicting with an AoS Coalescence event, but still pulled off another massive multi-player all day affair. Kill Team exploded on the scene, with lots of activity on that front. And the year ended with 40k launching its own Path to Glory campaign, which will continue in 2019.
But it wasn't just AoS and 40k. Lord of the Rings became a big thing after NOVA and the release of the box set, with regular gaming on Sunday afternoons at Victory Comics. And Blood Bowl! So much Blood Bowl. The club launched the Nuffle Ordained Violence Association (NOVA) in the fall and has had monthly gatherings at the Board Room Bar/Restaurant in Arlington. James continued to run his highly successful Star Trek Assault Wing event every Tuesday. And we finally (FINALLY!) got a game of Dropzone Commander in!
So where do we go from here into 2019?
First off, we need to come to grips with loss of the dojang. The owner decided to close up shop at the end of 2018, and with it we lost our space to game on the weekend and store our tables and terrain. That's a big loss. But also an opportunity to re-think what the club wants to be and how to do it.
Some things won't change. Will still have Tuesday nights at Victory Comics for regular AoS gaming, and Saturday nights at Victory Comics for 40k and Skirmish gaming. Closure of the dojang is an opportunity to get more people out on these regular nights. We won't run an AoS campaign this spring, but hope Tuesday night will become a chance to get in games of whatever size and format they want, and to show off new armies (Gloomspite Gitz anyone??). I am committing to being at VC the first Saturday of every month to build up a regular Kill Team community. Will make it a mix of open games and running NOVA tournament missions. Blood Bowl NOVA will continue, and LotR gaming on Sunday afternoons at Victory Comics will go on. Tentcon is being set up for first weekend of June. And the club will continue to strongly support the NOVA Open through participating in organization, running events, and building terrain.
Some things will change, however. Without the dojang we need to find opportunities for gaming outside the space and time limits that Victory Comics can provide. The NOVA Open announced that it is looking at gaming space as part of its new warehouse storage deal. This could be something excellent for the club, so we are interested in hearing more about it whenever the NOVA team announces it. In the interim, we will look at gaming at members' homes, at Community Centers, or wherever else we can arrange games and storage.
We also want to increase the opportunities for matched play in AoS and 40k in the DC area between NOVA Opens. Things are already in the works on this front, and I hope there will be announcements early in 2019. Victory Gamers was always about building a community, rather than just gaming, so we would love to support others in the community who are building their own events. As a whole, the gaming scene in the DMV has never been better, and Victory Gamers is proud to be part of it!
So if you are already a member, thank you for another great year. If you are reading this and not a member, drop us a line via the Find A Game page and we'll get you on the list serve and WhatsApp Chats. We'd love to keep this good thing growing!
Gaming opportunities abound this fall:
I just realized that it's been a year since the last update. It's not because nothing is going on. Quite the opposite!
The club has been booming. We have WhatsApp chats going for 40k, Age of Sigmar, Skirmish Games, Painting, Sales & Swaps, a book club, and Kidshammer planning. Recently we added chats for Star Wars, RPGs, and Middle Earth. With dozens, sometimes hundreds of messages going back and forth on each chat each day, WhatsApp has become a big part of our club.
In the real world, we now have regular gaming on Tuesday, Saturday, and Sunday every week. Plus pick up games are scheduled at other times between members. Looking to make our Saturday evening session at Victory Comics the regular time for smaller skirmish-sized games, such as Kill Team, Necromunda, or Warhammer Underworlds.
Our games now include 40k, Age of Sigmar, Middle Earth Fantasy Battles, Star Trek Assault Wing, Star Wars: Imperial Assault, Kill Team, and Necromunda. We are starting to play Dropzone Commander too (finally!).
We are starting a Path to Glory Age of Sigmar campaign on September 25, and restarting the Pyrriah 40k narrative in the fall (date TBD). The club will run one or more Kill Team campaigns this fall and is starting an RPG campaign too.
Victory Gamers sent over 30 people to the NOVA Open this year, and will send members to the Las Vegas Open again in 2019. On October 20 the club will host its Third Annual TentCon, featuring big multiplayer narrative games in Age of Sigmar and 40k (and other stuff too!).
So, if you are interested in tabletop gaming, this is a great time for it! Contact us and we'll get you involved with all that is going on.
Here are some photos that I took from the NOVA Open 40k Trios event. I have more photos from NOVA, but going to post event by event.
We had a great summer. It started with TentCon for 40k on the first weekend of June. The following weekend was the AoS Coalescence global narrative event. The 8th Edition of 40k dropped soon afterwards. Which lead to the GW Fate of Konor global campaign. And it came to a glorious end with another fantastic NOVA Open. Including the first ever Kidshammer event at a major con.
I don't have the strength right now to do a full recap, because there was just so much good stuff this summer. Victory Gamers has grown from about 6 people in 2015 to over 30 people on our mailing list and 20+ active on our WhatsApp chats. It should only grow as we prepare to launch new AoS and 40k campaigns starting in October. Stop by, say hello, and join the fun!
Victory Gamers held its second annual narrative-based, Apocalypse-sized, all-day outdoors Warhammer 40,000 gaming event this past Saturday. If you follow this page, you know Tentcon 2016 was so much fun. Well, Tentcon 2017 took it to a new level. Thirteen players, two 6x8' tables, 26,000 points of models on the tables with fantastic custom-built and painted terrain with custom-crafted missions. So much fun. Here's a couple (hundred) photos, not necessarily in chronological order.
Best General- Jungle Hunt Table: Michael B. (tie-breaker with Alex D.)
Best General - Vale of Tears Table: Trevor A. (tie-breaker with Casey B.)
Best Sportsman- Jungle Hunt Table: Alex D.
Best Sportsman- Vale of Tears Table: Felipe C.
Best Painted: Michael B. (runners up Jesse G. and Casey B.)
Already looking forward to Tentcon 2018!
Apologies for the long gap in posts, but so much is going on! Victory Gamers has been busy on several fronts to increase the quantity and quality of gaming opportunities: