Tuesday, July 30, 2019

NOVA Open 2019 Terrain Update

Hey Everyone!  Over the past few months, I and many others have been hard at work updating the terrain for the Age of Sigmar events for NOVA Open.  As most of you know last year I ran the Age of Sigmar GT and Doubles event at NOVA Open and learned quite a bit from running such large events.  Having a much better understanding of these events from a T.O. perspective I developed a multiyear plan for the best way to grow the event and make sure everyone has a great time.  One of the keys was laying a strong foundation this year so growth can happen much easier in the next few years.  The terrain was one fo the parts of this foundation and I look forward to seeing it all come to fruition soon.  There have been a lot of great people lending aid and guides to help the event improve in this way.

The NOVA terrain team have put in a lot of great work adding a plethora of wonderful area terrain.  In a few of the team's meetups, they managed to accomplish a great deal of work and while I haven’t seen these in person I am thrilled with how they turned out in the pictures I was receiving throughout their build day.  Big thanks to the team, especially James O’Brien, Ben Marshall, and Garret Mulroney for helping lead this effort!

The overall lead of the Age of Sigmar events, Aaron Bostian, has been putting in work as well for the terrain.  On top of herding the cats that are the Age of Sigmar Leads and working on terrain for the Narrative, he is also working on terrain for the other events as well.  It is fun to see his process and work coming together as the day until the event come to a close rapidly.

My good friend and Co-T.O. Matt Hayward has taken up the challenge of terrain building.  Matt has given up his time and space in his home in order to build ninety-six broken columns to act as line of site blocking terrain.  Matt is putting in a large effort and I and Sean McAfee were out at his house recently to help in the effort.  I also want to give a big thank you to Oscar Lars for creating a great guide to help us quickly build quality terrain.  Matt has used it as a basis for his work and while it differs a bit the guide has been incredibly useful and will be in the future as we use it to create even more terrain in the planned growth of the event next year.

The final bit of effort going in is in thanks to the generous amount of terrain donated to the event by Games Workshop.  Just shy of 100lbs of Arcane Ruins were sent my way to build, clean, and paint for the Age of Sigmar tables at NOVA.  I have been very busy working through it, but it is all coming together well and I should be getting some help from my local club in the coming weeks to make sure we have it all ready for the events!

As you can see there are a lot of moving parts, but everything is coming together through an incredible effort from so many amazing people.  We should tables full of terrain for the events and I hope everyone enjoys playing on for years to come.  I cannot wait to see it all come together and begin growing the event going forward.  Happy Hobbying.

Chuck Moore