Gaelcon 2010

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Gaelcon logoGaelcon 2010 takes place in the D4 Hotel, Ballsbridge on October 22nd-25th.  Included in this weekend of gaming is a Warhammer Fantasy Battle tournament and a Warhammer 40k tournament.  Both of these events are six round affairs, with Fantasy using 2500 points and 40k using 1750 points.
The rulespacks are available here –

Open Mail from Rankings HQ

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Rankings HQ logoI would like to congratulate everyone behind the launch of the Wargaming Ireland web site. It is a fantastic tribute to both them and all war-gamers in Ireland that such a quality site exists for the community.
It is through web sites such as this one that gaming communities are built and prosper and I encourage all Irish players to get behind and use the site as much as they can. It is only through the support and contributions of the players that Wargaming Ireland will reach its true potential.
I will be watching with keen interest over the coming months how the Wargaming Ireland web site develops and look forward to working with you guys to cross promote the Irish war gaming and tournament scene via the Rankings HQ channels.
Andrew Galea

Rankings HQ

European Team Championship 2010

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ETC LogoThis is the big one.  The best players from over thirty countries representing their nation and playing for the honour of the best Warhammer Fantasy country and the best Warhammer 40k country.  For many, this is the pinnacle of gaming.  Playing for your country as part of a team in a foreign land…gaming doesn’t get much more fun or at a higher standard than this.

Team Ireland WHFB are attending for the second year in succession, with Team Ireland 40k making their debut.  Northern Ireland are also represented by teams for both systems.  The Irish 40k team have set the bar high, by winning  the 2010 Six Nations event in Cardiff – beating England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Barbarians along the way.  They have to be considered one of the contenders for the overall title, but the competition will be tougher in Germany.  Team WHFB finished last in the 2009 Four Nations, last in the 2009 ETC and last in the 2010 Six Nations.  However, they are optimistic that they can break this run in Germany.

Qualification for the Irish 40k team began in autumn 2009 when I entered a team in the competition.  All I needed now was, well, a team.  I approached as many people as I knew and, taking advice on board, approached four clubs to ask them to each put forward one player who would be automatically on the team – earning a “golden ticket”.   Immediately, I asked the four “golden tickets” to commit to being part of Team Ireland 40k and to vote on a captain. The reason I chose four was to ensure that we had a team. Under ETC rules, you need four players from one country to make a team (the other four could be ringers). I chose four from different clubs for inclusivity. The remaining four would be chosen from the rankings system that I set up (based on the international RHQ system). So, way back in the depths of 2009 Paul was voted in as team captain and I took my leave – just helping with the rankings, advising and so on.

Later in 2009, Declan withdrew and appointed Stuart from the Drogs in his place. The team were happy enough with this. Unfortunately, Stuart asked to be removed from the team a couple of months ago. There appeared to be no Drog to take his place, leaving the team in a bit of a sticky patch. The three remaining “golden tickets” agreed to try sort this asap and Richard Flood was brought on board.

The Irish Warhammer 40k team is Paul Quigley (Captain), Joe Cullen, Jimmy Murphy, Richard Flood, Darragh Cullen, Paraic O’Confhaola, Cian O’Dowd and Barra Macniocaill.

The Irish Warhammer team was chosen as follows.  I automatically qualified as I was voted Team Captain 2010 by the 2009 team.  Mal Cooney automatically qualified as Vice-Captain as he was the 2009 captain.  Brian Leonard, Alan Woods-Conway and Ciarán Dunne qualified by being part of the 2009 team and finishing in the top eight of the rankings.  Dave Leahy and Ken Chambers qualified directly through the rankings and Halaigh Whelan-McManus qualified as the wild-card, voted on by the seven players.

Regardless, everyone is looking forward to competing in Munster, and we hope that we can continue the development and progression of wargaming in Ireland!

Title: The European Team Championships
Location: Munster, Germany
Discuss on our Forum: Click here
Description: The international team event for Warhammer and Warhammer 40k.
Date: 7/8th August 2010
Start Time: 9am
End Time: 6pm

In Memoriam – Warhammer 7th Edition

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WARHAMMER : THE GAME OF FANTASY BATTLES 7TH EDITION (9th September 2006 – 9th July 2010)

We reach the end of an era. Warhammer 8th edition is upon us and while I’m sure most people are looking forward to a new edition of the game, I thought we should take some time to remember our old friend 7th edition as well.

It is important to remember that while there are many valid complaints about the current state of 7th edition Warhammer, that was not always the case. At the time it was released, 7th edition was seen as an improvement over it’s predecessor, 6th edition. Changes to the magic phase had prevented the issue of players using Hero-level wizards as batteries to provide power dice to their Wizard Lords, the miscast table was made nastier and the move requiring units to be five models wide to receive a rank bonus meant infantry units would need to be larger. Most of the changes introduced were minor tweaks but many cleared up issues blighting the 6th edition of the game.

7th edition, unlike many of it’s predecessors, did not introduce any new races into the game. Many of the existing races recieved an update to their army books, but not all. The major change in the mix of races was the seperation of Chaos armies back into their three constituent parts. Hordes of Chaos and Beasts of Chaos were replaced by Daemons of Chaos, Warriors of Chaos and Beastmen army books.

Unfortunately, this was not to last. The later stages of 7th edition suffered from serious power creep in the newer army books, especially the Daemons of Chaos and Dark Elves army books. Powerful, underpriced special characters also became commonplace in the newer army books. Big units of block infantry became rare in most armies, and large monsters, fast cavalry and skirmishers were the core components of many competitive armies. Game changing spells such as Infernal Gateway and Curse of the Horned Rat became available to players and magic spam returned. Composition restrictions were introduced into many tournaments in an attempt to reduce the effects of overpowered units and combinations, to varying degrees of effectiveness in leveling the playing field.

That being said, if you think 7th edition was a miserable time full of cheesy armies and cheesier players, you’d be wrong. During the 7th edition era, Ireland sent it’s first teams to international competition. There were friendly internationals against Northern Ireland, the Home Nations events and the ETC. The Irish rankings system was founded. The first successful attempt to create a community among players from all over the island began. The tournament scene has never been healthier. And we all had a hell of a lot of fun in the process.

Farewell 7th edition, you will be missed. As for 8th edition, bring it on!

Wargaming Ireland

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Well, we finally made it and we hope it was worth the wait.

When we started this adventure, we had an idea that we could try build up the Warhammer community in Ireland.  Since then, we’ve had a lot of comments, suggestions, thoughts and ideas and things have expanded hugely.  Now we cater for Warhammer Fantasy Battle, Warhammer 40k, Warmachine/Hordes plus others too.

Alongside the site, we’ve developed a forum for wargames and a place for clubs to meet, chat and arrange events.  It’s the home of the Irish rankings system and our European Team Championship teams for Warhammer and Warhammer 40k.  On top of that, you can enjoy our regular eZine – The Uplink – which is on Issue Four at present or listen to the North Wexford Gamers podcast too.

We hope you like our new website and forum layout.  It’s taken a while to get everything arranged and laid out, but we’re happy we got there.

If you’d like to keep up-to-date with everything on the site you can follow us on Twitter or subscribe to the news feed in your favourite news client.

We hope you enjoy your stay with us.