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Welcome to Arc40k 2023 the largest Warhammer 40,000 event in Australia. It is unique as an event because it aims to celebrate the complete Warhammer Hobby as it presents a challenging gaming experience, yet includes both sportsmanship and balanced - themed - well presented armies. Each player will need to demonstrate sound tactical decisions and thoughtful unit selections to meet the challenges of bespoke missions before they win any games.
Arc40k is a celebration of the hobby, there’s an overarching atmosphere overflowing with good cheer and positivity - it’s a coming together of mates, bringing along fantastic armies that are fun to play with and battle against.
Succeeding in all these areas at this event is challenged by only a few. In the end, only one will prove worthy and be crowned the Champion for 2023.
Coming along and enjoying the overall experience is the reward we want for all participants.
When: Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 March 2023
Where: The Lieutenant Room, Batman Royale
14 GAFFNEY STREET COBURG, VIC 3058
Public transport options and access: adjacent to Batman Railway Station (Upfield Railway Line) and Tram 19 (Stop on the corner of Sydney Rd and Gaffney St) 90 m walk.
Parking at Batman Station with 270 spaces - enter the site through a gate at the fence.
Our Players Pack is online this year. We can now add more details as they are announced, respond to feedback, make changes based upon publication releases, faqs or balance sheets that arrive before March 2023.
This pack should have everything you need to decide on your involvement, get started in your preparations and play testing to gauge how your army is developing. If you need something clarified hit the link below to contact us.
SATURDAY 4 MARCH
8.00AM- 9.00AM - REGISTRATION
9.00AM-6.00PM DAY 1 ARC40K 2023
SUNDAY 5 MARCH
9.00AM-6.30PM DAY 2 ARC40K 2023
MORE DETAILS ARE COMING SOON...
There’s still a few surprises and announcements yet to finalize before we release the full event schedule.
It is the 25 year anniversary so we’d like to pack it full with loads of special things. Rest assured all the elements you’d expect will happen when they would normally fit into the Schedule.
So - you’ll play three challenging games of Warhammer 40,000 on each of the two days; join in the Parade of Armies and Vote for Player's Choice on the Saturday Morning; as well as yell out Gold at every tenth place finisher as we count down to our Champion during the Awards Presentation to close out an awesome weekend on Sunday Afternoon. What more do we need to tell you?
But... we’ll let everyone know when this section of the event information is finalized and updated - Subscribe to the newsletter to be among the first to find out all the Big Announcements.
Arc40k Army Guidelines:
Build a list up to 1350 points
Starting CP is 6
Armies must use exactly ONE Arks of Omen detachment and may also include one optional Allied Detachment using the Battle Brothers rules found in the Arks of Omen: Grand Tournament pack.
Players may use Armies of Renown. Please note, some Armies of Renown are no longer legal.
Armies must be Battle-forged according to the Warhammer 40,000 Core Book and the Strike Force guidelines set out in the Arks of Omen: Grand Tournament pack except where modified by our specific Arc40k Army Guidelines..
Rules to use:
When building your army, use all the Arks of Omen: Grand Tournament pack. Players may use rules found in the following Games Workshop and Forge World publications. (Cut off date for new publications is 25 February 2023, one week before the event*):
Warhammer 40,000 Core Rulebook
Forgeworld Imperial Compendium
FAQs, errata, and beta rules found via: www.warhammer-community.com/faqs
Also, please note that the Balance Dataslate and Munitorum Field manual published on the Games Workshop website in January 2023 WILL be used at Arc40k 2023.
Army lists you lodge at registration and share with your opponents should be presented in an easy to read format (no more than 2 or 3 pages), including all relevant wargear and unit upgrades, including points costs. You will also need to include which Battlefield Role you have chosen to fill your Compulsory choices in the Arks of Omen detachment.
NOTE: You'll also need to show the Power Levels shown for all your units - there's a mission or two where this will be used.
Tools of War:
Attendees are expected to bring their army, dice, a tape measure, a pen, all relevant rules publications*, and at least 7 physical copies of their army roster (one to hand in on Registration and give to the Tournament Team and one for each opponent).
If you are using any electronic devices to carry your official rules references, please ensure they are charged and available for reference at all times.
Players also need to bring these extra models so that you have the resources to play some missions:
3 x Objective Markers on 40mm round base
1 x Objective Marker on a 60mm round base
3 x “Non-combatant models”
These could be additional basic troop models that are distinct from the ones in your army
Players are also encouraged to convert cool looking non-combatants
*In all cases the latest editions for rules, Faqs and Chapter Approved will be used unless otherwise directed. Published on or before Saturday 25 February 2023.
The Mark Morrison Trophy
Awarded to the player with the highest combined total of Battle, Sportsmanship, Composition, & Army Presentation.
The People's Champion
Awarded to the player with the best painted army as voted by their peers.
The WATT Award
Awarded to the player with the highest sportsmanship score.
Awarded to the player with the highest Battle score.
Arc40k is an event that ranks players overall using a totaled Arc40k event score. This score is a combination of the points you accrue across the weekend in Playing for Fun (gaming), Not being that Guy! (sportsmanship), Forged for Fun (army list) and Painting your Army scores (presentation).
Your gaming score is based on the results of your games, and you can achieve a maximum of 90 points. You can achieve a maximum of 90 points for sportsmanship, and 50 points for army composition and 60 points for army presentation and theme scores combined.
These scores combine to create your Arc40k event score. Everyone’s position in the event will be determined by their Overall Arc40k Event score.
The following awards are the pinnacle of our weekend’s activity and are recognised at every Arc40K:
Champion - 'The Mark Morrison Trophy'
Players Choice - 'The People's Champion'
Best Sport - 'The WATT Award'
Best Battle - 'The Executioner'
Other significant awards we present include:
Top 5 Runners Up Overall
Best Army Presentation
Top 5 Runners-up Battle
Top 5 Runners up Sportsmanship
Top 5 Runners-up Army Presentation
Top 5 Runners-up Players Choice
Highest Placed Guy That Didn’t Win Anything - Exactly as it says
Best N00B - Highest Placed First Year Player
Last Overall - Lowest Combined Score that played 6 Rounds.
GOLD! Every 10th Player - Every tenth place, from last up to 20th
Arc40k Veterans - Veterans of 5, 10, 15, & 20 Arc40k Events will be recognised.
Hall of Fame - Two Legendary Arc40k Participants will be inducted into the Hall of Fame
We also present a range of prizes and awards for fun and funky things - that’s just part of how we run our Awards presentation.
To separate any ties and finalise positions Overall the following Tiebreakers will apply in the following order: Sportsmanship, Army Composition, Victory Points, Army Presentation.
We want to share the prizes around as much as possible. With this in mind, players that win certain awards are ineligible to win others.
We rate the Top 5 Overall awards above all others, and so players in the Top 5 Overall are ineligible for the BEST Awards in Sportsmanship, Battle, & Army Presentation.
Top 5 Overall players are still eligible for Top 5 Battle, Top 5 Sportsmanship, and Player’s Choice Awards.
Number of Games: Six
Scheduled Game Length: 130 minutes
Board Size: 72" x 48"
In true Arc tradition missions will be revealed at the event before each round.
Each mission will have its own Primary Objective(s). Players will select three Secondary Objectives from those in the latest version of Chapter Approved.
Play For Fun - 90pts
Games of Warhammer 40,000 are decided by who achieves the most Victory Points. So, your overall ‘Play for Fun’ score is directly related to how well you play the mission, and focus on truly being a great general.
Expect to play Six challenging games of Warhammer 40,000. There will be a total of 90 Victory Points available to score for each game.
45 Victory Points can be earned via each Mission’s Primary Objective(s)
45 Victory Points can be earned via the Secondary Objectives each player chooses before each game.
As you play games across the weekend the Victory Points from each game will contribute towards your overall Play For Fun Score. That score will be the AVERAGE number of Victory Points you scored from each of the 6 games you played across the weekend.
So winning or losing is less important than seeking to maximise your Battle Score by ensuring you secure all the Victory points you can in every game. Every point scored will increase the average. Your opponent’s score has no bearing on your Play for Fun Score.
The most important rule: If you did not achieve it on the table, you do not score those Victory Points. If the game time runs out before the end of the 5th battle round, only the Victory Points scored up to that point are to be recorded. If one player’s army is wiped out before the start of the 3rd battle round, the game ends immediately, and only the Victory Points already scored are recorded. Importantly that also means there’s no discussion after time stops working through what might have happened and who would have scored what in turns you didn’t get to play - points aren’t earned on what if’s.
The long story short is, read the mission, score the points and complete all the game turns to secure all the points you can within the time allocated.
Play For Fun awards proudly sponsored by
When filling out ArcScore choose the statement that you feel best represents how your opponent acted during the game.
Don't let the outcome of the game influence what score you give for Sportsmanship.
* I Played That Guy:
It would be best if anyone is facing an opponent they are having difficulties with to come and let a Tournament Organising Team member know. If we are able to observe what is going on then that will help confirm that they are That Guy! It’s our job to sort it out after that.
Note: All sports votes are CONFIDENTIAL.
You could be penalised if you let anyone know how you scored a game
Don’t Be That Guy! - 90pts
Sportsmanship is a cornerstone of the Arc40k tradition. The event is all about having a great time with good mates, a chance to catch up and enjoy the hobby by playing some games.
Players that come along looking to enjoy a weekend’s worth of hobby immersion, seeking to achieve positive interactions with their opponents, and accepting the results of rolling some dice are the ones walking away with the best memories. We want that to be everyone’s experience!
Ultimately, when the games are over and the dust settles make sure you’re on good terms with your opponent.
When it’s time to complete ArcScore* at the end of each round, your opponent will be the one scoring you on the sportsmanship displayed across the expanse of the gaming table just as you will be scoring them.
So read all the descriptions and then choose the one which best reflects the game you had. Arcscore will work out the rest.
When you complete game 6 we will also ask you to nominate one of your opponents as the favourite you played against across your Arc40k weekend. This is your Star Player. You may only vote once, and these votes will be used to resolve tied results for Best Sportsmanship.
Forged for Fun:
When filling out Forged for Fun in Arcscore choose the statement that you feel best represents how fun your opponents army was to play.
When calculating your total Forged for Fun score - the highest and lowest scores will be removed, and substituted by the Average of the remaining 4 scores.
Our advice is the same as how we ask you to score Sportsmanship - score the Army not the game result.
Forged for Fun - 50pts
Armies that see dissatisfied and disappointed opponents are not what Arc40k is about. Through the Forged for Fun scoring system, your army is marked and that score will impact on your final event standing.
Winning all your games and crushing all your enemies that have stood before you isn’t the ultimate measure of a Champion.
No one should face units that are unkillable because of stacked traits and stratagems. Equally as poor to play against is an army with so many models that it slows the game considerably.
Your army will be scored by each of your opponents.
Before you start your game ensure you’ve handed over a copy of your Army List to your opponent and answered any questions about it that they may have.
At the conclusion of each game, they will rate your army on the table below. This won’t give us a categorical answer about the power of your list.
What we want to gauge is if your army was fun to play against, and in the spirit of Arc40k.
Not everyone will get your list or it might be the scissors to their paper! We get it. So to ensure the fairest outcome in the final Score for every army we remove both the highest and lowest scores from across your 6 Forged for Fun Scores.
We then replace these scores with an average of the remaining 4 scores. If you score low in this category, then the majority of opponents thought your army was not Forged for Fun.
Paint Your Army:
You Pre-Judge and then enter the score for your army via ArcScore.
Painting Judges will confirm your score.
Score Maximum points and nominate for the top 15 to be Judged for bonus points and our top awards.
We endeavour to get great photos of all the Top Armies. But you can also share your work via the Arc40k Facebook page or on Instagram using #Arc40k
The Player’s Choice Award is a fiercely contested competition all by itself.
It is one of the most prestigious awards for the Warhammer 40,000 Hobby in Australia. Not because it is judged by a panel of experts but because it is the voted for among all the participants - the Player's Choice!
Elaborate, Breathtaking, presentations of hobby prowess have become a huge part of the Parade of Armies which launches every Arc40K weekend. The Parade is a time for participants to show off their army at its best - before a single dice is rolled.
There are no points awarded or scores decided during the Parade of Armies. It’s all about immersive hobby presentation at the highest level. So be sure to walk around, take a good look and vote!
We ask that you open the ArcScore app while the Parade of Armies is underway. Once you’ve decided what you believe is the Best Army on Display cast you vote. Simply choose the player's name that should be on display next to that entry.
Creating a theme for your army is about addressing three Questions:
– Where is your Army from in the 40K universe?
– What's it doing right now?
– Why does it fight or what is it fighting for?
How you choose to convey your army's theme is up to you and has up to 14 points available in various ways.
We cap overall Theme at a maximum of 10 Points. This means there's more chance for everyone to present their theme they way they want and be rewarded.
The points will be a guide and the Best Theme will be a subjective choice made by our judges.
Paint Your Army
Painting, Presenting and creating a theme for your Army is a significant part of preparing for and participating at an Arc40k weekend.
We recognise three Best awards for Presentation. Best Painted, Best Player’s Choice and Best Theme. Your points for Painting and Theme are added together and contribute to your Overall Arc40k Event Score. So both are important in where you will find yourself on the overall placings.
Painting - 50pts
This year we are giving you the opportunity to pre-score your Army. Once you’ve registered and set up your army for the Parade of Armies log into ArcScore and complete your Army Painting Scorecard.
Your army presentation will gain you points using the following criteria.
This will appear differently in ArcScore with Tick the boxes for every item that you will tick to earn the score:
Battle Ready Paint - 10 Points
3 colours - Tick this requirement off to earn 10 pts
5 Colours – 10 Points
Every model in my army has five or more colours of paint, shades or washes applied to it. Tick this requirement off to earn 10 points
Parade Level Painting - 5 points
Tick at least 5 of these off to earn 5 points
Edge Highlights - Multiple stage Highlights - Blending
Shades - Multiple Shades - Glazing -Decals - Painted Decals