Copy / paste from the post from MVB / Naftka. I only really attend one major event each year, the NOVA Open. Always have a great time. I've also volunteered to help with the terrain build this year; even drafted my wife and my son.
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Registration for the 5th Annual NOVA Open - Washington, DC's Tabletop
Wargaming Convention - begins this Saturday at 10AM US Eastern Time,
The NOVA Open occurs from Thursday, August 28 - Sunday, August 31, 2014.
Full details and information on the schedule and events can be found at http://novaopen.com
Here's a quick-hitter on some highlights for this year ...
Look VERY CAREFULLY AT THE SCHEDULE
Every year we hear people surprised at what else they could have done if only they'd known!
For instance, it's a totally conflict-free schedule experience to
participate in the 40K GT, an Infinity Hunger Games activity, a Sunday
single-day tournament in a smaller event, The Hitchhiker's Guide to a
Successful GT Experience and the 40K Narrative Nightfighter's track
event. Look at it carefully - see what all you can get into to make the
most of your experience :)
The SuperNOVA Program
Previously titled the "VIP" Program, we changed the name to better
reflect the NOVA "brand" if you will, and also because it didn't seem
right to call people VIPs just for buying a more expensive and swanky
pass ... you're all VIP to us (and cheesy as it sounds, anyone who knows
us well will tell you we're dead serious about that).
So the SuperNOVA Bags are limited to 80 items, and then they're gone.
They sell FAST. The purchase of the bag this year includes the cost of
your weekend badge (to make things simpler), and also includes as usual a
KR MultiCase. In addition to the below, you gain access to the
SuperNOVA registration quick-line and army/personal item storage perks.
If you're in your first year of the SuperNOVA program (counting when it
was named "VIP"), you'll receive a KR BackPack 2 ($82.49 value)
If you're in your second year of the program, you can choose a Kaiser2 or another BackPack 2.
If you're in your third year of the program, you'll for the first time
be able to select a Kaiser3 (50% larger than the other two in terms of
Once you purchase a SuperNOVA at any point in time, any subsequent NOVA
you attend includes (whether you SuperNOVA again or not) a Buy One Get
One Free from KR along with your registration materials. It allows you
to acquire one KR Card Case with Custom Foam (or core foam or no foam if
you really want) free with the purchase of one, basically 50% off
filling your BackPack or Kaiser2 bags. You get one every subsequent year
you attend for life. Daryl Elms @ KR Multicase is a pretty amazing guy.
The bags are also loaded with limited edition and vendor-supplied swag.
They include everything from beer steins to special gifts matched to the
army you select during check-out, and tons in between. The total net
value of the items in the bag and the bag itself typically comes to
several hundred dollars' worth of items.
NOVA Open 40K GT
The NOVA Open's 40K GTs is one of the better known 40K events out there,
and is one of the largest singles GTs on the planet (256 player, a la
AdeptiCon and LVO). With a unique bracketing system that ensures most
players wind up facing their peers for most of the weekend, and a huge
array of prizes tuned to all different player types, it's consistently
one of our highest rated and best attended events. It's specifically
designed to allow all player types the opportunity to compete for
prizes, recognition and good old fashioned fun against their
list/competitive peers - you don't need to just bring a beat-face Tau or
Eldar list to win swag and have a great time at the NOVA! Tickets sold
out last year, and have sold faster and faster with each passing year.
Don't miss yours!
NOVA Open Narrative Tickets - Warlord and Nightfighter Tracks
The NOVA Open Narrative more than doubled last year, and
surveys/interest seem to imply it'll do so again. Further, we've made a
portion of the Narrative - the Warlord Track - a full-on GT-level 7-game
event, inclusive of 3 day and 4 night games (first game is Thursday at
night), as well as social activities and daily "Model UN Styled"
planning sessions where the Narrative Warlords directly impact the
mission direction and player deployment of the larger open-attended
If you're playing in the 40K GT and want to get some awesome games in
with really innovative missions and rules battling across LED-lit
boutique terrain ... participate in the Nightfighter track, scheduled to
allow participation in both.
If you're looking for a full weekend of awesome Narrative gaming
participating in a unique universe of the NOVA's creation, fueled by
player participation, participate in the Warlords Track. There are only
ABOUT THIRTY TWO SPOTS available for the Warlord Track, with only 16
initial offerings per Faction (Virtue or Human). If you want in this,
you'd better sign up fast!
40K Trios Team Tournament
In order to make participation less grueling, and also to give Trios
players the opportunity to participate in the Narrative events, we've
pushed the Trios event to Thursday in entirety - all three rounds will
begin and end that day. In the past, you've had to play Trios at night
after a long GT day. This innovative Team Tournament is also NO HOLDS
BARRED - the singles lists each player will use once over the course of 3
rounds can include ANY units in the game - from Escalation to
Forgeworld. This is one of our legacy 40K events, under a management
upgrade of veteran NOVA organizer James Watkins plus three-time Trios
champion Troy Esposito. They're passionate about bringing an awesome
event to start your NOVA Open experience.
The dedicated folks over at A Few Maneuvers
are running a HUGE array of X-Wing events all weekend long at the NOVA
Open this year, and we're super excited about it (as well as about their
excitement). Many of these may sell pretty quick given the rising
popularity of the game and the incredible team running the events. We're
also working on building MASSIVE X-Wing spacecraft to have
"human-sized" X-Wing demos and mini-games. More to come.
The NOVA Open introduced a full weekend of day and night Infinity events
last year, after kicking the game off well in 2012. Infinity enters its
third year at the NOVA under the direction of stellar lead Craig Roberts
and a dramatically-upgraded terrain building project. Check out the
entire primer and weekend of events at the NOVA Open site (where all
primers are located), novaopen.com.
The swag for this event is especially appealing - everybody gets
something direct from Corvus Belli on top of winners' prizes. Further,
expect some really special prizes - last year Corvus Belli's entire
staff of owners, designers, artists, writers, etc., all drew custom
notes and sketch artwork on the inside cover of several hardback
rulebooks addressed specifically to NOVA attendees, and sent them over
as prize support (handed out both to event winners and based upon random
draws among Infinity attendees)!
spent the past several years constantly building the success of
Warmachine and Hordes at the NOVA Open. This year we are proudly a
Warmachine Weekend Qualifier, and it looks to be an even better year
than ever before, with new open gaming / iron arena and boutique terrain
tables being added, and a stronger and more focused array of events
spread across the schedule.
Malifaux and Blood Bowl
Both of these game systems will be at the NOVA Open this year. We're
finalizing plans with the new leads who've stepped up, and we're VERY
excited about it. We'll have more information on these after
Registration, anticipating the opening of sales for these events and
info about them by (ideally) mid-February.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to a Successful GT Experience
What does it mean to experience a "successful" GT? This interactive
seminar will certainly involve discussion about how best to play the
missions and format of the NOVA Open's 40K GT, but it will also include
discussion about the best way to leave the NOVA on Sunday feeling like
your weekend was exciting and successful regardless of the outcome of
your games on the tabletop. It's not just how you play the game, but how
you treat and interact with your opponents that matters. Further,
you're in Washington, D.C. for four days - get some local insight on the
best things for you and your friends/family/significant others to do
while you're there! Hear from organizers and veteran attendees while
observing gaming examples and getting a last minute fire drill on the
best way to "succeed" at the 2014 NOVA Open.
Seminars at the NOVA Open
The Seminars at the NOVA have grown in popularity and coverage every
year. This will be their best year yet. Courses offered include a full
suite of amazing art classes taught by Justin McCoy and Caleb
Wissenback. Additionally, Joe Orteza of AdeptiCon fame will be joining
us to teach his renowned classes teaching you to Lose Your Fear of Green
Stuff. Also of note - the Build Your Own Display Board class introduced
successfully and quite popularly last year is being advanced in 2014 -
we'll be joined by the 11th Company's Tactical Terrain master, Eric, and
Chris Michaels of Powered Play Gaming. They'll combine to teach an
amazing build-and-take that brings you from a little bit of pink foam
through a fully LED-lit and useable display board to show off your minis
all NOVA Open long. Chris and Eric will also be teaching separate
courses on lighting your models and building your own terrain,
respectively. Don't miss any of these before they sell out!
Capital Palette Independent Figure Art Competition
The Capital Palette took off in an amazing way in 2013,
and it's looking to dramatically expand in 2014 into one of the premier
figure art competitions in the country. You can register models on an
individual basis, or you can buy a pass that gives you unlimited
submissions. To encourage even more participation this year despite the
incredible competition, we'll also be giving away some amazing prizes
based purely on participation and submission of entries to the
exhibition. Show off your best work and sneak some listens in at the
display area as people oooh and aaah all weekend long. The prizes for
this event are off the charts - including top tier Grex Airbrushes in every prize category.
Free Charity Lounge Talks
Last year the NOVA Open Charitable Foundation
secured a charitable ABC license and rented out the Presidential Suite
atop the Hyatt Regency, with fantastic views of Crystal City and
Washington, DC, and hosted special guests, staff and SuperNOVA bag
purchasers all weekend long. This year we're opening it up to EVERYONE!
Come on up and enjoy discount beverages (100% of the proceeds go to the
charities supported by the Foundation) while listening in on a variety
of talks all weekend long given by game developers, artists, industry
experts and more. There'll be a full itinerary of Lounge Talks
forthcoming as we get closer to the NOVA proper, but subjects may
include "How to Break Into the Industry," "How to Run Your Own Con or GT
- Panel Talk" and "An Inside Look at Designing and Developing a
Successful Wargame." Want to hear the developer of your favorite
skirmish game talk to you about how he came up with the rules while
sipping your favorite beer or whiskey and occasionally glancing at the
Washingon Monument out the window? Yup! You'll be able to hang in the
lounge and participate in the Lounge Talks just by having a Con Pass.
Besides all of this, there'll be a TON more activity in the vendor hall,
in a new demo row and with a bunch of side activities that add much
more "Fun stuff" for the average attendee to do while they're at the
NOVA. Already on our list of demo companies, by the way? Dropzone Commander, that's who! Many more are in early talks.
Who is signing up this Saturday? What are you signing up for? We're all a
little exhausted, hard at work getting everything as close to perfect
as we can ... but we can't WAIT to see everyone at this year's NOVA ...
our 5th Anniversary will be our best yet!