Cancon is a gaming convention held in Canberra, Australia run by Canberra Games Society. This year, Cancon 2017 was also host for the Championship for the Warhammer 40,000 Australian ITC* 2016 Season. On Thursday 26th January, most of the Menza Gaming team jammed into three cars, and started the journey from Melbourne to Canberra…
Dean Sinnbeck (from Blog for the Blood God) and Duane Wood (from District : Terra) headed up in one car, taking terrain and tables for the event, Shawn Hollingsworth and Jeremy Martino travelled in another car along with Adam Camilleri, and lastly Matt Mororsoli and myself travelled in another car. The road trip is always part of the fun, although largely uneventful (apart from a flat tyre on our car on the way!)
As we all started to arrive at our Airbnb accommodation, drinks were cracked, Hottest 100 was put on (congrats Flume!) and we started to prepare for the weekend ahead. Matt decided he wanted to have a practice game, as he hadn’t had an opportunity to play with the list he had written at all – however, we had no table! We did have a tub of terrain we bought up to the event, however all of the tables bought by Dean and Duane had already been taken to the venue – our solution? Ghetto wargames table! This is 4 kitchen chairs, with an air mattress layered on top, some cardboard in the middle to accommodate for sag, and a FATmat on top. What ingenuity!
The event itself started on the Friday, and as we walked into the venue, I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised. I had heard a lot about it being ‘cramped’ in previous years, and I’m not sure whether they were being overly precious, or this year’s set up was more efficient, but I did not consider it very cramped at all.
Day 1 results:
Jeremy: 18 / 20 / 18
Shawn: 13 / 20 / 17
Michael: 14 / 20 / 11
Lachlan: 0 / 11 / 6
Morosoli: 20 / 17 / 17
Dean: 12 / 9 / 20
Duane: 17 / 0 / 10
Jarrod: 0/ 5 / 14
Pretty good results on the whole, with 4 of us going undefeated. My own day was a little more disappointing with two losses. I never expected to win every game, but I was a little disheartened about losing to some lists I thought I had the capacity to beat, with a little smarter playing.
After a day of 3 very competitive games, we all headed to Grease Monkey – a Burgers, beers and shakes place – for some dinner.
Gotta say, the burgers were pretty good. This is actually one of my favourite parts about attending tournaments interstate – the food, booze and banter.
Day 2 saw some of us a little more hungover than others, but keen to get back into it. The second day also consisted of another three more games, and I had about as much success as the first day (1 win 2 losses, to be exact). Still a great day, and those of us who had a better run, continued to do so.
Day 2 results:
Jeremy: 15 / 16 / 20
Shawn: 7 / 11 / 16
Michael: 12/ 20 / 0
Lachlan: 19 / 20 / 14
Morosoli: 20 / 3 / 15
Dean: 9 / 18 / 8
Duane: 0/ 13 / 3
Jarrod: 2/ 13 / 2
Saturday night saw the crew heading to The Old Canberra Inn, where we were recommended we could get a great steak. We were lucky enough to be joined by Scott, the head TO, for some banter and bevs, as well as Adrian Strath, who was also in Canberra for ACT of Heresy, before heading back to our airbnb to get some rest before the final day.
Day 3 consisted of the final 2 games, so a shorter day. My first game finished quite quickly, with my opponent conceding after my 4th turn. This gave me an opportunity to check out the rest of the convention before round 8 started.
As someone who recently was at PAX in Melbourne, the first thing I noticed is how much smaller Cancon is – although Canberra has a much smaller population than Melbourne, so it makes sense!
Once round 8 was over, it was time to announce not only the winners of the tournament, but also announce all of the winners and prizes for the ITC 2016 Season.
The winners will be listed towards the end of this article, but I am very excited and proud to say, Menza Gaming was the winner of the top ranked club for Warhammer 40,000 2016 ITC Season – a huge accomplishment for us!
Jeremy: 18/ 20 / 18 / 15 / 16 / 20 / 14 / 12
Shawn: 13 / 20 / 17 / 7 / 11 / 16 / 13 / 20
Michael: 14 / 20 / 11 / 12 / 20 / 0 / 0 / 15
Lachlan: 0 / 11 / 6 / 19 / 20 / 14 / 14 / 13
Morosoli: 20 / 17 / 17 / 20 / 3 / 15 / 6 / 4
Dean: 12 / 9 / 20 / 9 / 18 / 8 / 11 / 9
Duane: 17 / 0 / 10 / 0 / 13 / 3 / 20 / 0
Jarrod: 0 / 5 / 14 / 2 / 13 / 2 / 20 / 0
Some final thoughts from players:
Jarrod: “Despite being disappointed in my own game’s results, I had a blast of a weekend! Scott and John did an amazing job of running an event, and I am definitely keen to dive head first into the 2017 ITC season! My biggest take away is how much practice and development I need as a player.”
Morosoli: “I went into my first cancon with an army I playtested once on the friday night on a ghetto table. I found the event to be run in an incredibly professional manner and the vibe amongst players was one that I haven’t experienced in a while, competitive yet still casual and friendly.
Trying to learn a new army at the ITC championships is something I probably wouldn’t do again, misplays and mistakes led me to all 3 of my losses which I could have played differently and potentially pulled wins out of, however I felt I learned heaps from this experience to take with me into the 2017 ITC season.
Thanks to all the guys I played as you all made this a weekend that I’ll remember, bigger thanks to the guys who put the event on, essentially doing all the work so that 80 of us could have an awesome weekend rolling dice! See you next year guys!
Dean: “Cancon 2017 was my first ITC format event and i have to say it was not what i was expecting! The level of good sportsmanship and comradery were beyond expectation and helped the TO team deliver a fantastic event! My army performed well but some of my strategies fell short leaving me with an average result of 3 Wins, 3 Losses and 2 Draws and a final placing of 36th out of 80 players”
Duane: “The weekend ran real smooth. Scott and Krause did an excellent job of getting results up and moving on to next round. Personally I found myself to be way too out of the meta to be competitive but I had fun which is the number one rule.”
Shawn: “Another amazing weekend of wargaming in the Capital and a huge shout out to the organizers. My Raptors Grav-Company and I travelled north (single column, cruising speed!) and it proved once again how dominant it can be on the tabletop. Battle-Company punches like a double Stormsurge+Riptide wing and weathers abuse like a Cabal Dog Star, but ultimately it was the 26 Objective Secured units that helped me overcome the adversity I faced that weekend. Thanks again to my opponents for 8 fantastic games of war in the grim dark of the 41st Millennium, see you all again next year!”
..and from the winner himself,
Jeremy: “Great weekend for me! Was awesome sharing a house with the boys, we all got to discuss strategies and matchups before rounds.
My army exceeded my expectations. The practice games really helped me out. I played the barkstar more as a board control Swiss Army knife rather than a ‘I will table you’ cutlass. The Quad Mortars were essential to this strategy.
Bring on next year!”
Notable winners listed below:
Cancon Winner: Jeremy Martino
Cancon 2nd Place: Matthew Blair
Cancon 3rd Place: Shawn Hollingsworth
Cancon Renaissance Man: Adam Camilleri
Cancon Best Painted: Sean Haigh
Cancon Player’s Choice: Heath Burkill
Cancon Best Sports: Jarrod Gregory
Cancon Encouragement Award: Craig Anderson
ITC 2016 1st Player: Jeremy Martino
ITC 2016 2nd Player: Arawn Nicholson
ITC 2016: 3rd Player: Adam Napier
ITC 2016 1st Club: Menza Gaming
ITC 2016 2nd Club: Thunder From Down Under
ITC 2016 3rd Club: Maximum Joltage
*The ITC is the Independent Tournament Circuit which is organised by Frontline Gaming. You can check out more at https://www.frontlinegaming.org/community/frontline-gamings-independent-tournament-circuit/