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    5. putting YOUR miniatures into the Arena!

    the Arena will be an open videogame, both in the sense that you'll get to play it for free, and in the sense that you can contribute your own gladiators. you've seen it on this forum already when it came to kitting our Highborn Prince: the community suggested many options for this build, and then we voted and chose our favourite (here is the full story). but this is not the only way for you to contribute to our project: you can also bring your own sculpts and your own paintjobs onto the virtual battlefield. in this way, your own creations will be seen and used and appreciated by all our players on TabletopSimulator!

    donors: sculpts by Admiralty Miniatures (Karak Norn Clansman), painted by Andrea Febo (Manacerace)

    for those of you who will join the BeLaMa tournament this weekend, consider bringing along your most beautiful miniatures, so i can work my magic and import them into the Arena before the day is over. we are looking for powerful heroes but, as you can see from the picture above, in the future we will create armies for 4500 pts games as well, so don't be coy and share any model you'd like - from lowly goblins to mighty dragons!

    since we want to do things cleanly and respect everybody's intellectual property, there are restrictions as to which miniature companies we will take into consideration, but this is something we can discuss in Düren while having a drink. in the meantime, huge thanks to Little Joe, Lich King, Adaephon_Delat and Klexe, who have already pledged to bring along some of their amazing minis (and terrain pieces!), and to DucdeGuerre, who'll kindly host us at his tournament. can't wait to be there, so we can grow the Arena together!

    your comments (also in the VotA blog) are always welcome.
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    4. the pairing mechanism

    so ok, as you've seen from the video above, that Duke is brutal. its weapon enchantment that destroys the opponent's weapon is nasty, particularly in the context of the Arena duels. but what if the Duke goes against our Highborn Prince with Ring of the Pearl Throne? the elf could block the Duke's enchantment before it can destroy the elven enchanted spear. or what if the Duke fights against a Kuulima's deceiver or our gladiator giant, who have no enchanted weapons in the first place? ...and that's why the pairing mechanism is so important. in the card below you find all the rules to recreate this mechanism yourself:

    and more importantly, you can use this thread to let us know what you think of the process.
    - do you find it fun? the idea is to recreate that feeling we had as kids, when picking team mates for our football games in the yard : )
    - do you find it effective? some builds seem abusive (like the Duke?), but the pairings should help to counter them
    - do you find it balanced? it's nice to start choosing your gladiator first, but also to remove the nastiest of the 4 matches. both player alpha and beta should have something good available.

    after the first Arena games, we asked the PTGs what they think about this issue and some others. we'll upload that video soon. in the meantime, in this thread you can see how this pairing mechanism made its way into the arena: thanks to the advice of tournie mastermind @Randomus. you can find a whole video of us chatting and playing on his Abrasus Tactics Channel:

    let us know what you think and help us make the Arena more fun and balanced. in the meantime, keep an eye on the VotA youtube channel, cos tonight we'll upload the second match of the PTG arena games!

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    3. first blood

    mace against hide, speed against magic, faith against stench!
    Destrian nursery rhyme

    yesterday night we finally played and livestreamed the first duel in the Arena. we surely had some tech issues to sort out, but after a few minutes everything started running quite smoothly. with the Duke having reaped a whopping 62% of the votes in the Facebook poll, many of us on camera (note: we were three) thought the match would be quick n' easy... well, get comfortable, grab a few minis to paint and see for yourself!

    thanks to Lucky-Sixes and Hyper-G for the game, to Marcos24 and Karak Norn Clansman for the minis, and to our viewers for their advice and their company (especially to @herzogar who helped the underdog with some rule advice and with some selfless occult volunteering!) : D
    see you on thursday night for another upload from the Arena series, or on "the VotA blog" thread for your comments. in the meantime, enjoy a screenshot of Lucky-Sixes calmly and politely commenting on an unlucky diceroll:

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    2. choosing gladiators

    it seems like the Duke has collected the favour of the community... but i still think that the Crown of the Wizard King could play a role here. maybe the Warlord could be lucky to roll a juicy missile (Quicksilver Lash or maybe Hand of Heaven). an augment could be nice as well (Awaken the Beast or, given that the Duke has Tristan's resolve, even some Spectral Blades). if you could choose, which spell would you give the Warlord to increase its winning chances?

    at any rate, this shows you how important the pairing mechanism is for the Arena games, which we designed with the help of one very knowledgeable member of our gaming community (thank you Randomus !). since you play every matche with a single model, the tactical component of the game is quite limited. and since the models are already built and kitted for you, the strategic component is quite limited as well. this means that selecting a good match-up before the matches start is absolutely crucial. it's a bit like the quote from the Great Cynic of Aschau, the one that you can find in the QuickStarter book (which is just another example of how Queens can be uncomparably cool):

    The result of any battle is all but assured
    by the time the armies take the field.
    All that's left are formalities.
    Queen Mother Siglinde, known as
    "The Great Cynic of Aschau"

    one might rephrase and say that in the Arena, the result is all but assured even before fielding your gladiators. the pairing mechanisms does a lot of the deciding. and that's why in the next video you can see a detailed report on how the pairing works, with our Proxy Table Gaming guests (Hyper-G and Lucky-Sixes) alternating in choosing and discarding gladiators. for extra fun, we did "blind pairings": the players had to work out the gladiator selection without having read the builds for the various characters! this was done on purpose, so you can focus on the mechanism rather than on the decisions. so if you're curious, here you go with the full story: now you know why the Duke was paired against the Warlord - and also about the two other upcoming matches. what do you think will happen? if you had to place your bet, would it be for Hyper-G or Lucky-Sixes? let us know your opinion and, if you want to see the first livestreamed match, make sure you subscribe and activate notifications for the Veil of the Ages youtube channel! and as always, for comments and discussion we will see you in this thread.

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    welcome, traveller.
    you have reached the point where the Veil is at its thinnest...
    pierce it, and enter an Age of epic battles and glorious duels!

    hi everybody, this is piteglio from Veil of the Ages, a project devoted to sharing our amazing hobby with players from all over the world. welcome to a blog full of art, storytelling, gaming and entertainment in general. let us start with our first announcement:

    1. fighting in the Arena

    tomorrow evening (Jan 20th 2020) i will start a livestream on my youtube page. Hyper-G and Lucky-Sixes (also known as the hosts of the Proxy Table Gaming youtube channel) will fight each other in the first duel in the virtual Avras Arena! for more information on the Arena itself, you will have to wait the next blog article. but in the meantime, if you want to know more about the two gladiators (and their chances of success), make sure to keep an eye on our Facebook poll, ended yesterday with quite a clear result:

    do you also think the Duke sculpted by Marcos24 will crush the orc? or will the Crown of the Wizard King make all the difference, and maybe skew the odds in favour of this Feral Warlord sculpted by Karak Norn Clansman (Admiralty Miniatures) and painted by Manacerace? ...yes, you got it right. we will be playing an online videogame with miniatures sculpted and painted by members of this very forum. because The Ninth Age is a treasure that belongs to everybody!


    PS: if you want to support us and The Ninth Age in general, make sure to subscribe to and follow one (or all!) of our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or YouTube accounts. also, if you want to discuss these blog articles, feel free to visit the VotA blog thread on this forum. in the time and age of social media, this is what could help us transform The Ninth Age into the worldwide success it deserves to be! [Read More]
  • On this week's episode of MGR we chat through Strivelyn Siege III, the return of the Scottish scene's annual team tournament! Join us as we talk absolute bull, delving into the woes and triumphs of our guest's adventures across the tabletop, as they battled their way through our custom scenarios! Tune in for maximum MGR rambling!

    *WARNING: MGR do not accept liability for any auditory bleeding, psychosis or anal leakage while listening to this show :cursing: .*…i-ramble-with-michael-nic

    The Scottish 9th Age Facebook page for updates and news about forthcoming tournaments and events here

    And the Scottish 9th Age Twitter for pictures from battle reports, events etc.

    To get in touch with the podcast team and to submit questions for the show you can email us at [Read More]
  • Hi guys, it's that time of year again where we review our previous 12 months and looks ahead at what could be in store for us in 2020. Lots to discuss and go through, with even more exciting news - and maybe some surprises - awaiting us in the new year. After a pretty successful 2019, we cant thank you guys enough for your continuous support, comments, likes, shares, etc. You guys are so great! It means so much to us and really motivates us to carry on doing what we are doing and delivering the nerdy content that we do! THANK YOU! :love:

    2019 Review / 2020 Preview


    However, what we can do is try and repay the favour by offering up a competition to get stuck into - mentioned in the video - and reward you lucky guys with a lifetime subscription to Table Top Simulator (TTS) so you can take your geeky interests to the next level! We have teamed up with TTS and "Veil of the Ages" to offer you the chance to get involved with their free T9A video game, coming out in March, to play with all your beautiful models online as well as in the real world! Crazy right!

    For those of you that don't know TTS you can read all about what it offers and how it can improve your gaming/hobbying world HERE. In a nutshell, it offers you a chance to find players online for more traditional games (I.E. boardgames), while also being a sandbox for players to create their own functions and games (D&D anybody???). Furthermore, it has become a revolutionary access point to more forward thinking games, such as @piteglios Veil of the Ages arena.

    We are offering several ways to enter the competition via Youtube, Twitter and the forum itself - SO GET INVOLVED PEEPS! Here's how you can enter:
    • YouTube - Simply add a comment on any of our YouTube videos (including the 2019 review) with the abbreviation "[TTS]" beforehand. That will automatically enter you into the pot & we will draw one lucky person out at random & get in touch with you to sort out the deets.
    • Twitter - I have tweeted about the competition HERE. Simply like and re-tweet the post to be automatically entered into the draw. Again we will pick one name out at random and get in touch with you through those channels.
    • Forum - Now here's the cheeky one! All you have to do is shout about us and spread the love of PTG on the forum - and tag either me or @PTG - Hyper-G in the same post where you mention PTG or our channel (or just about how lovely and funny we are :D ). We will get the notification automatically in our Notifications tab and that automatically enters you into the draw, for which (once again) we will pick someone out at random and get in touch with you to sort out getting you that wonderful lifetime subscription
    Now, there is no restriction on how many times you enter and you can enter on all three mediums to triple your odds of getting this wonderful prize... so what the hell are you waiting for folks, get cracking! And just to show you how much this competition is about the love we have for you & your support, the deadline for the competition is Friday 14th February - yep you guessed it, valentines day!!! Oh we do spoil you...

    WARNING - You will need a STEAM account to access TTS. However, this is free & easy to obtain and we can talk you through it if you don't already have one, so don't let this stop you from joining in the fun with all of us! 2020 is gonna be a good year...

    And here is some pictures of what you could be gaining access to with the TTS prize!!!

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