Granite City Waaagh Fest

Rules 2023


Rules 2023

Granite City Waaagh!Fest! uses the ITC Rules for choosing armies and other rulings during the tournament. The rules can be found here. Most questions can be answered with a careful reading of these documents. If you still have questions, please ask on our Facebook page here. All other deviations from ITC or standard Games Workshop Warhammer 40K Rules will be listed here..

The Warhammer 40k 9th Edition Rules will be used. We realize 10th edition is right around the corner but the release date is too close to this years event date.

A total of three games will be played – two and a half hours per game.

Choosing Your Armies
·       2000 pts, 1250 of which may be Lord of War unless you’re playing a knight faction.
·       This year we’re going with the Rule of Two: no more than two of any datasheet will be allowed except for troops and dedicated transports
·       Errata and new rules that are released after May 10th will not be used.
·       Arks of Omen detachments will be used.

Fortifications at Waaagh!Fest

Fortifications are allowed at Waaagh!Fest 2023 with the exceptions noted above. Because of the problems this may cause with the setup of terrain, which is predetermined by the staff before the event in an attempt to create some sort of balance (hehe) for all players and armies, we have decided to approach fortifications in this manner.

During deployment, if either or both sides have fortifications of any kind, they will use this extra step in placing their models.

Roll to see who starts deployment first as normal.
The person who goes first places their Fortification first using these rules

  1. You may REMOVE ONE piece of terrain in YOUR deployment zone to make room for your Fortification if necessary. At least 50% of the terrain piece to be removed must be inside your deployment zone.
  2. If you remove a piece of terrain, your Fortification MUST occupy at least 50% of the area the original terrain piece occupied.
  3. The player who goes second now places their Fortification using the above same rules.
  4. Players now continue deploying their armies as per the standard rules.
  5. After the game is finished, terrain piece must be placed back in it’s original spot on the table.

The rest of da roolz

What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG). If you wish to use an item, it must be represented on the figure.

You must provide access to your own rules (which include the actual Codex used for your army), dice, , pen/pencil, calculator, or anything else you will need during the course of regular play.

In order to keep the tournament running on schedule, when time is called for a round, all player’s must drop the dice and stop playing – no exceptions. Your being extremely close to winning is NOT justification for playing past the allotted time. Because of this, please be aware of the time left in the round and do not start a turn that EACH player cannot finish. If you were not clear on this DO NOT START A GAME TURN THAT EACH PLAYER CANNOT FINISH. “But I will win if we do another turn really fast” is NOT sufficient ground to start another turn. If you are that worried about it you are playing in the wrong tournament.

Players should submit their list to BCP and must be in Battlescribe format. If you don’t have/use BCP you must bring one printed one copy of your list.

Players are required to turn their rosters in to the organizers in advance of the tournament in an electronic format. Rosters must be submitted no later than May 10th. We need time to review and make sure things are ok before the tournament. Email your lists here (

This tournament is full and open disclosure. If your opponent doesn’t want to show you their list note it on your sportsmanship score sheet. We will be looking for patterns.

Note on player etiquette: if a question comes up about any tertiary items always ask your opposing player (i.e. dice apps, using chess clocks, etc)

Play your games, get done, go eat food and have a drink.

Tip your bartender and the bar wait staff. Do not be a cheap skate. These people are getting paid primarily on tips and we want them to have a good time as well. We also want them to welcome us back next year!

If you see someone that needs help carrying something, help them out without being asked.

Offer to buy your opponent a beer. It may not ‘technically’ be mandatory but it will help your karma.

If you cheat or have a crappy attitude you will be kicked out.


Battle: There are 20 battle points which can be won for each game. Each of the three games will have different ways to garner battle points. Some standard fare such as kill points and targeting specific units will be present in some scenarios – others may not be so standard. Who knows?

Painting: Each player will self-score up to 20 points towards their final score for paint. A completely unpainted army (which you are welcome to bring if you choose) will be awarded a zero while the army that Michelangelo and DaVinci got together to convert and paint would be worth 20. For the most part your self-scoring your army though staff may come around to confirm. If you want your army to be judged for Best Paint you’ll bring your armies up to the front during the lunch break. This is separate from your paint score. The award for Best Paint is only given to players who paint their own army.
Sportsmanship: Be honest but don’t be “that guy/girl”.

Ok, yes, it’s a bar tournament focused on the thrill of playing with toys, in a bar, but we still have to have prizes or no one would really come to play! That being said, there will be trophies and prizes. Best General (Overall), Best Sport (top Sportsmanship score – general consensus amongst staff in case of tie) and Best Paint will receive “trophies” befitting the event. There will be other fun door prizes as well depending on the volume of entrants. These will usually be somewhat themed and at the whim and creativity of the Waaagh!Fest staff.

NOTE: The staff at Waaagh!Fest can’t guarantee we’ll have prizes for the Sunday event, but we’ll see if we can come up with something.