HOTT ATtaCk '08
Advance the Colors - Springfield, OH
Saturday, September 13, 2008

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Take me to your Leader!

Once more the town of Springfield was rocked with the sound of thunderous hordes. Players from the midwest and parts otherwise gathered in record numbers to compete in the HMGS Great Lakes flagship convention Hordes of the Things tournament.

Sporting 24 players, the tournament was held once again in the Rolling Thunder format, with players getting in as many rounds as they could over the evening. Running till roughly 8 PM, most players played between 3 and 5 games.

Both seasoned veterans and brand new faces to the HOTT scene were in attendance, with some remarkably interesting new army concepts. Even some of the older armies were fielded with a facelift, sporting new elements and modifications.

The Warband/Shooters rules seem to be popular, or at least begrudgingly accepted, among the tournament crowd; though the proposed Sneaker changes have failed to drum up significant interest in the troop type. Armies continue to maintain a fair variety, with combined-arms leading the way and most armies fielding multiple element types.

We've noticed that there has been a pretty sharp reduction in the number of rule questions and interpretations, indicating not only a more widespread availability of rulebooks (more people have managed to acquire a copy of the rules this year than in years past) and a generally improved comfort level with HOTT within the DBA community. The clarity and definition of the rules paired with their retained simplicity and the flexibility of army design have steadily gained popularity among our DBx crowd.

Tournament Format
Rolling Thunder (2.1)
Army Size Scale Round Length
24 AP's 15mm Variable
  • HOTT 2.0 Rules with proposed 2.1 modifications (Shooters move 2", Warband 3")
  • Variable-length rounds, play as many games as you like!
  • Rankings by Win/Loss, Points, Strongholds, Generals
  • Points are number of enemy AP's taken, +2 for taking General, +2 for taking Stronghold
Defend the Shore!

Final Standings
Player Army Results
Thomas Moehn 300 5 - 0 (27 Pts ,5G,1S)
Larry Chaban Larry Chaban and the Lava Dwarves 4 - 1 (34 Pts ,2G)
Tim Ryan Tim Ryan's Doggies of War 3 - 2 (36 Pts ,1G)
Dave Welch Dave Welch and the Ice Orcs 3 - 2 (34 Pts ,3G)
Dave Zecchini The Winged Kingdom of Aves Attack! 2 - 1 (30 Pts )
Scott Wells More Amorous Amazons! 2 - 1 (25 Pts ,1G)
Tim Monaghan Lizardmen, Lizardmen! 2 - 1 (24 Pts ,1G)
Paul Potter Paul Potter's Celts 3 - 2 (31 Pts ,2G)
Aaron McKibben Evil Cave Guys 3 - 2 (30 Pts ,3G)
Jason Stelzer Greek Heroes 2 - 2 (34 Pts )
Daniel Moehn 300 2 - 2 (36 Pts ,2G)
Pat Monaghan Pat Monaghan's Night Elves 2 - 3 (18 Pts ,2G)
Mike Cole Sasquatch and Friends 2 - 3 (26 Pts ,2G)
Jeff Green Jeff Green's Mythical Greeks 1 - 2 (26 Pts ,1G)
Heidi Bender Got Dice? 1 - 2 (24 Pts ,1G)
Steve Sattler Trolls of Terror 1 - 2 (22 Pts )
Dylan Fraser Dylan's Dwarves 1 - 2 (16 Pts )
Greg Crane Greg Crane's Little Green Men 1 - 2 (14 Pts ,1G)
Tim Donovan Goblins of the Luczaj 1 - 3 (22 Pts ,1G)
Steve Cole Kong's Cong 1 - 3 (20 Pts )
John Lawitzke St. George and the Dragon 0 - 3 (20 Pts )
Tina Fraser Tatooine Defense Force 0 - 3 (16 Pts )
Jon Crane Here Lizard, Lizard, Lizard 1 - 0 (11 Pts )
Keith Finn Dino Soreheads 1 - 1 (23 Pts )
Ooooooh, playthings!
Plenty of Carnage to go Around!

The Painted Prizes
Side out!
The Winner and Still Champion!

Paired in the same convention with Paul Potter's innovative (and tremendously fun) Lord of the Rings HOTT mini-campaign, there's a clear and welcome audience for HOTT events at Advance the Colors.

Congratulation go out to Thomas Moehne for his victory in a such a large field of competitors. Prizes were available for all who attended and everyone walked away a winner. As always, a big thanks goes out to Eric Luczaj for running the event and donating the painted prizes ... allowing your humble narrator the opportunity to participate. Further, I'd like to thank the figure manufacturers who have supported us so generously in the past for their continued efforts, and in particular send out thanks to Matt from Alternative Armies ( for donating sample packs which were great prizes for everyone who played.

We're always impressed with the relaxed-yet-competitive spirit of play that Rolling Thunder engenders, as well as the lighthearted and creative nature of the great people who play. We hope to see this kind of turnout at future events, including the ever popular "HOTT Wax", 36-AP competition coming up in January. Stay tuned for location and date information, we look forward to seeing you there!


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