The NOVA Open is one of the largest independent wargaming events in the world, both a tournament in which players test their skills and a convention packed with seminars for hobbyists of all kinds. Between August the 30th and September the 2nd, hundreds of hobbyists will gather for gaming and painting tutorials, take part in discussions of advanced tactics, have a chance to meet celebrities from the world of wargaming, and more! If you’re looking to attend this year, registration is now live!
This year, we’ll be attending the NOVA Open, offering an exciting preview seminar with Pete and Andy (with some major teases and reveals planned), some painting tutorials that’ll give you the chance to learn directly from Duncan and further events still to be confirmed.
Here’s what the team who organise NOVA have to say about it:
“The NOVA Open is one of the largest Warhammer-featuring events in the world, bringing together thousands of tabletop miniatures hobbyists for an incredible weekend of wargaming in the US capital. Run by an all-volunteer staff and driven by a decade-long mission to support worthy charitable causes, the convention hosts thousands of gamers and hobbyists in a professional, welcoming environment situated in close proximity to all the sights and sounds of Washington.”
Chances are, whatever system you enjoy most, there’s an event for you at NOVA. From Warhammer 40,000 to Warhammer Age of Sigmar, and even a Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire Grand Clash, you’ll be able to tailor your trip to suit your tastes, with a vast array of events on offer. Here are some particular highlights chosen by the NOVA team:
Warhammer 40,000 Organized Play Events
– NOVA’s 256-player Warhammer 40,000 Grand Tournament is the event that launched the convention. It uses a unique mission and pairing format that naturally tailors itself to different player types. By design, it quickly helps sort participants into brackets and tracks that suit their particular way of enjoying the game.
– The Warhammer 40,000 Narrative is an innovative, in-depth event spread across the convention. It builds annually on a story that players have contributed to for 7 years, with gaming opportunities that range from all-day, all-night narrative gaming to the ability to drop into any given game during the narrative on an “à la carte” basis.
– The Trios Team Tournament is a fun, laid-back event to kick off the convention, where teams of 3 players each get to simultaneously square off against other teams in both 2v2 and 1v1 matches every round. This event often features extremely cool team displays and army themes.
Warhammer Age of Sigmar Events
– The Warhammer Age of Sigmar Grand Tournament sees a huge field of players competing for glory and fun throughout the NOVA Open weekend.
– The Narrative continues a story that is now 3 years in the making, with single and multi-day event offerings throughout the convention.
– The Doubles Team Tournament enables players to both warm-up for the GT and get in some enjoyable games with both their buddies and newly made friends at the con.
The Horus Heresy: Age of Darkness Events
These are some of the best-looking events at NOVA Open, with mega-battles that feature dozens of Titans, narrative campaigns, relaxed events, and an extremely hobby focused, casual atmosphere. The Horus Heresy events at NOVA are among the best you’ll find anywhere.
The Lord of the Rings Events
The NOVA Open is famous for having some of the best-looking The Lord of the Rings terrain in the world. Not only do you get to participate in one of the largest The Lord of the Rings week-long events found anywhere, you’ll be playing on battlefields that meticulously recreate famous scenes from the many venues of Middle-earth. Terrain tables include Osgiliath, Moria, Lake-town, Goblin-town, Rohan, and so much more. This event series not only captivates Games Workshop fans, it ends up being one of the most photographed events by attendees present for different game systems altogether.
The Warhammer Community Team and Warhammer Studio will be in attendance, providing seminars and Q&A sessions on all manner of Warhammer topics.
– On Wednesday night, the team will be conducting a preview seminar.
– Duncan Rhodes will be running a series of painting tutorials on a range of topics, from Using the Citadel Paints System to painting techniques for xenos, Daemons, power armour, weathering and more, including a special 3-hour model workshop.
– Studio sessions seminars include studio members talking about games they have helped develop and what it’s like to work in the Games Workshop studio.
After the widely successfully KidsHammer inaugural event last year, NOVA Open is expanding it to include both a Warhammer Age of Sigmar and a Warhammer 40,000 track. The NOVA Open crew have arranged for the next generation to get involved in wargaming with events for the younger hobbyists.
So much more!
Check out the website for all you want to know about NOVA Open events in every system, including those listed above – Blood Bowl, Necromunda: Underhive, Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire – the list goes on.
With tickets predicted to sell fast, you’ll want to register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment on the NOVA Open Website – we hope to see you there!
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