January 1, 2018:  Year 8; Edition 1
NOVA Open 2018 CONVENTION DATES: August 30 - September 2

  • January 15 Newsletter:
    Book Your Room (sold out 2017)
    Block Link will be Provided
    Past SuperNOVAs:
              Don't Miss THIS Issue!
  • February 1 Newsletter:
    Expected Events List
    Expected Seminar List
  • February 15 Newsletter:
    Registration Steps
    Prep for Launch
  • March 1, 2018:
If you have any other questions please email customerservice@novaopen.com.
In This Issue:
The Ultimate Shadespire Collection

Welcome to the first NOCF raffle of 2018!  We have decided to delve into the realm of Shadespire for this first offering, and the team at Frontline Gaming provided the Ultimate Collection to make it a reality. We are sure that you will all love this professionally painted version of the brand new deck-building miniatures board game from Games Workshop!

Tickets for this raffle are on sale NOW and will conclude on January 28th at 6pm EST (or earlier if sold out). There are only 1,000 tickets available, which means your chances of winning are much better than surviving a trip through the Mirrored City unscathed!

The winner will be announced at the Las Vegas Open on January 28th, and then broadcast via our social media channels. The last NOCF raffle sold out early, so we encourage you to buy tickets for this amazing offer TODAY!

Steelheart's Champions and Garrek's Reavers are painted by Drew Carrington of  One Inch Heroes , while Ironskull's Boyz and the Sepulchral Guard are painted by Dave Taylor of  Dave Taylor Miniatures .  

Included in this raffle are:

Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire - Warhammer Underworlds:
Shadespire is an action-packed combat game for two players. Build your warband, construct your deck, and defeat your rivals. Includes Steelheart's Champions (3 Stormcast miniatures) and Garrek's Reavers (5 Bloodbound miniatures);

Ironskull's Boyz:
a warband of 4 Orruk miniatures, along with 60 cards including unique ploys, objectives and upgrades;

Sepulchral Guard:
a warband of 7 Skeleton miniatures, along with 60 cards including unique ploys, objectives and upgrades;

4 Sets of Sleeves:
designed to protect your cards during games (and look pretty cool while doing so) . . . 
1 themed around the Stormcast Eternals, 1 themed around the Bloodbound, 1 themed around the Sepulchral Guard; and 1 themed around Ironskull's Boyz;

4 Sets of 8 Six-Sided Dice:
each featuring 5 Attack and 3 Defense dice for games of Shadespire - themed around Khorne Bloodbound, Stormcast Eternals, Orruk and Skeleton warbands.

Every Little Bit Counts!

Your regular Amazon account switches to Smile.Amazon for you. How much do you spend shopping Amazon all year?

With every purchase, you could help the NOVA Open Charitable Foundation (NOCF).  AmazonSmile has made it easy for everyone; by simply choosing the NOVA Open Charitable Foundation as your preferred charity, a percentage of every purchase goes straight to the NOCF!

Remember, only purchases at smile.amazon.com work. Once you register NOCF, amazon.com will redirect you - no problem!  

Mark Your Calendars!

NOVA Open will again be organizing and hosting the 2018 National Championships for Fantasy Flight Games (FFG) competitive Star Wars™ games. This will include:
Expect tickets to go fast when registration opens on Thursday, March 1, 2018. Keep a lookout in the coming weeks for event schedules and announcements about other FFG games that may be coming to the 2018 NOVA Open.

If you are interested in volunteering to help judge any of these events or if you would like to help bring other FFG games to the NOVA Open, please send an email to volunteers@novaopen.com.

If you have any other questions please email customerservice@novaopen.com.
Coming to NOVA Open 2018

That's right! Fantasy Flight Games newest miniatures game set in the Star Wars universe will be at NOVA Open 2018. 

Many of you received a demo of Legion at the NOVA Open earlier this year from FFG's Matt Holland and the Flight Crew. It was clear from the number of people gathered around the demo tables that weekend, that Legion is going to be a huge success.

With that in mind, we will be hosting Legion events at the NOVA Open in 2018. What kind of events you might ask? You'll just have to keep an eye out for more information. 

If you're interested in volunteering to help bring Star Wars: Legion events (or gaming events) to the NOVA Open, send an email to volunteers@novaopen.com.
Cool Mini Or Not

NOVA Open is proud to introduce Bryan Steele from CoolMiniOrNot (CMON).  As one of NOVA Open's major sponsors and vendors, CMON has been giving convention attendees an opportunity to play through the worlds of Dark Age and Wrath of Kings, its two flagship miniatures games. In Dark Age, players' warbands engage in skirmish battles across Samaria, the setting's post-apocalyptic science fiction setting; Wrath of Kings provides opportunities for small to large scale fantasy battles in a world where five kingdoms seek control of ArikaniaIn. CMON also successfully launched a Kickstarter for A Song of Ice and Fire (July 2016), a rank-and-file miniatures game based on the George R.R. fantasy novel series of the same name. At NOVA Open 2017, our newsletter staff sat down with Bryan, CMON's miniatures brand manager, to talk about the development of Songs of Ice and Fire future releases for 2017 and 2018.

NO: How's your NOVA Open experience been so far?
BS: It's fantastic. This is actually my first NOVA. I have done all kinds of conventions, but this is the first time I came out to this one. And I'm really excited. It's turned out to be a great show. This is good from a management standpoint and from a gamer standpoint. I've been a gamer longer than I've been in the industry . . . and it's awesome! I love to see people playing games and everybody seems to be smiling.
But it's been a good show. I have been told before that it was almost like a BBQ, that it feels like a big family event, and I can totally see that. From what people been telling me who come for several years, it's even busier than before, and it feels good. You guys have a good thing going, and I think that next year it'll be bigger and better.
NO: Can you tell us about A Song of Ice and Fire?
BS: It's a good thing to note that A Song of Ice and Fire is based off the novels. That Kickstarter ended a few weeks ago and it went very well. It was for the initial starter set of A Song of Ice and Fire, the Starks versus the Lannisters, as well as a handful of mercenaries that are coming along for the backers. After the backers receive their shipments, I want to say that the retail launch is shooting for April or May 2018. After the retail launch (or hopefully before), we'll start telling people about the other factions and get people playing.
NO: Can you give us an overview of the game?
BS: It's a rank and file game. It is a much more streamlined, but also has a lot of game elements that are not necessarily on the battlefield. You can get a lot of the iconic characters like Cersei or Tyrion Lannister, characters from the books who it would be weird to see in battle. Cersei is not going to show up where all the swords and spears are, she's not going to leave the palace, that's not her thing.
So, what we have is a non-combat unit board, like a tracker and every turn your non-combat units can do these intrigue and special abilities: You say, "this time I'm influencing the crown, if I do it two turns in a row, I can have one of your units have minus two rolls because I bribed the supply masters that give you terrible bow strings." There's are a lot of cool back and forth. And there are tactic cards based off which characters you bought, which characters you might play.
The bare bones game is a squared up units-style game where you're moving back and forth, it's I go-you go. The strength of units is based on how many guys are left in the unit - and that changes based off the units themselves. The Stark Berserkers, are more powerful the more damage they've taken. By the time they're almost dead, they're throwing a ton of dice at you. Whereas the Lannister Calvary are going to take a beating all game long, it's going to take forever to kill them because they're wearing the most expensive and toughest armor in the game.
It's a fun and relatively easy system to get into. Where the complexity and tactics come into play are your non-combat units and some of those individuals - which commander is leading my army?  He's going to bring special decks to play during the middle of the game.
NO: What thinking went into the development of the game?
BS: It's Michael Shinall's baby.  This was his brainchild, so I don't want to step on his toes or speak for him. The primary goal was to create a game that felt like the books, looked like the books, and then had an easier play style that still has a lot of complexity to it. "Easy to learn, difficult to master," that sort of thing. I know that Michael is really good at coming up with unseen gems, and I think as people start to play it and as we get more factions out, and the game grows in retail stores, you'll start seeing it at conventions played by the people. Next year is going to be big for Song - it's going to do very well.
NO: What's happening with the other miniatures systems like Wrath of Kings?
BS: With Wrath, we're still trying to get out all the units from the Rising Conflicts book that came out last year, so there was about five to six units for every house and we're still trying to produce and get that out to people. We ran into a shipping snafu and we had a couple of months where the releases didn't happen. It was an unforeseen circumstance and it put a big pause on things for a few months, but now things are back to normal and we have our releases scheduled into 2018 to get all those units out. We're still talking to Army Painter to do some mouse specific paint sets, which would be cool.
I'm a House Hadross player (my personal thing is that I'm a fish guy), and we got a couple new releases, the Deepmen Nephrons and the Immanis Kraken. I'm psyched to see those on the table. I've had one for a while and I want to see other people start using it. I'm a big fan of anarchy and chaos when things go wrong. Fun over tactics, if you will. And the Kraken, if you don't have a leader nearby, he flips out and kills stuff nearby. I want to see people fail and have squid start eating their fish people. I want to start hearing that on the Facebook page, "my squid freaked out and killed half my line!"
I'm interested to see the new models coming out, too. I just saw the physical models for Gotha Knights and they're amazing. The art was great; the model is better than the art. I'm excited to see people when they get the Gotha Knights in their hands. So, that's where Wrath is right now.
NO: What about Dark Age? Where is that system going?
BS: We just recently released the Dark Age Skarrd Faction book - which is an update several years in the making, which talks about the advent of the Cult of Decay, a brand new Skarrd cult filled with cool fungus zombies, and monsters made from other models. We've also been slowly re-sculpting the dated models to bring them up to our new standards. The guys at Big Child Creatives in Spain are doing most of our sculpting and painting now - they're definitely doing the lion's share of the work - and you can tell. Their models are gorgeous and Sergio's [Calvo] paint jobs are killer. Also, moving away from the blistered line into smaller inboxes has been better for retailers and distribution in the last eight months or, so the game has really taken off.
Dark Age has been around for a while but the last year we have been focused on it and we're getting a lot of great reviews. These last couple of months have been fantastic for fan growth, seeing our Facebook page chatter grow. I'm personally super psyched because it is my baby, it's where I spend most of my time. I'm loving the fact that the fans have got stores contacting us on how to get the product in hand.
So, Dark Age is good. I love seeing it at shows like NOVA Open. GenCon was wrapping up a couple of weeks ago and that was six days of work. It was awesome to see stuff flying off the shelves and everybody buying, but with this show I can see the same kind of thing but I also get a chance to talk to people and play games. I was able to go down to the hall after hours and get a couple of games in - and I previewed a few new models - so people got to play against models that aren't out yet! I'm having a blast - NOVA Open is a great show.
NOVA Open would like to thank Bryan and CMON for supporting our convention and our community over these past few years.

To learn more about CMON, please click   here.  
Volunteers are the Lifeblood of NOVA Open
Near or Far, Join the Family Today!

The NOVA Open is so much more tha tabletop wargaming!  It is about  about fundraising for charitable causes, getting together with old friends and making new ones, and the one thing heard more than any other - family. Become part of the Family today!

"Bottom Line: I want to be part of  t his Community . . . 
more than just a consumer!"

People ask how they can help; they think  about it, want to be a part of it, and then shrug.  Don't shrug today!   New volunteers will be invited to a meeting with the NOVA Open Board of Directors (in Vienna or via Telecom) this Saturday, November 18 @ 1:00pm EST ~

The NOVA Open cannot exist without the massive collaboration of its volunteers. Everyone of us has special skill sets that can help the NOVA Open continue. There are tasks and projects that require help throughout the year.

If you live far from the DC area, you're not going to be able to come to terrain days; regardless, can you work remotely throughout the year on small tasks and projects? 
  • Are you an organizer? Calendars need managing and tasks need tracking. Can you work with a team to keep things moving forward? 
  • Do you have a knack for graphic design, good at quick turnarounds? Our lead graphic designer could use artists who understand concept and handle editorial feedback.  
  • How about communications or networking?  Could you work as a writer or collaborate with a team on reaching the bigger market ... through blogs, advertising, social media?
  • Does anyone out there have mad shopping skills? Can you find what no one else can on an internet search?  Do you refuse to pay for a product that doesn't come with free shipping and a discount?  The NOVA Open could use your help - frequently and year-round!
  • Use your imagination!  A convention requires skills from just about every area of expertise or capability there is. Throw your hat in the ring and NOVA Open will find a good fit!
Having volunteers available year around to jump in on small tasks or to commit to big jobs is an area of great need.  NOVA Open could also benefit from seasonal volunteers:  Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer & The Convention!  When does your calendar open up?!

Tell us how you can help - reach out today:  customerservice@novaopen.com
Find Yourself and Your Friends!

Thanks to the amazing efforts of Chris Michaels and his photography team, we have hundreds of photos of all the events at NOVA Open 2017! 
All photos will soon be organized by event , but feel free to look at them in advance at this link on Flickr.

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