Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Gathering in the Desert 2012 Information

Gathering in the Desert 2012

The forces of Good and Evil are once again amassing their armies to do battle again in the Phoenix Desert for the 5th anniversary of the Gathering in the Desert. Are you willing to stand up to do battle and which side will you side with, the decision is yours!

This is the 5th year of gathering in the Desert and once again this event will be featured on the Games Workshop North American Circuit with two players qualifying to participate in the Throne of Skulls event later in the year:

When: February 17th - 19th, 2012 President Day Weekend
Where: Imperial Outpost Games, 4920 West Thunderbird Road, Glendale, AZ 85306
Cost: Pre registration $50.00 after November 30th price increases to $60.00
Games: March to Mount Doom on Friday night run by Brent Sinclair, GitD Tournament will have 3 Games on Saturday & 2 Games on Sunday with awards following.
What you Get:
Your entry to Gathering in the Desert gets you entry into the March to Mount Doom Event on Friday night, Free admission to the Red Dragon painting Competition as well as the two day tournament. Lunch will be provided for both days.

How to Register: We will accept payments through PayPal or cash if you are local.
PayPal should be sent to

Pre - registration closes November 30th, 2011
When you send your Paypal information, please indicate if you will be entering the Paint Competition and playing on Friday Night

Tournament Details:

Maximum 600 Points

This Year we will be doing match ups based on Good vs Evil and you will only be playing against other opponents in the opposite forces. So if you choose Evil you will only play against Good Players and vice verse for Good only playing Evil armies.

Forces must be chosen from one of the army lists from the Legions in Middle Earth supplement or from a valid army list in White Dwarf.

Armies Must be fully painted, no unpainted armies or figures will be allowed.

WYSIWYG, Weapons, armor and upgrades chosen from the army list must be shown on the models used. In other words, what you see is what you get!

In addition to your army, you must model on figure on a standard 25mm base to represent an emissary which will be used in one scenario during the event. It must be a model on foot with hand weapon only and not mounted. Also you must be sure that the model is clearly definable from the rest of your army so that your opponent can tell who is the actual emissary.

All army list must be turned into the organizers two weeks before the event (2/04/2012). Also, you must have a copy of your army list at check in as well as throughout the weekend. If your army list does not match what you are playing anytime during the weekend, you will automatically be disqualified and have all your games reported as Major Loss' and you may be asked to leave the event without a refund.

Forces must follow all rules and restrictions on force selection detailed in "Mustering the Legions of Middle Earth" pages 4-8 in the Legions of Middle Earth supplement.

Named characters (Gandalf, Lurtz, the Witch King, Spider Queen, etc) can only be taken once.

A set of Errata and FAQ's for Lord of the Rings source books will be used and these are maintained on the Games Workshop website. We are aware that many issues may come up in a game that are not covered by the Erratas or FAQ's, If you ask for a rules clarification from the organizers their decision will be final on the situation.

Models with stat lines and point values included in the forces section of the following rulebooks, journey books, source books or any White Dwarfs will be used:

  • The Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game rules manual (aka The One Rulebook)
  • The Fellowship of the Ring
  • The Two Towers
  • Return of the King
  • A Shadow in the East
  • The Fall of the Necromancer
  • The Ruin of Arnor
  • Khazad -Dum
  • Gondor in Flames
  • Harad
  • Mordor
  • Any White Dwarf Article lists (such as WD#354).
Evil Forces cannot include Gollum.

Good Forces cannot include Tom Bombadil or Goldberry.

Where the points value differ between a source book and the Legions of Middle Earth supplement, the points value in the source books takes precedence.

We know you guys are reasonable players, and we look to you to make the right decision in the myriad of situations this issue could arise. If you are unable to, please call over the Organizers to make the call for you and their decision will be final

Also if you choose to use any of the new models as detailed in White Dwarf under the Reinforcements section, than you must provide a copy of the article for the event organizers (if they do not have a copy) and as well as your opponents. This is to make it fair for folks that may not be able to get these articles to be able to see the special rules that apply to these new models.

Scoring for the event will be a combination of Battle Points, Sportsmanship and Paint scores for Overall placement. In order to be eligible for Best Painted, you must have painted the army yourself and you must disclose the fact that someone else painted your army.

1 comment:

  1. Put me down for an EVIL army and I will pay you next time we get together.