D&D Miniatures
D&D Miniatures Legendary Evils Release Events
By Jim Ansaldo

I love the smell of plastic in the morning …

It’s that time once again, skirmish enthusiasts! Oh, to hear the cracking of the boosters! To pore over brand new stats! To build a ragtag alliance the likes of which has never been seen!

We at the DDM Guild are giddy as school girls over the impending release of a brand new set of HUGE miniatures. If you’re like us, then the only reasonable response is to organize and/or attend a Legendary Evils Release Event. Check out our event map to find an event or download our fact sheet for full details on running your own.

Epic Sealed Play

Monster Manual: Legendary Evils provides us with our first opportunity for Sealed play with Epic warbands. Players receive two boosters and build a 400-point warband, ignoring both faction and alignment restrictions. Swiss rounds with a maximum of 60 minutes per round are played, and all players may participate in all Swiss rounds. Like 200-point play, the Assault scenario is used. Players provide their own battle maps.

In addition, players will need to bring complete printouts of the Legendary Evils stat cards (available for free download from the DDM Guild website starting August 14). Black-and-white prints are perfectly fine. Some tournament organizers may decide to provide printouts for players.

Also available from the Guild’s website and legal for use in Sealed play are item stat cards. Item stat cards represent equipment and magic items that creatures may be packing when they show up for a rumble on the battle map. Item stat cards allow a player more choices and may be needed to fill out a warband to 400 points. See the 2009 D&D Miniatures Game Battle Rules for full details on using item stat cards. Both the Battle Rules and item stat cards are available for free download from the DDM Guild website.

How to Organize an Event

If you’re a player that wants to play in a Legendary Evils Release Event, you have a couple of options. You can print out the fact sheet and have a talk with the owner of your friendly local gaming store. Or, if you’re at least 18 years of age, you can find a public place to play and host an event yourself. See the Guild’s article on Organizing DCI-Sanctioned DDM Tournaments for complete information on sanctioning an event. The fact sheet should answer any other questions.

As a TO (Tournament Organizer), whether you’re a store owner or a miniatures enthusiast, you’ll need to find at least four players in order for your sanctioned event to be held. Don’t just look for skirmishers to participate. Collectors may enjoy the chance to put their purchases to use before taking that honored place on the shelf. RPG players can learn the fundamentals of 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons combat and tactics. Casual players will have the opportunity to field wacky combinations of figures not possible in any other format. All in all, push the idea that participating in a Release Event means that players get more from their minis -- and who can resist a bargain?

Finally, there is the matter of prizes. In the past, specially repainted minis have been quite a draw for participation in pre-releases. While the Guild isn’t in a position to offer such custom minis, we would refer you to our monthly DDM Guild Repaint articles. Megan Smith’s clear instructions will guide even a novice artist through the process of creating a special memento for all participants.

In addition, we recommend that store owners consider kicking in some boosters for prizes. Individual store owners will need to do the math regarding price of admission, but the prospect of walking home with additional minis will be a draw for many players. In our experience, a prize draft often works best. At the end of the tournament, crack open a few boosters, spread the minis out on a table, and allow players to pick minis, lining up in order of the final standings.

Celebrate the Release of Legendary Evils

There is no DDM play quite like Sealed DDM Play. For many of us, the pre-release tradition has been a time for seeing old friends, smelling fresh plastic, rolling some dice, and having a grand old time. The DDM Guild is happy to support this tradition in this new era of D&D Miniatures. Discuss this article and let us know if you’ll be playing in a Legendary Evils Release Event!

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