Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Tank Spank 1 - September 21st, 2013 at PLU

Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA is hosting a Gamerati Game Day September 21st, 2013. 

From noon to 5pm, I will be running Tank Spank 1...the trial run of a Late War all-tank Flames of War event.  Tank Spank uses most of the Tank Aces campaign rules (as presented in Blood, Guts and Glory) with a few exceptions listed below.

There will be demos and pick-up games for Flames and other systems going on from 10am until midnight; card games upstairs, miniatures downstairs, not sure about the board games and traditional games...but they will be in the building!

The Venue

Scandinavian Cultural Center at Pacific Lutheran University, Room #100
12180 South Park Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98447-0003
(253) 535-7532

No Extra Cost

There is no fee for Tank Spank 1, just your entry to Game Day.  And, since the info is buried in the Game Day site, be aware that your Game Day ticket comes with a $20 voucher for Games & Gizmos (who will be there with hobby and wargaming supplies) or Northwest Sports Cards (who will be there with Magic and card supplies).

Force Composition

Each player uses one army type throughout the event, but the composition can change when the point level changes.  There are no required units...treat all mandatory selection as optional selections.  Warrior teams are not allowed, nor are Tiger Ace skills.

Game Schedule

All games but the final rumble will use one of the three deployment types per Tank Aces, rolled before each battle.

Game one:  500 points
Game two:  500 points
-Tank Ace adds one Tier 1 skill
Game three:  500 points
Game four:  500 points
-Tank Ace adds one Tier 2 skill
Game five:  700 points
Game six:  700 points
-Tank Ace adds one Tier 3 skill
Game seven:  900 points
Final game: World of Tank Spank - only Tank Aces, add final skill, random activation order

Tracking Progress

Experience points and kill markers will be tracked for achievement purposes, but will not be applied to your Tank Ace during the event.


Throughout the day, players can also accumulate achievements.  For example:

An Army Of One - win a battle where only your Tank Ace scored any kills.

Old School - destroy a  tank with an older version of it (for example, destroy a Sherman 76mm with a Sherman 75mm).

Abe Jr. - win a battle where you deployed in only one quarter while your opponent deployed in two quarters.

Stalin Jr. - win a battle where you started and ended the battle outnumbering your opponent.

Spearhead - win a battle where you deployed on a table side and ended the battle with all active tanks in the enemy deployment zone.

Follow Me! - win a battle where you fire at the enemy while only your Tank Ace is at short range.

Sherpa - awarded to the player who accumulated the highest victory point total.

The complete list will be available on the day of the event.  If you have ideas for achievements to add, please email them to nwflamesofwar (at) gmail (dot) com or add them to the comment section below.


Tanks do not have to be fully painted, but please at least base coat them or prime them an appropriate color.

Loaner Forces

I will have a couple loaner forces available if you do not have your own.

Intro Games

If you are new to Flames of War, I will initially pair you up with other new players and help run you through the basic rules.


The tables will be set up ahead of time, but you are welcome to bring your own terrain to add some variation to the tables and to show off your cool stuffs.

Other Local Venues

If you cannot make it to Games Day, but are in the area, Flames of War is also played at:
Olympic Cards & Comics in Olympia on Thursday evenings at 6pm
The Game Matrix in Tacoma on Sunday afternoons at 1pm
The Panzer Depot in Kirkland on Thursday evenings at 6:30pm


If you have any questions, you can email me:  nwflamesofwar(at)gmail(dot)com or post in the comment section below.

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