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Mission Guidelines (Working Draft through 2/28/20)

This section describes the format Guidelines for the 2020 8th Edition ITC Champion Mission pack. In this section, you will find the rules for pre-game setup, including deployment and scoring for Primary and Secondary missions. Unless otherwise stated, all of the six missions listed below follow these steps. Questions should be directed to: contact@frontlinegaming.org.

Pre-Game, Deployment, & Setup

Pre-Game

Step 1: Before any dice are rolled, players adjust and define terrain on the board, then both players choose Warlord Traits, Psychic Powers, spend pre-deployment command points,  free relic, and any additional Relics they wish to use. These should be written or notated clearly for reference in game.

Step 2: Players reveal the items from step 1 to each other simultaneously.

Deployment Map & Objectives

Step 1: Players roll off.

Step 2: The player that rolls higher may choose to be the Attacker or Defender. The Defender rolls for the deployment map and may re-roll the result a single time if they choose to. The Defender also chooses their deployment zone, and the Attacker gets the remaining deployment zone.

Step 3: Players then place objectives following scenario guidelines as listed on each mission. Instructions for placing objectives are as follows:

A: All objectives are considered to be on the ground floor and may not be placed inside of enclosed buildings. Move terrain if necessary to accommodate this requirement.

B: Distances are measured to and from models to the closest point of the objective marker when determining which models are in range to control an objective.

Step 4: Each player chooses 3 of the Secondary Mission Objectives listed below. One of them must be from the Seek and Destroy category and one must be from the Maneuvers category. The third mission can be from either category or be Old School.  A player may only choose each mission once. They then reveal them to their opponent simultaneously.

Step 5: Players begin deploying.  The Attacker will deploy their entire army first and take the first turn. The Defender will deploy their entire army second and take the second turn. There is no roll for Seize the Initiative.

Game Length, Tabling & Concession Scoring

Each game lasts 6 Battle Rounds. At the game’s conclusion, the player with the higher total score is the winner. If one player chooses to concede before the game has come to a natural conclusion or is “Tabled” (meaning all of their units have been destroyed), they retain the score they had up until that point and count all of their units as destroyed for scoring purposes for each of the remaining turns of the game meaning their opponent will earn all of their Kill, Kill More primary points for every turn thereafter. The player that didn’t concede or get tabled may play out the remainder of the game to score any additional objectives to increase their final score. In the case of a concession, the conceding player automatically loses the game regardless of comparative scores.

If a player draws a bye due to an uneven number of players, this should go to the player with the lowest total score and that player receives a win and a score of 30 points.

Players should take careful note that tabling your opponent does not automatically score maximum points for the mission. Concession also does not automatically award max points to the victor!

Primary & Secondary Mission Scoring

Primary Mission: End of Player Turn Scoring

Each player scores points at the end of their player turn.

  1. Do you hold one or more objectives?
  1. 1 point
  1. Was an enemy unit destroyed during your player turn?
  1. 1 point

Primary Mission: End of Battle Round Scoring

Each Player also scores points at the end of each Battle Round.

  1. Do you hold more objectives than your opponent?
  1. 1 point
  1. Were more of your opponent’s units destroyed this battle round than your own?
  1. 1 point

Secondary Missions:

Each player may score up to 4 pts for each of the following Secondary Missions, for a total of 12 between the three they’ve chosen. These points can be scored at any time unless otherwise specified in the description.  Seek and Destroy Secondaries may not be scored concurrently by the same unit on the same target. Maneuver Secondaries may not be scored concurrently by the same unit or on the same objective. Old School may be scored concurrently with any other secondaries by or from the same unit.

Example 1: A player picks Head Hunter and Big Game hunter as two Seek and Destroy secondaries. Their Knight destroys a unit that is both a Character and a Vehicle with 10 wounds. They can only score one of the two Seek and Destroy secondaries from that unit of their choice. However, if the same Knight destroyed a Vehicle  with 10 wounds and a separate Character unit in the same shooting phase, the controlling player could score a point for both qualifying secondaries.

Example 2: A player chooses Engineers and Sappers as two Maneuvers secondaries. If both units are on the same objective, the player may choose to either use his Engineers or his Sappers but not both. Similarly,  if they had chosen Recon and King of the Hill and had a unit within 9” of the middle of the table and in a table quarter, the player must choose which of the two Maneuvre secondaries the unit is counting towards.  

Old School: Earn 1 point for the following:

  • First Strike: An enemy unit is destroyed in the first Battle Round.
  • Slay the Warlord: The enemy Warlord is destroyed at game’s end.
  • Linebreaker: Have one of your models within your opponent’s deployment zone at the end of the game.
  • Last Strike: An enemy unit is destroyed in the last Battle Round played.

Seek and Destroy Secondaries

Headhunter: 1pt for each enemy Character that is destroyed.

Born for Greatness: Pick one of your single model Character units. This unit gains 1pt for accomplishing each of the following objectives up to a total of 4pts. Each objective can only be achieved once per game.

  • Destroy an enemy unit that does not have the Character keyword.
  • Destroy an enemy unit that has the Character keyword.
  • Deny an enemy Psychic Power.
  • Hold an objective outside of your deployment zone.
  • Heroically intervene into an enemy unit.
  • Begin and end a Battle Round wholly within your opponent’s deployment zone.

Marked for Death: Choose 4 of your opponent’s units each of which is worth a points value including wargear of 100 or more points. Earn 1 pt for each of these units destroyed.

  • In order to score this point against a unit that splits into multiple units during the course of play, you must destroy each individual component unit. If a unit joins with another unit during the course of play, to earn this point you must destroy the entire conjoined unit.

Gang Busters:  For every 6 wounds inflicted on a non Troop battlefield role multi-model unit composed entirely of models with 3 or more wounds, score 1 point.  Units with the SWARM keyword do not count towards this mission.  

  • Once any wounds from a unit are counted towards your Gang Busters Secondary Objective, that unit may not score points for another Seek and Destroy Secondary Objective.

Big Game Hunter: Earn 1 point for every 10 cumulative wounds dealt to enemy units containing the Monster, Titanic or Vehicle keyword.

The Butcher’s Bill: Destroy 2+ enemy units during a player turn to earn 1 Point.

The Reaper: For every 20 wounds of Infantry or Drone models destroyed, earn 1 point.

  • You count each wound when the Infantry model is destroyed. In the instance of models coming back into play after being destroyed during the course of a game, you may count them each time they are destroyed.
  • Once a model is removed from a unit, if you choose to count it towards your Reaper Secondary Objective, that unit may not score points for another Seek and Destroy Secondary Objective.

Maneuver Secondaries

Recon: Have a unit at least partially in each table quarter at the end of your player turn. A unit may only count as being in one table quarter at a time for the purposes of this rule. 1pt per turn. Starting turn 2, if you have two units in every table quarter, you earn 2pts per turn.

Behind Enemy Lines: If at least one of your units that does not have the Flyer battlefield role  is entirely in the enemy Deployment Zone at the end of your turn, earn 1 Point. A unit is entirely within if every model in the unit is at least partially in the enemy Deployment Zone. Starting turn 2 and on, if you have three or more non-Flyer battlefield role units entirely in your opponent’s deployment zone at the end of your turn, you earn 2pts.

Ground Control: Earn 1 point for each objective held at the end of the last Battle Round played. If you hold all of the objectives on the table at game’s end, you score all 4pts.

King of the Hill: If, at the end of their turn, the player who chose this secondary objective scores 1 point if they have two units that are any combination of non-character, multi-model units OR units with the Titanic keyword wholly within 9 inches of the center of the table. Beginning in the second battle round, if the player who chose this secondary has four or more qualifying units wholly within 9 inches of the center of the table, that player instead scores 2 points. 'Multi-model unit' means a unit that consisted of more than a single model immediately prior to the start of the game.

Engineers: Select two non-character/non-fortification units from your army to be Engineers. Starting from Battle Round 2, if one or more of these units starts and ends your turn within 3” of an objective marker you control, and it did not make any attacks or manifest any psychic powers during your turn, earn 1 point at the end of that turn. If you have two Engineer units performing this role on two separate objectives and one or more of the objectives is outside of your deployment zone, earn 2pts. These units may not score this objective if they join other units during the course of play or split into multiple units. Units chosen to be Engineers may never benefit from a rule that keeps them from being the target of attacks, Cloud of Flies, for example. They can benefit from terrain blocking Line of Sight to them.

Sappers: Select two non-character/non-fortification/non-Flyer battlefield role units from your army to be Sappers. So long as a Sapper unit ends its movement within 3” of an Objective outside of the controlling player’s deployment zone, the Sapper unit may render the objective Unscorable if that unit did not make any attacks or manifest any psychic powers during your turn. An objective that is rendered Unscorable will not generate any mission points for primary or secondary objectives for the Sapper unit’s opponent so long as it remains in this state. Note, a Sapper may render an objective unscorable even if they do not control the objective. Once rendered Unscorable, an objective remains in this state until the Sapper moves more than 3” away from it, is destroyed, makes any attacks or manifests any psychic powers. For each objective rendered Unscorable, earn 1pt at the end of your turn. Starting turn 2 and on, you can earn up to a maximum of 2pts per turn for Sapping two or more objectives. Units chosen to be Sappers may never benefit from a rule that keeps them from being the target of attacks, Cloud of Flies, for example. They can benefit from terrain blocking Line of Sight to them.

The Postman: Select a single model from your army that does not have the Vehicle, Monster or Titanic keywords to be The Postman (this model can be in a unit). This model may choose to gather intel on an Objective within 3” that you control at the end of your turn. You may only gather intel from each objective once per game. Earn 1pt per objective you gather intel from. If at the end of the game you have gathered intel from every objective on the table, you automatically score all 4pts.

Scenarios

Scenario 1: Seize Ground

Deployment: Random

6 objectives placed as shown:

Seize Ground Bonus Point: If a player holds or contests 4 or more objectives at the end of their player turn, gain 1 point.Mission 1 Map.jpg

For an objective to be contested, both players have models within 3” of it but neither controls it. This typically occurs because both players have an equal number of models within range of the objective and either none of them are Objective Secured, or all of them are.


Scenario 2: Cut to the Heart

Deployment: Random

3 objectives: Starting with the attacker, each player places 1 objective in their opponent’s deployment zone the center of which must be exactly within 9” from at least one table edge. 1 objective is placed in the middle of the table.

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Cut to the Heart Bonus Point: If a player controls the center objective and the objective they placed at the end of their player turn, they gain 1 point.

Scenario 3: Nexus Control

Deployment: Random

4 objectives. Starting with the Defender, players alternate placing objectives. The first two are placed more than 6” outside of either deployment zone and more than 6” from a table edge and 12” from another objective. Starting with the Attacker, each player then places one of the remaining objectives in their deployment zone more than 6” from a table edge and 12” from another objective.

Nexus Control Bonus Point: If a player holds both objectives outside of either player’s deployment zone at the end of their turn, earn 1pt.

Scenario 4: What’s Yours Is Mine

Deployment: Random

5 objectives: 1 objective is placed in the middle of the table. Next, starting with the Defender, each player places 1 objective anywhere on the table more than 6” from a table edge and 12” from another objective. Each player then places 1 objective in their opponent’s deployment zone more than 6” from a table edge and 12” from another objective.

What’s Yours Is Mine Bonus Point: If a player controls both of the objectives they placed on the table at the end of their turn, they earn 1 point.


Scenario 5: Precious Cargo

Deployment: Random

5 objectives placed as shown (one in the middle of the table):

Precious Cargo Bonus Point: Before the game begins, starting with the Defender, each player chooses a separate objective--their Priority Objective--to defend. This cannot be the center objective. After deployment zones have been determined but before deployment, in the order established above, each player may move their Priority Objective in any direction up to 6” from its original position so long as it is more than 6” from a table edge and 12” from another objective.

If a player holds their opponent’s Priority Objective at the end of their player turn or holds 3 or more Objectives, score 1 bonus point.


Scenario 6: Crucible of Champions

Deployment: Random

5 objectives placed as shown:

Crucible of Champions Bonus Point: If a player has three models with the character keyword in scoring range of three different objectives at the end of their player turn, they score 1 point.Mission 2 Map.jpg