Part of my job as a TO is to minimize certain false expectations or player oversights where and when I can. After some point it’s in the hands of the players and their opponents. An example of one of the tools I employ, to help minimize the silly ‘gotchas’ that shouldn’t exist, is the Game Setup order that is on the Score Sheet. I can’t tell you how many times players mix up the order in which things should be done either in a normal pick-up game or a tournament where the setup might be specific. Having a refresher on the score sheet is a great tool. Even the best players are guilty of simply forgetting to discuss terrain, roll for grand strategy, or a slew of other things that this complex game requires.
One of the new additions to the Score Sheet is to mark your Dedicated Transport(s) for their Force Organization (FOC) category. Some will immediately respond that a dedicated transport doesn’t take up a slot in the FOC, which is true. When this distinction is called for, however, your Dedicated Transports count as being from the same FOC category as the unit they were bought for. Therefore, a Rhino bought for a Space Marine Tactical Squad (which is troops selection) counts as a unit of troops, and one bought for a unit of Space Marine Sternguad Vet Squad (elites), counts as elites.
This was true in 5th edition too. Some of you might remember the reason why only a Rhino and a Tac Squad could be deployed in Dawn of War deployment and a HQ of course. The reason was that when you needed to know what category the Dedicated Transport was, you looked at the unit it was bought for. But that mission is no longer in 6th edition, so why all the discussion already?
6th Edition 40K introduces Mission Special Rules (MSR) that go beyond Reserves and Deep Strike. Heavy Metal, Fast Recon, and (for the CAGE Match we have) Special Forces have been introduced which reference a unit’s FOC category. I want to discuss the point that these particular MSRs affect vehicles and some Dedicated Transports. On your Score Sheet, when it’s time to deploy your units, you are reminded to mark your Dedicated Transports or other needed units of their FOC category. You can mark them ahead of time with paint scheme, transfers, or the day of with a coin, dice or some other mechanism.
Say you are playing Rhino Rush army and you failed to mark your scoring transports. At the end of your game when all the models have disembarked and there’s no clear distinction of which Rhinos were scoring and which Rhinos were not, what are you going to tell your opponent when they ask which Rhinos score? Hopefully you can work it out with your opponent because the judge is going to say “if it wasn’t important to mark them, then they aren’t important enough to score”. Thus I have included it in the game setup list. I hope it helps you all and we don’t have that gut sinking feeling when you realize you forgot to mark them.