Lately, I’ve been thinking about running some sort of campaign for our gaming group. Since we’ve just (re)started playing Warhammer Fantasy, then that adds a certain appeal to making the campaign in the Old World. There are a couple of inspirational campaigns out there, particularly ones shown in Selone’s Campaign Thread of Woe (and also a mention of this in an old post on Veni, vidi… which I think is part of the same campaign) and Zaszz’s blog. With that in mind, I’ve bought The General’s Compendium from eBay, and I have been gradually trawling through it. Lucky me – there is a pre-designed map-based campaign in there, which includes some rules for common situations, and is simple enough that there wouldn’t need to be an outrageous amount of book-keeping.
The campaign is set in the Border Princes, which is rather to the South of the Old World. There are various bits of fluff in it to give a reason for pretty much all the Warhammer races to be there, and have something to fight over. The book contains a map which is rather nicely drawn and pre-divided into sections, allowing movement and conquest to happen at a set rate. There are a few special sections on the map (for things like an Orc camp, haunted hills etc) which have scenarios written for them in case armies clash over them. I guess I’ll have to do a little work to update these for 8th edition. Similarly, the special sections often give bonuses to those who own them, and they’ll also need work. For example, one section allows an additional slot in special or rare, which of course has no effect since there are no army selection slots any more.
So I’m hoping that at least Furycat, Justinmatters, Aramoro and Forkbanger will join me in this venture. In the case of Justinmatters and Aramoro, I suppose they’d need to confirm which army they’d like to use, since they have more than one each.
According to the ‘rules’ (or perhaps they are more like guidelines), each army is represented by a banner to track its movement and conquests, and each banner is of a preset point values. The General’s Compendium suggests 2000 or even 2250 points, but we have nowhere near that amount of stuff. For my campaign, I’m thinking that each banner would be 1600 points (it makes the percentages nice and round), and supporting banners could add 160 points each. I’m toying with the idea of each banner having to be tied to a specified general, but it might just end up being a hassle, so I’ll discuss that with people when (or if) we get round to making a start on anything.
In the interest of getting us all to paint our god-damn miniatures, I’m thinking of allowing a bonus to the army size of 80 points if there is something there for real that was previously proxied, or something that was painted that was grey plastic before. In order to convince everyone to play to the end, a prize could be in order – we’ll have to see if people are in favour. As I’m organising the campaign, I won’t get those bonuses, and I’ll also be excluded from winning.
Wow, that was an unstructured ramble. So… does anyone have any thoughts?