|Back in the day, whenever my DE tried to run, they would roll 1s or 2s, thus earning them the "Lazy" insult.|
For this "edition" of Chaos Corner, I want to show off a special rule that I developed for this campaign: Plot Threads. Now, an ongoing campaign has a lot of ups and downs, reversals and utter defeats. However, battle after battle might become a little stale. So, I added an element that each battle COULD mean more than just planting a flag on a map. So, here it is, presented for your approval, straight from the campaign pack I made:
To ensure that each battle of the campaign has weight and “means” something, the following “plot threads” are in place to raise the stakes of the game for your faction as well as contribute to the overall narrative.
Lords of War
The Lords of War are the greatest engines of destruction, literally looked upon as gods of the battlefield. Such is their terrible might and awe inspiring power, that whole campaigns are waged with the Lords of War being the hammer and anvil of a warlord’s strategy.
However, Lords of War are an uncommon sight- they are difficult to manufacture and therefore rare. To reflect this, each faction has access to only 1 Lord of War. This Lord of War may be used ONCE in any battle PER TURN without any forewarning (see 7th edition army organization). However, if the Lord of War is destroyed, it CANNOT be used in any future battle for the remainder of the campaign. Thus, while a powerful weapon, a Lord of War must be used wisely.
Imperial Guard- 1 Baneblade
Chaos- 1 Lord of Skulls
Space Marines- 1 Imperial Knight
War never changes. Lives, cities, civilizations, planets, and even whole solar systems have been utterly destroyed by war. This may be done out of simple blood lust, the desire to “set an example” to enemies, or as a sacrifice to thirsting gods.
However, in a war, there are more practical reasons for setting something to the torch. Resources, factories, and more can be destroyed in the “scorched earth” approach to war. If you have been defeated and you are losing a tile that has a building on it, you can attempt to destroy it. Roll a D6 after the battle. On the roll of a 1, the building is destroyed. On a 2+, it is now in the hands of the enemy. If the building is destroyed, it is removed from the tile and cannot be used again. If it is the tile itself (like the spaceport), simply note it on your faction sheet. Hive Cities cannot be destroyed in this way.
These are the heroes and villains of the 41st millennium; warriors of such strength, cunning, and renown, that simply their presence on the battlefield inspires courage from their allies and total terror in their foes. However, despite their prowess, these heroes are not immortal, and they can only be in one place at any time.
Like Lords of War, each faction can only use the following special characters ONCE in any battle PER TURN. If the character is reduced to 0 wounds. Roll a D6. On a 1-5, the character is “dead” and may not be used for the remainder of the campaign (he died, has withdrawn, suffered great injuries). On a 6, the character retreats from the field, ready to fight another day (he still counts as destroyed for victory points purposes, etc.), thus he can be used again in subsequent turns.
For this campaign, the characters are as follows:
Inquisitor Corwin (counts as Kasimov)
Lord Governor Porter Vasser (counts as Lord Creed)
Inquisitor Wynter (counts as Inquisitor Coteaz)
General Xan (counts as Commander Pask)
Kharn The Betrayer
Lord Pandemicus (counts as Typhus)
Colonel Strommer, Traitor Guard (counts as Col Straken)
Well, I hope that you liked this sample of my campaign rules, and that it inspires you to make your own campaign. I have been playing the campaign for weeks off and on, though not quite in the way I intended. In the next edition, I'll inform you as to the progress of the campaign, which has been interesting, and a little ironic.
Until next time...