Sunday, August 31, 2014

Upcoming fiction

The next few posts here will all be short fiction. Hopefully to make it clearer each piece will have the Lore label and written in italics. Each army in the Border Prince Campaign has a background story. I will be posting my own background story as well as others whom give me permission to publish them. My army's in-between turn short story will also be publish during this time. Lastly, while the Solaris League was design to be "light" on story, I want to write a piece about my team. The stories will be posted one a day. After the last story and a short break the next entries will be dealing with either the Border Prince or Solaris League pages. Until then I hope you will enjoy the upcoming tales!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Border Prince - Turn 3 Map

I've crafted two maps to help visualize the progress of the Border Prince campaign thus far.  The first map shows where each army setup its capital.  A key to the colors is as follows:

Beastmen - Brown
High Elves - Blue
Lizardmen - Green
Skaven - Yellow
Vampire Counts - Dark Purple
Warriors of Chaos - Red

The next map shows the territory each empire controls and where their banners are located after turn 3.

1. Bloody Hooves
2. Bloody Sky
3. Amendial
4. Elendir
5. Creeping Sepia
6. Smoulder Stride
7. Skaven Banner 1
8. Skaven Banner 2

9. Unholy Undead - Largely shaped from what Dieter brought with him from Kleiberstorf, its now expanded by nearly a full fifth since entering the region.

10. The Night Riders - Dieter's Vampire cousin, Von Hayek loves close quarter combat and prefers the use of cavalry and chariots.

11. Pandemonium - Randomly picking from the main army and the monsters he subjugated on the mountain, Xizamiron marches into the Border Princes keeping his plans to himself.

12. Vanacyr's Blade - Surrounded by her most trusted and loyal followers, Vanacyr looks for enemies to unleash her frustration at losing command of her own army.

The campaign is on a brief pause so the battle between Creeping Sepia vs Pandemonium can be resolved.  Both sides have support so the battle will be a massive 3200 vs 3200.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Update in Chaos (8-25-14)

Sometimes life can throw you a curve ball and if you do not have strong convictions it can derail your plans.  I'm recovery from such a situation.  On the bright side (assuming the issue is done with) I am in a much better position to work on this blog.  Since my hiatus a lot has happen in my gaming world.  Here is a rundown of that news.

Warhammer - My group has decide to end the Blood in the Badlands campaign early.  Many players were unhappy with the rule set.  I suppose I am not surprised.  Blood in the Badlands has a lot of interesting ideas and concepts but the rules were too loose and confusing.  A good GM can run patch these problems as they come up to make an enjoyable campaign.  However our GM ran the campaign in a tournament style with a prize for the winner at the end.  With a campaign like these the GM doesn't have the flexibility need overcome these problems and the Badlands flaws quickly became quite obvious.  I also think the designers wrote Badlands to be more of a narrative style campaign anyways.

For our next campaign the group decided on a narrative Border Prince campaign from the General's Compendium.  The GM did some minor tweak to the rules and added that players get bonus points for battles by writing short stories about our general and/or army adventures in the campaign.  The campaign has already started and we are on turn 3.  With Border Prince battles are not automatic each turn.  Two enemy banners need to meet up before a battle will happen.  If at the end of the turn there are no battles to fight we will immediately proceed to the next turn.  This is why we are on turn 3 after the first meeting.  I will post a map later this week to show what everyone controls so far.  In the coming weeks I will make a page for the campaign.

My World of Chaos page and entries are still coming.  Work on them will start once my current games are up to date.  I've change the topics I was going to start with.  Because of the Border Prince campaign the first two entries will be on the Arkyrian Cabal and Arkyrian member Vanacyr.  Amirren's forces will probably be after them.

Battletech - My friend has started a Solaris Battletech League which I am a part of.  Each player that joins the League starts with 3 pilots and $30,000,000 C-Bills to buy at least 3 mechs.  Players can play as much or as little as they want or have the time.  In the coming weeks I will make a page for the League so others can follow some of the action.  Given how the League operates I am unsure at how to format the information.  It may take me much longer to get it out than the Border Prince page.  We will see.  I will be posting some short stories about my faction here.  Summaries and links will be on the League page.

Flames of War - There is still talks about starting a Flames of War campaign but nothing has been formalized yet to my knowledge.  I hear that the number of FoW players in the area is growing so once a campaign does get off the ground there should be more than enough interest to support it.  On the hobby side I've decide to change how I collect Flames of War.  Originally I was going to choose my purchases by picking units I like using.  After a while I would have a large enough force that I can using my own models without proxying.  This is how I built (still building actually) my Chaos army.  However when my friend Tracy mention he wants to go to a tournament sometime I realize I did too.  To make a legal list as fast as possible I've decide to write up a list I am happy with and only buy items in that list.  I will still play with other lists in pick-up games and/or the campaign if one starts.  I will make that list after Battlefront gives the point totals for official tournaments in the 2014-2015 season.  Until then I can pick up the things I know will be in the list and work on the story behind my fantasy German army.

This is a glimpse of my current projects.  I will be going into far more details on everything discuss so far and more in the coming weeks.  Until then.