Pillars of Eternity and Warhammer!

Been a little quiet as of late, what with finals for University finishing up and getting into full time work.  So what I had in mind for this post here was a quick round-up of what has been going on and a couple things I wanted to talk about.

Pillars of Eternity 2

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Now if you haven’t played either this one or the first one, and are a fan of RPGs, then you are missing out. The Pillars of Eternity games both are magnificent, and manage to tell a great story that, you the player are a key definer of the events. There are sadly lots of games that boast giving you choice and big world to play around in, but fail to deliver, *cough* Fallout 4 *cough*. That isn’t an issue here though, as you can do quests in many different ways that have an impact on how the game will end, as well as seeing your actions from the first game coming back around. The amount of character options is also rather staggering as the many classes have so many options within themselves, with the added ability to multi-class you can set yourself up in any number of ways to try many different builds. The story and writing is also top-notch as expected, so it is very unlikely to get boring for any RPG fan at any point. In conclusion it is a fantastic game that is more than worth the price.

Wrath & Glory

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Some exciting news from the Warhammer universe this week. Starting off with Wrath & Glory, I have wrote about this topic before as I am very keen to see how it comes along. Now it seems the release is in site as they are putting up pre order dates for their two starter bundles. Both of these are very appealing, especially the “All-in” bundle that comes with everything you would every need to run a game, and the price certainly reflects that. I have high hopes as I am very obviously a huge Warhammer 40K fan, and love tabletop RPGs, so to have both in one is ideal for me. With the loss of the Fantasy Flight Games tabletops, it is imperative that Wrath & Glory be good. Huge bonus is the implementation of Xeno characters that the FFG games really ignored, as well as the various “power levels” of different character archetypes that can allow you to tailor a game to have characters of the same strength. All of this makes me optimistic for the options that the game can offer.

Also here is a link to the official post about it: Wrath and Glory: A New Way to Experience the Dark Imperium.

Kill Team

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People have been wanting new Kill Team rules for a while here, and now that we are getting them, I am very excited. It is the perfect setup for small scale battles not unlike Shadespire, that allows you to use some of the minis you already own for the full-scale game, and vice-versa. The customization of your units for Kill Team is very cool sounding, as well as the potential narrative stuff you can create with your friends. The rules are also different enough from the regular game that allows you to have a similar, but different enough experience to warrant playing it. The faction options they outline are quite encouraging as the list is rather varied with not many being left out.

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I will 100% be getting Kill Team, and it is said to be coming out in the near future as well, so I will definitely have more to say about it moving forward. I can’t wait to use my Death Guard and Dark Eldar on these smaller scale battles!

Link to their post here: Kill Team: The Game You’ve Been Waiting For.

Conclusion

There have been lots of cool things going on, and I haven’t failed to notice them. Now that University is done for the summer I will have more time for posting things, especially will all the new stuff coming up there will be lots to post about. Also had the craziest idea of starting an Age of Sigmar army at some point, any recommendations that people have? Was thinking Maggotkin, Fyreslayers, Kharadron Overlords, or Khorne Bloodbound.

Lots of hope for Wrath & Glory

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Warhammer 40K is my favorite sci-fi/space fantasy setting of all time, beating out Star Wars (which is a close number 2) and others. The lore is so deep and all the characters/races are just so bad ass. So when I heard of that Fantasy Flight Games had a Tabletop RPG series with the 40K license I had to jump on it. With the numerous modules (by the time I got into it) there were many options to live out the universe; Dark Heresy, Rogue Trader, Deathwatch, Only War, and Black Crusade.

Was really able to sink my teeth into Dark Heresy, Deathwatch and Black Crusade, so that is what my RPG group spent the most time on out of them all. The system that FFG (Fantasy Flight Games) had for these games fell under the d100 system which had percentages for success on rolls. Say you were going to go shoot something and you had a Ballistic Skill of 35, well you had to hit 35 or under to hit. Then once that was done you would roll for damage, there was nothing further to it, you would hit based on your character’s skill or you wouldn’t. That really resonated with me as sometimes in these games, like Dungeons & Dragons for example, had other things to account for like opposing AC which could make all the difference. I very much enjoyed the FFG take on the 40K universe and there were so many places it could go. However, there was one thing that always irked me and that was the fact there were limited (if any) options to play the alien races.

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Standard argument people make is that you could home brew your way through that, but that never sat well with me. Insert things like The Spin and that is what home brew is to me, weird overpowered shit that makes zero sense. Can’t take it seriously and neither can my group, there has always been a no home brew allowed thing agreed on by us all. It just feels so artificial and just not right at all, just a weird feeling overall. Not that I feel there is anything wrong with anyone doing this, if you like to home brew things all the power to you.

 

So where this leaves me is the point where the contract between FFG and Games Workshop ran out so no more 40K games by them, which is really too bad. The new game that will be taking over is called Wrath & Glory, as taken on by Ulisses (props for the name.) There isn’t much known about it at this point other than they plan to focus on archetypes, will be using a d6 system for roles and the tiers of power thing (which I will touch on shortly). The d6 is ok in my opinion, and has seen use in things like Shadowrun so it works for some bigger known games. The biggest thing I have hope for in Wrath and Glory is to be able to get those systems built in to play things like Eldar, Dark Eldar, Tau, Orks, or even Neurons (somehow.) This would be really awesome and put the full scope of the world to use. Because personally even though the Imperium and the forces of Chaos are sweet, would be cool to see some different stuff take center stage. Those are my hopes for Wrath & Glory. In the latest newsletter by Ulisses they talk about tiers of power for characters with the Eldar Warlock being an example of a Tier 3 power character. So with them considering the different tiers of power it seems like they are giving great thought to the 40K universe as a whole and ways to balance those characters out. I have great hope for Wrath & Glory being awesome and using the other races as they speak of the other race options often enough in the newsletters.

 

TLDR; FFG had a great rpg, so Wrath and Glory will ideally be a good follow up. Just needs to put the d6 system to good use and have some focus/options on the races outside of mankind. Hope it is good.

 

Also check out the FFG games before it is too late and they go outta print. Having the physical copies is always best (in my opinion) and PDFs just slow things down at the table.

Black Crusade

A module about being sweet Chaos aligned Space marines and Humans, has a free-form style to leveling characters based on what gods you worship. Fun times for chaos.

Deathwatch

About the Ordo Xenos special group made up of Space Marines gathered from all different chapters allowing for interesting character creation and interactions between players.

Only War

Ever want to be Imperial Guardsmen and be expendable as all hell? Here you go this one is for you. Can create a regiment for yourselves, have an awesome theme going for your characters and ultimately die for the God Emperor of mankind. Who knows maybe you will be that one awesome guy who survives it all?

Dark Heresy 2nd Edition

The one that started it all, has solid character creation rules and you get to be above the common folk of the Imperium. Working for the Inquisition you get to do all sorts of fun things and be the ultimate hunters of witches/aliens/demons.

Rogue Trader

Finally we have here Rogue Trader; flying around through space to discover new planets, trade routes and ultimately earn your fortune. Be the ultimate space faring Han Solo type and see all that there is to see.