A long time ago I repeatedly said that I don’t plan to start using the WFRP 2nd edition rules or convert my very, very longstanding WFRP campaign to it even though I’m a longtime Warhammer fan, because I think its mechanics, while improved over the first edition (except for the magic system, sadly), don’t go in the more narrative direction that I prefer in my gaming systems these days. However, my old old buddy Matt is playing a little TT WFRP2, and he’s talked me in to playing with him. (more…)
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Back when I was still in high school lo these many moons ago (1995), there was an incident in my then-active (and now dormant but not actually over) Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 1st edition campaign where Uhlrik got lured into a combat-by-champion as his forces were preparing to fight Dark Elves in the Battle of Finval Plain. What the Druchii had somehow failed to mention was the fact that their champion was a Keeper of Secrets, greater daemon of Slaanesh, by the name of Kathaekeen. Uhlrik actually won the duel though he was severely injured and took multiple minor critical hits before chopping off the daemon’s arm and then bisecting the monster at the waist.
This incident took place when Uhlrik was already absurdly powerful but he was weaker than he is now, and his infamously nasty magic battle axe Frost Drake had not yet been upgraded by the Priests of Vaul to its current power levels either. The dice were fairly kind to him, and he pulled out a win. So today, I was idly wondering how he’d stack up against Greater Daemons of various sorts now. So I”m going to run the numbers and see what we get. Remember that this is using WFRP 1st edition rules. I don’t own the second or third editions, and haven’t converted the big guy’s stats over. How Uhlrik would do against the same creatures in those systems, I really couldn’t say. (more…)
I am a restless little git that has a bug for either creating game settings whole cloth or modifying existing ones, and I am also the sort of designer/folder/spindler/mutilator that for some reason likes to have multiple plates spinning at once. Therefore, I’ve decided to add another little thought experiment project to my current Legend of the Archons system creation. If I actually play the thing, I’ll probably use a slightly modified version of LoA’s FATE system.
But what is it that I have decided to create? I’m so glad that you asked, even if you did not.
I have decided to take the world of Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay and advance it up to a Victorian time period, and therefore a pretty solidly steampunk tech level rather than a realiztic victorian tech level (hey, this is Warhammer, after all – everything always has to be dialed up to 11). It will be specifically a variant on the first-edition WFRP world where my ancient and longrunning WFRP campaign, the Legacy of the Gods, is set, and takes some major historical events (and their speculative future consequences) of that campaign into account. Also, it will feature a fusion of magic and (mad)science a bit like a more advanced and stable cousin to Skaven Warlock Engineering crossed with steam engines. Provisionally I am calling this magitek cousin “Rune Engineering,” though if anybody has a better name for that then I’m certainly game. Note that the campaign world in question was one that we started playing prior to the introduction of things like imperial steam tanks and dwarf ironclads, so the steampunk elements that we do currently see in WFB’s Empire don’t exist in the history of this Warhammer World variant though of course similar things will exist in this more Victorian version where they’re a trifle less anachronistic in feel.
I’m sure that I’ll post a lot more about it to this blog, because that’s how I roll. Given that I’m also planning on posting about the abortive AD&D 3.5 setting I designed a few years back but never posted anywhere online, that will make 3 concurrent design projects being blathered about on my blog. Yay!
Anyhow, on to the point of this post.
I’ve been trying to decide what to call my warhammer steampunk project, and have a number of ideas but I’m not necessarily satisfied with them. Hence, a poll!