BAO Narrative Event Question for the Community

So here is something I want to put to you all, since quite a few of you have been to one of my big events or played in one of my narrative campaigns.

My most recent events at the BAO and CelestiCon have been what I call narrative “big games” which as you know have been all inclusive when it comes to armies allowed. These games have a much looser story in the background that has a very slight impact in game.

Where as my narrative campaigns are very dialed in and less inclusive, as the story is the most important thing in these games. The narrative is very represented in these games impacting your actions on the tabletop.

I am really trying to figure out a way to create a hybrid of the two for future events like the BAO and CelestiCon. I am thinking of making the next events a little less inclusive, because lets face it there just is no easy way to explain away Nids allying with other armies. I really want to ramp up telling of the story on the tabletop.

The all inclusive makes it hard for me as an organizer creating the story telling elements and objectives that makes sense for all armies to complete.

Now other than Nids I am not shooting to exclude other armies completely, but am looking at limiting the number of certain armies.

So lets say the main fight is between the Imperium and Chaos; there would be unlimited inclusion for IG, all Space Marines, Chaos Daemons and Chaos Space Marines. Then even though they are Imperial forces limit access to Sisters and GK’s to one player assigned to a specific battlezone. Then the Xenos races would be a limited number of armies and to a specific battlezone.

Don’t get me wrong I have and do enjoy the events I have been running, but the bottom line is that I would like to up the “narrative” in all my events.

The only way I see Nids working in a true narrative game is if we have enough players to populate the bad guys on a table of their own. If I include them in the mix and only one Nid player signs up it puts me in an odd place.

Now I know you have always said that the event is mine to run, but I just wanna make sure that is is copacetic if I limit armies purely for the narrative aspect of the event. It is very hard to write a really good story and include all the forces in 40k.

Thoughts or feedback?




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7 Responses to “BAO Narrative Event Question for the Community”

  1. Rich with GSI September 11, 2012 7:19 am #

    Jim, it’s your event so do what you think works best. As long as those who sign up know the score ahead of time I don’t see why you should have any problems. Folks sign up for these, right? That’s when you make sure the Nids players know that this particular event can’t accomodate them due to story limitations.

    In the future, though, you should have an event that caters to Nids.

  2. Big Jim September 11, 2012 12:34 pm #

    Thanks for the response Rich, yes players sign up for these events. This would be a non issue in an invite only event like the one G3SC just ran and the ones I run with friends.

    I’d love to do a Nid-centric event, but wrangling enough Nid armies might be the largest hurdle.

  3. kalhoun September 11, 2012 2:57 pm #

    Yeah, aside from some of the big purchases that people only get to play with a few times a year (titans, etc), you give me a 3-month window and a choice of units to bring, and I’ll fit my army to your event, buying new models if I don’t have them.
    As Rich said, it’s your event, and with enough communication and planning, it will be even better.

    If you want me to stick with Orks, I’ve got an unfinished Armorcast Gargant I could work on before then 🙂


    • Big Jim September 11, 2012 3:32 pm #

      I totally get that, it really is the main logistical problem with these all comers narrative events.

      The short window of time is why I am on the heals of my last event posting this type of info to discuss now. Figuring that when I decide on the actual event specifics in early October, that will give players that are paying attention almost 5 whole months to plan and prepare.

      You are welcome to stay with Orks, cause I always make room for the Greenskins, but I will be sticking with my 3 structure point limitation.

  4. kalhoun September 11, 2012 3:04 pm #

    One other thing on Nids… writing it in like Night Fight and having it be either before an invasion or after could be cool. Then people could run just Ymgarls and lictors and rippers and the like, defending some political/medical/whatever objective (genestealer cult). That’s way cooler than bringing five Tervigons.

    • Big Jim September 11, 2012 3:35 pm #

      Now that is a great idea for an event. I have done a similar idea using a Genestealer cult campaign with my Killzone skirmish rules in the past and it was a blast.

    • Kralizak September 12, 2012 8:23 am #

      I think that having it after a defeated invasion would be great because that way we could run anything, because its possible for anything to have survived and hidden, showing itself during the battle. Flyrants 😉

      Better fluff than 5 Tervigons. I need to get some myself though… 🙁 $$

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