Rules and Guidelines for the Bolter and Chainsword's
PBP FFG Games (RPG) subforum
This subforum is for discussion and play-by-post gaming of Fantasy Flight Games' (FFG) role-playing games (RPGs) set in the Warhammer 40k universe. The Bolter and Chainsword's board rules, and the more specific rules of the Other Games forum, apply fully to this subforum. For the sake of clarity, some of those rules will be reiterated below within the context of play-by-post gaming.
Role of the Moderators
As with other forums of the B&C, the Mods are present to ensure that the B&C's rules are being followed, to set an example of an ideal poster and to foster a friendly environment. The Mods are not here to regulate matters typically under the purview of a GM.
Some restrictions include:
- No trolling or flaming
- No derogatory terms or swearing
- No Intellectual Property violations
- No spamming or off-topic discussion
These restrictions are not only for general discussion but encompass in-character play as well.
Role of the Game Masters (GMs)
The introduction to the Dark Heresy, 2nd Edition base rulebook describes the Game Master as one who "is in charge of creating adventures (or selecting pre-made adventures), narrating the story as the game is played, controlling all of the other characters and adversaries in the game (usually including the Inquisitor who guides the warband), and fairly applying the rules of the game to the players’ actions." pg. 13
The GMs regulate only their own campaigns, and the players only within the context of those campaigns. They do not fulfill the role of the Moderators, and should use the REPORT button to notify the Mods.
Roll of the Dice
The B&C forum software does not support dice rolling, as other RPG-dedicated forums may. Dice rolling will therefore need to be done offsite. The manner in which dice rolls are to be done is up to the GM's discretion, such as who will make the dice rolls and how they will be made. We urge all to consider the rolling of dice as an honor system. Be honest with your own rolls and accept the rolls of others, to keep the game friendly and enjoyable by all involved.
Any dice rolling disputes are to be settled by the campaign's GM. The Moderators will only become involved if the B&C's rules are broken during the dispute.
Appropriate Games and Settings
The play-by-post subforum is for the discussion and playing the following selection of Fantasy Flight Games'/Games Workshop RPGs set in the Warhammer 40k universe:
- Dark Heresy (1st and 2nd editions)
- Rogue Trader
- Black Crusade
- Only War
Games or discussions outside of this selection, such as Warhammer Fantasy RPG, or not set in the Warhammer 40k universe, such as non-FFG RPGs, will be removed.
Considering the variations of games that may be played in this subforum, and the number of threads each game may have, it is recommended that topic creators, especially GMs, use tags and titles to better show the intent and purpose of each thread.
- The RPG line being played, such as Dark Heresy or Only War
- Whether or not the game includes homebrewed additions or changes to the RPG line
- Titles of pre-made adventures, if they are being used
- The specific purpose of the thread, whether for out-of-character (OOC) discussion or the campaign itself. The thread's title might also contain this information for ease of navigation
- The GM's display name, as some players may want to follow the campaigns of a favored GM
For example, a GM wants to begin a Black Crusade campaign that he or she calls "The Path Beyond Ruin," that starts with the pre-made Rivals for Glory adventure, and wants to have OOC discussion kept separate from the campaign thread.
Thread 1 could be titled "The Path Beyond Ruin [Campaign]," tagged: Black Crusade; Rivals for Glory; Campaign; GM Name
Thread 2 could be titled "The Path Beyond Ruin [OOC]," tagged: Black Crusade; Rivals for Glory; OOC; GM Name
Please note that the rules for this subforum are subject to change without notice.