Good afternoon, folk!
So some of you may remember that I was trying to recruit for a Black Crusade game almost three years ago but then suddenly sort of dropped from the face of the earth due to personal issues going on in my life. PBP roleplaying is a very important thing for me and It's been more than a little heartbreaking that life had gotten in the way of something I enjoyed so much. There's something really special to me about being able to use my write and weave a narrative for others to not only enjoy on a consistent basis, but also for them to be able to engage with and interact with the story itself.
As with all downs comes the up. Life has been good to me now and I feel a lot better about my personal situation (both mentally, physically, and financially) so I thought what better time than to try and get back into doing tome PBP roleplaying.
I have to admit, this is the second time I had actually written this post. The first iteration was going to be a post to sort of gauge what people were interested in, maybe see what kind of system they'd like to play while laying out a couple of my thoughts on different story ideas I had for some of those systems. The more I wrote though, the more I realized I was just talking myself into wanting to do Black Crusade again. I love Chaos far more than any other single faction in the game, so I'll admit it probably wasn't very difficult...
So I've decided that I do want to create a Black Crusade campaign and I'd love to be able to weave a tale with you guys, for those of you who are interested, of course. This isn't necessarily a recruitment page for full character sheets and everything (though we can eventually turn it into that) but I'd like to see who might actually be interested in this and just what kinds of stories you guys would be hoping for.
Before I end this though, I feel it's important just to lay a few basic ground rules, just to sort of help you guys understand who I am as a GM and what you can sort of expect in the story. I am of the belief that you can only have a good game if you have a matching GM that meshes well with what you're hoping for. With that in mind, I am always trying to be honest with who I am as GM so here's a couple things.
1.) A very important aspect of Warhammer for me is the darkness, the absolute blackest existence filled to the brim with an overabundance of grim imagery and horrific tones. What I love most is being able to explore those kinds of things, to really dig down into the nitty gritty of those kinds of experiences. In this, a lot of the roleplaying here will be about trying to push you guys and create a (hopefully) accurate portrayal of what it's like to be a renegade in the 41st millenium, what it means to worship the Gods, and what it's like to live as part of a warband of likeminded traitors and heretics.
2.) I will not be using the actual game system. I have been doing PBP roleplaying stuff for a long time. And, to be honest with you, trying to actually use integrated game mechanics just really doesn't work at all.... the game mechanics are awesome when you're sitting down and playing with people at a table or over discord. But just with using posts, it can really bog down a game and certainly makes combat scenes kind of a nightmare. We might use the character creation system as stats and skills can give me a better idea of more your character's abilities, but everything else will be entirely up to me and what will be best for the story. If dice rolls are absolutely necessary, I'll be doing it behind the scenes and you won't be bogged down with the details.
3.) There's no one specific way to do this. We can play a mix of Chaos marines and humans as a normal game or we can go with with just humans or a game with just Astartes. One of the best parts of choosing a party of only one or the other is that it really opens up a lot of options. If everyone is human the we have the option of doing something more bare-bones and nutty gritty. Instead of starting as high-scale heretics, everyone is a member of a single Chaos cult in the underground of a hive city. From here you all have to pick yourselves up from the dirt, clawing your way slowly to prominence, gaining followers and doing battle with rival gangs while trying to avoid the eye of more powerful forces in the Imperium. An all Astartes force can be equally interesting. Everyone could be part of one squad, a band of outcasts from their respective legion in a renegade warband, or we could start all the way from the very beginning where you are members of the same Legion and go through one long, continuous session where you can experience the Horus Heresy all the up to the 41st Millenium. Honestly, there's so many options of what we can do.
If you guys have any other ideas, let me know
Edited by Noctus Cornix, 25 June 2019 - 04:24 PM.