Sunday, September 20, 2015

Warhammer Warbands Campaign - Special Campaign Character and Quest Sneak Peek

The last few months have been spent working on and play testing the Pirate Princes of Sartosa warbands campaign for Warhammer Fantasy 8th edition. As it stands, I'm nearing the finish line, but I want to put out the best first version possible so my estimate for release is mid-October 2015! (If you're reading this blog post after that  date, chances are you can download the campaign in full on the sidebar!). I've been meaning to give some insight into the way quests will work in the campaign so here we go! 

There are 13 quests in the initial campaign pack of Pirate Princes of Sartosa (more may be released periodically after the campaign is available). Quests are picked up from Points of Interest on the map of Sartosa once per campaign turn, before you have your turn's campaign battle.

Once you have picked up a quest from a Point of Interest, it's time to see what it's all about! For this example, let's check out what you'll be seeing when you stop off at the city of Ragil, and pay a visit to a strange doctor named Tristan...  

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Requirements
Once you've read the quest, you will note that it will list requirements for completion. These are marked as any combination of Minor and Major. These denominations serve only to approximate the difficulty of the task needed for completion of the requirement, but all requirements must be completed in order to turn the quest in. 

Some quests ask for multiple instances of a requirement to be completed, in this case, four of Tristan's Missing Grail Relics. The final requirement of a quest will list the manner in which the quest may be turned in. Sometimes you may have to go back to the point of interest where you picked up the quest initially, other times, you may be able to turn in a quest after completing the requirements no matter which map tile your warband is currently on. Once you have turned a quest in, you will claim it's rewards. 

Completing a quest will reward you with any mix of special items, currency, or a special campaign character for your warband. You will also note that every quest awards Marks of Piracy. More of these are awarded depending on the difficulty of the quest, and are important for the final outcome of the campaign. 


Tristan, Bretonnian Plague Doctor
Tristan is a challenging character to recruit, but once you do, he will really add value to your warband, especially if your opponents have chosen to invest in magic and you have not. 

click to expand special character. art by niconoff

The plague doctor was designed as an anti-magic tank, with his Magic Resistance(3) and adding a die to your dispel pool, as well as specialized but powerful bound spells, he excels in an army that does not need it's magic phase to win or swing the game, or against armies with an overwhelming amount of Magic attacks. 

Tristan's buff spells are significant, but come with a potentially equally significant drawback. Still, if you can avoid getting into situations where that spell's specific drawback would really hinder you, then ultimately, you've come out entirely ahead.  

Thanks for checking out this Special Campaign Character! I can't wait for you to check out the others when Pirate Princes of Sartosa becomes available! 

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