Saturday, January 15, 2011

A 40k Map based Campaign

Hi all, and welcome.
I will be using this blog for our Map Based Campaign.
I will quickly post the Campaign Rules below, along with the plans for our "Opening Moves" night.

To join the campaign simply post a reply here, with your name and the army you are going to be playing (this way I can start to get to work on our back story). You do not have to post your list if you don't want to, but we can use this blog for any discussion of the campaign.

Campaign Rules:

Army Composition: This campaign will begin with a 500 points army built by using the Adepticon Combat Patrol organization chart, and restrictions. ( A special note should be made in regards to armor, the maximum armor allowed for vehicles which are not dedicated transports is 33. This number is the sum of the front+side+rear armor of the vehicle, only counting the side once.)

Here is the link

I am shooting to begin this campaign on the first Thursday in February and we will be meeting and playing at Jester's Playhouse.

On night one we will be playing 3 games, these games will determine the starting points and how many starting tiles each player will have, in addition to providing a little bonus in the third game.

All games in the first week will be played on a 4x4 table.

Game 1: "Recon" Advancing patrols are probing the enemy for weak points in their lines, looking for a place to strike.
Deployment: "Pitched Battle"
Victory Conditions: The Player with the most scoring units in the opposing players deployment zone wins the game.
Special Rules: Night Fight (turns 1&2), Random Game length

Game 2: "Cleanse" Having completed their Recons, the armies now strike attempting to take ground.
Deployment: "Board Corners" (as per the BRB)
Victory Conditions: The Player who controls the most board corners at the end of the game wins.
Special Rules: The 12" center circle is a 5th zone, Random Game length

Game 3: "Supply Drop" Having engaged the enemy, and secured a foothold on enemy soil, more supplies are called in. (Seize Ground with 3 objective markers, rules for placing the markers are as per the BRB)
Deployment: "Dawn of War"
Victory Conditions: as per the BRB for the Seize Ground scenario.
Special Rules: The winner of this game gets a bonus of 15 points to be used for Wargear in their army!

1st Round pairings will be random unless a challenge is issued in which case every effort will be made for the 2 opposing armies to fight each other as long as the challenge is accepted. After the first game, a Swiss style format will go into play.

Wins and Losses will be used to help determine the effectiveness of your opening strikes onto the planet.

Results: Win = 2 tiles, a loss gets you 1 tile
The overall winner of the opening moves night will get to choose a tile first, these may be placed anywhere on the board, at least 2 tiles away from a Hive City. Tile placement will then continue in order of finish.

Campaign Rules:
All of the Standard Planetary Empires rules are in effect, with the following changes:

1. The Conquest Table on page 5, a Tile not adjacent to one of the winners tiles 2d6 roll is changed from a 7+ to a 5+. (This campaign is being designed to be fast and furious, so we want lots of action on the board)

2. Since we are using such small armies in an effort to have a high action campaign, all of the points bonuses for being out numbered are halved. So instead of 50 points a tile, the outnumbered player only gets 25 points a tile.

Other Campaign Rules:

Attempting to take a Tile that is not occupied: A player may attempt to take an unoccupied Tile, but any player may "block" the attempt by issuing a challenge and playing a game. This does not use up the players turn, and if the Blocking player wins, then he gets to attempt to take the tile! In the event that more than one player wants to issue a challenge, then simply roll a die to decide who gets to fight.

While we are using small Combat Patrol armies for this campaign, I want to promote new armies and some growth during the campaign. Therefore, each tile taken by a player adds 10 points to their army total.

Other Terrain Modifiers:

1. Space Port: +1 Fast Attack Choice, OR give one unit Deep Strike (this can be changed from turn to turn, but not game to game during the same evening). Points Bonus: +25 (as supplies and reinforcements are easily obtained with a Space Port)

2. Manufactorum: +1 Heavy Support Slot AND +5 points to the Armor Value limit (this tile also allows Monstrous Creatures to be taken). Points Bonus:+10

3. Command Bastion: +1 Elite Slot OR +1 HQ Slot, in addition the 2 wound restriction is removed. Points Bonus: +20

4. Power Station: Removes Armor Save, and Toughness restrictions. Points Bonus: +50 (more power, yeah!)

5. Shield Generator: Removes Invulnerable Save Restrictions. Points Bonus: +10

6. Hive City: Counts as one of each of the above. Points Bonus: +10 (for 125 total!)
* The Hive City will be very hard to capture, and is currently occupied by the Planetary Defense force led by Colonel Hunter himself. In game terms this will result in a game using the City fight rules, against an Imperial Guard army led by the Campaign Moderator.

Well that should get us started, the map is done, and I will be posting a picture shortly. Along with some other scenario ideas as we progress through this campaign.



  1. Hey Ted, I'd like to sign up. Looks like it will be alot of fun. What time do you plan on meeting? I have class from 5pm to 6:50pm. I should be able to get to Jesters by 7 to 7:15pm.

    Josh Austin - Dark Eldar.

  2. That will be perfect Josh, I think we are looking at a start time of 7:00 PM.

    Dark Eldar will be perfect, now get some paint on them...

  3. I will be bringing the full the might of the Inquisition

    Until we reach the actual tile taking phase of the game I am only running arbitrators as troops to represent the first response to a massive amount of heretics on one planet.

  4. Hello Ted. I would like to sign up for your campaign. Haven't played 40k in about 3 years, so I'm probably a tad rusty but I just started a new nid army and I think this will be a great way to get back into it.

  5. I'm an idiot and completely forgot that I start classes Thursday nights beginning tomorrow so I won't be able to play.

    Maybe when you guys finish this campaign we can start one up on a different day of the week if anyone is interested. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday nights are taken for me.

  6. Not a problem Colin, school is more important. I'm usually at the store on Sundays as well if you ever want to grab a pick-up game.

  7. You already know, but I'll be there Ted.

    Here comes the Daemonic Infestation Robbie was looking for.

  8. Austin here, I'd like to sign up and Matt's interested too

  9. By the Great Wolf, we will have justice! The Ordo Malleus has gone too far. My Great Company has witnessed the foul and corrupt practices of these so-called inquisitors and their heedless destruction of billions of innocent lives. Our scouts report of three entire planets virus bombed for the sake of twelve cultists of little consequence. Twelve cultists easily capable of being cleansed and purified if the Ordos Malleus had but only asked for one of our Brothers.

    Our means to deal with this Inquisitorial cancer have been greatly hampered. Though we traveled freely through this star system before, now we are cut off from the rest of our Chapter by Xenos scum. It is no coincidence that we are now beset on all sides immediately after witnessing the madness of this sector's Inquisition. It seems even the Imperial Guard has been corupted against us.

    As Wolf Lord and servant to the High King, I will shed a purifying light on Inquisitor Covenant, and perhaps Inquisitor Buckwalter if I find he is behind this warp-tainted treachery as well. Our High King shall hear of this treachery against the Sons of Russ. The High Lords of Terra will know of the Ordo Malleus' treachery against mankind. And the Ministorum will be enlightened to the daemonic means by which these Inquisitors enforce power.

    We are the Sons of Russ, vassals to the High King, and honorable beyond reproach! If our way is shut, so be it! We shall arrest the control of each planet in each solar system that bars our path to justice! For we shall either expose the Ordo Malleus for its Daemonic alliegences, or execute each of its members on our path to do so!!!

  10. Is there still room, I'd like to join.
    I'll bring Salamanders.

    -Brian Leichtnam

  11. Ill be there on thursday bringing the 36th Chamber CSM

    Big Black Zach