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First off, I'm not entirely sure this is the right forum for this, but it seemed like the most applicable. Anyway, a friend of mine, myself, and my girlfriend all have 40k armies, and the thought has crossed all of our minds of "well, how do we do a 3-way battle, then?" Any suggestions would be welcomed - we'll play just about anything, as long as it can get all three of us on the battlefield at the same time. Also, for what it's worth in terms of balancing, here's our relative maximum field-able armies:
Me: Eldar - ~1800 points. Fairly heavily mechanized (two Wave Serpents, two Fire Prisms, one squad of jetbikes, two War Walkers)
Friend: Imperial Guard - ~2500 points. Almost no mech (one Chimera, two Hell Hounds, two Sentinels)
Girlfriend: Orks - ~750 points. Only mech is a Trukk and a trio of Deffkoptas.
The two ideas that are immediately coming to mind are some sort of combined Ork + Eldar vs. IG, which would let us use the standard battlefields, at least. I'd really LIKE to do some sort of serious free-for-all, though, even if that makes the battlefield layout a smidgen more complicated in order to retain relative balance. I'm open to your wisdom. Thanks in advance.
I have played some free for all style games with multiple players. Simply just using normally rules but changing the deployment to suit.
From looking at what’s available for your armies the main problem i see is the point difference. What i would suggest is some sort of ambush scenario.
Guard set up in a line in middle of board turn 1 eldar turn up battle starts. Then turn 2 or 3 orks turn up for the fight from opposite side of the eldar. This will allow a free for all (just go around in turn like normal but with 3 people not 2), but should also help balance out the points difference. For full could be a Guard army patrolling on a plant who get ambushed by Eldar (for some eldar reason), hearing the battle the orks join in.
One point i would like to make as well is that a three player game takes a lot longer to play than a normal game.
"Should take you a while though because of your sloth like pace"
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Heh. I guess I was unclear about the points thing. That's maximum fieldable armies - Eldar and IG are more than capable of trimming our armies down to a fun 700 points to make it a balanced fight. I'm just trying to figure out deployment options that don't involve some nightmare hexagon battlefield while still being reasonably fair.
I did something like this once. The way we arranged deployment zones was like making a "T" shape, then we had a rolloff to see who picked which zone first. we were playing 1250 points with myself using nids, and my friends using eldar and tau. That method worked out great for us, and it turned into a really epic battle. We arranged terrain in such a way it was like the short zone (eldar) had to go through a gate to enter a city like area where the tyranids and tau were having a faceoff. We used larger terrain pieces between the longer deployment zones so that neither side could be absolutely shredded with gunfire on the first turn, and sprinkled some small stuff around for the hell of it. I don't know how big of a table you're playing on, but take this setup into consideration because we had a great time with it!
Thanks, Char. I will definitely take that layout suggestion into consideration - I'd thought about the T shape before, but wasn't sure how to arrange terrain. The rolloff for deciding zones is a really good idea, thanks.