I posted a question to the other mods a little while ago about the possibility of starting up a site campaign here on LO. I haven't heard anything from them yet, so I've decided that I'm going to start rolling on this thing, because sometimes, if you want something done righ, you just have to do it yourself!
So, how will this campaign be run?
It's very simple really. Once I have a decent list of people who'd like to sign up for this endeavor, I'm going to gut the existing "LO Campaign" subforum of our WHFB section, and make it the new home base for this project. I just know that none of you ever seem to read that subforum, so I had to start by announcing everything here.
Games for this campaign will be played in the comfort of your own homes, on your own time, with whomever you like - with just one stipulation: they must have an active LO account, and be willing to post in order to verify the outcome of your game- campaigns are social events, so no lurking! Get in and mix it up!
You will report your games in a designated thread here on LO. Your opponent will then sign in, quote your post, and verify that yes, you were being honest and on the up-and-up about things.
You will have a 1 week period in which to report and verify your games. You don't have to play a game each week! I understand that people will have busy schedules, school, vacations, outbreaks of the bubonic plague, etc. At the end of each week, I will tabulate the results of the games which were played, record them in a percentage fashion so that both sides have an equal chance of victory even if one faction has more players. I will then advance the story of the campaign, providing fluff, scenario challenges, and other cool little events for you all to participate in across the site.
Those of you who were around for the 'Storm of Chaos' and other worldwide events run by GW will be very familiar with how this campaign will run.
What Kind of Cool Events?
Cool events like Hobbying (painting, modeling) contests, Fiction/Fluff contests, and really anything else that I can spawn from my half-delusional mind. Best of all, these events can help your team win, since winners/finalists will get to count their Forum-based victories as a victory in the campaign.
I'll also be sure to churn out occasional scenarios, special rules, characters, and other "game modifiers" for you to enjoy. They will be completely optional however- so if your gaming club doesn't use special characters or enjoy anything outside of a 'pitched battle', you can still report your regular games.
When do we Start? And when is it over?
I plan to start the first reported games of the campaign at the beginning of October, and run until the start of January 2012. If there is still interest in the campaign at that point (and the world hasn't ended), I'd be happy to consider extending it for a longer stretch. I'd rather have 3 months of very concentrated fun though, rather than go for a longer period and have everyone burn out.
NOTICE - you can sign up for the campaign at any time! Just because your friend doesn't sign on with us at the beginning, or you haven't collected a large enough army to get a proper game in yet, doesn't mean that you can't start up some time later. I want as many people getting involved in this thing as possible. Sure, it's better if you'd sign up early, before October, but you can sign up on December 31st and report a game, and I'll still count you among the masses all the same.
Sounds Great, How Do I Sign Up?
Easy - just post a reply in this very thread. You can enter this campaign with as many armies as you like, as long as they all come from one faction (Order or Disorder). There are a few exceptions to this:
Dwarfs - you can sign these guys up on either side. Go for Disorder and you'll be "Chaos Dwarfs", although actual CD players are welcome too!
Empire - a civil war in the Empire, and the vulnerability of the minds of men to the sway of Chaos means that Empire can sign up on either end.
Tomb Kings, Ogres, Orcs and Goblins - these guys are the wildcards. They could swing either way, fighting against Chaos and the forces of destruction, or siding with them to reap a bloody toll on the civilized world. Even Orcs, who will cause nothing but mayhem across the world, will have a preferred enemy somewhere that they'd like to line up against.
I'm not worried about the size of your army, or it's composition. This is all welcome to change whenever you meet with your friends to play a game. All that's important is that whenever you report your games, you tell me what army everyone was using.
Lord Borak - Chaos
Lolthien - Chaos
Sonata187 - Chaos