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Hello, some of you may or may not remember the arena of death which was held in the battle report section of this site. It was a contest where people made up a character and then the arena pitted them against each other. The special thing was that people volunteered to write up the battles to make things a bit more exciting.
I wanted to try writing in the last one was wasn't good enough at the time however I was wondering how much interest there would be to hold another such contest. I would volunteer to do some writing as I would like the practice. Others would be needed to organize the tournament and roll the dice. Maybe others would like to write a few battles?
Lets see if there is any interest.
(40k not fantasy)
I've taken part in a few Fantasy AoDs in the past. I've only been lucky enough to write up one battle, but I'd welcome the chance to do a few more (even if they're for 40K, not Fantasy!)
Not so good on the dice rolling, but if you need another writer I don't mind throwing my proverbial hat into the ring!
Wow this forum is really slow nowadays. Wonder if it would get more interest elsewhere?
Sometimes you're just unlucky..
But I liked the ideas of the fantasy based, and are curious enough to participate in a 40k.. wondering how you'll be it with the rules for it in regards of ranged and close combat.
But anywho. My heretic fist will challenge anyone who dears not to see my ways!
And now to erase your memory of this entire conversation.
Currently a lot of the fantasy arenas have bogged down or just completely stalled. I'm running a massive 32-man arena, so with enough advertising yes; you can get interest roiled up. The trouble is that I think a lot of people are sort of leery of the arena thing. It is a LOT of work, and I don't think people really understand that until they've tried to organize and write for one. You need to be prepared to check builds, deal with players who submit late or send in illegal submissions, and just generally be on top of your game. It's a commitment, and it's time consuming.
However, if you wanted to run one for 40k, I'd like to watch, and participate in some way if need be.
Figuring out a system for the more Shooting-oriented 40k would be hard I think. You could do it, but it would probably be REALLY detailed and a bit confusing. I'm running and writing a team-based arena at the moment, based on Daelrog's 'Faction War' side arena. I think you might want to look into something like that. I suggest possibly using this type of method-
Each entrant makes a squad, rather than a regular character. The squad doesn't have to follow regular rules like minimum size and size/weapon load-outs etc. in a similar vein to KillTeam.
When the squad is made, the player nominates each member as 1 of 3 categories: 'Runner,' 'Midfield', or 'Gunner'.
Runners are probably CC characters who have little to no weapons. They'll be using their run move to close with the enemy as fast as possible.
Gunners are trying NOT to close with the enemy. They'll run/move until an enemy comes within range of their weapons, at which point they'll shoot at the nearest target. They won't charge an enemy, and will only move forward in order to get into range of new targets.
Midfielders work just like Gunners, but once an enemy is in weapon range, they stop Running and start actually firing their weapon at the nearest target. If they get into range, they'll assault.
I would assume that all "fights" are fought along a 48" straight line with the standard 1' deployment zones. Players can nominate where they want each member of the unit to start,
ie: 1" from the table edge, 6" from the table edge, 12" from the table edge
All moves are made the full 6" or until an enemy comes into range.
For cover, you could roll for some type of predetermined cover pattern, so that both sides are offered equal cover, even if it's at different intervals. Of course, this cover wouldn't block LoS, but it would provide a cover save and slow down movement. Alternatively, you could just forget about cover altogether since this is just simplified 40k.
Obviously, victory could be determined by who has the most points remaining after 6 turns, or the battle could be fought to the bitter end. The winner has all of their soldiers patched-up at some kind of medical facility, just like wounds are healed in the FB version.
I can see this raising all kinds of issues, but then, it's an arena. If people wanted a fair game, they could go play a real 40k match. I think it would be fun, and probably a very interesting. Fluff might be hard though, because there are going to be tons of repeat units. And you'll need to determine if you'll allow vehicles, if you'll allow bikes, cavalry, jump-packs, or if you'll just stick to infantry. Still, it could be promising. I know that you've got my brain churning right now, so if you don't start one, I might start one after I finish the fantasy arena.