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Escape from Hulk 13 – Rules

Escape from Hulk 13 – Rules

This event is a Kill Team-based narrative event for 1-12 players, run exclusively for  Drawbridge Games’ “Extra Life” 24 hours of gaming marathon fundraiser. Players take the role of a single trooper, and fight their way through massed opposition to escape from a dangerous space hulk. Expected play time is 3 hours, and the event starts at 8:30am to kick off Extra Life!

Players can pick any of the characters off the following list. The requirement is that players bring one single painted Warhammer 40k miniature that correctly represents the model that they are fielding. Players will do equipping of the model during the game, so any wargear depicted on the model is fine for the event. Players should also bring dice of their own, any tokens, and a measuring tool for the game.

Space Marine Scout Sergeant
Space Marine Tactical Marine
Space Marine Reiver
Space Marine Intercessor
Astra Militarum Infantry Guardsman Sergeant
Astra Militarum Tempestus Scion
Ad Mech Skitarii Ranger Alpha
Ad Mech Skitarii Vanguard Alpha
Chaos Cultist Champion
Poxwalker
Tzaangor Twistbray
Asuryani Guardian Defender
Asuryani Storm Guardian
Asuryani Ranger
Asuryani Dire Avenger
Drukhari Kabalite Warrior Sybarite
Drukhari Wych Hekatrix
Necron Warrior
T’au Fire Warrior Shas’ui
T’au Fire Warrior Breacher Shas’ui
Termagant (tho I would not recommend that choice)
Genestealer Cult Acolyte Hybrid
Genestealer Cult Neophyte Hybrid

Nothing else is needed to prep for the event, other than having the rules handy for your model and reflecting on this opening to the event’s story:

The last thing you remember is the war against the Orks. They were retreating from your force, and then it happened. You rounded a corner, and saw a strange Ork in a mechanized metal frame. The Ork had a strange device hanging over its shoulder, and the final thing you saw was a strange blue light burst from the device and fill your entire field of vision. 

Lucky Git

Lucky Git

This is a 40k story battle report featuring my Bad Moons Ork army versus Andy’s Tzeentch Daemons force. We’re gearing up for a big event, and Andy’s been painting up a storm, so we wanted to get some models on the table for a scrum.

Skizzit had never been a lucky git. Skizzit worked hard on his Warboss’ trukk, mostly repairin’ the whatnots and makin’ sure that the yellow paint was fresh. Skizzit’s Warboss was a Bad Moon, and that meant an eye for style and sumthin’ he called “sofikstikation”–which Skizzit understood mostly as lots of fresh yellow paint.

Orks vs Tzeentch Daemons 1

The Orks in Skizzit’s warband had been muckin’ around some ancient ruins, lookin’ for good loot amid the vacated humie structures that had been built. All Skizzit knew was that the humies had been here, and built some stuff to explore the ruins, but the humes weren’t around when the Orks arrived. It wasn’t long until one of the more knowy mekboyz got to turnin’ on some of the equipment the humies left, and then the fightin’ began.

Orks vs Tzeentch Daemons 3

Skizzit didn’t understand the things that came pouring out of the central chamber of the ruin, up into the abandoned work zone. They were fleshy odd things, in pinks and blues, with all sorts of flames everywhere. The Orks dove into battle with the things, but the fires were hot and when the Orks krumped ’em, they just came back with more.

Orks vs Tzeentch Daemons 2

The biggest of the squishy things was more massive than a Warboss, and had big old wings that carried him from fight to fight. Da Warboss got both his Big Mek and his Weirdboy to lead the attack on the thing, tho it was hard for Skizzit to tell if the thing was damaged at all by their attacks–as he barely understood what the Mek and Weirdboy did themselves. He did know that as the big thing killed its way through all the Orks and his fellow grots, things were getting out of control. What’s worse, is that Skizzit fled to the top of a building, only to find the big winged thing landing up there with him. He was trapped between the unsettling Weirdboy (who he always tried to avoid) and the great winged thing itself! The creature roared a massive roar as it sought to get at the Weirdboy, whose own eyes were glowing green with power. Skizzit fumbled in his bag for the small slugga he had nicked, vainly hoping to protect himself. The great bluish creature rushed forward, reality itself warping where his clawed feet treaded.

Orks vs Tzeentch Daemons 4

Skizzit raised his slugga and fired vainly, hoping that the noise would at least cause the thing to slow down or move away or something. Somehow, some way, the round from his slugga managed to catch the creature in the thigh. A hole appeared there, blistering with fire, and as Skizzit stood watching the air around the creature burst with sparks. The flaming hole in the thing’s thigh expanded and expanded, and after but a moment it was consumed in strange energy and reduced to ashes.

That was when Skizzit was taken from the Warboss’ Trukk work crew, and became part of the Weirdboy’s personal detail. He had defended the strange Ork once, and the whole crew said he’d have to keep doing it again. He was the blue giant killer, after all.

That’s how Skizzit found himself huddled in the shadows of the Weirdboy’s hut, suffering strange dreams and the Weirdboy’s frightening ranting every day, reflecting on how he never had been a lucky git.

Fungal Infection

Fungal Infection

This is a 40k battle report featuring my Bad Moons Ork army versus Mike’s Adeptus Mechanicus force, and used an opportunity to start fiddling with an effects filter app. Enjoy! 

The last transmission from the staff of the inter-system missile silo on Eomycot Secundus had been in status “filed but awaiting review” for two years before the logician got to it. There was nothing special in the transmission itself: a list of maintenance duties being performed on the tiny planet’s sole missile defense base. It was routine stuff: repairs from dust storms, a particularly resilient fungus in the subterranean levels, and other housekeeping tasks. Yet the next update was almost a year overdue. The logician flagged a inquiry, and in-system transmissions began to attempt connection. When no response was received for 10 iterations, a dispatch inquiry was sent to the closest Tech Priest Dominus with a request to investigate.

After a month of space transit away from the main exploration fleet in a Falchion escort, the Dominus arrived at Eomycot Secundus. An initial dispatch of scans showed that the settlement that surrounded the missile silo on the small planet was in complete ruins, but the silo was intact (complete with missiles ready in tubes). A servitor-piloted lander released a host of inspection servo-skulls, and the picts relayed back showed a disturbing sight: Orks and Gretchin were moving about the planet. With the missile silo in Ork hands, no fleets were safe passing by–yet the missiles had not been launched at their Escort, so the Dominus had to take a gamble. He detailed a personal guard to help him capture the silo.

Orks vs Ad Mech 2

As the Mechanicus landers made their way to the surface and began unloading troops, the Orks began to rally together. Long range picts displayed the Orks emerging from the silo itself, using the old imperial defense network as their own bastion for defense. Meanwhile Trukks, bikes, and more screamed toward where the Dominus’ force was deploying. At the center of the silo, literally perched amid the missile warheads, was a strange Ork shaman. Green power flowed from two bones he clashed together, and that seemed to energize the Ork forces. The Dominus wondered if the superstitious Ork perhaps thought of the missiles as a kind of standing stones of sacred technological ground, the way that the beast moved to defend them.

Orks vs Ad Mech 1

The first wave of Orks rushed from their ramshackle Trukks and into the Mechanicus lines. The Skitarii Rangers opened fire, and while the Ork numbers were thinned, the Ork assault still hit the Mechanicus lines hard. Slowly the heavier elements of the force–two Dunecrawlers–blasted their way through the Ork lines, the Orks who had so easily cut the Skitarii down until only two remained withered under the stubber fire. A rampaging Warboss tried to engage after jumping out of a Trukk, but one of the Dunecrawlers’ Neutron Lasers managed to zero in on him as he charged, turning the Ork leader into a smoking crater.

Orks vs Ad Mech 3

The Dominius himself had to engage the bothersome Ork Trukks that were tying up his Dunecrawlers and stalling the advance on the silo. One with a massive wrecking ball was finally felled by supporting fire, while the Dominus engaged another in combat. Firing up the energy field of his massive Ominissian Axe, the broad swipes eventually managed to cleave the engine of the Trukk in twain as it raced around him. A massive squig in the vehicle managed to chew some of his wires and dendrites, but the self-repair process allowed him to triumph.

 

Orks vs Ad Mech 5

The Orks delayed the Mechanicum heavy forces, but not quite long enough. While only the Dominus, two Dunecrawlers (one reasonably damaged and one intact), and two somewhat shell-shocked Skitarii rangers survived, they managed to clear out the complex of the primary Ork defenders. Despite the Orks ravaging the buildings all around the facility, the missile silo site was oddly untouched and undamaged. The usual Ork looting of such a technological place wasn’t even evident. The Dominus reviewed the evidence from the silo’s last transmissions, and it seemed to be utter silence. Two years ago the staff had been going down into the depths of the silo to clear out a spread of mildew, and two years later a strange Ork shaman was protecting the place like some strange holy site, almost a perverse parody of praising Terra for being the origin of mankind.

The Dominus shrugged. Xenos oddities were not his foray, and the vile greenskins had been eradicated. He requisitioned a replacement staff, who would arrive in a year’s time to the remote planet. He thought for a moment, and tagged an additional item on their task list for when they arrived: tunnel mildew. It wouldn’t do for them to refrain from cleaning the Omnissiah’s carefully constructed facilities when they arrived.

 

Orktober 2019: Git Race!!!

Orktober 2019: Git Race!!!

The month of Orktober is fast approaching, and the crazy Big Meks down at Drawbridge Games have decided to invite all the gits across the galaxy to the Drawbridge Mektown to participate in a little racing event. Thursday October 24th, 40k players are invited to Drawbridge Games to set a vehicle down and see if they have what it takes to win the Git Race 2019!

Bad Moons Warboss

Oi! You gitz! Callin’ ever one across da galaxy ta come race yer buggies, skiffs, and speedaz fer glory and da Git Race trophy! Wese Orks is gonna hold off on krumpin’ long enuf ter watch da race, so come get yer ‘umie, pansy, tinboy, an fishead vehicles into da starting line alongside da proppa Ork wagons. 

Race: The race will be held on Thursday, October 24th from 7pm to 10pm. The basics will be that you’re racing your vehicle around an Ork-built track, blasting at each other with your weapons, stopping at the Mek Pit to repair, and just plain trying to win the race. See the expanded rules below.

Prizes, Entry Fee, and Registration: There will be a trophy for the first place finisher, and a Mek Workshop terrain kit as a prize as well. The entry fee will be minimal, and registration is easy: just let the staff at Drawbridge know that you plan on attending and they’ll record ya.

Allowed Vehicles: Each faction (except Tyranids, sorry chums) has vehicle or vehicles that are permitted in the race. They’re generally light vehicles and transports: no walkers, flyers, or heavy stuff permitted. If there’s something we missed that you wanted to field and think would be appropriate for the race, let us know and we can see about adding it to the list. The table below is arranged by faction:

Faction Available Racing Vehicles
Orks Trukk, Kustom Boosta-Blasta, Shokkjump Dragsta, Boomdakka Snazzwagon, Megatrakk Scrapjet, Rukkatrukk Squigbuggy, Deffkilla Wartrike
Space Marines (all chapters) Rhino, Razorback, Primaris Repulsor
Adeptus Mechanicus Skorpius Dunerider
Astra Militarum Taurox (all variants), Chimera, Hellhound
Sisters of Battle Rhino, Immolator
CSM, Thousand Sons, and Death Guard Rhino, Plagueburst Crawler, Blight Hauler, Blight Drone
Chaos Daemons Skullcannon, Burning Chariot of Tzeentch, Exalted Seeker Chariot or regular Seeker Chariot, Horticulous Slimux (I mean, if you really want to… but he’s really slow and cannot plant any trees)
Eldar (all sorts) Wave Serpent, Raider, Venom, Starweaver, Vyper
Genestealer Cult Goliath Truck, Achilles Ridgerunner
Necrons Ghost Ark
Tau Devilfish, Piranha (all variants)

Rules: There will be an extensive oval track that will be raced upon set up on Drawbridge’s main table–including Orkish onlookers and even a snack bar. There will be a starting line, as well as a Mek Pit on one side of the track. Racers must move their speed each round, and can choose to advance as normal (note that Shockjump Dragstas and other models that have peculiar advance rules have those disabled, and advance as normal). If there isn’t space for your model to move past other vehicles, then it must stay behind them and maneuver for an opening. All vehicles must remain on the track or in the Mek Pit. Move order will be determined by place in the race (first to last). After the movement phase, every vehicle will get to either shoot or conduct melee attacks. Shooting can target any model AHEAD or beside the racer in the race (no picking on people behind, everyone guns for the models in the lead), and the model fires its weapons as normal using current 8th edition profiles. The normal “within one inch” rule is ignored in all ways, and instead a model can choose to melee any model within 3″ instead of shooting on its turn (representing the two vehicles jockeying for position). Shooting (or melee-ing) will also be done by place, but working last to first in order.

When a model is reduced to half its wounds, it rolls on the damage effects table below. Note that this happens every time a model is reduced to that point, and the new roll replaces the prior roll.

Half Damage Effects Table – Result Effect
1- Fuel Ignition A minor explosion causes a more volatile mixture. Until the vehicle is repaired for any reason, it gains +2″ to its Movement characteristic.
2- Crew Spooked The crew compartment suffered much of the damage, making them nervous and prone to putting more effort into racing. Until the vehicle is repaired for any reason, it MUST advance and adds an additional d6″ to its advance distance each time, but it cannot shoot any weapons.
3- Superficial Damage The damage done is all to the vehicle’s superstructure, no effect on its rules. When repaired for any reason this result is removed.
4- Suspension Battered The shocks of the vehicle (or it’s stability control in a hover vehicle) are damaged, making minor collisions on the track more damaging. Until it is repaired for any reason, the vehicle doubles the number of wounds it takes from melee attacks.
5- Fire in Fire Control Damage to the vehicle affects the weapons systems. Until it is repaired for any reason, the vehicle suffers a -1 penalty to all shooting attacks.
6- Engine Holed A round must have caught the engine! Until the vehicle is repaired for any reason, the vehicle suffers a -1″ penalty to both its movement characteristic and to Advance rolls.

When a model is reduced to zero wounds, it can only move at 2/3 its speed (rounding up) each turn (no advancing) and cannot shoot or melee. It must stop at the Mek Pit at the first opportunity. Models in the Mek Pit regain 2d6 wounds per turn they spend there rather than on the track (cannot exceed their maximum)–and may not shoot or melee while in the Mek Pit. Regaining wounds in the Mek Pit count as being “repaired” for purposes of the table above.

Squigs: Because of rolls on the Cheers and Jeers tables, Squigs may appear on the track. After all vehicles have moved, all squigs left on the track move 1d6″ toward the nearest vehicle. A vehicle that contacts a squig for any reason is hit by an attack with the following profile: Str 6, AP -2, D d3. The squig is then removed from the track. If all available squig models are on the track, no new squigs are thrown (count as the “a lot of yelling” result on the tables).

Cheers and Jeers: While the event is open to everyone, being an Ork crowd has a bit of an effect for Ork racers (and other participants lucky enough to be mistaken as looted vehicles). At various times, Cheers and Jeers will be announced. Every player, in order of their position in the race, then will roll on the Cheers table (if an Ork vehicle) or the Jeers table (for all non-Orks). Note that certain vehicles are clearly not Orkish and not looted, and must add +1 or +2 to their rolls, as indicated in this list: +1 to roll vehicles are the Skorpius Dunerider, Plagueburst Crawler, Wave Serpent, Raider, Venom, Starweaver, Devilfish, and Piranha; +2 to roll vehicles are the Primaris Repulsor and all of the Daemon choices, Blight Hauler and Blight Drone.

First the Cheers:

Cheers Table – Result Effect
1-    Encouraging Stikkbomb! A stikkbomb of encouragement gets flung from the crowd. Vehicle is hit by a single Str 3, AP -, D 1 attack. The vehicle also gets a bonus +1” to its movement this round due to the encouragement
2-    A lot of yelling! No effect
3-    Steer for da crowd! The Orks love a bit of a show. You can steer off the track this turn, rather than remaining on the track. However, you MUST collide with at least one Ork or Gretchen onlooker (bonus for more) in that movement, and must be wholly back on the track by the end of the movement (plan the move before moving the model).
4-    Dakka applause The crowd picks this vehicle as a favorite, and takes pot-shots at the closest other vehicle behind it. That vehicle suffers d6 Str 4, AP -, D 1 hits.
5-    Throw a squig! The driver of the vehicle can either catch and eat it (regaining 1 lost wound, counting as a “repair”) or drop it behind him, placing the squig d6” directly behind the vehicle
6-    Thunderous applause! Due to the psychic energy of all the cheers for them, the vehicle gets +2 to movement this turn

Then the Jeers

Jeers Table – Result Effect
1-    Mistaken for an Ork! Immediately roll 1d3 on the Cheers table instead
2-    A lot of yelling! No effect
3-    More yelling! No effect, but louder
4-    Oi, get dat one! Pointed out by the crowd, all players that shoot at this vehicle get +1 to hit this vehicle in the next shooting phase
5-    Throw a squig! Place a squig model 2d6” directly in front of this vehicle’s location
6-    Shoot ‘em! Vehicle is hit by d6 Str 4, AP -, D 1 shots from the crowd’s random firing
7-    Hit ‘em wit da trash! Vehicle is pelted with trash (and a chorus of boos) that gets into the workings of the vehicle (mashed into treads, sucked into intakes, etc). Reduce Vehicle to half speed and half results on advance rolls the next time that it moves.
8-    Gargant Kommand? Kill dat Git! Vehicle is hit by a single Str 10, AP -4, D d6 shot from the Gargant

 

Ork World

Ork World

“Oi, you gitz. Listen ta ma tale o’ da Biggest Baddest Waaaghboss evah. Cuz there’s somthin’ in da tale fer all you yoofz. He started as just a ‘oi, you’ rumbling around a scrap fort in a trukkmob in a desert, and rose to be da greatest and most honored Waaaghboss in Ork legend. So listen up…” – Big Mek Mashgub Threeteef

Ork World is a set of campaign rules that combines games of Warhammer 40k and Gorkamorka to tell the tale of a number of competing warbosses on an Ork planet all vying to be the one who ascends to rule the entire group and lead their Waaagh into space and out to conquer every planet that exists. It allows multiple players to each chart the rise of their potential boss from a mere “oi you” yoof, to boy, to Nob, to Boss, and then to overall leader of the Waaagh.

Ork Growth Patterns

To track this advancement, the Ork World campaign uses the simple Title Achievements method of advancement, paced over a set schedule of games. As each participant player’s boss grows, they will do things in games that will net them specific titles: things based on in-game accomplishments, accidents, weapons used, etc. Ork leaders are judged in part by their strength, but also by their suitably impressive titles. Wouldn’t you listen to Gorgrund, Defeata of Worlds, King Choppa, and Arch-Arsonist of Callax a lot more closely than Gorgrund, dat ork ovah dere?

What makes the campaign work is that all players know all available Title Achievements from the start, and can plan toward achieving them, but each Title Achievement is given a points value that is hidden from all participants until the conclusion of the campaign. Players won’t know whether “Shoota Masta” nets more points than “Burna Fiend” until the end of things, so everyone has reasons to advance the strategy that they’ve chosen. A non-player seals the scoring info away at the beginning, making it all the more amusing as players think about what motivates the most impressive ork boss titles. Is getting injured a sign of weakness or a show of bravery? Better to shoot or to chop, to ride a bike or experiment with a jetpack, or just hoof it in a huge suit of mega armor? Each potential boss will chart their own path of destruction in games, and earn an impressive list of titles as they go that retains their unique legend of the games.

Below is the game timeline, with the notes about where each potential boss is in their journey and the number of games played.

Game Number(s) System Name and Titles
1 Gorkamorka All potential bosses are just a yoof named “Oi You!”
2 Gorkamorka Automatically advance to a Boy. Gain a first name of player’s choosing.
3 Gorkamorka Complete the Nob Duel event to move to Nob. Number of attempts to victory recorded and figure into potential first Title Achievements. Gain a surname of the player’s choosing.
4-6 (see aside) Gorkamorka Lead their Gorkamorka Band for three gaming periods, earning titles as they go. Multiple games can be played in this period to angle for other titles
7-10 (see aside) 40k Graduate to Nob within a unit. Results of Gorkamorka games can decide the unit chosen (gaining a Title Achievement), but player can also select their own spot for the Nob if they prefer a different unit type (no Title Achievement). Again, three game periods with multiple games allowed in each period to earn the Nob-level Title Achievements.
11+ 40k Rise to Warboss. Additional games of 40k permitted, allows even more pursuit of Title Achievements. When group agrees it’s time to crown the Waaagh leader, one final set of games gets played to allow any final shots at Title Achievements. Then the scoring rubric is revealed, and the score is tallied for each Warboss’ full title.

The requirements for how to track this are pretty simple. The player must build three or more distinct versions of their developing boss–each with some definable feature. A certain hat, a type of warpaint, a particular skull shoulderpad, whatever makes them definable in the progression. One serves as the yoof and boy for the first two games, one serves as the Gorkamorka nob, and one serves as the Warboss. If due to the game or player decisions, the Nob takes a particular type of journey in the transition to 40k (becoming a Biker Nob, a Stormboy, etc.) then a fourth model may be necessary to indicate them as well.

Other than that, the players simply play the games at each week and then follow along on the title chart in their provided Boss Sheet checklist. Some titles are awarded for specific one-off deeds: when they are achieved, they are marked down at the end of that gaming session and are a part of the boss going forward. Others are comparative (having the most of something at the end of a given time period) or leveled (getting the first part is easy, but then the boss that has the most of those moments at the end of the campaign gets the Arch- or Masta- prefix added to their version of the achievement). There are even a couple of potentially bad titles out there: maybe in this ork society the boyz are judgmental of a nob who focuses on firepower before speed, or vice versa.

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Though are you really going to tell this Bad Moonz Warboss that his love of firepower doesn’t qualify him as the baddest Warboss around? 

Gubbinz  in Progress: A preliminary version of the Title Achievements sheet will be placed below when it’s completed, and any other information that comes up will be placed here as well. Detailed info about the Nob Duel, Advancement from Gorkamorka to 40k, and more will be spelled out in more detail.