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False Prophets - Forum
Black Crusade
Estimated Members Requested: 5

Introduction

Greetings everyone!

As the game system should probably tell you, this is an adventure utilizing the rules and setting put forth in the Black Crusades core rulebook. The section players will be applying for is actually the module presented in the back of the book, though I intend to take it further with direction from the players and their writings. Applicants for this section will have the option of backing out or continuing on depending on how they like the story and style. I will rerecruit at a later date if required to do so.

As a game, I want this to be fun yet dark in keeping with the subject matter and I am really looking forward to looking over applications and seeing this get off the ground. Above all I want everyone to keep in mind this is a learning opportunity. I have not GMed this ruleset before though I am extremely familiar with the setting and have run games in all three of the other FFG core books. I will try to teach as much as I am sure I will be taught.

Over the course of this Ad I am going to cover these areas but will monitor this thread daily for other questions, concerns, and comments.
  • Applications
  • FAQ
  • Setting
  • About Me
  • Submitted Concepts

Applications

As far as applications go I am more concerned with an applicants ability to write than actual knowledge of the rules. It is to this end that I am going to request that not a single one of you actually roll up an entire character sheet yet. Instead, I would like you to "flesh out" your character first and you can do this by declaring your characters name, race, desired alignment, and Archetype; and by tackling these categories in a minimum 200 word summaries:
  • Physical Descripton
  • Personality/Motivations
  • Background

You may use whatever format you desire just keep it neat, please. All applications must be submitted in this thread by October 25, 2012.

I will keep a running list of what has already been submitted and reviewed in the OP.

FAQ
How many players are you looking for?
4 to 5

Are there any restrictions on Archetypes or Races?
All Races and Archetypes are available, but I will only take a maximum of TWO Chaos Space Marines.

What do I need to submit an application?
All that is required is that you own a copy of the Black Crusade rulebook and be able to meet posting requirements.

What are your posting requirements?
Players will be required to post 3 to 5 times a week Monday thru Friday in non-combat situations. Combat moves to once a day Monday thru friday until the scene is resolved.

Will you allow the use of material from supplements?
If there are any, some will be allowed on a case by case basis. Supplemental material will be mostly restricted to smaller changes as I do not have access to the books so all of the information will have to be quoted to me.

What level do the characters start at?
Level 1. Chaos Space Marines will receive the standard starting XP of 500 to spend. Humans will receive 1000.

Can I use a character from another FFG40k ruleset?
Yes, you may. There are rules for conversion in the Black Crusade core rulebook. I will handle this on a case by case basis as well.

If you had to admit one obnoxious thing about your GMing style, what would it be?
I have taken part in PbP for a while now and I am a stickler for posting format. I find that it speeds up the game and once everyone gets used to it, it makes the game much more enjoyable and reader friendly.

Setting

The setting for this adventure will be the Screaming Vortex as presented in the book. If players decide to stay on afterwards we can all work together to figure out where we want to go from there. Otherwise I will probably move to the Koronus Expanse or more likely, the Calixis Sector.

The following Acts will most likely see the characters in control of their own starship as per the Rogue Trader rules with a Chaotic twist. I intend on opening up the Imperium and surrounding territories to players once the Prologue concludes.

About Me

My name is Addison and I am currently playing in two other games and running another here on MythWeavers. I enjoy the 40k Universe immensely and have consumed most of what Black Library has to offer as far as reading material goes. Once upon a time back when I had money, I played 40k tabletop and had a lot of fun with that as well.

Nowdays I find myself more closely involved in role-playing; quite often as the GM.

As a GM I try to let fairness and an open mind reign supreme. I'm always open to suggestions and believe that we can always improve. I am particularly excited about this ruleset as it is the most different from anything FFG has put out so far in the 40k Universe and deals with some really interesting subject matter. Daemon weapons have been a curiosity of mine since Dark Heresy came out.

Another thing I am really interested in is the introduction Rituals. Back when WHFRP came out, Rituals were one of the more interesting additions and I cannot wait to see how they tie in to 40k.

As a writer I find that my style differs depending on the situation. If a group is in combat my writing becomes less descriptive and faster paced. The world of violence goes by in a flash and I try to tie that in. Whenever the characters are involved in non-combat situations I really strive to bring the world of 40k alive for the players. It's dark, dirty, and oppressive normally. This ruleset is still dark and dirty, but it lifts some of the oppression. I am really looking forward to taking a swing at it.


As always, here to answer any questions or comments. I look forward to reading everyone's applications!

Submitted Concepts
  • Hargoth Chaos Space Marine Sorceror Cain | Human Apostate Mordicai
  • Raveled Chaos Space Marine Champion Scardos Mendax
  • KaptinKyle Human Renegade Drake Flamehand
  • Ramaloke Human Psyker Hadria
  • Nasdaq Human Psyker Malzahar
  • Lagoon Human Heretek Sigismund
  • Voth Chaos Space Marine Champion Raum
  • Boddan Human Psyker Ankaro Bellock

Game Description:

False Prophets
A Black Crusade Adventure


All across the Screaming Vortex are locations steeped in thousands of years of slaughter, myth, and history. One such location is the Temple of Lies.

Once an Imperial ship of the line, the Light of Ascension is now a crashed wreckage converted to a blashpemous chapel bearing the marks of the Architect of Fate. In its corrupted halls, lunatic priests use the power of the Empyrean to produce prophecies both true and false from hoarded tomes of black knowledge. Some foretell times where great champions of Chaos will rise up and cull those who worship the Corpse-God Emperor. Others speak of how an individual might meet his or her storied and colorful end.

It is to this place that several unknowable Heretics have been summoned from across the Screaming Vortex. Each approached by an agent of the highest priest, Copax, the Heretics make way towards the temple with undue haste; each with his own depthless darkness, hopless mission, and unspeakable fears.


Last edited by Elemtael; Oct 25 '12 at 6:56pm..
Well, In that case I suggest that Nasdaq look at getting the Mark of Tzeentch asap, as it would be the only way for a Heretek to gain the Psyker trait that I can think of. It's close to an Idolitrix Magi (even better in some ways, as Idolotrix Magi have odd restrictions on their Psy Rating).

I'm interested in playing, if you're still taking new applicants - unsure on my particular concept yet, but I'm aiming at something other than a Chaos Space Marine. Yeah, they're powerful, but their representation in lore always makes 'em kinda boring to me. Some of the books (Horus Heresy, etc.) go a ways towards rectifying this, but so many of 'em are just total loonies. Of course, playing the "only sane man" in the Legion of the Damned could be fun...

Anyway, that leads me to my pitch. My first impulse is to play a character who turned to Chaos as a rational choice, rather than the result of frothing lunacy. Essentially, he looked at the universe one say, said "Sod this," and opted for the Chaos retirement plan, since it's essentially your best option from a rational standpoint.

That conclusion might be a little meta in some respects - after all, it only becomes clear that Chaos offers the best options when you realize that almost everyone else is doomed to either the annihilation of the soul or an eternity of torment - but on the other hand, turning to Chaos because the 40k universe sucks more than a cluster of black holes isn't an uncommon theme.

You could attempt to deconstruct the Idolotrix Magi from the Heretek Base and find an appropriate XP cost for the Psyker Trait.

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I dont know how *balanced* this is, but perhaps you can "buy" the psyker trait at the cost of a Rank 2 Talent. I'm basing this off of the Minion of Chaos talent which allows you to have a Psyker minion. You would still have to purchase a Psy Rating talent (rank 3).
Unfortunately both of those together as Unaligned Purchases would cost 1250 XP.

@WhiteKnight777
I will not choose characters until the Ad closes on the 25th so feel free to take your time.

Groovy. I'm spitballing a few concepts right now - would a fallen Radical inquisitor be an acceptable character archetype? The difference between this character and the usual "slippery slope" story would be that he intentionally jumped right off and on to the other side.

I admit, I know a lot more about the lore than the niceties of the rules, so I'd have to look up conversion procedures from Dark Heresy.

Yeah. That would be fine. I believe the BC rulebook has a whole section on doing conversions as far as talents bearing different names and what not. There is also a little blurb in the Infamy section about converting FP's and all that jazz.

Yep! I'm looking at the section right now. I have no idea about relative power levels between the games - I'm not a power gamer, but I don't want to be team gimp either, so any general advice people have on that front would be groovy.

I believe the characters are 8k xp for terms of equality when compared to Dark Heresy. Not sure about Ascended characters but you can figure it out

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Originally Posted by Voth View Post
I just realized Hargoth basically made my character. So back to the drawing board I guess.

I think it would actually be interesting, so I'm going to go ahead and continue my character. Cain was technically a loyalist in Raum's eyes and Raum hates the Lion so it would be interesting.
Yeah that would make for an awesome party. Two ex dark angels that hate each other over diplomatic views. Cain would hate Raum soley on the fact that he followed Luther more than anything.




 

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