Sunday, 8 September 2019

Mission Design: Fire Sweep

Welcome back to the Vault once more dear Venturers.  One of the aspects of 40K I like to dabble with is Mission design; I've written a couple of narrative scenarios on the blog (Deathwatch vs Dark Angels and Guard vs Orks) as well as more competitive missions for the Club events (Give No Quarter doubles and Tactical Gambit).

The club's Octoberfest tournament will soon be upon us, and I've been asked by the event organiser to come up with another mission within the following bounds:

  • Progressive scoring (so points are earned every turn or Battle Round)
  • Troop choices gain a bonus
Grey Knight Terminators are Troops; pretty sure I can't make them good via mission design though!
I have recollections of a cool mission from the old Cities of Death supplement where forces moved across the ruins of a city "tagging" buildings, before moving onto the next. Opposing forces could reclaim buildings by occupying them and so the control of the battle field would ebb and flow.  I'd like to get something like that into this new scenario.

So here is my starter for 10:

Fire Sweep
Deployment: Front-line Assault (aka Pointy Dawn of War).
Game Length: Variable; 5 turns then roll for turns 6 and 7.
Acceptable Casualties: The Matched Play rules for Sudden Death are not in use in this mission
First Turn: The players roll off and the winner selects his deployment zone.  The loser then deploys their entire army, followed by the winner.  The loser then decides whether to take the first turn or not. Seize the initiative as usual to take the first turn.

Primary Objectives: 1 Objective is placed in the centre of the board. 4 other Objectives are placed 1 per table quarter so they are 18" from the short board edge and 15" from the long board edge. (Note the distances may need tweaking; no objective starts in a deployment zone.)

Victory Conditions 
At the end of each Battle Round score Objectives as follows:
Objective is controlled by a non-Troop choice: 1 VP
Objective is controlled by a Troop choice: 2 VP.  

Additionally place a marker by any Objective controlled by a Troop choice.  Any marked Objective is treated as being controlled by a Troop choice in subsequent turns.  If a marked Objective is subsequently controlled by the opposing player then remove any markers before assessing if the new controlling player should place a marker of his own.

Additionally Slay the Warlord and Linebreaker provide 1 VP each.


The intention is that Troops can move onto an objective, tag it, then continue to advance forward rather than necessarily have to sit on it all game! 

 A simple scoring example: a Tactical Squad controls an objective at the end of Battle Round 1, places a marker and the Marine player earns 2 VP.  The Tactical Squad subsequently move off the objective, and his opponent does not claim it.  At the end of Battle Round 2 the marked objective is considered as controlled by a Troop choice and the Marine Player earns a further 2 VP.  In the next round his Chaos opponent controls the objective with a unit of Raptors (Fast Attack), the Marine's marker is removed and the Chaos player earns 1 VP.

The wording needs tightening up and I'll have to run the concept past the event organiser. I definitely want to play test it, regardless of whether it's used or not!

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