Saturday, 10 February 2018
"Renegade Scout" - the agenda
Note that this is still not a sign that anything is going to happen, there's more work to do, thinking to do and planning to do before I commit to anything.
But... let's talk about what the goal of "Renegade Scout" would be as a Rogue Trader retro-clone.
First, let's talk about what it CAN'T be:
It can't touch any 40K IP whatsoever
Maybe that goes without saying, but no genestealers, eldar etc.
Of course, many of these concepts are hardly original to begin with so substitution can be made.
That means it needs to find its own legs to stand on.
Mechanically, the Rogue Trader system is rather solid (In my view) but nothing unusual, especially in 2018.
What people remember was being able to grab random figures, develop stats for them and play story-oriented scenarios.
A lot of people remember the big D100 mutation tables and things like that, but I am not sure how often those ever made it into an actual game.
I propose they could be replaced with something more interesting, such as a "Adventurer skill" table or an "unexplained phenomenon" table, that sort of thing.
The rules can be tweaked...a bit
People are used to tinkering with the Rogue Trader rules (and like old D&D, it may be a system where nobody really played it "by the book" to begin with) but there are limits to how far that can be taken.
Of course, the book could include options and alternative suggestions but in the end, it must feel "correct" for what it was.
That puts some limitations on how creative I can get with mechanics, but then, it also helps to ground it a bit.
I think everyone can agree that the Rogue Trader rules are not exactly elegant, so a little bit of stream-lining won't hurt anything at all as long as reasonable legacy compatibility is maintained.
If it can't be full of Warhammer stuff, then what?
As I suggested in the original G+ post, I think the real key to success would be to allow "television" scenarios.
If the book comes with profiles for "Assimilators" and "Exterminator bots" and such, alongside ww2 soldiers and SWAT teams and cavemen, I think it'll hit that wonderful "feel" that most Oldhammer players tend to chase after.
Of course, this runs the same issue: You have to file off the serial numbers but wargamers are used to that sort of thing, at least if my GZG "Crusty" mini's are anything to go by.
As an additional bonus, if a manufacturer could be brought on board, we could include ready-to-play stats for a few miniatures ranges too.
So is this just for fat old bearded dudes with Sepultura t-shirts?
Well, if it happens, it'll be written by a fat, bearded dude with a Sepultura shirt :)
But no, I think aiming this exclusively at Oldhammer players would be a mistake, though they are certainly part of the intended audience.
I think any players that like somewhat traditional mechanics, creative scenarios and using unique miniatures from their collection would be a potential player.
The fact that it would be legacy-compatible would be a substantial added bonus of course.
What about those other guys who've tried to do this?
As far as I know the failure rate of previous attempts has been 100%.
If I am wrong, please let me know.
What about Inquisi-munda and In the Emperor's Name?
Different goals (and mad respect to both teams for doing great work).
They aim to create 40K based gaming, that's not the goal here.
I don't think we'd overlap at all.
If this existed, which it doesn't.
What makes you the right guy to do this?
Anyone can do this.
The only thing that matters is who can stick with it until completion.
When is the kickstarter?
I don't feel comfortable with kickstarters but maybe this would be a good exception.
I don't know.
Let's say "Never" and go from there.
If this happened, would it be a big glossy book?
No. But it might have art-work.
Can I help?
It's not a project that exists currently, so no.
If it becomes a project that exists, I will be looking for a team to help with various aspects (proof reading, testing, painting the odd mini, etc.).
So...can I ?
Let's do this:
If you feel you have interest, time and qualifications to help with this project and would like to be on the short list IF THIS PROJECT BECOMES A THING WHICH IS NOT AT ALL CERTAIN
then ping me at email@example.com with who you are and what you can do.
I am NOT interested in any variation of "Idea guy" and I am NOT interested in a co-writer.