Never played ANY RPG before. Was always interested, but never had the time. Painted up a whole Tyranid and space vampires army, but never played, only paint and read the fluff. Realised What I wanted was not to bash 2 armies together, but to immerse myself in the universe.
Anyway, don't know, or want to know any gaming groups yet for Deathwatch. It's only me and my wife playing. We're closet nerds, and no one else we know are interested in this sort of thing. (Not too sure if my wife is interested either, TBH, or just doing it to keep me happy, but she plays castlevania a lot)
Anyway, I have Mythic GM-Emulator and Deathwatch (plus the errata), and First Founding. Since I have so many miniatures painted, what I thought I'll do is focus heavily on the combat/mission part of the game. Going to get a spaceship tileset to play spacehulk sort of missions, and do up plasticard buildings to play in open areas. I have a billion tyranid figures painted up.
Wife is playing Raven Guard assault marine (Bought the figure off forgeworld), so she'll be playing a non-Mary Sue character, as Raven Guard are famed for being selfish. I'm playing spess vampire Techmarine, with servitors friends (later on). Not too sure how to make such a character non Mary-Sueish though. I was thinking of making him something of an insane self-destructive rager. Whenever he's angry, he takes it out on the RG, or his own sevitors, literally fighting and beating them up, or tearing off his servo-arm/replacement arms. Seems a bit Mary-sueish though.
I was thinking of starting the first session with character creation with my wife, use mythic to work out some sort of story, which will end up in the kill-team going somewhere on a mission. Then I'll draw up the maps, objectives, etc on my own. Second session will be played on a board, with the marines fighting, killing enemies etc. If it was to get to a certain building, etc, the 3rd session will be fought out in the building, then the subsequent session will just be dialogue using Mythic, post-mission, which will lead them to another place to fight more people.
Anything missing? Am I doing it right?
Well, the point to an RPG is the roleplaying. The GM is there to roleplay all the badguys and do interation. With all the options and strategies enemies can use in combat the GM is what really keeps things fair. A GM is more likely to use that neat combo available to an enemy when a player is on his last wound than the player would if he were controling the enemy.
Huzzah for getting into the game to enjoy the background and environment. Most of us who joined prior to early 4th edition are right there with ya.
Bullocks for ya though, since GW is destroying their own IP in their intense move away from a "company which makes a game " to a "company which makes expensive miniatures". Nothing of the background pf the rich and involved 40k universe created by the likes of Andy Chambers, Jervis Johnson, and Gav Thorpe that attracted so many of us is sacred to the latest "miniature designers" nowadays. Pretty much anything is possible and nothing is disallowed as long as it allows them to make a new overpowered $100 kit they believe all the players will want.
I always liked the idea to think about gaming without a GM. Luckily, there exist a few (nontheless called) RPGs without a GM.
I guess one has to come up with a good game mechanic to treat the influence gamers have on each other. I mean, just rolling some dice in a combat is not an issue. The active players rolls for his character and the passive players for the opponents.
More interesting are the plot elements. You need some kind of influence, challenge rating and maybe reward system for a player. For example one player introduces the mission for the evening and takes the role of the watch captain during the briefing.
Afterwards, the players are on their mission and everybody has the option the throw an obstacle at them, thus including himself. The question is: based on what? And why?
Maybe the group should sit together and come up with some opponents and obstacles to make sure everybody agrees on the threat level, creating some sort of 'threat pool'. Or everybody has listened to the mission and each player thinks in secret about an obstacle or enemy he seems to fit or which would be 'cool to encounter'. Then written on the sheet of paper, everybody puts his idea into the Threat Pool, a cup or something similar…
During the game, it is up to the players to draw from the pool of opponents and obstacles and play it.
Maybe one could argue, that at the end of the mission the Reknown or Experience Points are reduced proportional to the remaining opponents in the Threat Pool, since the mission was not challenging enough! Thus the players should have a keen interest in facing multiple threats during their mission!
An Empty Mind Is A Loyal Mind
My Deathwatch Houserules, Game AidsPrinter Friendly Record Sheet:
I used to do this in the back yard as a kid all the time. :)
Look at the boardgames like Castle Ravenloft, or Wrath of Ashardalon.
They are a way of running basic adventures. Simply, each player controls their own dudes,
plus some of the enemies. On each turn, you move your own trooper plus what ever monsters menace.
It is a cooperative venture versus the game itself, not each other.
Somehow that could be adapted for GM-less play, I think.