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Title: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: RobSkib on July 05, 2017, 10:45:33 AM
(http://www.dreadquill.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/header-INQ-Mother-of-Mercy-1.jpg)

"Fiddle de dum, fiddle de dee, Mother One-Eye is after me" ~Folk song popular among the children of Mercy

Background
For almost eight centuries has Mercy stood as the last bastion of civilisation in the lawless expanse of the Nomad Stars to the galactic south of the Carthax Sector. For almost eight centuries has unimaginable wealth flowed into the sector through an opening in the Great Warp Storms that separated the two regions of space. For almost eight centuries has a mysterious creature known as Old Mother One-Eye been part of the nursery rhymes sung by the children of Mercy, the resident mystic that wise captains would consult before venturing deep into the Nomads, and the monster in the depths that even the wealthiest Rogue Trader or hardened Inquisitor would think twice about awakening.

Until now.

The Great Warp Storms are boiling over. The opening between the Nomad Stars and the Carthax Sector is threatening to collapse. Unnatural forces are at work to seal the only safe passageway.

The pampered elite of Carthax dismiss such claims as idle rumour-mongering, but the Inquisition knows the uncomfortable truth. Millions of industries rely on the raw wealth flowing from that section of space and produced some of the greatest technological discoveries by the Sector's finest Explorators. Worse, should the portal collapse and the warp storms expand, war efforts on the fringes of the sector will become isolated - the Alien and the Heretic will be free to strike at the heart of the Sector while the Navy is stranded. Death, disease and destruction will sweep through Carthax.

There is hope - your investigations and contacts all point to a singular entity: Old Mother One-Eye. Its motives for such wanton destruction after eight centuries of existence are unclear, but the consequences of inaction are apparent. Old Mother One-Eye must be stopped.

Details
Mother of Mercy is a one-day 54mm Inquisitor Open Event that will be hosted at Warhammer World in Nottingham. It will follow a familiar schedule to those used to Inquisitor events, with two small games followed by a finale.

Throughout the day you will be gathering evidence and resources to aid you in your ultimate goal - to confront Mother One-Eye and stop it (or help it, if you're heretically inclined...) from carving the Carthax Sector apart.

It will be an Open Event - anyone with or without models will be welcome and catered for. I will be bringing along numerous, accessible warbands so anyone interested in Inquisitor (or is merely passing by a table on the day!) can pick up and play with no prior knowledge whatsoever.

The full briefing will be on its way in the next few weeks, for now I'm just fishing for a date!

Date
The date has been booked for Saturday 18th November 2017.

Briefing
The briefing pack is available for any eager beavers who want to take a look before tomorrow. I'll be bringing along plenty of printed copies on the day.

Download it here. (http://www.dreadquill.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/MoM-briefing.pdf)



[old, plz ignore]Please fill out this Doodle so I have a good idea as to when to host it! https://doodle.com/poll/8ss9uc3azqr73d94p[/old, plz ignore]

*sneaky edit* If you think you might be a 'maybe', could you tick yourself as available please? Doodle doesn't have a 'maybe' function, and it's easier for me to plan if maybes are registered as a green tick, and only mark yourself as unavailable if you're 100% not available. I'll do my best to incorporate as many people as I can.

Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (late 2017 - TBC)
Post by: mcjomar on July 05, 2017, 11:00:18 AM
You can immediately colour me interested, and put me on the "probably" list, with a reasonably puritan Inquisitor in tow.
Not sure which specific one/group will be deployed to fight this accursed beast, so I'll bring a bunch along and decide on the day I guess.  ;D
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (late 2017 - TBC)
Post by: Lord Borak on July 05, 2017, 11:45:09 AM
December is a 'No-Go' for me due to work. I also have a week off at the end of October/beginning of November so that's a no go as well. Otherwise, any weekend is fine with me if I have notice to warn the wife!
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (late 2017 - TBC)
Post by: Van Helser on July 05, 2017, 12:10:51 PM
Having not managed anything Inquisitor-related for too long, I am very interested.  However, wife and baby's needs come first.  Can't be much more than a maybe currently.

If I do come along, I'll be bringing non-Imperials - xenos or heretics.

Ruaridh
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (late 2017 - TBC)
Post by: Cortez on July 05, 2017, 12:35:16 PM
I'm interested. I'm currently free every Saturday in August and September, not sure about October (I'm going to be away around the 17th of October but I'm not sure as to the exact dates, so probably not free on the 14th and 21st) and November at the moment, the earlier you book things the better as then I can keep that weekend clear.
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (late 2017 - TBC)
Post by: RobSkib on July 05, 2017, 12:50:52 PM
Superb! Thanks for all the responses so far guys. My plan is to also reach out to BoLS, Warseer and a bunch of other websites where I know there's a sneaky underground Inquisitor movement who haven't quite made it onto the 'Clave yet, but one step at a time.

I appreciate all your efforts to make this event, for sure! For administrative purposes, if you think you might be a 'maybe', could you tick yourself as available please? Doodle doesn't have a 'maybe' function, and it's easier for me to plan if maybes are registered as a green tick, and only mark yourself as unavailable if you're 100% not available. I'll do my best to incorporate as many people as I can.
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (late 2017 - TBC)
Post by: MarcoSkoll on July 05, 2017, 12:56:02 PM
I am, of course, always interested. You already have my availability from before (although I've had to slightly adjust it - theoretically, I hope to be running Inquisitor for one of my local club's open Saturdays on 28th October).

I've shared this to The Conclave's Facebook. I can also set up an event page over there if you want (although my experience is that although it attracts attention, it does not help as far as keeping things organised).
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (late 2017 - TBC)
Post by: RobSkib on July 05, 2017, 08:53:39 PM
I can also set up an event page over there if you want (although my experience is that although it attracts attention, it does not help as far as keeping things organised).

That'd be rad for exposure, but don't you need to assign a date for a FB event? Otherwise, so long as you point people towards the doodle, that should keep things under control. I'll keep pushing it for a few weeks before picking a date, going by popularity first and then shuffling it around to accommodate any old school Conclavers ;)
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (late 2017 - TBC)
Post by: MarcoSkoll on July 05, 2017, 09:31:30 PM
That'd be rad for exposure, but don't you need to assign a date for a FB event?
A range can be used until there's an actual date; people generally understand that an Inquisitor event isn't actually going to run for four months! It can be changed later when the date's set in stone.

If you want an FB event, I believe I can set up an event for the Conclave page and assign you as an organiser.
I've not actually tried doing that with an event for a page before though (just events on my personal FB account), so I may be wrong.
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (late 2017 - TBC)
Post by: greenstuff_gav on July 05, 2017, 10:16:06 PM
i stuck a couplea dates on but finances are limiting
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (late 2017 - TBC)
Post by: Lord Borak on July 05, 2017, 10:48:29 PM
I kinda like the idea of a 4 month inquisitor campaign..... My Wife might not though...
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (late 2017 - TBC)
Post by: TheNephew on July 06, 2017, 12:38:32 AM
I've ticked a bunch of Saturdays post-September.
I've got too much post-grad stuff on until then, and travel there and back Sunday just isn't practical, and I don't think spending for a hostel/hotel is either, at least unless it's a two-day  event.

Hopefully this can be the WHW event for the year for me though.
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (late 2017 - TBC)
Post by: Lord Borak on July 06, 2017, 11:27:07 AM
Actually, a two day event might be a bit better. It's a lot of travelling for one day and it means less of a rush to get back home. Although, it does mean a hotel for the night but they're not too expensive.
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (late 2017 - TBC)
Post by: mcjomar on July 06, 2017, 12:35:40 PM
Everything is cheaper up north  ;D
Hotels in nottinghamshire are half the price of hotels in southampton - I can speak from experience.

I'm lucky that I'll probably be able to borrow a room at my parents house though, so all I have to worry about is fuel costs and such  :)
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (late 2017 - TBC)
Post by: MarcoSkoll on July 07, 2017, 02:01:07 AM
Although I could probably do a two day event, I'm sure there are those who can't.

If anyone is interested in a full weekend of gaming, it may be better for that to be handled as two separate events, so that anyone who can only do one day doesn't feel like they're missing out on half of the story.
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (late 2017 - TBC)
Post by: TheNephew on July 08, 2017, 01:08:03 PM
I didn't mean for that to read like lobbying for a two-day event - just a "realites of travel" statement.

Marco's right - that discussion is best held in another thread.

Rob - would it be possible to have another poll of a shortlist puled from this poll in a few weeks?
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (late 2017 - TBC)
Post by: RobSkib on July 10, 2017, 04:26:08 PM
Rob - would it be possible to have another poll of a shortlist puled from this poll in a few weeks?

Definitely. Going to try and grab as many 'maybes' as possible over the next two or three weeks and then make some final decisions.
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (late 2017 - TBC)
Post by: MarcoSkoll on July 10, 2017, 06:46:09 PM
I hope it's okay with you Rob - I've given Mother of Mercy an event page over on The Conclave Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1172243642880057/

You're added as a co-host (once you accept, anyway), so you should be able to monitor and modify the page as you see fit.
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (late 2017 - TBC)
Post by: RobSkib on July 11, 2017, 11:03:03 AM
Yep that's grand! The more visibility it gets, the better.
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (late 2017 - TBC)
Post by: MarcoSkoll on July 11, 2017, 06:17:34 PM
Righto. I've shared it more widely then - I didn't want to do that until you'd given the all clear.
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (late 2017 - TBC)
Post by: RobSkib on July 26, 2017, 02:02:32 PM
Thanks for all your responses so far guys! I'm going for one more push then deciding on a date next week - figured the start of August was a good a time as any ;)
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (late 2017 - TBC)
Post by: Lord Borak on July 27, 2017, 10:22:56 AM
I can no longer do the 12th I'm afraid (work calls)
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (late 2017 - TBC)
Post by: mcjomar on July 27, 2017, 07:59:05 PM
August 12th is out for me also.
In fact anything from the 12th to the 19th is right out.  :'(
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (late 2017 - TBC)
Post by: RobSkib on July 28, 2017, 12:28:59 PM
No problem, just try and keep the Doodle updated :)
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (25 November - TBC)
Post by: RobSkib on September 06, 2017, 01:55:00 PM
Right, I've had a pretty weird and awful couple of months but after some time away and jolly japing across the UK I'm back and refreshed and ready to take on the world again. Although there's a few dates that are equally decent, I'm making an executive decision that November 25th is going to be the one to aim for. It's far enough apart from Marco's own event in October, and far enough that some people might free up some time in their diary for it. It also gives me a load more time to plan after losing the entirety of August ::)

A thousand apologies to those who can't make it, I'll try and get another one running early next year. As for Mother of Mercy, I'll start pushing this date and producing content to drip-feed the 'Clave with info as we get closer to the date.

On with the show!
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (25th November 2017 - TBC)
Post by: Van Helser on September 06, 2017, 06:36:00 PM
November is probably better for me than an earlier date. Once it's confirmed I'll start looking at trains and convince my wife that I deserve a weekend away. Might be enough of a kick to get me making some 54mm figs again.

Ruaridh
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (25th November 2017 - TBC)
Post by: Cortez on September 07, 2017, 08:11:52 AM
I should be able to make that.
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (25th November 2017 - TBC)
Post by: RobSkib on September 08, 2017, 01:15:45 PM
Splendid! It's very much a toss-up between the 11th and 25th at the moment, depending on WHW's responses and my own logistics. I will report back ASAP!
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (25th November 2017 - TBC)
Post by: Lord Borak on September 09, 2017, 08:03:59 AM
November the 25th. I'll have to see about that but there's no reason that I can think why I wouldn't be able to do it. I'll see if I can get a new warband painted up :D
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (25th November 2017 - TBC)
Post by: mcjomar on September 11, 2017, 08:07:45 AM
Regrettably I can't make the 25th as I'll be driving my fiancée to Bristol for the day to see her friends.
The 11th/12th would be much easier for my calendar.
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (25th November 2017 - TBC)
Post by: RobSkib on September 11, 2017, 11:23:40 AM
Okay so slight update! 25th is the Warhammer World open day, and even if they did have any free tables that day, they would be charging people on entry, so we're rescheduling ;)

After a bit of back and forth the only day with the boards I wanted is Saturday November 18th, as we'll have four standard boards and the fancy Shadow War Mining Facility board.
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (25th November 2017 - TBC)
Post by: mcjomar on September 11, 2017, 11:47:57 AM
Okay, I'll check in with the fiancée tonight to see if I can scrape the 18th.
This might be workable for me.
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (25th November 2017 - TBC)
Post by: MarcoSkoll on September 11, 2017, 12:13:46 PM
Cool beans, as some might say. I've updated the Facebook event page to match, and shared it around again.

I've also checked my calendar again, and it looks like I'm still all clear for the 18th, so count me in.
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (25th November 2017 - TBC)
Post by: RobSkib on September 11, 2017, 01:52:04 PM
Fabulicious, apologies for the [EXCOMMUNICATE]about. I'll get some nice literature done up so I can spam the internet airwaves now we've got a date.

Odd sidenote: I was unable to book *any* normal tables at all, but I have booked four of their (very impressive) feature tables. What does this mean for you? More impressive brawls and multi-level shenanigans! What does this mean for me? How the hell do I write in a citadel made of skulls onto a space station?!

Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: Cortez on September 11, 2017, 02:24:13 PM
A Chaos battlecruiser instead?

I think the 18th is ok.
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: mcjomar on September 11, 2017, 03:22:32 PM
How the hell do I write in a citadel made of skulls onto a space station?!

Is Chaos corruption going to be an issue?
Warpgates maybe?
The Warhammer 40k Chaos Gate PC game had a level where the ultramarines fought the word bearers within the confines of a mostly-stable warp realm/chaos planet/something like that (obviously the heretics were roundly trounced, and the marines returned home for a parade in the Emperor's honour!).

Maybe it's buried in the bowels of the station where pretty much nobody ever goes, and a heretical cult has taken gradual control, but only now has the Imperium begun to notice?
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: RobSkib on September 11, 2017, 03:49:49 PM
We shall see! I'll rustle something up alright, no problem ;)

As for the tables we have Mining Facility 42, the Ruins of Dras'Shiel and the Valley of Skulls, you can see a few (somewhat tiny) pictures of the boards on Warhammer World's events page here. (https://warhammerworld.games-workshop.com/book-tickets-and-tables/reserve-a-gaming-table/)

I also booked a hitherto unannounced table called Empyrea 7, which is currently undergoing playtesting at the time of writing so I wasn't able to get any pictures. However, Edd the WHW email bandit could confirm that it is the board being developed in this sneak preview (https://warhammerworld.games-workshop.com/2017/08/18/sneak-peek-new-feature-gaming-table/), which is perfect for our needs.
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: Cortez on September 11, 2017, 06:53:51 PM
Ooh they look good! Is the mining facility the one with all the pipes and toxic sludge? I've always wanted to use that one. The new table looks good too, almost perfect for Inquisitor.

The other two look more problematic and we'll definitely need some scatter terrain for the valley of skulls.
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: MarcoSkoll on September 11, 2017, 09:23:26 PM
Mining Facility 42 is, I believe, what used to be the Goblin Town board, which I always thought would be a great table for Inquisitor. These days, it's kind of reminiscent of the first two tables from the WD Inquisitor battle reports.

I do actually quite like The Ruins of Dras'Shiel table - I've looked at it before and thought it looked oddly suitable for Inquisitor (the Realmgates are less than ideal, but hey). I had a mental picture of it as it sitting in a viewing dome at the top of a Hive spire, the once grand gardens of a now-long forgotten noble family.

EDIT: Rob, I should add that now I'm pretty sure I can be there, you are welcome to borrow any of my 54mm motor pool if it's of use to you.
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: Lord Borak on September 12, 2017, 07:50:24 AM
EDIT: Rob, I should add that now I'm pretty sure I can be there, you are welcome to borrow any of my 54mm motor pool if it's of use to you.

Ditto. I have 10 Guardsmen and 5 Catachans (would work as Gangers). Plus a whole heap of other characters which I don't mind loaning out. Unfortunately none of the guardsmen are painted. I might be able to get some paint on them in a pinch if required but nothing more than a base coat.

I might have to book a week off just to get some painting one but with a house move looming I'm not sure I can spare the holiday.
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: mcjomar on September 12, 2017, 08:17:11 AM
It looks like I should be able to make the 18th of november, so I'll likely be there also.
Not sure what among my collection would be of use, but I'm sure it could be handy for NPCs?
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (25th November 2017 - TBC)
Post by: Holiad on September 13, 2017, 10:38:57 AM
Fabulicious, apologies for the [EXCOMMUNICATE]about. I'll get some nice literature done up so I can spam the internet airwaves now we've got a date.

Odd sidenote: I was unable to book *any* normal tables at all, but I have booked four of their (very impressive) feature tables. What does this mean for you? More impressive brawls and multi-level shenanigans! What does this mean for me? How the hell do I write in a citadel made of skulls onto a space station?!

This *is* 40k, therefore there is a certain required quota of skulls for any architectural design. Maybe an early era imperial clerk misspelled a 'required skill quota', and the mistake stuck...
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: TheNephew on September 13, 2017, 04:39:26 PM
I'll need to check with the boss, but I think I should be able to make it.
Standard 10:30ish (or whenever the IGTs were) start?
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: RobSkib on September 14, 2017, 02:30:13 PM
I'll have a proper rota sorted out some point soon, but I'd like to get cracking at 10. I'm looking at wangling the schedule to see if I can squeeze an extra hour or two into the final game, I don't want to rush that one!

Not sure what among my collection would be of use, but I'm sure it could be handy for NPCs?

Anyone who can be an NPC can be a PC as well ;) Bring along any and all models you want to, there will be plenty of opportunities written in for people to show off their centrepiece models as NPCs.

I have 10 Guardsmen and 5 Catachans (would work as Gangers). Plus a whole heap of other characters which I don't mind loaning out. Unfortunately none of the guardsmen are painted. I might be able to get some paint on them in a pinch if required but nothing more than a base coat.

Do what you can amigo! Like I've mentioned, I'm not short on NPCs, so anyone who brings anything along is icing on the cake. Bring along anything you want to show off, or take your time on one of your display pieces instead.

I should add that now I'm pretty sure I can be there, you are welcome to borrow any of my 54mm motor pool if it's of use to you.

Mercy does have a Death Race-style racing dome...
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: Van Helser on October 07, 2017, 04:06:41 PM
Unfortunately it's looking less and less likely that I can attend.  The MSc I've just started is probably going to keep me busy every weekend and the cost of it means there's very little disposable income in my pocket.  May be able to shift some stuff on eBay to make up for the shortfall.  So if anyone is after historical figures, let me know...

Ruaridh
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: mcjomar on October 26, 2017, 08:09:39 AM
Okay, so just reconfirming that I will be attending this.
That weekend is clear, so I'm good to go.
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: greenstuff_gav on October 26, 2017, 08:46:17 PM
me too; even been converting a new crew!
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: Cortez on October 26, 2017, 09:03:38 PM
I am still available. Should have a new team ready for it.
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: RobSkib on November 09, 2017, 03:14:51 PM
Fantastic! We should have a good turnout :)

As a slightly fluffy update, I've added some information about the titular space station Mercy on the Carthax wiki here. (http://carthax.wikia.com/wiki/Mercy)

I'm hoping to have some more detailed packs coming soon!
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: Lord Borak on November 09, 2017, 06:46:16 PM
Good stuff! Now I want to get my Smugler Warband done! :/
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: Cortez on November 09, 2017, 10:10:17 PM
Hmmm. I'm wondering which team to use now.

My newish team (some of them are overhauled old models that haven't seen the light of day in a long time) led by a Thorian Inquisitor of the Ordo Hereticus, Inquisitor Cortez who will no doubt see lots of opportunities to force the Sector/Empire to reform due to the impending catastrophe, or Isabella von Ravensberg who will want to take control of this warp entity and make it serve her master, watching the sector burn would be an acceptable compromise.

What teams are everyone else planning on using?
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: mcjomar on November 10, 2017, 08:51:09 AM
I'm trying to decide on either Inquisitor Mordecai (probably not though, because I need to strip the face off the ganger, and I still haven't decided if the tech priest needs further modelling), Inquisitor Morannon (she's got that cool shield thing, but it would be Jack as an Interrogator), or maybe Inquisitor Jomar (this would involve a bolt pistol and a power sword being on the table, backed up by a plasma gun, and other assorted lunacy).

I'm strongly leaning toward using Inquisitor Morannon, because I prefer the models/characters overall, even though it might mean ignoring the time-space continuum, and making up a load of lies about warp travel.
I mean, I could bring Inquisitor Helena, but that warband is a bit too similar to one of Gav's (I think?) so probably not (and I'm pretty sure I need to re-re-re-re-re-review the background for that warband anyway).
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: Cortez on November 10, 2017, 10:24:53 AM
I'd go with Morannon. She's a great looking model.

As for Fluff issues, there's plenty of warp weirdness in the area of space we're heading too, so you've got a ready made excuse. However do you even need an excuse? Is she definitely 100% deceased? (have we seen the body ;)). You could use her in the present day without Junior Jack (rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated) or you could even do a 'Dread Pirate Roberts' and have someone claiming that they're Inquisitor Morannon.
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: mcjomar on November 10, 2017, 05:52:58 PM
All pretty true.
I don't think she's dead though, just probably really old.
Or I could just ignore the original ideas for the timelines when things occurred and bring her anyway.
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: Cortez on November 10, 2017, 09:19:09 PM
With the rejuve techniques people can live for 3-400 years in the 40k universe. So too old isn't necessarily a problem. Alternatively you could just adjust the fluff like you said.
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: MarcoSkoll on November 12, 2017, 04:41:54 AM
I'm currently planning to bring Inquisitor Skoll, assuming I can get their new models finished without dropping the ball with the London GT stuff (any more than I already am, anyway).

That's more because it's been an embarrassingly long time since I've shown up with new character models than because of any particularly fluffy reason, but it has the potential to be interesting either way.
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: MarcoSkoll on November 12, 2017, 01:22:12 PM
Other question: Rob, is there anything you need me to show up with?

I'm assuming you're not desperate for anything, given the obscene size of your collection, but I can offer things like my NPC guard, Rhino/Razorback* and Sentinel.

* I'm guessing you've probably not got a particular demand for the Rhino on a network of asteroids (although the  load lifting Sentinel wouldn't be out of place, although unfortunately I don't have anything for it to unload - my long time "maybe I should build an Arvus" project has never gone anywhere), but I may well bring it anyway, it's a good attention grabber.
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: RobSkib on November 13, 2017, 09:39:05 AM
* I'm guessing you've probably not got a particular demand for the Rhino on a network of asteroids (although the  load lifting Sentinel wouldn't be out of place, although unfortunately I don't have anything for it to unload - my long time "maybe I should build an Arvus" project has never gone anywhere), but I may well bring it anyway, it's a good attention grabber.

*cough*  ::)

(http://www.dreadquill.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/bazaar-arenas.png)

As for the sentinel, definitely! One of the tables we have booked is Empyrea 7 (https://20889-presscdn-pagely.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/empyrea-7-6.jpg), a definite loading/unloading zone. I think all the crates are glued to the table, but I have a few containers of my own I can bring along for some hot powerlifting action.
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: Cortez on November 13, 2017, 10:09:26 AM
Do you want me to bring the Valkyrie? Not sure whether they're space capable or atmospheric flight only.
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: MarcoSkoll on November 13, 2017, 01:50:49 PM
*cough*
I saw that, but the phrases "high octane races" and "30 tonne armoured personnel carrier" tend not to be used in the same sentence, other than to express the unlikelihood of them appearing in the same sentence. :P

In that case, I think it'd probably look a bit out of place compared to your trucks and buggies, which are much better suited for such a role. After all, yours are made from 28mm kits and I accidentally made mine about 20% overscale*.
* I've said it before, but I misinterpreted the Imperial Armour dimensions - for some reason, I scaled it by the quoted height, not the length... and that quoted height included a storm bolter, but the technical drawings in the book didn't. (On the upside, the mistake made it big enough to fit most characters in the back).

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As for the sentinel, definitely! One of the tables we have booked is Empyrea 7 (https://20889-presscdn-pagely.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/empyrea-7-6.jpg), a definite loading/unloading zone.
Cool. We'll see if anyone tries to steal it and wreak carnage this time. (It got hit with a Machine Empathy at the IRE playtest day and fired a burst of autocannon shells across the table, but that's not a proper rampage).

Do you want me to bring the Valkyrie? Not sure whether they're space capable or atmospheric flight only.
Normally, atmospheric only - they have a quoted service ceiling of about 13 km, about the same as a typical commercial airliner. (As opposed to Arvuses or Aquilas, which have a quoted ceiling of "N/A").

That said, I wouldn't be entirely surprised if somewhere in some BL book there was some void-modified variant (either as specially converted examples or as a different pattern), so I'd say bring it.
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: RobSkib on November 13, 2017, 02:42:00 PM
I certainly won't be picky if someone turns up with a 54mm Valkyrie! That thing turns heads ;)
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: Cortez on November 13, 2017, 05:06:59 PM
Ok, I'll bring the Valkyrie then.

I've got a stack of cargo crates and some barrels to be carried by your sentinel too.
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: greenstuff_gav on November 13, 2017, 10:18:36 PM
i had planned on bringing the marines for display and my 3 Josef crew :lol:

and a chap called Sam who is starting Inquisitor :)
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: TheNephew on November 14, 2017, 11:50:02 PM
It's only just percolated through that this will be at WHW.
Apart from notGruss himself, my band of investigators consists of a Conclave sculpt (Gav's, I think?), a repurposed Malifaux model familiar, and a repainted toy spooky witch...
Plus 2014(?) booby prize mechasquig, of course.

From memory, the guys were usually pretty ok with it all as long as we're not flaunting the unofficial nature of the models, right?

Worst case I can just stick them back in the box, but ideally I'd be playing with more than one man and his dog to search an entire asteroid field station.
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: MarcoSkoll on November 15, 2017, 12:16:56 AM
The only time that I've seen the WHW staff raise the point was when someone left an unpainted miniature in obviously-not-GW resin out unattended.

Painted miniatures in the middle of games have never caused a fuss. Most of the staff don't know the Inquisitor range massively well, and many of us will be turning up with heavily converted or outright scratchbuilt models, making it even harder to spot the interlopers.
I even on one occasion explained to a staff member that my NPC guard were converted from "army men" (a slight lie - they're actually Airfix, but honestly, aside from a slightly higher quality, they're even in the same standard poses!) without trouble.

As long as you're low-key about it, everything should be fine.

Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: Cortez on November 15, 2017, 10:56:12 AM
It's only just percolated through that this will be at WHW.
Apart from notGruss himself, my band of investigators consists of a Conclave sculpt (Gav's, I think?), a repurposed Malifaux model familiar, and a repainted toy spooky witch...
Plus 2014(?) booby prize mechasquig, of course.

From memory, the guys were usually pretty ok with it all as long as we're not flaunting the unofficial nature of the models, right?

Worst case I can just stick them back in the box, but ideally I'd be playing with more than one man and his dog to search an entire asteroid field station.

As Marco says it won't be a major issue. You can always borrow somebody elses chaps on the extremely rare chance of any objection.
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: TheNephew on November 15, 2017, 08:13:27 PM
I thought as much - all will be well.

What time are we expecting to finish up?
Haven't quite gotten around to booking tickets yet.
Looks like leaving Notts at 19:32 will be cheapest - too late? Too early?


"Long journey? Why not upgrade to 1st Class, from +£228". Hah.
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: MarcoSkoll on November 15, 2017, 09:49:20 PM
Unless Rob has something unusual planned, we normally wrap up about six, and a lot of people will make an exit pretty soon after. (Actually, although it looks like they've lengthened their hours again, they've been kicking us out by six since they had their remodel - given the hall entrance is now through the shop, so couldn't be closed separately)

In any case, if 1932 isn't fine, I'm in trouble, as I've booked a 1910 departure.  (I'd prefer slightly later, but I don't prefer it as much as it would actually cost me).
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: Cortez on November 15, 2017, 10:10:38 PM
I'll need to get off fairly sharpish after 6.00pm. As I'm heading back to meet my Fiancee in Southport. So you should be fine with the 7.32 train.

Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: Radu Lykan on November 16, 2017, 02:03:25 PM
Gutted I can't make this one but am hoping for lots of pics guys.
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: realitybytes16 on November 16, 2017, 08:42:45 PM
i had planned on bringing the marines for display and my 3 Josef crew :lol:

and a chap called Sam who is starting Inquisitor :)

I am in fact that chap called Sam :).

 Forgot that this was a 'clave event, so I'm excited to meet y'all. Unfortunately my own painting speed is far too glacial for me to be able to bring any minis along, mostly because I spend upwards of 36 hours a week in lectures, plus coursework/rehearsals ^^'. Hopefully I'll have something to show in the new year though.

Very much looking forward to my first game of Inquisitor! :)
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: RobSkib on November 16, 2017, 10:36:08 PM
I am in fact that chap called Sam :).

Hello chap called Sam! It'll be a pleasure to have you along. Bring along what you can, and if you don't have anything on the day we'll have plenty of warbands ready to go so you can have a blast and get to grips with the game!

Unless Rob has something unusual planned, we normally wrap up about six, and a lot of people will make an exit pretty soon after.

I was there a few weeks back and the tables were open til 8 on a Saturday. It might have been a special occasion but I'm hoping we have some overlap. I anticipate we'll be done by 6, but it's nice to have that buffer in case we need to squeeze in an extra turn to get a satisfying conclusion. Myself and my Northern Crew (tm) will be hanging around til they kick us out of Bugman's as we have accomodation booked in Nottingham for the night, so anyone is welcome to stick around afterwards!

As long as you're low-key about it, everything should be fine.

We had this fustercluck a few weeks back, in the centre of the hall and screaming at the top of our lungs for four hours. There were definitely plenty of models in there that aren't GW, but everyone (including staff) that saw it were more agog at the spectacle than could pick us up on any of the characters individually.

I'm not worried ;)

(http://www.dreadquill.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/07-10-17-curtis-game-2-62.jpg)
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: Cortez on November 17, 2017, 10:09:30 AM
Looks like a good event. I noticed you were using the Sector Mechanicus terrain, how well does that scale for Inquisitor? I've been thinking about getting some for the new Necromunda so if it works for Inq. too it'll be a further incentive.
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: MarcoSkoll on November 17, 2017, 10:10:24 AM
Unfortunately, due to an undercoating accident (it was possibly too cold when I tried), I won't be able to use Inquisitor Skoll's warband tomorrow. I think the models can be saved, but they'll probably need at least minor repair and it would be catastrophically stupid to rush it.

I'll need to decide whether I'll be using Inquisitor Rhodes or Lady Riemann instead. (Maybe I'll bring both and decide on the day).
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: Cortez on November 17, 2017, 10:31:02 AM
That's a shame. Which one was Inquisitor Rhodes? I can't remember (and all your old pics have been photobucketted and can no longer be viewed).
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: MarcoSkoll on November 17, 2017, 10:58:57 AM
It's a right [censored], particularly as I thought I was being cautious by testing the spray can on a spare Space Marine first. The stupidity was leaving the can outside to get cold while the test model dried.

Rhodes is this lot (although it seems I don't have a picture here of Maya, and they'd likely be backed up by some of my "don't have a warband yet" characters).
https://imgur.com/qkyJTbN
https://imgur.com/hgGzeJ1

They're the first set of sculpts I actually completed, so they're not exactly as pretty as Skoll's, but right now it's her or Riemann. (Everything else is either unfinished* or I've stripped the models down for improvement).

* Other than Skoll's warband, that list of shame includes Vance's warband having been sitting mostly sculpted for ages.
Well, actually, I suppose there's even two different incomplete versions of Vance - I actually still really like the first version (and I may even still finish it for something else), but I decided to redesign her part way through (she was originally based directly off a contact card from the 2010 Spring 'Clave, but I decided part way through sculpting that I wanted the design of the character to be more uniquely mine).
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: RobSkib on November 17, 2017, 11:26:54 AM
Looks like a good event. I noticed you were using the Sector Mechanicus terrain, how well does that scale for Inquisitor? I've been thinking about getting some for the new Necromunda so if it works for Inq. too it'll be a further incentive.

We only used a few bits but it seemed custom made for the job! I'll be giving it a proper look over tomorrow and getting plenty of scale photos.

The briefing pack is available for people to access, you can pick up a copy here. (http://www.dreadquill.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/MoM-briefing.pdf)

Bear in mind I'll be bringing a bazillion copies along anyway, so don't feel compelled to print your own copy if you don't want to!
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: Cortez on November 17, 2017, 11:28:35 AM
Your link doesn't work.
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: MarcoSkoll on November 17, 2017, 11:38:52 AM
Your link doesn't work.
Admin powers activate! It should work now.
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: Cortez on November 17, 2017, 11:57:25 AM
Cheers Marco.
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: RobSkib on November 17, 2017, 12:05:21 PM
Your link doesn't work.
Admin powers activate! It should work now.

Oh knobs, what did/didn't I do?
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: MarcoSkoll on November 17, 2017, 12:17:24 PM
Oh knobs, what did/didn't I do?
The 'Clave's tags don't like quote marks around the URL - it causes links like http://"http://www.example.com"
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: RobSkib on November 17, 2017, 12:33:23 PM
Ah yes. I keep forgetting bbcode isn't HTML.
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: Cortez on November 17, 2017, 10:39:18 PM
Well I'm just about ready :).

Paintjobs complete, character sheets prepared, bags packed, dice, tape measure, superglue ;), I even managed to get the bases done this time.

See you all tomorrow.
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: Cortez on November 18, 2017, 10:14:13 PM
Well I made it back ok.

Thanks to Rob for running an excellent event and it was good to see so many new faces.

I really liked the first two scenarios and felt the secondary objectives added a bit of variety to the games. Only thing I would say is that a few more Chrono gladiators or something would have made the second battle last a bit longer and maybe would have kept it from turning into a mexican standoff followed by a negotiated agreement.

The final battle was a bit chaotic, no pun intended, and being so full on and frenetic didn't leave much room for any of the more subtle Inquisitorial interactions (I'm not sure my characters had more than a passing awareness that other teams were present until the valkyrie arrived. They certainly didn't have chance to interact with them in any meaningful way. Still it was a good scenario which certainly gave me a feeling of desperation.The assistance from the Valyrie and defence lasers were much appreciated.

The only issues that I can think of were the lack of any major league Heretics, Radicals or Aliens to rock the boat a bit. It was far to easy for the large number of goody, goody Puritans (or moderates) to come to a mutual accord and not backstab each other or try to preserve Old Mother One Eye. Not that Rob could do anything about it really, but I think in future a bit of communication beforehand about the general leanings of the team that people are planning to take would be a good idea. For example, I could have brought my Eldar team or used my Heretical Sorceress to stir up trouble if I had realised that there would be so many Puritans and Moderates around (Even an extreme Istvaanian like Cortez would have changed the dynamic a fair bit).

The other issue was the side table idea for the final battle. The problem with this method is that if you don't gain access to the main board somehow (or a means to influence that board) you really do end up feeling left out of it (especially if those tables finish quickly). Having everyone play one character on the main board doesn't work either though. The best solution I've seen yet at Conclave events is to have different end game objectives that are equally important, e.g One board could have taken on Mother One Eye, another could have attempted to destroy a warp gate linked to Mother One Eye and so weaken her abilities, the third board could have attempted to activate an ancient device that would work as a warp beacon and keep the passage to the Nomad stars open or something like that. That way everyone would have a chance to influence the outcome e.g. failing to destroy Mother One Eye, but activating the beacon could be a partial success i.e. preventing the closure of the warp passage, but maybe having dire consequences for the future (What else can see the beacon).

Anyway it was still an excellent event despite those minor gripes.
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: greenstuff_gav on November 18, 2017, 11:29:17 PM
i had a blast (quite literally in Josef's case); wish i'd kept some scenario sheets :)

so have a load of pictures!
http://buildyourimagination.co.uk/minis/conclave17.php
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: MarcoSkoll on November 18, 2017, 11:31:46 PM
The only issues that I can think of were the lack of any major league Heretics, Radicals or Aliens to rock the boat a bit.
It happens across a lot of events, because more-or-less-Puritan characters tend to be more common, and, even if you ignore that, many Radicals aren't exactly completely misguided.

In some ways I think this dilemma almost comes from there not being a dilemma.

To use today as the example (although this is definitely not mention to slight the event - I deeply enjoyed it), I didn't see a lot that would have made a moderate like Inquisitor Skoll (had I brought him) to pause over about whether Old Mother One-Eye should die, particularly had he made it onto the main board only to be met by daemons, raining blood and warp storms. There weren't exactly a lot of obvious redeeming qualities to her (or at least, I didn't come across many during my day - she was just generally creepy and mysterious).

This is why for the Legacy LGT, I'm planning on a fairly central plot - the question being "do you support a crusade or not?". The crusade is ill-advised, but the alternative is a possible civil war as the religious frenzy turns in on itself.
While hard-core Monodominants might automatically support the crusade and chaos cultists are probably deliberately trying to engineer the civil war instead, I am hoping that many characters, Puritan or Radical, are going to have to think carefully about which side they're on (and some might change their mind or not even decide until partway through the event).

Anyway... I don't want that to sound like a criticism. Like I said, I did hugely enjoy it. And I know a lot of others did too - I heard one comment (I'll leave it anonymous, as I may be slightly misquoting, but they may attach themselves to it if they wish) of not being able to remember when, if ever, they'd last enjoyed any tabletop gaming that much.

Still, as I'm typing right now, I'm suffering the combined effect of four hours of very sporadic sleep last night, three hours of (slightly sounder)sleep the night before and a caffeine crash, so I'm half surprised I'm still conscious, so I'm going to have to retire to bed - particularly if I want to have any hope in joining with VoIP Dark Heresy tomorrow.

Pictures may come later if any of them are even half acceptable.
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: TheNephew on November 19, 2017, 12:44:03 AM
I had a great time Rob, many thanks for organising.
Really enjoyed the structure of the day, and the final set piece on the swanky finale board looked amazing.

I didn't feel like my role in the great space opera was minimised by being on the losers table, but I'm not habitually at the winners table at these gigs so perhaps my lads and lasses simply haven't acquired a taste for success.
Personally I very much enjoyed holding off the forces of the Ecclesiarchy and Inquisition until a dramatically appropriate amount of time had passed, and having the Valk and laser be such hard interrupts of the main event was cool.

As for inter-player conflict - I think we are perhaps all a little too friendly, yes.
When I put a gun on Cortez's thermal lance trooper in round two I felt like it was 50:50, but it turned out my demands were entirely too reasonable to provoke a bloodbath. Similarly in round one the conflict was almost incidental to the plot, using NPCs like crash test dummies rather than whomping other characters (Josefs did a very efficient job of whomping throughout).
Next time I'll maybe go for something a little less agreeable for a crew, or just be a bit more of an arrogant provocative tit about it.

i had a blast (quite literally in Josef's case)...

Yeah... Sorry about that.
So blast weapons are serious business, huh?
I'll have to remember that.
I was planning on having Robe Squad (TM) hold the line on the path/killing field across the middle of the board, but that missile launcher is ridiculous overkill, and Marco's operator was operating operationally up the flank, so it didn't quite work out like that.
Are there near miss/scatter rules for those kind of weapons?
I feel like I could have been far less hesitant to try and kill things if it wasn't such a guaranteed brutal dismemberment if I hit, so hiding in the ruins in the optimal range of the silly-big missile launcher wouldn't have been such a good plan.
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: realitybytes16 on November 19, 2017, 10:26:29 PM
And I know a lot of others did too - I heard one comment (I'll leave it anonymous, as I may be slightly misquoting, but they may attach themselves to it if they wish) of not being able to remember when, if ever, they'd last enjoyed any tabletop gaming that much.

I believe that might have been me?

Yesterday absolutely was the best tabletop gaming experience of my life, and in spite of some comically poor dice rolls on my part I believe I've found 'my game' in Inquisitor, because up to this point any other tabletop games I've played (mostly 40k and a tiny baby little bit of AoS) have gone on too long and lost the fun long before the end of the game. Inquisitor was consistently fun despite the dice gods smiting me constantly, and I'm determined to have a warband of my own in the near future.

Thanks to all who were there for making it such a blast (especially Rob for organising the event and Gav for giving me a lift, providing great conversation/advice and generally being a smashing bloke ^^) after so many years (since 2009) lurking and very occasionally posting on the 'clave it was a great pleasure to meet you all.
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: MarcoSkoll on November 20, 2017, 02:05:02 AM
Personally I very much enjoyed holding off the forces of the Ecclesiarchy and Inquisition until a dramatically appropriate amount of time had passed, and having the Valk and laser be such hard interrupts of the main event was cool.
A Rogue Trader rather than an Inquisitor (although not entirely beyond a bit of daring-do, she's somewhat more self serving than the Inquisition generally admit to), but yes. In the absence of actual bogeymen, the Mechanicus made some sense as an antagonist there - "No touchy sacred relics".

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As for inter-player conflict - I think we are perhaps all a little too friendly, yes.
If we count insults involving mothers and rubber tubing as friendly, yes. (For the benefit of those not on that table, yes, that really happened).

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So blast weapons are serious business, huh?
One thing I've found when writing RIA is that blast weapons are a very fine balance to make both dangerous and not an insta-mega-kill. Because damage and armour are effectively multiplied up across every hit from the blast, you often end up with weapons that turn unarmoured targets into mist, but barely dent armoured ones.

RIA chooses to reduce the blast values of most weapons and instead trades them special damage types. This both makes them faster to resolve (because fewer hits) and allows a lot more fine-tuning to make them good against their preferred targets without insta-killing everything else.
(I have several spreadsheets looking at the statistics for several different possible statlines for various different weapons in a lot of detail).

I would have also reduced the accuracy of things like grenades in RIA, but that's very difficult to make balance well against the LRB armoury. Maybe in IRE though (see below).

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Are there near miss/scatter rules for those kind of weapons?
Yes. For grenades and direct fire blast, misses scatter D10 yards, plus an extra yard for each degree (or part) of failure. Indirect fire automatically scatters, but with -1 yard for each degree (or part) of success.
For direct-fire, scatter is limited to a quarter of the range to the target, but still, a miss by a single point can still theoretically scatter 11 yards.

IRE changes this to D3 yards, plus D3 per degree of failure, deliberately putting a lot more emphasis on the degree of failure. (Which means that I've been able to change indirect fire to just a simple to-hit penalty rather than it needing its own special scatter rules).

It may also mean that when I get to the armoury that I reduce the accuracy of blast weapons a bit. Because near misses are now actually near misses and thus likely to cause some damage, I will probably want to make hits a bit less likely.

I believe that might have been me?
It was, yes - but given my general level of tiredness*, I didn't want to attribute it in case I'd misunderstood or misremembered.

* The train ride home was not especially fun. You know the level of tiredness where every couple of moments you lose coherence for a split-second and then everything seems to melt while your brain tries to reboot? Yeah - that.
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: RobSkib on November 20, 2017, 10:08:36 AM
The sector is saved!

Thanks all so much for coming, it was an absolute blast. I slept for the entirety of Sunday, so I've not got round to publishing my wrap-up for the event. Fear not, it will be imminent!

There was a lot that went right, and a lot that could work better for next time. I've taken on board everyone's comments so far and I'll use them to adjust the next event I run so that it's less focussed around a central event and, like Marco mentioned, have the core plot a little less polarising so it's harder for people to just get along with one another  ::)

My dedicated camera crew (http://mdhammond.com/) are going through the photos for the day, apparently he took over 400 and whittled them down a mere 180, so I'd expect to see those go live somewhere in the next few days. My own photography was lax at best, so until we get some decent pictures surfacing and a decent writeup, I will leave you with this snap of the overflow board at the end of the day.

Thanks again to everyone who made it along! It wouldn't have been such a success without you guys.

(http://www.dreadquill.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/IMG_20171118_154442.jpg)
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: realitybytes16 on November 20, 2017, 10:57:16 AM
The sector is saved!

Thanks all so much for coming, it was an absolute blast. I slept for the entirety of Sunday, so I've not got round to publishing my wrap-up for the event. Fear not, it will be imminent!

There was a lot that went right, and a lot that could work better for next time. I've taken on board everyone's comments so far and I'll use them to adjust the next event I run so that it's less focussed around a central event and, like Marco mentioned, have the core plot a little less polarising so it's harder for people to just get along with one another  ::)

My dedicated camera crew (http://mdhammond.com/) are going through the photos for the day, apparently he took over 400 and whittled them down a mere 180, so I'd expect to see those go live somewhere in the next few days. My own photography was lax at best, so until we get some decent pictures surfacing and a decent writeup, I will leave you with this snap of the overflow board at the end of the day.

Thanks again to everyone who made it along! It wouldn't have been such a success without you guys.

Thanks for running it dude! You're keeping the game alive! :)

I believe that might have been me?
It was, yes - but given my general level of tiredness*, I didn't want to attribute it in case I'd misunderstood or misremembered.

* The train ride home was not especially fun. You know the level of tiredness where every couple of moments you lose coherence for a split-second and then everything seems to melt while your brain tries to reboot? Yeah - that.

No worries at all dude, I know how that feels - insomnia is a harsh mistress! :D
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: Van Helser on November 20, 2017, 07:34:03 PM
From my skimming of pics it looks like a great event.  Looking forward to the write up Rob.

I'm sad that I couldn't make it, but life's too hectic at the moment by far!  Sounds like my plan to bring some heretics or aliens would've helped out on the character balance.

Ruaridh
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: mcjomar on November 21, 2017, 08:27:55 AM
It really was a fantastic event.
I'm left wondering if possibly Inquisitor Ymir should have put in an appearance instead (insane Xanthite, plus minion), to cause havoc throughout the day

He would likely have performed better than Jack did (my poor alter-ego interrogator!), who managed to be taken hostage, mind controlled repeatedly by old mother one-eye, and generally get very little done as he could rarely manage to do more than one thing a turn!

By comparison the Assassin (now firmly nicknamed Vic, Vicky, or Victoria) was a mixed bag of hyper capable, and hyper useless, and Samantha mostly did better at what she's canonically good at (manipulating things, and giving orders) than any actual combat.

It didn't help much that I lost my voice for the final mission, though I do hope the shenanigans of me having to mime my actions out were at least mildly entertaining. Shouting/talking loudly over a couple hundred 40k players will tend to do that if your voice has already been damaged by a cold.

I'm thinking of trying to write up a report in the "In the Field" part of the board from Jack's point of view (as an unreliable narrator, with third party information gleaned from the reports of the other two members of the group I used - Sara never saw deployment throughout the day).
Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: RobSkib on November 29, 2017, 09:31:00 AM
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Old Mother One-Eye staggered across the conduit platform clutching her dueling wounds. Thin trails of silvery blood seeped between her skeletal fingers, hanging in the air like oil on water.

Her warp portal lay in ruins, carved apart by lance fire from an orbiting voidship. Sickly green lightning arced from the remains of the obsidian pillars that held the portal in place, the impotent rage of the warp venting harmlessly into the dissipating storm high above.

She spat a thick gobbet of black phlegm onto the floor and let out a furious, ear-splitting shriek. The servants of the corpse-god had broken into her home, butchered her children, destroyed her work and secured themselves a fate worth than death.

“Fools!” She cried out, summoning the remainder of her will to push her words into the souls of every being that sullied her home, “Can’t you see what you have done? You have doomed us all! Only I have the power to protect us from my master! You blind, misguided fools!”

Pale green spectres danced around her like a children’s playground game, taunting and mocking. The asteroid shook violently, a hungry stomach anticipating a meal. Warp fire poured from the void in the centre of her forehead as she lashed out at things imperceivable to the mortal eye.


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Interrogator Dune slumped against an oily metal ladder. He was as battered and broken, forcing himself onwards despite the daemonic venom coursing through his veins. Above him was the platform the conduit was operating from before it was annihilated by lance fire and a strafing run from an inquisitorial Valkyrie.

He couldn’t take her alone, and the other agents he had encountered couldn’t be trusted to back him up. His splinter pistol was running low, and would it even do anything? He had watched a trained assassin try to take her out, only to recoil in terror and flee for their life.

His hand rested on his belt in exasperation, feeling a familiar shape on his fingertips. Realisation slowly crept across the scars of his face. The gift from his master!

He snapped the psyk-out grenade from its webbing and felt its weight. This had been given to him when he attained his rank, and carried it with him for over a decade. He muttered a prayer of thanks under his breath and activated the fuse rune.

With the last of his strength he pulled himself from the support of the ladder and into the open for a clear throw. The storm raged overhead. The witch was surrounded by warp lightning, screeching in anguish. Chaos spawn bore down on them.

He roared, drowning out the storm; “Mother One-Eye! You have been weighed, and you have been found wanting!”

And the grenade left his fingers.


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Debriefing

Mother of Mercy was a 1-day 54mm Inquisitor open event held at Warhammer World in Nottingham on November 18th 2017 and ran by the Conclave Inquisitor community.

It followed the potentially calamitous events of a powerful witch trying to cut off two co-dependent sectors from each other with great warp storms. It was set on the station of Mercy, an archipelago of asteroids and docking platforms lashed together with great chains, far away from help or support of the character’s usual network of spies and agents. You can get the whole brief that was handed out to the players on the day here (http://www.dreadquill.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/MoM-briefing.pdf).

Over a dozen people gathered on the day with beautiful painted warbands, some made specially for the event, and the whoops and hollers of the day attracted dozens more to our tables to stare at the funny sized models and the giant scratch-built 54mm valkyrie. Thanks to the efforts of one of our community we also had leaflets to hand out to onlookers about the game and how they could get involved. If even one person discovered a new passion for the quirky narrative skirmish wargame then it would have been a success.

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The day was spread across four of Warhammer World’s “feature boards”, set amid the noisy backdrop of their annual 40k Doubles tournament. It worked out well, with three boards being used for games and the final board being used as the inevitable ‘overflow’ at these kinds of events – a storage for spare models and collections of character sheets.

Next time I’ll make sure not to double book during another busy event so we can snag a few of the ‘plain’ boards. We had the perfect number of people this time, but it would have been nice to have some backup boards to run some extra games on for latecomers.

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The day was run across 3 games: two smaller games and a finale on the epic mining facility board. That is a schedule that has worked well for these events in the past and I didn’t want to mess with it. One element that is always a conundrum is how to run the finale game. In some events we’ve had a mega-board with every player present, in some events we’ve had no finale at all,just another opportunity to score points or victory tokens and have a wrap-up in the bar afterwards.

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This time I wanted to trial something a little different, using elements I’ve pinched from previous events. Throughout the day, players fought to complete universal primary objectives and were given secret secondary objectives to attempt as well, scoring you Victory Points that would affect whether your warband made it to the finale board or not. Anyone who didn’t make it to the finale board got to play on a satellite board for either control of a valkyrie or the targeting systems for an orbital lance weapon. The idea being you could still affect the finale even if you weren’t placed on that board.  Sprinkled in as well were some resource cards to shake up the early games, such as affecting deployment or rival warbands equipment.

Learning points

It worked well for the most part, and although the feedback we received afterwards was very positive it did highlight some flaws in the formula that would need to be addressed before running a similar event;

There was not enough ambiguity. Inquisitor thrives in the uncomfortable grey areas between right and wrong. When writing this event, I concentrated too much on what I wanted to happen rather than present a situation and ask people to pick sides. During many of the warm-up missions, warbands often discovered they didn’t really need to fight over the objective, and many games almost ended up with a mutual stalemate.

There were not enough bad guys. Linked to the first point, but I had hoped there would be more outright villains turning up on the day to counteract the lack of ambiguity. In retrospect I should have put out a casting call for baddies to attend the event as well, rather than relying on people mulling over the (not very tricky) moral conundrum of whether to save the sector or not.

The finale formula needs reworking. The principle of earning points to a finale board is sound, but the satellite boards finished up much quicker than the overall finale, leaving many feeling a bit let down. One of the suggestions would be to have three simultaneous finales at once, three maguffins that must be stopped to ensure victory, rather than one big maguffin and two helper boards.

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Final thoughts

All in all I had great fun running the event, and I’d like to think people who attended had fun as well. There are hundreds of pictures still being edited ready for uploading and I’ll be doing breakdowns of some of the scenarios and characters over the coming months to fill these hallowed Dreadquill halls.

Thanks to everyone for coming and keeping the hobby alive, and here’s to seeing you all at the next one!

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The explosion had knocked Dune unconscious. The last thing he remembered seeing was the form of Old Mother One-Eye being catastrophically ripped apart in a fury of psychic energy.

He was covered in dust and ash and the lair filled with the shouts of survivors. The air was calm, and although heavy with soot, seemed far easier to breathe in.

It was done. The sector had been saved. The Throat would remain open for humanity to come and go as it pleases, just as the God Emperor intended.

He coughed a mix of blood and ichor onto the metal platform and tried to pull himself up, but his strength had left him.

Stood above him was a blurry figure. Dune’s eyesight hadn’t fully recovered yet, but even blinking through tears and ash he could recognise the silhouette of that damned hat anywhere. The figure extended a hand.

“Howdy!”


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Title: Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
Post by: TheNephew on December 01, 2017, 01:05:23 AM
Thanks again for the organising, Rob, and for the little write-up.
Whale of a time, I look forward to future repeats.

Thanks too to all the folks bringing the huge range of models, and to the dealers of inappropriately large vehicles and lifting machinery - I keep forgetting how good ][ looks on the table until I see these clashes of gorgeously sculpted and painted warbands with full size-appropriate set-dressing.

I look forward to the rest of the photos going up.
I think I have a few on my phone, but I've not gotten around to pulling them off. If they turn out to be clear and vaguely interesting, I'm happy to send them to someone who actually actively curates photologs of these events.