Author Topic: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)  (Read 2037 times)

Offline RobSkib

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Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
« Reply #90 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 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.

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Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
« Reply #91 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 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
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Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
« Reply #92 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.

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Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
« Reply #93 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).
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Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
« Reply #94 on: November 29, 2017, 09:31:00 AM »

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.



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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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!”


« Last Edit: November 29, 2017, 09:33:51 AM by RobSkib »
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Re: Mother of Mercy - 54mm INQ open event (18th November 2017 - Confirmed)
« Reply #95 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.