Warhammer time!

As someone with a great deal of history around Warhammer, I don’t get to play it very often. Tonight I managed to do exactly that when I bounced dice with a good friend trying out the new Boarding Actions format. My Leagues of Votann force covered the decks with blood against their Adeptus Mechanicus enemies. They were victorious, but more because of my opponent’s generosity in pointing out rules interactions and lines of play than my supreme generalship. Kinfolk of the Match was my Grimnyr who incinerated a good chunk of the opposition with her mind bullets.

My thoughts on Boarding Actions are very positive. The format is much more manageable than a full game of Warhammer 40,000, both in terms of the length and size of the games and the amount of information a competent commander has to cram into their head. I’d like to play more games, both of Boarding Actions and other smaller-scale miniatures games, including some more Marvel Crisis Protocol which particularly suits my tastes.

I feel the only thing really missing from Boarding Actions is a sort of narrative element where units open a door to a previously sealed section of spacecraft, only to be confronted by something horrible, dramatic and possibly fatal. Mixing an unfolding story with a traditional objectives-based wargame seems a rich vein of design space to mine.

NPC Charity Project

And the end of last year I began a charity project, inspired by the humanitarian crisis surrounding the war in Ukraine. It came about from trying to work out what I could possibly do to help, given that I had no relevant skills to providing aid in a crisis zone.

My solution was to stick to what I knew, which was writing. I wrote a fantasy novel, entitled NPC, dipping into the LitRPG subgenre and using some ideas I had been nursing for a while about a story with an emotional core as well as fantasy trappings.

The resulting novel can be found at https://www.drivethrufiction.com/product/414563/NPC?affiliate_id=65386 for Pay What You Want. All the proceeds go to Medicins Sans Frontiers (Doctors Without Borders), who are not only working in Ukraine but in crisis-hit areas all over the world. I am hoping I can do more projects like this in the future, finding out what writing can do for me beyond what I have done previously.