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Posted 12/04/2017

Narrative Play: Tell Your Own Stories

The head of the Warhammer Books and Boxed Games team, Pete Foley, talks to us today about narrative play.


All across the Mortal Realms, deeds of heroism and villainy are afoot. Sigmar is on the offensive and the Stormcast Eternals have claimed a few beachheads in their quest to wrest control of the lands from Chaos.

Meanwhile, hope is reborn in the far future, as Roboute Guilliman is banding the fragile Imperium together to face the greatest test of its resolve against the corrupting powers of Chaos.

The boards are set, the pieces are moving, and it is against these backdrops that hobbyists everywhere create their own tales by building their forces, painting them and fighting mighty battles.

Creating scenarios where your army has to prevent the enemy from completing a dark ritual that will tear the very substance of reality apart. Playing an epic campaign, where each participant is trying to carve out their own region of the map to call their own. Naming and writing the back-story for all the characters and units in your army. All of these are examples of narrative play, and they can be one of the most involved and fulfilling ways to engage with the Warhammer hobby.

The grim darkness of the 41st Millennium and the Mortal Realms of the Age of Sigmar are both perfect places to explore this style of gaming. Both of these settings are vast and fantastical, perfect for creating your own corner to set your games in, or crafting the starting point for your army’s adventures.

The greater narrative aspects of both universes allow you to imagine where your army might fit, or how your next game might impact the future. What was your army doing during the Realmgate Wars? Now that the galaxy is facing its greatest threats, will your army side with the Imperium and Roboute Guilliman, or will you side with Abaddon and his crusade to tip the galaxy into Chaos?

This summer, some of our most dedicated Age of Sigmar narrative play enthusiasts are organising a global event. A single day where every hobbyists who enjoys creating new stories in Age of Sigmar can come together and shape the future of the Mortal Realms. It’s called Coalescence, and you can find out all about it here:

If you want to be a part of this epic event, check with your local store manager to see if they can participate. Alternatively, get on to the NEO (Narrative Event Organiser) team and ask them for a pack for your gaming group. No matter what, you should be able to take part in this unique, global event.

As for Warhammer 40,000, there are some great narrative play opportunities coming this summer, but you will have to stay posted here on the Warhammer Community site and Facebook for more details on that. Needless to say, it’s going to involve war! I think I’m going to cast my lot with the Despoiler and finally watch the galaxy burn!

So, this summer, get your story telling cap on. Marshal your forces and prepare to fight for your own cause. Whether it’s reclaiming the Mortal Realms for the forces of Order or plunging the grim dark galaxy of the far future into violent turmoil, it’s your story to tell, and whatever happens, it’ll be loads of fun.

Got some thoughts on Narrative Play, or anything else for that matter? Then you can reply to the Facebook post about this article, or find me on twitter @geekjockpete

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