Earlier this year at the inaugural DAFFCON games event in Firestorm Games, Cardiff I ran an Open Combat campaign day.
It was a bit of a risk deciding to do it back then as the hardback rules had only been printed a month or so prior to the event. We had four players playing five games over the course of the day and great fun was had by all.
The winner of the event was John Paul Stubbings with a respectable final Reputation of 159, even after spending Reputation on upgrades and hiring new members during the day. (He also brought along some fantastic terrain boards, thanks for that JP!).
The day was a bit of a test event to get a feel for running an Open Combat event over the course of one day. During development we’ve played a lot of games and know that the game runs quickly enough to play several games in a few hours. But actually doing this with ‘real gamers’, as opposed to testers/writers who know the game from day one, is always a bit nerve-wracking.
I had planned on running a second event shortly after this first one but with one thing or another I never got it organised until now.
The next Open Combat Campaign Day is on 12th November 2016 and is being held at Spirit Games in Burton on Trent.
You can download the event rules pack here (which is essentially a more refined version of the pack I used at Daffcon earlier this year).
You can use fantasy or historical models in this one as it’s an all comers event. There is a little story running behind the event:
As your warband patrols the border of their homeland a mysterious fog surrounds them and spirits them away to a foreign place. You swiftly make contact with the locals and soon become embroiled in a conflict between bitter political rivals.
Tickets are available on the web store now and all participants get an exclusive Open Combat Event Dice (only available at Open Combat events or if you took part in the Kickstarter).
I hope to run several campaign days next year using different rules packs to explore the different ways Open Combat can be used in events. Historical days for specific periods – I’ve got a couple of things in mind for this already including one where all players run Viking crews on a day of raiding (I think there’s a few players in Leeds that might like to have a go at that one, thinking back to a conversation I had with a chap at Britcon this year). Full on fantasy events with crazy hazards and boards in use, we could even look at playing a very narrow fantasy event – imagine everyone playing greenskins in an orc and goblin tribal war day… I also like the idea of running a pit fighting day where everyone brings along their school of fighters (warband) for use in fighting pits.
The beauty of Open Combat is that you can use it for whatever you wish to play on the tabletop, the events I run will hopefully provide great fun for participants and inspire others to run days of their own devising.
If you can make it to Spirit Games on the 12th November I look forward to seeing you there!