Thursday 5 March 2009

[PBem Ad] Something is Rotten in the Principality of Auerbach...

So I'm joining edsan's Tekumel PBP game, and also kick-starting my own Planescape PBeM campaign, and it's given me the bug for starting off something new. I've just finished off a big project and have some time on my hands, and I've been talking a whole lot about Warhammer, so what better moment to dust off the old Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay rulebooks and see if anybody wants to get involved in a PBeM campaign?

The Particulars

The game will use the 2nd edition WHFRP core rules (I actually prefer 1st edition, but don't have the rulebooks) and will be set in the Border Princes. This is a lawless area where colonists from the Empire, Bretonnia, Kislev, Estalia and Tilea mingle with greenskins, dwarves and chaos cultists amidst ancient haunted ruins. The politics are in a constant state of flux, with bandit chiefs, minor princelings and robber barons rising and falling from power with the changes of seasons, and monsters and opportunities for adventure are everywhere. In short, it's like the Wild West of the Old World, and the perfect place for a bunch of adventure-seekers to pitch in and make a name for themselves - and maybe become Prince of their own little domain.

It'll be a sandbox type campaign, in which the players will be free to do what they want to do without railroading, so it'll need people who are happy to take the initiative. But I'll provide plenty of adventure seeds and locations for exploration to get you going. If you want to do old-fashioned dungeoncrawling with hirelings, you'll be able to, but you'll also be able to get mixed up in grander concerns if that's your thing.

Newcomers to WHFRP are more than welcome. The game is simple, and as I've already mentioned, character generation is more or less random, so no in-depth knowledge of the mechanics are required. (I'll do all of the in-game dice-rolling myself beyond character generation anyway.) It's a lethal game, though, and I won't pull punches or fudge rolls, so expect character deaths in roughly equal numbers to those you'd get in OD&D. If you need to know more about the Warhammer setting, take a look at these wikipedia pages. (Although because the campaign will take place in the Border Princes, you don't need to know most of the details of what's going on in the rest of the world.)

If you'd like to get involved, send me an email at jean.delumeau AT for further details. I'd like a group of between 4 and 6 players who can commit to mailing something at least once a day on weekdays; any more people than that and things could get unwieldy, though if I'm swamped by dozens of applicants I may consider running with two different groups of four.


  1. WFRP?

    In the Border Princes??

    Count me in!!!

  2. I've never played PBem, nor have I played Warhammer in a lifetime. But I'm curious. It would give me something better to do with naptime (I'm a stay at home Dad) than trolling old school gaming blogs.. ;)
    I'll send an e-mail.

  3. Why do you prefer 1st edition?

  4. Anonymous: I like both rulesets but 1st edition has a kind of rough and ready charm that I think I prefer.

  5. First off, is the offer still open?

    Do you require experience in PBeM, or can we learn the ropes as we go? What about not being a native English speaker?

    I've never PBeM'ed myself, nor played any WHFRP (but I've borrowed a rulebook once from an ex-colleague... don't remember what edition it was, though).

  6. Wim: I'm afraid we've already kicked off. However, if you want to email me I'm happy to put you on the standby list should somebody drop out (or if I decide to expand the numbers). Being a Warhammer and PBEM newcomer is no problem!