There’s a lot of stuff that bounces around inside my head and this one has finally made its way to the surface. I know I haven’t really talked about Warhammer in the past. And I’m by no means an expert. I did play 1st Edition way back in the day so I’m totally ignorant on the basic rules. So let’s get this rant started.
I’ve ranted about Warlock before. You know the stripped down, ultra light take on Warhammer FRP. It’s a cool game. But there are points where I feel it’s a little too lite. And you can’t mention Warhammer without mentioning Zweihander. Yes, I have the PDF. Yes, I’ve read it. The politest thing I can say that if publisher acts like a total jerk online, well, I ain’t got time for that stuff. And I know jerk is a relative term. But let’s get on with the game stuff.
What I really want to focus on the tone. You know you’re character starts off as rat catcher or beggar and works their up the food chain (hopefully.) Dungeon Crawl Classics does have the 0-level funnel but after one adventure or so, the character goes from gong farmer to wizard or whatever. I know YMMV. I’m just looking at the emergent story of a character improving over a longer period of time. Really, zero to hero stuff. You kind of have that with most old school games but you still start off as a fighter or a paladin or a ranger. The Sword of Cepheus does a pretty job with the Traveler style character generation but you still have a bunch of the growth before the game even starts.
I know what you’re saying. Why don’t I just play Warhammer? Well, to be honest, it is a bit clunky especially with the way progression works. There’s just too many primary attributes. And my current gaming group is full of new comers and a lot of that game will probably confuse them even more.
So does all this lead me? Well, I’ve been bouncing around a lot of ideas for cool projects to get out the door next year. I know I didn’t really do crap this year. There’s no reason the right set of old-school rules can’t be hacked to make something that fall into these weird thoughts in my head. Take a gaggle of mere mortal characters and throw the world at them. Yes, another project. Maybe another heartbreaker. But we shall see.
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2 thoughts on “Thinking About Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay”
I haven’t played WHFRP since the early days either, …it’s actually pretty vague memory for me back to 1st Edition.
That said, like you say, I would go back to WHFRP 1e in a heartbeat rather than suffer the despicable grift marketed under the title Zweihander (more accurately referred to as Soyhander).
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I do parts of WHFRP were less clunky. But the tone is right on.