Warhammer 40,000 remains my favourite game system. Its breadth, its lore and above all its capacity for stories excites me in a way no other game can. There are so many different ways to play out there - even as I write this we're anxiously awaiting an updated version of the Kill Team rules.
I recently helped organise a narrative campaign for the Vale Renegades and the bit I most enjoyed was playing through a variety of different scenarios, with very different win conditions that really make you re-think the way you play the game. When the campaign finished I realised I'd enjoyed these new challenges so much that I wanted more.
Out of this was born the 40k Scenario Challenge. Every time I've go down for a game of 40k, I pick a different scenario to have a go at. With Games Workshop's campaigns, supplements and the Altar of War compendium there is a wealth of scenarios out there to choose from, be it assaulting a fortified position, fighting over a critical artefact or hunting a key intelligence asset.
Now don't get me wrong I really enjoy the Eternal War and Maelstorm missions, made even more interesting with the Supremacy objectives. However, running some of the Altar of War and Echoes of War missions create a very different experience. I've now run a number of these scenarios from various books and they really change the dynamic of the game.
I've even flown down the dark path of playing a mission from Death from the Skies (you might be surprised how little impact on the game the new rules have, despite the fearmongering from online critics - teaching me a critical lesson in letting myself be swayed too much but people's opinions rather than trying things out for myself).
The most recent game I fought was one of the Warhammer 40,000 classics: Planetstrike. The best thing about this mission is covering the board in citadel fortifications; the worst bit is removing them as the attacker systematically blows them up. The replacement craters are ok, but nothing like a good as the buildings they replaced.
I'll finish with a general invitation to try out the other scenarios that are out there. Test your tactical skills with a completely different strategic problem and hopefully have a lot of fun in the process.
Are you up for the 40k scenario challenge?