Sunday, June 18, 2017

Broken Trust

In the third battle of the Big Trouble in Little Azyrheim campaign, I wanted to try something that I haven't seen in AoS before.  In MERCS (a kinda' neat skirmish game that I don't quite endorse, but have had some fun playing in the past) they ran a global narrative event at one point, and one of the scenarios revolved around having a mole in your opponent's team.  I liked that idea and hope that it translates well to AoS.

Broken Trust is a very asymmetrical battle.  The Defender has the Letter of Marque (if you're playing the campaign) or a bonus Artefact (if you're not), but also a traitor in their ranks.  The Ambusher has their warband split between two battlefield edges, which could be a strength, but is definitely also a potential weakness.

I had a lot of different ideas for approaching the "Traitor In Our Midst" rule.  

I considered having the traitor be selected at the start of the battle, and then revealed at the opportune moment.  That would have been cool, because revealing the traitor at the opportune moment would be fun, but it would also involve additional book-keeping, and could lead to a lot of unpleasant traitor experiences (like the traitor having to flip early and being really badly positioned, or the traitor dying to deadly terrain before being revealed).

I also considered having the traitor be random, but having the player choose when they would be revealed.  Ultimately, I ended up deciding that would lend too much power to killing off weaker units so that you could increase the value of your traitor.  It seemed a bit too gamey for what I wanted.

I ended up settling on a random traitor at a fixed time.  The benefits of that are that there isn't much meta-gaming strategy to it, but it is still predictable.

If you missed it, here are Part 1, and Part 2, which also include the campaign rules if you want to play along!


  1. Ooo, this sounds fun. I'm excited. But I can see some possible hilarity in the variability of the traitor model. If I were the defender, I might consider a unit like grots or crewed artillery to create a high odds of a helpless traitor. Not that any scenario could avoid this entirely, and of course AoS always demands a certain degree of narrative cooperation over gamist list building.

    1. It's definitely pretty swingy. In general skirmish games are intended to be played without artillery, but I think a cowardly traitor would be fun in its own way. They'd probably focus on running away instead of trying to shank any of their unsuspecting compatriots.