This past week has seen many new faces- and a few returning ones- coming around to see what Animosity is all about. With just one weekend (and six sleeps) until the campaign kicks off, we thought it a good idea to give you guys a crash course…
If you’re coming back for more, either after last year’s Animosity I or from our Warhammer Fantasy days, then chances are you aren’t asking “What Is Animosity Campaigns?“… but, if you’re new here, you might want to see what we’re all about before you read anything else.
If you are ready to dig into Animosity II – The Burning Winter but don’t know where to begin, then How To Participate is where you need to be. Our format has changed considerably, both from our forum-based days and, courtesy of COVID-19, last year’s event.
Most notably, Animosity II is not a map campaign. Although there will be a map, it is for narrative purposes only. Instead, each turn, your Coalition will be faced with three diverging Narrative Paths. The more Battle Reports you put into each Narrative Path, the more likely it will be successful. Keep in mind, there will always be an enemy Coalition opposing you, meaning you’re going head-to-head with other players from the top of Turn 1.
You win- or lose- the campaign by how successfully your Coalition navigates the Unfolding Narrative. There is no clean, numerical scoring: players will need to read the narrative and make their best guess. Beyond the campaign narrative, there are a large number of player achievements we will recognize at the end of the campaign, too.
Now that you know where you stand, we can dig into the fun stuff. If you haven’t already seen the Theatrical Trailer, you need to stop reading this and go watch it right now. Seriously, we didn’t pay a talent agency top dollar for Elric Edge’s deep, husky voice from Rolling Bad for nothing. So, you’ve seen it now, right? Good, let’s continue.
Next, you’re gonna want to read The Story So Far. You’re a busy grown adult, it’s 2020, we get it, but if you don’t read a word of the rest of our narrative, you should read The Story So Far. That’s right, it’s so important that we linked The Story So Far no less than three, make that four, times.
So, you know The Story So Far now, right? We’re on the same page? Great! Now you’re ready to figure out which Figurehead and Coalition is for you. You see, our players are divided into teams we call Coalitions, and each Coalition is led by an NPC we call a Figurehead. Figureheads allow us to write about your characters without, you know, writing them for you, because nobody wants that.
Each Coalition is themed around a handful of factions. For example, if you’re a goody two-shoes Order player, you could fight for The Expedition, led by an aelf trying to escape the shadow of his father’s legacy. If you prefer more violence and bloodshed with your Order, then The Pilgrimage is the place for you! They’re led by the previously mentioned aelf’s half-sister. Oh, and the Flesh-Eater courts have joined them because they think Daughters of Khaine are Valkyries, or something. *shrug*
If the Dark Gods are more your style, then you can’t go wrong with The Undivided. Led by two Varanguard who bicker like an old married couple, they’ve juuust about figured out the secrets of aelven god-binding. If you’re more of a degenerate beast-thing, rat-thing, or just a barbarian in a loin cloth, then The Wretched have you covered. Led by the Oracles of Peace and Humility, they’re ironic and can break your face with a club covered in rusty nails!
Speaking of breaking face, da Soulmuncherz are a dream-team of Idoneth and the forces of Destruction. What was worse than grots, orruks, and ogors charging at you? Not knowing grots, orruks, and ogors are charging at you until after they’ve already charged at you. But, hey, maybe you just want to save the Mortal Realms, in which case The Perpetual are the Coalition for you. While everyone else faffs about, your eyes are on a prize that will prevent- ah, well, we don’t want to say too much just yet…
Sound good? You’re darn right it does. Animosity Campaigns has sixteen years of worldwide online campaign experience under our belts. So, what are you waiting for? Join our Discord server! Meet the other players in your Coalition! Prefer to stay socially distant? That’s fine too! No matter what you do, this is the campaign for you!
Just submit your reports and tag your stuff with #DaWarpath and #AnimosityII on social media so we can share it to our Community page. What is our Community page? It’s a showcase of YOUR stories and hobby that’s updated every single turn so our players can follow along with each other’s efforts.
That’s what our campaigns are all about, after all: collaborative storytelling. And if all this hasn’t gotten you to board the hype train, then we’ve even got a soundtrack on Spotify to get you pumped.
May your gods favor you,
Everyone on Team Animosity