Oh, wow. Just… wow. What a campaign. In a couple more days, it’ll be exactly two months since we began this journey together, and what a journey it has been. In that time, we’ve built a robust, inclusive and welcoming narrative play community from all over the world, told hundreds of stories together, and forged memories that won’t quickly fade. With the admin UI changes WordPress sprung on us halfway thru the campaign, updating the website has become a nightmare, so until we get that sorted out you can read all 60 pages of the Unfolding Narrative Epilogue right HERE… and we’re not quite done, either!
During our WHFB days, Team Animosity would recognize a handful of MVP categories. With the Burning Winter, we decided to bring this tradition back. Each and every award was so hotly contested that we dropped “Honorable Mentions” entirely because they were getting out of hand, and as There Can Only Be One…
This player just barely squeezed out a three-way tie for 2nd place to claim the top spot by a single report! We give you…
Lord of War – The player who submitted the most Reports
Although certain angry Saurus diplomats *were* incredibly loyal to their frog dad, not everyone remained loyal to their Figureheads after they died… considering some of you killed your own figureheads, after all.
True Friend and Ally – The player who did the most to support a single Figurehead
We received 68 Peerless General nominations, but ultimately, one name rose above the rest. I’ll let one of the notes we received speak for him…
“I highly doubt I’m the only one that nominated this guy, and that alone should indicate how indispensable he has been. What a legend. Not only does he pour dozens of hours a week into TTS maps, but he also spends just as long behind the scenes conducting diplomacy, which I have had the honour of helping him with. He’s adept at communicating with both potential foes and his own Perpetual fam, and talking with him generally leaves us all feeling better (and indeed more certain of what we are doing) than before. He’s working a massively difficult job at the same time and from what I can see he must dedicate the entirety of his scant free time to have made such an impact on us all. His diplomacy skills are *chef’s kiss*. Someone get this man an award.”
Peerless General – The player considered most valuable by peer nominations
Some among you came in after the campaign had begun, and we salute you for your courage! None had it harder than coming in literally only an hour after the Expedition learned that the Pilgrimage had betrayed them and blown up their diplomats. From that rocky start, this player consistently delivered a really interesting, creative narrative and proved themselves to be a great teammate.
Youngblood – The player who put in the best showing as a first-time participant
- Lunim Mossguard
Only a few players made the jump over from Animosity I’s tabletop-heavy format, and among them only one kept the same character. Ser Baldaflax, you are a legend in more than just your own maggot-infested mind!
Grizzled Veteran – The player who put in the best showing as a returning participant
- Kaleb E.
We had several people jump into the breach and spread the word, and many of you found Animosity II because of them. None, however, had the sheer bubbly energy and relentless, shameless NAAC plugging as this fellow…
NEO of Note – The player who did the most community rabble-rousing
The huge role Tabletop Simulator played in The Burning Winter took us by surprise, but it was great to see. We also saw multiple Soulbound groups crop up, and none more prolific than this player’s. An alumni from Animosity I, this player used projections over models in a darkened room to really spectacular effect.
Master and Commander – Favorite Gaming Reports
- Keegan W.
It was our genuine pleasure to see a number of folks use our campaign not only to get into the hobby, but to return to it. Coming from the depths of Animosity’s own pre-history, a veteran of the original Animosity 2 in 2007, this player jumped into Age of Sigmar with both feet this past month and, even with hobby titans like Ricki and Shadowclaimer in our midst, cooked up a player character conversion that’s right up there with the very best of them.
Master Builder – Favorite Hobby Reports (conversion)
The Burning Winter saw a lot of great hobby, from Ambassadress Eola’s feature on WHTV to Hilmar Thunderstruck’s epic Gorkamorka Knight-Vexillor, but there stood one who balanced sharp conversions with both quality AND quantity, painting an entire army in the time most of us finish maybe, like, a unit? At best? Give it up for…
Master Painter – Favorite Hobby Reports (painted unit)
- Travis Huber
We certainly saw some neat scenery over the course of the campaign, but these “freshly cut” craft stick wooden barricades managed to balance setting, gaming practicality, simplicity and cost effectiveness, and just plain looking pretty cool.
Master Craftsman – Favorite Hobby Reports (scenery)
- Jason L.
Somebody said early on that they didn’t relish the task of naming this award, and they were right: it’s impossible! With the outpouring of absolutely brilliant stories, we’ve decided to retire this award in lieu of establishing a better version next year.
Master Wordsmith – Favorite Written Narrative
- Each and every one of you
The Storytelling category inspired an incredible amount of creativity, but taking the cake for originality and, honestly, just plain fun, was this players comic-book styled presentations.
Master Storyteller – Favorite Storytelling Reports
- Iorlus “the Pretty”
Perhaps even more than Storytelling, Arts & Crafts brought out some truly unique takes on how to interact with our campaign setting as well as some gorgeous illustrations. This player combined art with teamwork, helping to bring together one of the many tight-knit Coalitions we had the joy of working with this time around.
Master Interpreter – Favorite Arts & Crafts Reports
An award we didn’t anticipate adding, but which became increasingly obvious needed to be. Although the likes of Tarascon and Tectonic Dan made some beautiful food themselves, beating a slice of Kraft cheese on white bread with a hammer is simply timeless.
Master of Turnips – Favorite meal prep
- Sir Cai Leonas
Although Cai Leonas made an audacious attempt to win his own namesake award, there was another player who pushed the envelope early, often and ultimately, with the help of his Coalition, dove gutplate deep into the metaplot in the final round and still found time to try and and get some frog legs for supper.
The Sir Cai Leonas Award – The player with the most daring and ambitious narrative (Audacity!)
- Torag Tome-Eater
Although Tarlen himself would likely be disappointed that this award didn’t go to either Torag or Ricki for blowing things up, only one player changed the face of the map itself in the most memorable hijink of the whole campaign. #DrainTheLake, ya’ll.
The Tarlen da Foeburna Award – The player with the most creative problem-solving in their narrative
More than most, this player works a certain humanity into their characters, a relatability and touch of sadness that can’t help but make you empathize with them when you write about their lieutenants getting their legs smashed off by the Pilgrimage.
The Unbrok Stonebeard Award – The player who suffered the worst setbacks (but kept on going anyway)
We’d also like to take a moment to recognize NarrativeLabs for four weeks of interactive and endlessly creative Animosity-based live streams; if you haven’t paid them a visit already, we highly recommend you do!
On that note, check out Tectonic Craft Studios and their incredible Animosity II Coalition-themed objective tokens. Pick up a set and have something to show your grandkids when you tell ‘em about that time you fought the Nemesis under a flaming Ur-Whale…
Finally, we’d like to thank our own Katie H. for drawing the wonderful campaign map which served as a touchstone for us all… and putting up with many late nights of writing Unfolding Narrative!
A roadmap for what’s next
If you don’t already follow our Twitter account @AnimosityCmpgns, we’ll be retweeting the best Age of Sigmar narrative content on the platform all year ‘round in addition to YOUR hobby projects.
WordPress threw us for a loop by completely overhauling their Admin UI in the middle of the campaign, but we will finish the Unfolding + Community pages over the coming month and the site will remain up as-is through the holidays. Sometime in January or February, however, both the site pages and the Discord coalition and diplomacy channels will be erased to make space for Animosity III, so if there’s anything you would like to go back and save, you have a few months to do so. We’re also still compiling statistics from the last 5 weeks, and will release some interesting numbers in the next week or so as well.
Another project we’re excited to bring you sometime this Fall is what we’re calling the “Player’s Guide to Amasya & Lake Bykaal”. This will revisit our favorite Animosity warzones some time after things have settled down, providing you with a great way to explore your post-campaign narratives, play Soulbound adventures, and get ready for Animosity III if you plan to carry over the same character.
Finally, there is the matter of the Animosity II Omnibus, which we expect to be split into two volumes- the campaign setting and the unfolding narrative in one, and player contributions in the other. We don’t have a timeframe on this yet, but presumably sometime before the holidays so that we can go into the new year with a clean slate. The Omnibus will include 100% of everything related to Animosity II by both the GMs and the players, and will be permanently available for download on the About page.
Now, a special announcement…
With Animosity II wrapping up and the Team taking a welcome rest before we dive into Animosity III’s development in earnest after the holidays, Alex Polimeni is launching something that he’s had in the works for two years now. He’s calling it The Little Soldier, and it’ll be exploring narrative play all day, every day, in Games Workshop’s universes and beyond across YouTube, Twitch, Instagram, Facebook, Podbean & Twitter.
To kick things off, The Little Soldier’s premiere programming will be “A Tale of One Warlord, x4”, a Path to Glory campaign following four army projects through building, painting and playing in the aftermath of Animosity II using the afore-mentioned Player’s Guide to Amasya & Lake Bykaal- and featuring some familiar faces too, including a distant relative of Valeo Valencia, the Pale Saint’s equally pale offspring, and the turnip-toting Bolyany Irregulars!
There’s a lot more on the way, so make sure to follow Alex Polimeni and The Little Soldier on which-ever social media platforms work best for you!
Oh, yeah, and about Animosity III? Let’s take a look: