Legacies is a multi-player narrative campaign for 40k skirmishing using the community maintained Recon Squad rules. Players choose from one of eight legacies, such as Bodyguards or Excavators, representing the particular skills of their squad. They then fight to complete special missions supporting their alliance in that battlefield role. All the players then meet in the Cataclysm, a final team battle bringing together all of the squads and their storylines.
In the PDF are extensive notes for the organizer and all the materials needed to run Legacies as either a casual campaign or a narrative tournament, such as results cards and player records. The campaign has been designed to work well over either a few evenings or a single-day. It is specifically finite and short in order to come to a definite conclusion before the campaign can lose momentum and players. The mechanics are not tied to any detailed story, making it easy to apply any background story and connect the campaign to other events. Legacies has been used for several events run by the Philadelphia Area Gaming Enthusiasts (PAGE). The missions are also the basis for the new 40k Narrative Recon Squads track at the 2016 NOVA Open wargaming convention.
Recon Squad is a very different and storyful way to play 40k, focusing on the challenges and heroics of individual models. Legacies builds on that through its asymmetric, themed missions to enable strong narratives driven by the gameplay. However, the mechanics are not tied to any detailed story, making it easy to apply Legacies to any background story and use it in a variety of events. To see Legacies in action, check out these extensive narrative battle reports from events organized by the Philadelphia Area Gaming Enthusiasts (PAGE):
Legacies is obviously completely unofficial, unauthorized, and unaffiliated with Games Workshop. All models depicted above are also all obviously Games Workshop intellectual property. Adepta Sororitas, Adeptus Mechanicus, Adeptus Astartes, Astra Militarum, Blood Angels, Chaos Daemons, Chaos Space Marines, Dark Angels, Dark Eldar, Eldar, Grey Knights, Necrons, Orks, Skitarii, Space Wolves, Tau Empire, Tyranid, Forgeworld, Games Workshop, Warhammer, and all associated marks, names, races, race insignia, characters, vehicles, locations, units, illustrations, images, and models from the Warhammer 40,000 universe and game are either ®, TM, and/or © Copyright Games Workshop Ltd 2000. Used without permission, no challenge to status intended, all rights reserved to their respective owners.
Legacies is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. It has been produced using solely open source tools. The document and image sources are available on GitHub.
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