|Most CinC character models start-off as very effective units. |
Unlike some other games, rapid advancement isn't necessary.
Longer Experience Track
The first one is the simplest - double the standard increase-level from 5 to 10. In other words, during our campaign, a character will have to gain twice as much experience to earn a roll on one of the advance tables. It still allows for character advancement, but it really gives players something to aim for. During an average successful game, one character model might count on earning one experience for surviving and another for KO-ing an enemy character for a total of 2 xp earned. At that rate, a character could expect an advance every five games. Those characters that excel during the battle would, of course, advance more rapidly.
Base all income on MIND
As an Adventurous Scholar, Ms. Poundwood would be very
valuable to the warband during the post-battle phase, even
when the scenario at hand doesn't allow her to use her
scholarly skills to their full advantage.
This idea is the one I like the best. I'm thinking of developing a system whereby players can take their earnings as cash (for hiring new members and buying equipment) or as Destiny Points (which I'll call DP from here on in). The concept hasn't been tested yet, but I'm thinking something like trade-in 5 GBP for 1 DP (Or maybe more?) Whereas Fate Points are designed to help individual character models curb events to their favour, Destiny Points would allow the player to do the same for the warband as a whole. Here are a few samples off the top of my head:
Spend 1 DP = Re-roll the Special Event for the next scenario
Spend 2 DP = Choose the Special Event for the next scenario
Spend 2 DP = Re-deploy one model after all deployment is finished.
Spend 5 DP = Re-roll an Injury Table result for one model (even death)
I'm thinking that for those that take place during play (i.e. the first three), a player would announce his intentions (i.e. "I'm spending 2 DP to choose the Special Event this scenario") and his opponent would have the opportunity to spend the same amount to counter (i.e. cancel) the effect. For example, as a werewolf player, I might notice that there are three possible Special Events for the scenario we are about to play; Rare Book, Ghostly Voices, and Stygian Darkness. I might decide to spend 2 DP so that I could choose Stygian Darkness rather than risking either of the other two from coming up. Or perhaps a human player, if Stygian Darkness was rolled, might spend 1 DP to re-roll, hoping for an event that doesn't hamper his long-range shooters so badly.
All of these ideas may be morphed and changed as we experiment, or might be discarded entirely. Whichever way things develop, we will certainly come up with a way to make the post-battle sequence enticing, rewarding, and subtle enough support a long and balanced campaign.
Thanks for reading,