Hey everybody. Just came from the Warzone Team's Discord and I wanted to catch you guys up on where we're at. We are all VERY excited about bringing you guys the first Warzone, and once we get it in Nathan's hands the project focus shifts to bringing you guys the Faction Liaisons, show you how they fit into the direction we're shooting for, and even aim to get the publicly-available history out to you guys. Two things I want to touch on is in-game timeline and overall vision, which I think are very important to bear in mind: * In-Game Timeline: * Originally, the Arkhona Campaign/Eternal Crusade takes place in the stalemate towards the end of the 13th Black Crusade. Or at least the stalemate that existed until Games Workshop rewrote the ENTIRE 13th Crusade and now very little of the 'recent history' of the Crusade is even accurate, forcing us to play a lot of 'what if' and rewrite vast swaths of the more recent activities in the Kharon System. What this means is that we had to 're-jigger' the timeline so that EC actually occurs in the uncertainty just before The Gathering Storm. This means two very important Setting Changes have to happen so that new people coming to the game don't get confused in the shuffle. The first point is that "very soon(tm)" now, Abaddon will leave to rally his Forces for the Assault on Cadia. Jain-Zar will feel pulled by fate that she will be needed on Biel-Tan. They were SPECIFICALLY used by name in Gathering Storm and so their time is coming up. We'll go more into what that means next week, but it also means its unfair to keep Belial at the head of combat operations on Arkhona if we're losing the other tent-pole NPCs. They may pop back up from time to time - or other notables we know are here might - but for now, the clock is ticking on our intrepid Force Commanders. Secondly, as much as I'd love to jump to the epic awesome of the Indomitus Crusade, our place in the timeline means a number of things have yet to happen. While we may reference them on the horizon (and its so odd how a bunch of these factions love prophecy), we cannot at present (mechanically or in Lore) include activities such as Eldrad's failed attempt to pre-summon Ynnead at Coheria, the resurrection of Yvraine/birth of Ynnead, the corruption of Fenris, the Rise of Guilliman, the Ultima Founding, or the Battle for Konor. On the upswing to this unless there's another radical lore upheaval, we get to watch events unfold in the GW timeline and can hook into them after we've seen how their effects 'ripple' throughout the galaxy. * Overall Vision: * My goal is to set the Warzone team up to deliver an awesome story to you guys/gals/fungi. More importantly, after we've gone through the headache of laying the groundwork, we want YOU to be able to submit your own storylines for other people to start really enjoying; sort of like a Workshop for campaigns. Alongside that I want to use techniques I've pulled together from a number of places to paint a widely-varied picture of the Arkhona Campaign and to really give you guys a sense of a massive planetary war. Ideally we can line up some out-of-the-box ways of approaching things and then use those in our storytelling, and they will be well received. Only time will tell. But none of that's why you are here... Warzone Team Progress Report Action Item 1: Clean up backstory, lore, and establish the ACTUAL setting Bible - Progress 97% in Draft. With my writing team covering all factions, the post volume on our Discord has gone up significantly, talking about possible storylines, cultural viewpoints, and the like. We really do have a team committed to making sure GW's vision of each faction shines through. Action Item 2: Write Warzone 1 - Progress 0% in Draft, 100% in Edit/Revision, 0% Ready for BHVR/GW sign-off. We're taking an extra day or two to polish up our missions and clear up inconsistencies while Nathan and company catch up with their real jobs. This gives us the chance to - I dunno - avoid having Jain Zar consulting her Archons... LSM - 6 of 6 written and awaiting Contributor review for theme. CSM - 6 of 6 written and awaiting Contributor review for theme. Aeldari - 6 of 6 written and awaiting Contributor review for theme. Orks - 6 of 6 written and awaiting Contributor review for theme. Action Item 3: Develop Community Submission Pipeline for Storylines - Progress 100%. The submission guidelines are written and waiting for completion and approval of the Setting Bible so we can drop it as a packet for prospective writers. Action Item 4: Find ways to inject Lore into current player experience - Progress Ongoing. We started a new file to go in and write the continent and factional UI 'boiler plates' in a style that both feels faction-appropriate and furthers the lore, mentioning things like continent names, giving locations to places that were referenced in the McNeill short stories, etc. Feel free to ask any questions and I'll answer them as I can.