I know some of the vitriol that the word Ascension brings to some in this community but am I the only one that feels the lack of "somewhere to go". What do you guys do when your players start to get big and wanting to branch out of their careers but, not many are viable?
Deathwatch - "Ascension"
Posted 06 February 2014 - 11:52 AM
DW R8 caps out at a really high XP total.
And games, by their nature, end.
Or if you don't want to end, you can still keep accruing XP. A GM can let you keep taking Advanced Specs til everyone is a 1st Company Veteran. It works as long as everyone is having fun. Look at the new book (name forgets me) that creates Legacy or Legend stuff. But recognize that in the end, the game should end and your group should take away great moments and memories and move on to play something else.
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Posted 06 February 2014 - 02:53 PM
I planned that for my group... then allow for their next characters to be a newly formed kill team that all knew the former ones....
Posted 10 February 2014 - 08:34 AM
Just for a laugh I created a Watch Commander character. He totaled out at just over 100,000 xps and still didn't have everything I could have given him (He admittedly probably wasn't compeltly optimised).
The point is allowing PCs to keep accruing points after level 8 take extra alternative careers and marks of distinction will keep them going for quite a while.
One of them is likely to be a Captain, perhaps with the PCs as his command squad while they command a number of additional kill teams. You can introduce rules for coordinating kill teams using Rogue Trader military action rules perhaps?
Posted 06 March 2014 - 10:00 AM
Remember though if your going to purposefully kill them... Make it heroic. Like they have to fight an endless horde at a choke point to save a planetary star port that has millions evacuating the planet. Them standing steadfast against the horde is the only thing that to be possible. But the ships that are leaving are their only way out. Have them fight to the last man.
Or do something completely unexpected. The emperor returns
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Posted 06 March 2014 - 11:47 AM
Or their watches end and they go home. Let each player come up with a feasible epilogue for their character back in their home chapter, with the caveat that no Space Marine dies of old age.