Posted 20 August 2009 - 10:02 AM
Herr Arnulfe said:
Sounds like it's more a case of "revisiting" than "pulling back".
Not really; GW seems to prefer their settings to be set to "one minute to midnight" (similar can be seen in 40k: the current 40k timeline sets Abaddon's 13th Black Crusade - the last setting-influencing global campaign - as starting in the last hours of the 41st Millennium, with no other events listed after it. As far as the timeline is concerned, it's only just starting 'now', rather than being a past event), with a looming end-of-days rather than an anticlimactic almost-apocalpse. The ending of the Storm of Chaos was so poorly-recieved (though I didn't mind it personally, and have pushed my campaign a couple of years beyond those events) primarily because it didn't do anything to the setting, and GW are (from comments and statements made back when they had official forums) generally quite unwilling to use their settings as advancing metaplot, preferring instead a static backdrop for all kinds of player-originated mayhem (because a static backdrop that people can set their conflicts against is easier to sell to licencees). It's why the Nemesis Crown campaign - the WFB global campaign after Storm of Chaos, isn't in any particular point within the setting's timeline and has not had any residual influence on the ongoing narrative.
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