I have the rare opportunity to work as one of the staffers for the NOVA Open Narrative this year, and I think it is going to be absolutely amazing! But do not just take it from me... read below and I am sure you will be convinced!
The 2014 NOVA Open Narrative is called Descension. The story follows the descent into madness and vengeance of Humanity following the intentional crashing of the Virtue mothership into the Earth's crust at the climax of 2013's Narrative. Virtue survivors also descend into confusion and anger as their self-doubt impacts and directs their actions moving into the Solar System and throughout Earth's wastelands. There are two tracks to Descension:
Warlord: Model UN type planning and strategic sessions - one (1) game during each day (Friday-Sunday) - one (1) game each night (Thursday - Saturday) - one (1) Final "Night Round" on Sunday morning. Warlords will comprise the Narrative War Council, and are strictly ticket limited to 16 participants per Faction, first come/first serve.
Nightfighter: Nightfighters are tactical commanders who will be battling it out during the evenings (Thursday-Saturday) and in the Final "Night Round" on Sunday morning, in line with past Narrative events. Nightfighters will be able to participate in the 40K GT or any other system's daytime events and seminars alongside their Narrative games.
Narrative players will be able to choose to activate optional supplements for their respective codices which will introduce more Humanity/Virtue-thematic ways to play the codex. This will also help improve the play-ability of some less common build types from each respective codex. These are fairly simple and straightforward, and do not preclude or obviate the freedom to play with your codex in its basic GW released format.
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