Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Arena of Death league rules! (revision 1)

 the following is ment to be a first draft/revision thing for an Arena of Death "League: so players can battle their champions from the Arena's of the Dark Eldar to the sparring rings used to help Astartes keep a fighting edge. Your champion will become stronger and better equipped over time as he kills and maims his way to champion! Following revisions of this rule set will be in PDF format and better formatted and organized. Any feedback is appreciated!

The Arena of Death League Rules (Revision 1)

Class customization
For the purpose of the league all character "classes" are as having a point value of 100. At the beginning of a league the player will choose one class from the list to represent his champion. As the champion wins more victories in the arena he will be awarded more points to spend on wargear. The cost of wargear can be found in the corresponding codex to the faction/unit (class) you selected. Some extra universal wargear and rule options can be purchased from a list at bottom of this page.

A champion can earn points to purchase wargear, USR's, and upgrades from killing their opponents. The amount of points granted from each kill is equal to 10% of their total points value rounded down to the nearest "tens" spot. (IE: a figure worth 146 points would award you 14 points when killed) Since all models are given a base point value of 100 for the purpose of this league, you are always guaranteed at least 10 points for each kill. These points can then be spent to unlock wargear and rule options.

If a piece of wargear, a USR, or upgrade are purchased that model cannot get rid of that upgrade for another. He must gain points and buy that upgrade, and then choose which upgrade ones to use during a match (IE: choosing a storm bolter over a combi-plasma if the champion owns both).

The champion must always have Some type of close combat weapon (CCW) whether its just a close combat blade or a Power Scythe.

All champions must be modeled to represent their war gear. (WYSIWYG)

If a champion is defeated he must roll 2D6 and suffers from an affect on the following chart.
1-6: Flesh wound! The model is fine to continue fighting in more matches.
7-10: Minor injury! The model can continue to fight but suffers -1 to Initiative.
11: Major injury! The model struggles in the arena and suffers a -1 penalty to strength and -2 to initiative.
12: The character dies. A new character must be rolled. All purchased wargear, upgrades, and USR's are lost.

The following class list may not be completely balanced and may be changed from revision to revision. The current revision is a test and is still missing options for "champions" from several codex. This will be remedied swiftly in a future revision. Current options on list are all close to 100 points and some can be upgraded to their more powerful equivalents as listed in codex.

 -Space Marines:
--Master of the Forge

-Dark Angels:
--Company Master
--Chaplain (upgrade-able to a Interrogator-Chaplain for 30pts)

-Blood Angels:
--Chaplain (upgrade-able to a Reclusiarch for 40pts)

-Space Wolves:
--Wolf Lord
--Rune Priest
--Wolf Priest
--Wolf Guard Battle Leader

-Black Templar:
--Emperors Champion
--Master of Sanctity

-Grey Knights:
--Brotherhood Champion
--Ordo Malleus Inquisitor
--Ordo Hereticus Inquisitor
--Ordo Xenos Inquisitor

-Chaos Space Marines: (Gift of Mutation can not be used, the dark gods have abandoned you)
--Chaos Lord (upgrade-able to Daemon Prince of a chosen god for 60pts)
--Dark Apostle

-Imperial Guard (Will probably die fighting anything else on this list.)
--Lord commissar
--Primaris Psyker
--Ministorum Priest
--Techpriest Enginseer

--Big Mek

Purchase Options!
The following section is additional options a champion can purchase outside of his normal codex options. The term Imperium refers to anyone fighting on the side of the Emperor be it Space Marines, Sisters of Battle, or Imperial Guard. The Term Chaos refers to Chaos Space Marines. Wargear can only be used by champions whose codex fits its rules and gear will be marked as such)

Special issue Wargear (Arena):
     This section adds weapons to each codex/armybook  that are either created by me or found in other GW rules related to 40K. (IE: Horus Heresy and Imperial Armour) Weapons must replace a piece of similar wargear. (IE: A weapon with the rule pistol can only replace another weapon with that rule or a weapon with the Melee rule can only replace another Melee weapon)

-Melee Weapons  (Format: Cost - Range - Strength -AP -Type)  
--Power Scythe ( 25pts - N/A - +1 - 2 -Melee, Unwieldy, Two-Handed, Sweep Attack (Chaos(Mark of Nurgle))
--Charnabal Sabre ( 10pts - N/A - As user - N/A - Melee, Rending, Duellist's Edge (Imperium/Chaos))
-Ranged Weapons (Format: Cost - Range - Strength -AP -Type)   

-Armour and other Wargear:

--Cataphractii Pattern Terminator Armour: Cataphractii Armour can be used on any model in place of standard Terminator Armour if said model has the option. Champions with this armour have the Slow and purposeful special rule instead of relentless special rule, but gain an invulnerable save of 4+.  (Imperium/Chaos)

--Combat and Boarding Shields: Combat and Boarding shields confer a 6+ invulnerable save that increases to 5+ in close combat/assaults. Not usable by terminators. (Space Marines (all chapters))

Universal Special Rules:
     The following section contains USR's that you can buy for your character. Please keep in mind these apply towards your points value for points awarded when defeated.

-Furious Charge (25 pts)
-Hatred (Pick one codex) (20pts)
-Hatred (Everything) (40 pts)
-Fleet (25 pts)
-Feel no pain (5+) (25 pts)
-Rage (25 pts)
-Preferred Enemy (Pick on codex) (20 pts)
-Move through Cover (5 pts)
-It will not die (50 pts)

Stat Upgrades:
The following section contains stat upgrades. Stats cannon be upgraded past 10. Please keep in mind these apply towards your points value for points awarded when defeated. Stat upgrades are expensive but permanent. Each skill can only be upgraded 1 time per champion!

+1 to Weapon skill (25 pts)
+1 to Ballistic skill (25 pts)
+1 to Strength (25 pts)
+1 to Toughness (25 pts)
+1 to Wounds (50 pts)

Other rules:
    Section refers to rules found on this list that aren't in a standard codex or the core rulebook.

-Sweep Attack: Rather than use their own attack value, a model using a weapon with this special rule may, if they wish, instead make a number of attacks equal to the number of models in base contact with them.

-Dualist's Edge: +1 to Initiative when in a challenges (All arena battles count as challenges)


  1. I read your previous post on the Arena of Death and I was wondering if this one is just a revision of that, or your own set of rules. I really want to try out arena of death and the daemon world rules, but I'm not really thinking that the price is worth it. I might try these out though. Thanks!

    1. Oh, I think I see now. It is in addition to the Arena of Death rules, is that right? So I guess I can't play with just the rules here.

    2. Sadly no you can't play with just the rules here, this is written to be an addition to the rules for use here in our gaming club for a league. I considered adding the rules to the PDF but I can't publish the design for the Card's because of Copy right. I imagine sometime in the near future GW will publish these in battle mission book with their updated kill-team rules.