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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Requiem Compendium Factions for a General Campaign Corrected


The EOTD Requiem Compendium introduces 16 new factions or faction specialization to Empire of the Dead. These factions fall into five main categories, many of them will actually fall into more than one. These broad categories are; Faction Leader is a Special Named Character, Many Special Rules, Underpowered, Don’t Fit with Campaign Rules and Campaign Ready. Of all 16 of these new factions IMO only three factions; the Special Branch, The Tong and the Imperial Explorers Club are robust enough to play in a general campaign competing against any of the 4 original EOTD factions. Here is a list of the compendium factions with notes on which are faction specializations. 

1 Special Branch
2 Great Detective
3 Criminal Gang
4 Street Gang (Criminal Gang Faction Specialization)
5 Tong (Criminal Gang Faction Specialization)
6 Criminal Mastermind (Criminal Gang Faction Specialization)
7 Nemesis Criminals
8 Dracula
9 Vampire Slayers
10 Captain Nemo
11 Jerusalem Clickers
12 Order of the Garter (Gentlemen’s Club Faction Specialization)
13 Imperial Explorers Club (Gentlemen’s Club Faction Specialization) 
14 Bedlam Brotherhood
15 Union of the Snake (Gentlemen’s Club Faction Specialization)

The five categories explained:
1)     Faction Leader is a Special Named Character- This faction is lead by a special character like Captain Nemo, Dracula or The Great Detective and there is no indication in the rules detailing what happens to the faction if this character is killed in a campaign.
2)     Many Special Rules- All the models in this faction even the subordinates have their own individual special rules. I feel that this can bog down play trying to remember all these rules.
3)     Underpowered- Simply put they aren’t able to fight werewolves, vampires or heavily armed gentlemen.
4)     Don’t Fit with Campaign Rules- The mechanics of this faction are incompatible with the campaign rules.
5)     Campaign Ready- Self explanatory.

Here is the faction list again with each category that faction fits into noted.
1 Special Branch Campaign Ready
2 Great Detective Faction Leader is a Special Named Character Underpowered
3 Criminal Gang Underpowered
4 Street Gang Underpowered
5 Tong Campaign Ready
6 Criminal Mastermind Underpowered
7 Nemesis Criminals Faction Leader is a Special Named Character Underpowered
8 Dracula Faction Leader is a Special Named Character
9 Vampire Slayers Faction Leader is a Special Named Character Many Special Rules Underpowered
10 Captain Nemo Faction Leader is a Special Named Character
11 Jerusalem Clickers Don’t Fit with Campaign Rules
12 Order of the Garter Faction Leader is a Special Named Character 
13 Imperial Explorers Club Campaign Ready
14 Bedlam Brotherhood Faction Leader is a Special Named Character Many Special Rules Underpowered
15 Union of the Snake Faction Leader is a Special Named Character

So IMO Requiem adds three factions to the campaign pool giving EOTD a total of 7 campaign playable factions not a bad number IMO.