25 March 2017

Wipsters on the Seas of Fate

Sometimes good ideas just creep up on you. Last weekend someone started a chat on the Oldhammer FB page about the Elric RPG Stormbringer. We had a informative little discussion and minutes later I was browsing eBay. Within 2 days a copy of Stormbringer had popped through my door. Pursuing the wonders of Elrics world I thought about how I might put on a game set in the world of the Young Kingdoms.

It occurred to me that a game with just Elric wandering about kicking ass and Stormbringer drinking should might be a bit one sided. The classic citadel Eternal Champion set has several characters that are different incarnations of the Eternal Champion so are just as bad ass as the last king of Melnib√≥ne. Then, while standing in the shower thinking I remembered the first story in the Elric novel, Sailor on the Sea of Fate.

Basically Elric gets picked up by a mysterious ship and taken off into the mist. The ship sails between different planes of reality and we get to meet other incarnations of the Eternal Champion. They are taken to places to do battle in order to restore the balance between the gods of Law and Chaos, these places may or may not be on the same plane or time that the Champions are from.

And all of a sudden an Idea for the Wipsters game at BOYL17 was in my head!

Each player picks an incarnation of the Eternal Champion and a companion. They could be one of the ones we all know and love, Corum, Hawkmoon, Erekose or indeed Elric or they could be obscure ones that crop up in one of Moorcocks novels (Brian or Goldberg anyone?) or they could make one up and invent their own mythos along with a figure lovingly crafted in Moorcockian style (if there is such a thing).

These Characters will be delivered on the beach of some strange land where they are to stop the Summoning of some creature of another Plane who's entrance into the world will tip the balance between Law and Chaos with catastrophic results.
But who is the mysterious sorcerer who attempting to summon such a being? What dangers lie between the beach and the ruined tower that enigmatic captain has told our heroes is their goal?

The plan is, therefore, for the Various Wipsters and Friends who will be gathering at the Oldhammer weekend to get their Champion and companion painted between now and the fateful day. Their efforts will be displayed on the mighty pages of this blog.

I will be painted foes for them to battle and will be also be putting together a battleground for their heroic epic to be taking place on. I will also be deciding which rules we'll be using and also trying to keep a lid on the extraneous boasting about their champions abilities by limiting or boosting their stats as thing progress.

So essentially, stay tuned. However, to whet your whistle you might want to check out Axiom's posts about his Moorcock miniatures. He has lots of nice ones.


  1. I'm looking forward to seeing Eternal Champions old and new. It really does tickle me to think that a pistol wielding airship pilot and a bearded barbarian savage are the same heroic person, at different times and on different planes.

  2. I'm so very glad to get Corum on the table with his faithful companion Jhary !
    I wish I had read further into the Elric series, I must have stopped mid way, still time to fix that though !

  3. I only recently parted with my copy of Stormbringer and Elric in a recent effort to reduce the number of boxes in the loft...it's posts like this that make me regret these clear outs!

  4. That's fantastic idea for a game. Sailor on the SoF is one of my very favourite Moorcock books.