The Narrative Forge

There’s more to gaming life than the endless core gameplay loop of competitive and tournament play! In the Narrative forge, we explore Narrative Play, looking for ways to tell stories on the tabletop and enhance play experiences by creating narratives and weaving story elements into your games.


The Goonhammer Guide to Warhammer Campaigns

In this multi-part series, we explore the different types of campaigns you can run, and dig deep on what makes a good system/campaign for each style of campaign. Although the main focus for some (but not all) of these articles is 40k, the principles discussed are easily applied to Age of Sigmar, Kill Team, and Necromunda.

Part 1 – Planning and Running a Campaign
Part 2 – Linear Narrative Campaigns
Part 3 – Tree Campaigns
Part 4 – Mass Campaigns
Part 5 – Escalation
Part 6 – Experience and Levels
Part 7 – Map Campaigns

Battles of Legend
Making Your Campaigns a Success

Warhammer 40k Battlezones (with updated Zone Mortalis Rules)


Vadinax was Goonhammer’s own global Crusade campaign for 9th edition Warhammer 40k. You can find information about the setup and design of the campaign here:

Crusade (9th Edition 40k)

Crusade is the main narrative play rule system for Warhammer 40,000 9th edition,

Codex Crusade Rules Reviews

Campaign Supplements

Each campaign supplement for 40k has Crusade rules as well for armies to apply when fighting campaigns in those warzones.

Crusade Supplements

Of course there are also supplements just for Crusade, and we’ve talked about those too.

White Dwarf Flashpoints

White Dwarf has been doing monthly Crusade rules updates through 9th edition that add new campaign rules for each warzone they’ve covered. And we’ve talked about all of them.


Age of Sigmar

Interested in articles specifically focused on Age of Sigmar campaigns? We’ve got those too.

An Introduction to 3.0’s Path to Glory

Battletome Reviews

Stormcast Eternals Path to Glory Review
Orruk Warclans Path to Glory Review
Maggotkin Path to Glory Review

Older Content

A History of Campaigns in the Mortal Realms


Kill Team

Kill Team has its own set of campaign rules in the new edition that are worth looking at. Spec Ops campaigns have experience and basebuilding mechanics.


Necromunda Campaigns

The Necromunday boys have also written a few articles on Necromunda campaigns and how to get the best experiences out of your gangs’ quests to conquer territory and prove themselves kings and queens of the hive.

Necromunday: Starting a Campaign
Campaign Progression, Part 1 – Advancements
Campaign Progression, Part 2 – The Trading Post
Campaign Progression, Part 3 – Rep, Brutes, and Hangers-on
Weekend Campaigns

Goonhammer’s Ranking of all of the Dominion Campaign territories
The Law and Misrule Campaign
The Dark Uprising Campaign
Underdogs and Catch-up Mechanics

White Dwarf #458: Outlaw Brutes
White Dwarf #459: Going Out with a Bang

The Lost Zone

The Lost Zone is our own set of Necromunda campaign rules, which rebalance the game to be less about paramilitary organizations fighting on behalf of powerful guilds and more about poor gangs scraping by.

The Lost Zone


Other Narrative Play Resources

Want to spice up your Narrative Play with custom experiences that don’t require the full effort of planning and running a campaign? We’ve got you covered with these resources.

Creating Your Own Missions
Necromunday: Building Custom Scenarios

Writing Better Battle Reports

Building Narrative Armies
Painting Narrative Armies and Showing Without Telling

The Path to Shame