For a while now I’ve wondered why we don’t have a computer game version of Warhammer Fantasy Battle or Warhammer 40k. I don’t mean the ‘spin-off’ style games; I mean a direct port of the rules and miniatures, all playable on a turn-based PC game, ala Blood Bowl. I suspect it’s because Games Workshop would rather you buy hundreds of dollars worth of miniatures rather than a $50 PC game, and if that is indeed the case, then damn you GW!
That’s most likely why Blood Bowl was made, because it’s a niche product in the niche world of Warhammer, and total miniature sales must have been tiny anyway. Again, if that’s the case, boo GW, but it does make sense.
Which is why, if I could program/draw/other-stuff worth a damn, I would make a Necromunda PC game. And then retire on my personal island to play Darkfall 24/7 in peace. Because the game would just be dripping in pure awesome.
Think about it, what do MMO/RPG gamers love? We love customizing a character, skilling up, and getting sweet gear. And you know the only thing better than customizing one character, skilling him up, and getting him some sweet gear? Doing it for a whole gang! Plus the F2P/RMT possibilities are just as silly as they are in League of Legends; custom skins for gang members, custom gang insignias, special ‘fancy effects’ versions of weapons (same stats, just epeen-pony-like sparkle), etc. People would eat it up.
The game itself could also take advantage of technology, with the game handling complex collision/cover calculations, in addition to “can’t do that in IRL” stuff like destructible environments and character damage. Additional free content updates would include new maps, which would be delivered as new areas for gangs to control and fight over, all launched from a simple lobby interface much like Blood Bowl.
Online you can track your gang’s stats, hire new recruits, customize the look, etc. Then you go and challenge another player for his territory, or have someone challenge you for one of yours, or you both queue up for different scenarios. Since the core rules would be in effect, gang members can die or sustain permanent injuries, and the size of your gang is related to how much territory you control. The bigger you get, the bigger the target on your back.
Note that if someone with great coding skills is reading this, and you know some really sweet artist who can do the graphics (bonus points if he can do sound), feel free to email me and we can discuss how to spend our upcoming millions.
PS: GW, if you want me to be the lead developer on your upcoming Warhammer Fantasy Battle or Warhammer 40k tabletop interpretation, I have some time available. Don’t worry, I won’t Mythic you.