I am planning to run an Only War campaign at my LGS soon.
I played in a previous one along with 6 others and the GM let us make our own regiments, which ended up in there being 4 different ones (some of the guys ran characters from the same regiment). This made thing a little confusing sometimes.
I was wondering what people's opinions are on the following
1. Would you rather have no option on the regiment you're from - as in the GM chooses all the options and all the player does is build his character.
2. Would your rather have some options on the regiment you're from - as in the GM chooses say the home world type and then the player builds a regiment from there with all that it ensues.
thank in advance for your help
That would depend most on the situation of the campaign, and how experienced your players are at role-playing.
If the scenario is putting together a squad to go behind enemy lines and blow something up or to explore an open flank, then the troops are probably hand-picked and can be from any number of regiments. Also, these mixtures are great for experienced RPGers who love the customization options.
If the mission is being part of a large scale assault, of which your PCs are participating, then it is more likely that they are all from the same regiment and you should determine those traits. This is better if you're dealing with people relatively new to RPGs.
One Only War campaign I heard about started by the GM giving a list of regiments on the planet (along with their stories and planet types) and allowing the PCs to pick from that list. This idea was one I liked because it sits somewhere in between the two options.