Yes, coming a mere 2 years after 6th Edition, we're being treated to ... 7th Edition! How awesome is that! What other game company can provide its customers with the opportunity for an edition upgrade after a mere two short years? Nobody! With 6th's big bulletproof rulebook priced at a low low $75 I'm sure we'll be treated to a pricing upgrade as well!
It's an odd move. The previous three editions came nice and steady every four years. Now suddenly they're changing that, and it's not the predicted-by-some light refresh of 6th edition with a new printing of the rulebook. Nope, there are multiple and significant rule changes and a new starter set, supposedly Blood Angels and Orks. Known rule changes include:
- A new Psychic Phase, pushing the turn sequence back to the 4 phases we had in 2nd Edition. This might solve a lot of annoyances with the psyker stuff so I am OK with making a change here
- A revised ally chart. Anything that makes Battle Brothers less awesome is fine by me. For the dark, paranoid universe they keep pushing it's amazing how many different xenophobes and religious fanatics get along so well in a combat situation.
- Force Org changes, well, making it one of two options instead of the only option. I'd almost rather see some alternative structures for the force org (raiding force, defensive force, etc) or some scenario-specific options than a completely free-form option but I suppose this is the ultimate trickling-down of Apocalypse's "take whatever you have" philosophy. This has probably caused the most uproar on the net - see this for examples - but I'm willing to wait and see the details before proclaiming the end times.
- New scenarios and victory conditions - there are a lot of ways to do this and I think it has the most potential to change up the game in interesting ways. Cards with specific victory conditions dealt out at random were a thing in 2nd Edition and they were fun back then. If we end up wit ha mix of open conditions (like kill points or objectives) and secret conditions (assassinate the enemy leader, hold a particular building, get units off of a particular board edge) it would liven things up considerably. I am looking forward to this part quite a bit.
If you're concerned about the source of this information, well, it's White Dwarf! See here for pics of the article. There are two images, so be sure to read the second page for the details.
As for the starter set I am perfectly fine with Blood Angels and Orks. I've had an Ork army since second edition and I started putting together a space vampires army last year, so this will give me an excuse to get some work done on both of those in the near future.
Anyway, this probably takes the prize for largest disturbance in the gaming Force for this month. I'm sure there will be more. It's going to be an interesting year.