Friday, December 2, 2016

40K Friday: High and Low

I see a picture like the one above and say "YES! Finally an up to date codex for the Chaos Marines!" After 4+ years of being behind everyone, watching as many of them get TWO updates, we should get something decent.

Then I see this:

Sources tell BoLS:
-8th Edition starter is Astartes vs Chaos Marines.
-Rulebook will be similar to Age of Sigmar’s General’s Handbook.
-Look for Campaign Books similar to the Realmgate Wars series.
-Point costs and rules for Army construction will be in the “General’s Handbook” and future codex-like Books
-Release date for 8th Edition is June
-The new Edition will be set after Abaddons’s 13th Black Crusade
-Initial focus on factions will be on Imperium vs. Chaos
-There are brewing disagreement between the returning Primarchs
-Many are shocked and disagree the 40th Millennia Imperium’s religion and injustice.

Now the previous rumors were heavy on what the rule set would be like:
GW is borrowing some rules mechanics form Age of Sigmar to pull over into the new edition.
Look for an emphasis on ease of play, especially for new players.
Look for the variable-stats-based-on-damage rule mechanic seen on some Age of Sigmar monsters to make it’s way into the Grimdark.
Look for Psychics to be greatly simplified.
Army construction will not be constrained.
Some version of AoS Warscrolls will make their way into the game.
The game will retain it’s gameplay and tactical depth, and not come anywhere near AoS’s tiny 4 pages of rules.
GW’s design goal is to maintain 40K’s depth of tactics and play, while speeding up playtime and removing needless detail.

It makes me wonder if it will even matter in 6-7 months. A radical new edition (like we saw with 3rd) would demand an entirely new book anyway.

Ah well. We will see.

1 comment:

WQRobb said...

Boy, I'm glad I let 7th Edition pass by without investing in the $80 rulebook. That's two editions that has passed by without my playing.