So, Games Workhop is doing the thing everyone’s had their knickers in a twist about them probably doing for months. At last there is something substantial to talk about rather than all that Cold War/high school “well such and such who is usually a reliable source and totally called this that and the other said it’s going to have square bases and a free blowjob for all”. You know, the stuff I hate because it’s all unsubstantiated and a shitload of effort sunk into things that do not merit this level of scrutiny. Jimmy said it best: if nerds put this much energy into anything that mattered we’d have the cure for cancer by now.
Eight has not, historically, been a good number when it comes to editions of Warhammer. Ho hee. That said, this one sounds a bit like second edition, which I like… in retrospect… but found a bit burdensome at the time, and when I actually consider trying to play it I get this hollow feeling in my heart. I hope it’s a cleaner, leaner beast than the current sprawling shambles. I hope it is to seventh edition what third was to second – in other words a triumphant “fuck off” to the sacred cows in the attempt to ease flow and execution to the point where the likes of me can actually play the bugger.
In any case, it’s a bit of a kick in the eye for me, because I am in the zone as far as 40K goes. I have a dozen articles piled up in the drafts folder, nine of which are about 40K, none of which are going to be remotely ‘evergreen’ (as we say in the trade). No point in writing a rules review or a tactica if up’s going to be down by the next equinox, is there?
I’m still going to see through the Tale of Gamers, and I suppose we’ll see what happens with ref. the Horus Heresy and its rules. I’m really glad I didn’t spend £80 on Inferno or actually buy Wrath of Magnus the other day, I know that much.
I don’t propose to write a hysterical article on the four or five pearls that GW has deigned to cast before the swine (and the Swine), because that would be foolish. I’ll review a complete rules system when I have it in my hot little hands, probably months after the rest of the Internet has finished howling and punching itself in the chops. In the meantime, it’s the usual advice for new edition season.
Stop buying stuff if you’re the type who buys for rules; don’t get on the hype train; and enjoy playing with your favourite list and its rules while they’re still ‘current’ and it’s easy to arrange games.