Saturday, April 22, 2017

New Games Workshop™

Well. Not unexpected, but damn. In case you somehow missed it, GW announced 40K 8th edition this morning. In what looks to be the biggest shake-up of the system since 3rd, I am very cautiously optimistic.

With a new website and more importantly a FAQ (go read it now!) to address some of the news. Let's hit the highlights:

ALL (current) models and armies are valid, even Forge World stuff. Yay!

All current Codexes are not. This is good because it means they are making real changes to the game. Not really bad because I still enjoy looking at older Codexes and I got my use out of them.

3 ways to play. Groovy. Good for pick-up games as well as doing some narrative fun.

The core rules for the game will be free. Words I never thought would come from GW.

I'm kind of enamored with the new folk over at GW now, they are really trying hard to engage with the community, and making good choices for the hobby.

We don't have any clear info yet on what will be changed in 8th edition other than it will be better. Less special rules and a cleaner turn system are at the top of my guess list. We will find out very soon.

I think this is a bold, and very necessary move to keep 40K viable. I'm looking forward to the Dark Future once again.

The Emperor Protects
And Will Hopefully Trim the Rules Bloat.  


Friday, April 7, 2017

Let's Talk About Rules, Baby

For the Summer Campaign I was going to use a modified Kill Team rules set for the smaller battles, and regular 7th edition rules for the rest. Then came the glorious Armageddon Shadow Wars announcement, and persistent rumors that 8th edition would be out a month or two after my Champaign start. What to do?

I really like (or is it miss?) parts of the Second Edition/Necromunda rules. I thought 'to hit' modifiers added to the game, as did Armor Save modifiers. Different movement rates for different units as well. The close combat was/is good for smaller engagements but really bogged down with a lot of troops fighting it out.

So we shall use the Shadow Wars rules for a kind of mini-campaign to enact the rise of the Genestealer cult over the other cults, gangs, and Enforcers. Hopefully at the end of that, 8th Edition will be released and we will jump right into the main campaign with the shiny new rules. It will be a slightly odd transition, but it will all depend on how much changes in 8th.

I do love how many factions got released for Shadow Wars right away, but I am missing most of the key ones for my Campaign. It won't be too hard to make stats for Gangers, Enforcers, and Sisters. I guess we will need Inquisitors and their friends as well. I think Deathwatch is in the main rules, at least I hope so.

Wanting to play two different rulesets in one campaign just highlights that no single set of rules can do it all. Skirmish games that have a handful of models per side tend to really break and/or slow down with larger games. Rules that can handle company-sized engagements quickly don't play as well with low unit counts. The current 40K rules (3rd edition onwards) has grown towards larger battles, but tried hard to keep small unit flavor, resulting in a bit of a bloated ruleset. 7th does play better than 6th or maybe even 5th, but a major overhaul is really needed. All will be revealed soon enough.

In the meantime we will enjoy the Shadow Wars.

The Emperor Protects
The Adeptus Rules Administratum is Hard at Work




Friday, March 24, 2017

Metal Never Forgets

As I ramp up for the Summer Campaign I delve deep into the box of lost toys. Behold! A full squad of Necromunda Enforcers, the last version released, not the classic I've got a huge bird on my helmet guys. I also re-discovered my Sisters of Battle, and a Escher gang. All in glorious metal.

I'd forgotten how much I hate building metal. Oh, sure nothing has the heft of a good metal miniature, but putting tiny arms and weapons on with CA glue that may or may not want to adhere...that's not part of the 'relaxing' bit of the hobby. But it is why the Emperor, in his wisdom, gave us Rum. And Band-Aids. I somehow never fail to cut myself while trimming metal.

The shotgun arms are such a bad fit on these figs, it's no wonder they weren't in print long. The Enforcers do look very nice after being coaxed together. The Escher gang were mostly one piece figures, so they went upon their bases far easier.
With the metal relics all assembled (Sisters and Inquisition had been assembled long ago) it is time to slap some paint on them. What better way to spend Friday afternoon than with an epic priming session. Grey primer for all my friends!

Next up: Time to talk about Rules.

  The Emperor Protects
5+ Save Versus X-acto Blades


Friday, March 17, 2017

Defenders of The Last Stand Quick Review

Defenders of The Last Stand by 8th Summit Games is a pure co-op board game for 1-5 players. Set in the post-apocalypse wasteland of the near future, players must defeat four Overlords and their marauding groups of raiders/mutants/bad guys and save the city of Last Stand.

The designer, Richard Launius of Arkham Horror fame, also did Defenders of the Realm. A high fantasy version with similar gameplay but with with orcs, demons, and dragons. Last Stand adds some new features which expand gameplay greatly. Both games have a sort of Pandemic gameplay mechanics feel to them. Which is a good thing.
Play is fast and fun, with many action options per turn. Go on a mission? Scavenge some lost items? Fight some the minions? Or if your group has gained enough items/cards, you can take on one of the four Overlords.

Three of the four Overlords make steady progress towards Last Stand. The mutant lord know as "Puke" flies around randomly, spawning new Abominations. All are dangerous and have to be stopped. Each time a Overlord is defeated the game ramps up the difficulty. Once all four are killed, Last Stand is safe and the players win. If any Overlord reaches your city you lose. If too many minions are on the the map, or in Last Stand, you lose. If too many raider bases get built, you lose.
Nobody said the apocalypse would be easy.
There are some fun artifacts to find and side missions to go on. There is an "Adventure" spot the moves around the map that can be sought after. Some areas are teaming with radiation, and if you hang out there you may wind up with a mutation. Most are good, a few are bad, but if you get more than five points of radiation, your character becomes an enemy Abomination. Fun stuff.
There are a few minor downsides to this game: The art is okay, the plastic figures are not great, and the rulebook could be clearer. However, after starting one game, we got the hang of it pretty quick.

On the plus sides, the theme is great, lots of things to do, and it plays quickly. I prefer this over Defenders of the Realm (which I like a lot). It feels like this game is kind of under the radar being from a small publisher, which is too bad, because it is a whole lot of fun.
If you like your post-apocalypse Eighties B movie style, then this game is worth checking out.

Recommended!

Go Roll Some Dice
Become a Warrior of The Wasteland