Well not quite dead as there is still BotC to go but for me I’m giddy about 6th. A lot more than I thought I would be actually. Over the last year I’ve been seriously considering selling up and jacking in the hobby. 5th got real stale for me and the tournament circuit started taking a turn which really put me off.
However reading through this months WD and the buzz on the forums has got me right back into it. There are so many things to get excited about including (but not limited to):
The new rule book. Just look at it, it’s fantastic. Full colour and 400odd pages long. Rumours of a bit of fluff advancement, new artwork and the opportunity to reread all the background of the Imperium. Awesome! And thats not even mentioning the new rules…
New rules. It seems like 6th is going to be very different to 5th. i hope so as 5th just turned into who has the most guns at the end. Pretty dull and at £120+ for a weekend away wasn’t really worth it. Whilst most of the blame for that lies at unimaginative players the core ruleset can’t escape its fair share of blame. The new rules seem more varied, more in depth and frankly more funky. I’m not sure about random charges but every man and his dog hid in the 4+ save terrain in 5th anyway so most charges were random in a way!
Expanded psychic powers. Not a lot to say here but the big increase in variety of available powers and the diversity that allows players has to be a good thing.
Allies. I’ve often wanted to include a unit or two of guard in my Wolves as Kaerls and now i can. I’m sure there will be some broken combos that will be exploited but certainly for club games and if you just go to events for the craic then you can make some excellently themed armies.
I’m sure are lots more things to get excited about. I’ve ordered myself the gamers edition:
It comes with the rule book, a set of dice, a set of objectives/markers, a rather funky lasgun cell dice/objective holder and a bag which looks like it will hold the rule book, a codex, a copy of an event rules pack, some templates, some dice and the other bits and bobs which you need over the course of a weekends geekery.
I’ve also ordered a set of the psychic cards. From my early 8th ed WFB days let me assure you these are definitely worth the £8 as it saves a massive amount of faffing about with paper, open books, asking your opponent what powers do etc. Just have a couple of cards next to you with all the info on.
Roll on Saturday!
Until then, what have you guys ordered to sate your geek lust?