Anyone who takes even some slight interest in this blog will know that I haven’t progressed beyond 4th edition 40K its not quite Oldhammer but I’m pretty out of the loop on the newer editions. So it was with a bit of interest I’ve been following (mostly through various threads on TMP) the info coming out about 8th edition whose release seems imminent
A lot of people seem pretty excited and I have to admit some things about the new edition appeal Free PDF of the rules and minimal codex books (I think the talk is three covering all armies) certainly appeal (constant updating of Codex books is one of the reasons I gave up upgrading and stuck with 4th in the first place. I’ve decided to get a free copy of the rules (when its available) and give them a spin to see if I like them.
At the moment based on info being released I think the shooting rules look OK armour modifiers instead of AP works and no templates will probably be easier if a little less atmospheric. Movement has become a little more random and varied which again doesn’t seem like a bad idea. Close combat looks a mess and the morale rules look horribly over simplified for my liking. Of course until I’ve rolled dice in anger and tried them in a game it hard to make a firm judgement.
One thing that makes me a little sad is a few things that make Warhammer quintessentially “Warhammer” for me are going stat lines seem to have become even less relevant and the charts (to hit, to wound) have pretty much disappeared. Not a big deal for most people but something I’ve grown up with since Warhammer fantasy battle 2nd edition and feel very comfortable with.
The new fluff I’m not digging overly (which was the main turn off of Age of Sigmar for me) I mean its not quite an Age of Sigmar reboot stuff but I rather the Primarchs stayed dead, Cadia still existed, the Eldar don’t team up and we don’t get extra giant warp rifts on top of the eye of terror, but fluff is easy to ignore change if I don’t like it if the majority of 40K cannon isn’t changing to much.
I think I’m best described as interested but sceptical about the new rules I want to try them and give them a chance but I think they might have to be pretty special to make me give up using 4th edition for my games of 40K.