Monday, 9 December 2013

Escalation, Nerdrage and Warhammer 40,000

So I don't normally post stuff like this on the blog, but this time I've decided to have my say on the current state of Warhammer 40K. As anyone who follows the game on the internet will know, since the release of 6th edition last summer 40K has been in a massive state of flux and change, and that's brought out the worst in some of the internet's great keyboard warriors.

The first major issues were allies and flyers. Then it was psykers, then Codex Tau, followed quickly by Codex Eldar. Much wailing and gnashing of teeth was heard. Now we have Escalation, Stronghold, Codex Inquisition and Dataslates. In the space of a mere 18 months, there's been so much added to the game it has made many players' heads start to spin.

Between 3rd and 5th edition, building an army was quite simple, you built to the Force Organisation chart. Now, it's not so simple. I can have my primary detachment, an allied detachment, a fortification. Then you add in an Inquisition detachment, and dataslates. That's a lot of variables. Now, for those of us who only want to play casual games, we welcome most of this, as it gives us lots of options to create interesting and themed armies, scenario ideas and all of that.

But, here's the kicker - we could do all of that already if we wanted to. Now GW have brought out all these rules and made them "official". So, you're thinking, great, now I can use all my stuff and nobody can tell me I can't. Well, actually, they can. They can just refuse to play you. If you're just in it for a bit of fun, you should be OK, but if you're going to be that dickhead who insists on bringing a Warhound Titan, sticking it on a Skyshield Landing Pad and laughing at your opponent as it blows his army off the board, well, you're not going to be playing too many games after a while, are you?

It all comes down to having a little bit of common sense. Think about your opponent and what he wants out of the game. He's hoping to have fun too, and if he's gone to the bother of painting and converting his army and just wants to pass a few hours pushing his little men around the table, chucking a few dice and having a laugh, bear that in mind. Not everyone enjoys their 40K the same way, and we should all be aware of that. It's your game after all, play it your way and have fun with it. But it's much better when you can have fun with your opponent, not at his expense.

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