Tuesday, March 22, 2016

New Games Workshop Changes

Games Workshop has recently dipped back into social media and community outreach after several years of going silent and have launched several new pages pages on Facebook, including their Warhammer 40k page.

This is a big deal.

One of the most talked about posts is their call to fans to submit questions for a future FAQ. Among smart-ass jokes, snarky comments, and other general whining, there are some genuine rules questions that players have been struggling to get a clear ruling. ITC has their own interpretations and rulings that most gamers have accepted but getting answers straight from high command will be a positive step forward in both connecting with the gaming community and building a better game.

Personally, I'd like to see some rulings on scouting fortifications, Iron Hands vehicles and chapter tactics, Independent Characters joining formations, and scouting units and their transports with the Strategic Warlord Trait.

I know there's always going to be codex creep and there are a lot of people who are upset that their favorite army is losing the arms race, but Nids, Blood Angel, Dark Eldar, and CSM players will get their updates in due time. Actually, I'd just like to take Eldar, Tau, and a couple of SM units down a peg so that they are in line with the older codexes and 40k doesn't end up like Heroclix and just become a game of ridiculous escalation.

I don't want to appear as a GW apologist, but this is another great step forward for GW since the new CEO took over.

We've already received:

*FAQs
*Expanded the Heresy Era line of minis and rules
*Reintroduced Genestealers, Death Watch, and turned other fluff into playable factions
*Brought back Specialist Games (Necromunda, Blood Bowl, et al.)
*Organized game play (please bring this to FLGS)
*Bundles with some actual savings
*Expanded paint lines, including the oversized ink bottles
*Campaign expansions with new fluff and rules (and story advancement)

I'd love to see 'Ard Boyz brought back (or some sort of tournament schedule) and the Outrider program.