FAQ Updates; A step in the Right Direction?  

Posted by Michael Hogan


Just a quick update. As many of you know, Games Workshop updated old rules for Dark Angels and Black Templars, as well as updating some more rules for all Space Marines. This means all Storm Shields, Combat Shields, Shotguns, Power of the Machine Spirits, and (sadly) Smoke Launchers are with the current 5th edition rules, plus some other things like Cyclone Missile Launchers and Land Speeders.



What does this mean? Well, Assault Terminators are now worth using with Dark Angels and Black Templars. Maybe I won't sell off my Dark Angels and instead pick up some more troops... Hm... I'll have to see how that pans out. Most of my terminators are old and I would like to update them, but perhaps I'll hold onto the bikes. Well, enough rambling.

Another big thing (in my opinion) is Power of the Machine Spirit with Black Templars. Putting these on Razorbacks, Predators, or Vindicators would be great, better than possession by quite a bit. I'll let you Black Templar players discuss this as it is not mine to deal with.

Anyone have any big opinions here? I'm glad, even if Smoke Launchers are nerfed a bit, new Storm Shields and Cyclone/Typhoon Missile Launchers are nice.

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Would like to see them do this for other armies that really need it too.
CSM, Eldar, Tau, SoB, Necrons, and quite a few others need immediate fixes that could easily be released and actually make them fun and more competitive until they get a proper update.

The fact that normal space marine chapters are the only ones to get any attention is as usual, a total let down.

Hopefully other gaming companies start to pick up some momentum so that we can see the companies who actually support the whole player base and strive for balance succeeding instead of a useless money grabbing bunch of losers who are only held together by the fact their models are ahead of the ball game.

If I could change to hordes or something and expect a good local club I'd be gone.

January 18, 2011 at 7:24 PM

I totally get what you are saying. I don't understand why they don't do a mini-release like they used to (or so I heard, I didn't play back then). Do a White Dwarf or something that is Errata to the codex. Update costs and rules, perhaps a new unit or two (Nightspinner?)

Obviously this is a step below that. They just took newer rules and applied it to out of date codices. Rewriting some other armies would require a lot more work, but what is GW's writing staff doing in between a codex? With 3 or 4 writers (Ward, Kelly, Cruddace, Thrope?), I feel like they would have time to update some of the older books.

Just like companies who manage MMOs are constantly releasing bug fixes and balance issues, I would like GW to do something like that. Of course, the community could try to step up to the plate and do just that, but it would be tough to make non-biased rules and have something be so universal.

Mini-rant over.

January 18, 2011 at 9:01 PM

Well I mean some armies really need a huge update, while others need a points tweak (Eldar could be almost totally fixed this way).

Alot of armies that are just junk now could become much more playable just with points being brought into line with new codexes, and its an extremely easy fix since its just based off the newer 5th ed stuff.

The problem now is that GWS are totally relying upon major releases to make people buy almost whole new armies with each release, instead of actually encouraging a proper player base of people who can have one or two armies that they can always play.
Trying to get anyone to play 40k these days is as easy as getting someone to lend you $10,000 after meeting you for 5 mins.
Everyone knows its expensive, and that GWS are too busy making money to support anything properly.

January 19, 2011 at 4:41 AM

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