Look at it, currently the fourth most viewed post on the blog, for some reason. The year since has seen the company in question continue to not go out of business, in fact the new year has been celebrated by a rumoured new edition of one of their two flagship games. On the forum thread where the rumours broke, the natives appear to be restless. Perversely, I think the whole idea looks kind of cool. Well not the whole idea, the bubbles of reality remind me of when DnD 4e came out and they produced a game that looked like it should be cool but.... I didn't really feel like playing.
teaser video with the annoying voiceover, and.... after not as long as the company would probably have liked, they canned it and made a new edition that rolled back the changes in favour of the old. My response to that was to play other games. No doubt Warhammer fans will too. I think in the process many will be surprised how much of what they already like can be found out there.
"Ancestral Beasts". I really need to find my copy: Renaissance people and dinosaurs with a kind of Manichaeism as the religious backdrop.... It's a shame really that more and more the Warhammer people seem to be no longer borrowing from the amazing creations of the likes of Michael Morcock, Fritz Lieber and Tolkien and instead the rumours are of just porting over ideas from their other more successful Sci-Fi line. They already had tanks. I hear tell they are getting Fantasy Space Marines. Anyway, that reminds me of another great game.
this too has its own epic forum thread about a new set of rules. Well I count only 10 posts per page to the 20 on the Warhammer one but both in the vicinity of 100 pages. The Infinity one is about the fact that after giving us a free copy of their rules over Christmas, it is a bad thing that not every army list has been updated yet. I mean it's been a month now, get cracking Corvus Belli. Actually I wish I was joking about the thread, I don't understand some of these people at all. We've been having heaps of fun with N3 at least. Ben has even had a go with my Panoceania vs Jason's Nomads. Ben quickly proved it can be a game of Crits. To the left you see Jason copy my drop-troop tactics vs Adam and get reaction fire from a lowley grunt with a rifle. Ben rolled exactly the right number and down Jason went. Ben did it to Jason's sniper to later on with my cool HMG robot. I think we have another convert.
I played Adam at this just after Christmas and had a blast. His army is hilarious with a Assassin that impersonates my troops and takes forever to discover. Meanwhile, he is deadly. I am lucky Adam was persuaded to roll for a riskier but better deployment position and failed. Rule #1 of wargames: you can't fail a diceroll if you don't have to make one. The Nomad Ariel strike that Ben took down was a copy of my one vs Adam the week before. The difference is I try and land while their backs are turned and I have a sniper to pop up if they rotate to face the drop-troop. That's what happened to Adam, the drop troop didn't even shoot until later on. The guy with the should slung missile launcher was amazingly lucky vs the amount of shots he took once my sniper had gunned down his friends. Later on, in a typicl Infinity moment, I managed to forward observe some guided missiles on to his Assassin only to have him dodge the first volley using cart-wheels. It's ok though, I got more than one volley.
Anyway, where was I? New Year, more of the different but same. I'm looking forward to it though. I'll get to play a new edition of Infinity so we can finally get into this game with the actual rules. I'll also get to use my own Fantasy rules, or if not it will be because there is something even better out there for me to use instead. Who knows, it might even be a new Warhammer edition. The rumour is it will be a big departure form the past... either way I'll also get to expand upon my Fantasy miniature collection too. As a final note: crazy as writing my own rules from scratch may be, there is a guy who is rewriting War of the Ring, one post of detail laden cost and rules analysis at a time. That's my kind of crazy.