Wednesday, May 15, 2013

All quiet on the 40K front?

Seems like there is a LOT less traffic out there, or perhaps I am simply not getting it...  With the demise of Faeit's site, almost no real news or rumors on a regular basis...  And with GW changing the way they are doing business by shutting down all of their competition for online sales, a lot of other people are shifting a lot of their coverage from GW stuff to anything BUT GW games.  Not necessarily a bad thing I guess, to be honest I am thinking VERY seriously about picking up a small Rebel fleet for X-Wing, and the increased coverage is nice for that.  Seeing blogs and stores shut down would it seems make one cautious about posting anything or perhaps simply make one want to avoid GW altogether...  Not really sure which, assuming it is a mix for everyone out there.

Locally, it is looking like a few other games will be starting up or restarting in a few cases...

Warmachine/Hordes: I have 2 big armies still from V1 of the game, so start-up would be minimal, but I'm not convinced that the problems that killed the game for me are really fixed.  OTOH, if a decent sized local group were to get going, I would love to get back into any other game...

Malifaux:  Seems like a really neat game...  The only real problem I have with it is that it seems to be a really "dark" game with all of the sides simply being various flavors of "evil".  I won't play an evil army, or Undead (in general, Eldar Wraiths would I suppose be "Undead", but different I guess being that they volunteer to come back to fight...), so there are really not any choices there that interest me in the least...  Too bad, but I am guessing I am very much a minority as far as that goes for a reason NOT to play...  Oh, and a V2 coming out, so who knows...

Infinity:  Looks neat, I had a big PanO army that I traded for and then traded away...  Still have some of the Adrianna stuff, mostly the Werewolf stuff of course, but would like to snag some more of the Caledonia stuff  as I like the idea of kilted lads wandering about supported by Werewolves and shooting people...  So, maybe.  Almost zero startup cost for the rules, etc...  Just a few more models...  Oh, and a large group of folks to play against...  THAT is what is missing locally...

Flames of War:  Same thing...  I have the new rulebooks, a decent US Airborne force and some tanks to support them, just not seeing a local group actually playing the game...  Might not help that only one of the 2 local stores has not (yet) banished me, but I do not think that really severely limits my options...  So, the lack of local players combined with the last time I really played being V1 (is V3 now) when I used US Artillery to terrifying effect...  Mind, the rules were pretty "familiar" to anyone who actually DID call for fire stuff while they played Army, so I was VERY familiar with the correct application of Artillery and was able to quickly and efficiently dismantle some well built German and Italian forces without any real risk to my own lads...  Guess I left feeling that certain things, US Artillery being one were simply overpowered...  Perhaps realistic, but too powerful in the hands of someone who understood how to actually use them.

X-Wing:  This one looks interesting, and if Dave is able to get them in and on the shelf when I am actually in the store, I'll likely be picking some up...  Was always a big fan of the Y-Wing and B-Wing fighters, so whether or not they are good I'll definitely be playing them...  Guessing a few X-wings are going to be needed too...  I just have zero interest in the Imperial things, so if there is a trade or sale potential I guess I'll go that route...  So right now the only thing keeping me out of that is the need to buy the starter set and feeling like I am stuck with models I will not use just to get the rule book, etc...

And back to 40K:  Eldar are rumored next month...  I have some store credit built up and have reserved a copy, should the Codex actually be released...  Still mind boggling that a major company would hide it's releases until a week before release.  Even from retailers, who it does seem to treat as enemies in a LOT of respects...  And probably why there is a LOT less buzz and talk about the potential re-release of one of the oldest 40K races.  A real shame, but I guess already having a "somewhat large" collection of Eldar minis, they really aren't loosing too many new sales from me should I choose to buy less...  Oh, and I will be buying less.

Got burned I feel on the Dark Angel codex and army.  Really left a somewhat bitter taste for me, so that pretty well cemented my decision to just buy less GW going forward.  Having such a craptastic $50 book with let's call it "lower standards" of editing hit after virtually no information, etc.?  Eh, I didn't buy the Tau when it came out, won't be playing that army.  Will probably see what the Eldar book does before buying more models if any.  As of right now, the game is holding less and less interest for me with the few massively overpowered units/Armies dominating the more competitive scene.  While the local group is NOT super competitive, playing an army like say, the SW with their completely outdated codex means I am severely limited and will get frustrated a lot quicker.  Right now, my Eldar are mostly a "spoiler" army as they completely shut down enemy Psykers but really are not that difficult to beat.  Depends on what changes in the new book I guess...  Lots of potential there, just hoping it doesn't become something like the 3rd edition Codex where the Eldar get punished for the next few editions for having something stupidly overpowered...  Guess it's a wait and see, but one thing for sure, no more "Finecast" anything for me I think.  Who knows, might even get me excited about playing 40K again, but I'm not holding my breath...

So, X-Wing I guess :-)  Worst case I have a few more nice little models for my desk at work...