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b8b2bb36b472a532fc05f826767ccc26 Classic MKVI space marine. Looks like Jes Goodwin drew it? I love the balance and confidence in his pose.

Hello friends,

It’s been a little over four years since there’s been a Warp Signal post.

A lot has happened in that time for me, in terms of the hobby, my own personal creativity, the online gaming community, and how I relate to all of those.

I started another blog. I wrote on and off for the House of Paincakes blog network, and was deeply involved in that community before it proceeded to implode in a fairly dramatic fashion. I stopped playing Games Workshop’s mainstream games, and even went for a year or so without painting a miniature. I had a go at historical gaming (SAGA), cyberpunk skirmish gaming (Infinity), and I began (and still am) DMing a Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition campaign. I left my budding academic career, stopped writing…

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Heresy will stay 7th? Uh, OK I guess

40k 8th Edition is getting closer and closer, and at long last I’ve seen something I’m not too happy about. Forgeworld has apparently confirmed that the Horus Heresy will be getting it’s own rulebook, based on 7th edition.

Now because I am a human being with empathy and the apparently increasingly rare ability to put myself in another’s shoes (take that, internet warriors!), I can imagine that the majority of people who this affects have good reason to be happy. If my local gang are anything to go by, Heresy players have money, and they buy all the books they can, and it would be pretty terrible for them to have to relegate all their old beautiful hardcovers to the status of irrelevant coffee table books. They also have this idea that the Heresy is well-balanced and that 7th works great in the Heresy context. I don’t feel qualified to comment on that, I haven’t played enough Heresy games. The ones I have played did seem pretty well-balanced though I suppose. But that doesn’t change the fact that 7th is a bloated monster of a game, with a new skin stretched over early 1980s bones.

See, I was excited for 8th edition, because having played a great variety of games over the years I feel that complexity in a wargame is almost always a bad thing. What I want, and what I’ve wanted from 40k for years, is a game that captures what I imagine to be the feeling of being a general on a battlefield. And this can only be achieved if you aren’t constantly being taken out of the action by over-written rules. Which I think happens all the time in 40k because it was an ancient behemoth that had slowly changed scale over thirty years and needed to be reset.

And yay, now they’ve reset it! With extensive playstesting and community consultation no less! And… everyone I game with prefers and is heavily invested in the Heresy, and that’s not being reset. So sucks to be me I guess. This is like when Wizards of the Coast pulled the rug out from under the D20SRD and Paizo released Pathfinder to keep the grognards happy. And yeah 4th edition D&D kinda sucked in my opinion, but 5th is better than Pathfinder for precisely the reasons I think 8th 40k will be better than Forgeworld’s (slightly modified 40k 7th) Heresy ruleset.

Eh, I’ll get over it.

Oh and hey, I’m also getting a bit impatient to hear something about the Skitarii/Adeptus Mechanicus in all this hype. I rather unluckily put an onager dunecrawler up on eBay just before the new edition was announced, and no-one is buying it even though it’s much cheaper than retail because presumably they’re waiting for the new edition. Normally I’m a patient guy, but I need money to pay the tee shirt printer so she can start printing some sweet shirts for my art store! So if you want a new-on-sprue spider tank for 65 Aussie dollars plus postage, here it is. Please buy it 😀