6th Ed 40K Rumors

Rumor stew!

So, we heard a doozy of a rumor today that I wanted to share with the community.

A source of ours who knows people who knows people, etc. often shares tidbits of juicy rumors.  Today he and I were talking about 6th ed and whether or not the leaked rules were legit.

He told me that a friend of his who works for GW not only confirmed that this rule-set was legit, but that it was the culmination of a master plan, so to speak, that has been in the works for years.

Apparently, GW game design has wanted to get away from the edition cycle they’ve been in for the past 3 editions, and want to move towards a core rule set that they can rely on for a long period of time, updating with FAQ’s and Erratas as needed. They want to avoid sweeping changes that leave certain armies in the dust, and therefore with lagging sales.

This would allow them to focus on the model line to a greater degree, and to expand the game into different directions. They would be able to explore the game story both forwards and backwards, and a Warhammer 30K supplement was mentioned (which we’ve been hearing about multiple times). He also mentioned the possibility of progressing the story-line, which we have also been hearing from multiple sources.

The following are my thoughts on that information.

Forgeworld is already fleshing out the backstory with all of their preheresy and heresy era kits. It is not much of a stretch of the imagination to see FW doing a supplement for this period much as they did with the Badab War books, or at least making the models (Primarchs, anyone?).

This would allow GW to keep all books current, and to focus on the models, updating books as they need to.

Is this true? Who can say. Do I want it to be true? Yeah! It is criminal that GW has not made a game supplement for the most exciting part of the game background (Horus Heresy) and who wouldn’t want to use Primarchs and the Emperor and Horus in games? That would be awesome. Who wouldn’t want to see the story advance? That would be awesome, too!

And a lot of what we see in books that don’t make sense now, in the context of the new 6th ed rules we think are real, start to make sense. Maybe that is a case of fitting the system to the existing rules, or perhaps it was all part of a master plan. Who knows? Time will tell what we actually get, but all I can say is that I am very excited for what is to come.

What do you all think about this rumor? Would you like to see these things come true?


About Reecius

The fearless leader of the intrepid group of gamers gone retailers at Frontline Gaming!

8 Responses to “6th Ed 40K Rumors”

  1. Son Of Dorn January 13, 2012 11:06 pm #

    Whoa. Thanks for sharing. Nice to have some clarity amidst everyone’s pessimism about the good news we’ve finally gotten.

    Feel free to pass along any other tidbits from your source, as well 😉

    Also, this makes bat reps with the new rules even more worthwhile. PLEASE MAKE THEM! Let’s see how Tau, Eldar, and Daemons fare. 🙂

    • Reecius January 13, 2012 11:08 pm #

      Yeah, we were excited to hear it. Who knows if it is accurate, but it was definitely worth repeating!

      • Son Of Dorn January 13, 2012 11:48 pm #

        I can’t wait. I’m mad at them for not having these out now. I WANT TO GIVE THEM MY MONEY!

  2. joe January 14, 2012 12:59 am #

    even IF it is a HOAX- i love hoaxwriter’s 41K, its my new favorite game!
    primarchs? check out Age of the Emperor from tempusfugitives.com its an independent supplement for 40 k, and I and my gamer group love it. its got all the primarchs all the old units, custodes, they even have a sweet mechanicus codex in progress(i bet GW does too!)
    and its pretty effin fun to play! worth a look(but no stats for the emperor!)

    batreps please. let us see how nerfed nids fare in 6th E!

  3. J Mac January 14, 2012 6:52 am #

    I never thought it wasn’t legit. That PDF is way too long and thought out for someone to fake. Who would honestly put that much time into a faux rulebook?

    As for 40k: The Prequel, why not? I have nothing against it and if it had cool rules and models I could see myself getting into it.

  4. Merdrach January 15, 2012 11:00 am #


    ’nuff said =D

  5. PANZERBUNNY June 10, 2012 11:51 am #

    They have spent years stagnating, wasting their IP.

    They need to give the writers and art directors full reign to drive the story and lore onward without a bunch of lawyers calling the shots.

    More and more game systems come out and more and more players choose to NOT stick with GW.

    Kids attention spans are fairly terrible these days. Good luck hoping that the young ones you attempt to assimilate stay with the game as many veterans have. (for some reason.)

    • Reecius June 11, 2012 8:23 am #

      Yeah, we’re seeing a lot of the younger gamers choosing Warmachine over 40K lately. It is cheaper to get into, requires less painting and they seem to really like the cartoony aesthetic of it. 40K is still very popular, and perhaps this is just a fad, but Warmachine does seem to be at least as popular now.

Leave a Reply