Hot of the Presses: Beasts of War Reveals New Information About 6th ed leak

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The following comes compliments of Beasts of Warm and brought to our attention by reader Ben. Thanks, Ben!

The 40K Heretics Rulebook is Real… Only it’s Not!

Yes… you heard that correctly. After a lot of digging and snooping around the inside of the great citadel (or should that be Citadel) that is Games Workshop, we have some very interesting news about the so-called Heretics 40K Rulebook… or the 6th Edition Leak for those with little flair for the dramatic!

It turns out that this is in fact an actual early version of the 6th Edition rules… but not quite. Apparently the Design department were let loose on the 40K system… they were allowed to try anything they fancied… we’re told that nothing was off the table. This “no-holds-barred” version was then edited down with the truly unworkable ideas removed and those that could prove to be exciting or contentious left in to be play-tested… so was born the Heretics 40K Rulebook!

This version was sent to trusted play-testers. Who like all trusted minions… were turned by the promise of power… or in this case internet notoriety and likely splurted the document all over the web!

I actually found this explanation to be not just more plausible (than the lone gunman theory) but a real breath of fresh air from the ‘Ivory Citadel’, and to me at least it shows a high level of innovation within the design team, and also shows that there is no shortage of ideas knocking around in there.

Word has it the design team had a real blast with this iteration of the rules (loved it apparently) but spotted alot of potential for asshats to ruin it for everyone else with unbalanced lists etc.

And there you have the crux of the issue the design team face, they could probably create a massively fun game at the drop of the hat, and simple folk like me wold love them dearly for it, but alas there is a whole other side (some say dark, Darrel says only!) to our hobby and that is the competitive win at all costs play.

So, fun as they may be, they’re not the final (or indeed likely to be anything like the complete) rule set for 6th edition… but what were we told about the actual 6th Edition Rules?

Well some really interesting stuff. For a start here’s what will not be included from the Heretics Rulebook:

Evasion Values are Out – well this was a given… I’m sure every Dark Eldar player was praying for the day that their skimmers and flyers didn’t fall over in a stiff breeze, but that’s not all. Our Man in Havana has told us that Dark Eldar players will be very pleased with the 6th Edition updates.

Could that mean an overhaul of the skimmer rules… could it mean more deadly flyers?

Of course it could mean one, both or neither. However, more robust transports would make the Dark Eldar much more deadly… so keep your eyes peeled for more revelations.

The Turn Sequence will remain the same – The biggest shake-up and the one that would mean a rewrite of Assault weapons and the death of certain “shooty armies” ( Tao ), was the turn structure that put charging/melee before shooting. I would say it was unrealistic, but in a world of extra-terrestrial and supernatural horrors, where mankind has moved to the stars… that’s probably a bit redundant.

Anyway… the turn structure will remain the same as it is now.

No Unit by Unit Activation – Yup that was pretty disappointing for me, (but who knows everything we have been told could well be misinformation too!) I was sooo looking forward to faster more intricate games with that option.

Gargantuan Creatures will remain with Forge World & Apocalypse Games – That’s right… probably no supersized tanks and critters for the main rulebook… but does that mean we won’t get any Aracknarok-sized monsters?

Well it hasn’t been ruled out, and as Land Raiders are already that size, it’s doesn’t take a genius to think we’ll be getting more big kits.

In fact that was one of the discussions… we all like to gripe about GW prices.

However, it was explained that GW are investing all the time in new kits, new moulds, more people (sculpting team is largest its ever been apparently) and a bigger and better gaming experience… you can take that at face value if you wish… but if it means more plastic kits (and fewer Finecast), and more big bad creatures and machines is it worth it?

So who will be writing this new 6th Edition Rulebook I hear you cry?

Well as you can imagine the creation of a new rule set of this scale is a team effort… but some poor soul has to captain this vessel… so who is it?

Well… that really is top secret and even we couldn’t get the name (and you can’t use thumbscrews these days!)… but we did find out who it isn’t.

So here are a few names who might be involved, but won’t be the lead writer… Matt Ward, Robin Cruddace and Phil Kelly… but if not one of them… then who?

Will you need an update to your existing Codex when 6th Edition launches?

We’re told that the new rule book was written to take into account the latest releases and so there’s no need to post a massive errata.

However, we know that there are many codices that need a revamp. So I’m very sceptical that there will be “no need for an FAQ”.

Although I’m always prepared to be proven wrong.

So, there you go… that was an interesting conversation… and it doesn’t stop there.

We got some more great bits of info that we’ll be able to share with you… but not quite yet… you’ll need to be patient.

However, until then… feel free to speculate all you want… or post a question. Perhaps we can call a few guys and see if we can get you the inside track.

Big caveats on this guys, in that while we’re confident that the contents of the article are accurate you are relying on our sources, and… well… there could be many ways in which it may not be accurate (not necessarily deliberate by a source either!) so take it that its just part of the business these days that while we do our best, there are no guarantees!

All of that aside, is the Heretics 40K Rulebook good enough, different enough to warrant a following of its own? (I’m so tempted its unreal!)

BoW Warren

So what to make of this? It sounds plausible, but is it the truth? Only time will tell and I will say without hesitation that I HOPE this is not the case and that in fact, 6th ed is something like what we saw as these rules, IMO, are a lot more fun. 



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15 Responses to “Hot of the Presses: Beasts of War Reveals New Information About 6th ed leak”

  1. Big Jim January 26, 2012 2:20 pm #

    Good lord, I hope someone is just blowing hot air up Warrens posterior, cause I really like the changes in the “leaked” rules PDF. They make for a much more dynamic game.

  2. Kasil January 26, 2012 3:47 pm #

    I am ok with either Heretic Edition or the version noted above. I do really like evasion though and hope they keep some of the mechanics, maybe +1 to hit stationary and -1 to hit if moved 12+. and most of all +1 to hit when up close, I think it was inside 12″, but 6″ or 8″ would work also. I think that is easier than evasion and gets most of the way there.

  3. Spireland January 26, 2012 4:15 pm #

    Ugh, worst news ever. That means those that said it wasn’t the real rules were right. It also means those that said it was the real rules were right. We can’t have an internet argument that ends up with no one being wrong.

    • Reecius January 26, 2012 6:09 pm #

      Hahaha, yeah, usually they end up where everyone is wrong.

  4. Grie Velorn January 26, 2012 4:56 pm #

    Great, it’s just gonna be a version 5.5. Ugh.

    • Reecius January 26, 2012 6:13 pm #

      I hope not. Don’t give up hope yet, we still don’t have the book.

  5. the Goat January 26, 2012 5:35 pm #

    What is the big reveal? Everybody thought it was a copy of the 6th edition play test rules and your article says it is actually. . . wait for it. . . it is actually, a copy of the 6th edition play test rules.

    So, I’m missing the bit that makes this a scoop.

    • Reecius January 26, 2012 6:14 pm #

      The big scoop is that they imply this will not be very close to what we get.

  6. J Mac January 26, 2012 5:36 pm #

    “…disappointing for me, [b][u](but who knows everything we have been told could well be misinformation too!)[/b][/u] I was sooo looking forward …”

    Let’s hope so, I am not liking the sound of this. If they take out they move/assault then shoot, that could change the actions taken in these phases which really clarified a lot for us players.

    Evasion was awesome! The only thing that could be fixed was flyers were always at evasion 6, therefore almost always being hit on a 6.

    As always, take EVERYTHING with a grain of salt. Even when this leak edition came out, I assumed that all things were subject to change. Even with this “insider information” it seems that things are changing.

    And finally, this “insider information” is much much much harder for me to believe than that 90 page leaked rulebook. It would be very easy to read the leaked rulebook, take what you like and keep it, and discard what you don’t then write some review and call it “Straight from the horses mouth”. This could be a publicity stunt for BoW, but then again, who knows.

    **Disclaimer** What I say has no real reference to base my conclusions on, therefore I would appreciate no real argument/rant made against mine. These are strictly my own conclusions drawn from my immediate reactions to this information. Thanks.

    • Reecius January 26, 2012 6:14 pm #

      We don’t know anything with certainty yet. Let’s wait and see what we get. This may very well be true, but only time will tell.

  7. FlangeNabber January 26, 2012 9:19 pm #

    That sounds like a pretty plausable explanation, I’ll be very sad if this is true though.

    I really hope GW doesn’t take all the creative new concpts out of 6th but if the ones listed in the article are all gone then it sounds like the changes remaining could have been made with a simple FAQ to the current rules!

    I guess the game is still fun as is but the “leaked” rules looked like they could be the ground work towards a truely fantastic rule set.

    PS. I worried there was no mention of the bidding system being removed. I think that was the single worst part of the whole leaked rule set.

    • Reecius January 27, 2012 2:30 pm #

      I agree that it would be a shame if the leaked rules are not what we get, or something close to them. I really enjoyed them and really wanted to see a big change in the game as it has gotten a bit stale. 4th to 5th was a small change, not really anything crazy. I’d love to see something big, and that rule set was it, IMO.

      Time will tell.

  8. Hardcore January 26, 2012 11:27 pm #

    Tau (not to be confused with Tao) actually got a pretty good end of the stick with the rules. they just need to learn to adjust their tactics and play style to the new edition, as will anyone.

    • Reecius January 27, 2012 2:29 pm #

      I agree. I think they got quite a bit better, actually.

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