Phat J here to talk about the latest GW release, Planetary Onslaught, a compendium of several previous campaign books that have been updated for the current game and includes some new goodies that will make any story driven gamer very happy.
So what exactly is Planetary Onslaught?
Essentially what Games Workshop has done is combined the books Planetstrike, Stronghold Assault, and City Fight into a single book for ease of use. The book is divided up into three sections with each section dedicated to each of the above mentioned books. In each section you are given different ways to play the game with custom missions, warlord traits and campaigns. Bringing it all together is a new campaign mode called Planetary Onslaught which lets you put all three campaign modes together into a mega campaign. Pretty cool and gives you some new stuff if you already own the three books that are in this compendium.
What a lot of players might be interested in is the consolidation of datasheets for fortifications that have spanned all three of the books mentioned above but also for fortifications that have come out since such as the Tau Tidewall and the Munitorum Armoured Container. For the most part the rules are all the same and they did put some clarifications in especially on the Void Shield where they finally cleared up that a unit had to be entirely within the 12″ bubble to receive cover from the shield. Strangely enough the new Haemotrope Reactors which just came out. I assume that the kit came out after the book had gone to print.
Is This Worth Your Money?
If you an your friends are interested in running a long narrative campaign I would definitely suggest picking this book up. It gives you all the tools to run the Planetstrike, Stronghold Assault, and City Fight campaigns together in a new Planetary Onslaught mode. For the gamer that wants to have all of the terrain and fortification rules in one book this is also a good choice as you can quickly look up anything including the new releases. If you have no interest in any of those things above this might be a purchase you can skip.
Did you purchase the book? What did you think?