Hey everyone! Adam here, from TFG Radio, for another week of musings for the Musing God!
I’ve been at this a long time. I have played just about every army that Games Workshop has created. I have had various versions of certain armies through the ages with different degrees of success. I memorized so much, in terms of stats and rules, that I very often get them confused with the current edition that we are playing. I try to throw a virus grenade from second edition, while trying to roll a leadership test so I could shoot at a squad farther away*. Even with all this, the last thing I need to remember are the new names for some of the forces in 40K.
It’s such a pain sometimes. I remember an army’s name for like twenty years, and now Games Workshop wants us to change it to a new one. The Imperial guard will always be the Imperial Guard, to me. Even typing Astra Militarum, as well as saying it, seems more of a chore. It doesn’t really roll off the tongue for me. Could be my latin blood interfering with the pronounciation, who knows. All I know is that it bugs me when I have to say Astra Militarum because newer players may not know about the name, Imperial Guard. Although a cursory scan of the internet will show them, it doesn’t really convey the idea of the Imperial Guard. This is probably the renaming that bugs me the most.
I will mention the Eldar, briefly**. Just like in the actual game mechanics of 40K, the Eldar got the most names added. At last count I believe they had over 50 new names added to their lofty heritage. Asuryani, Aeldari, Ynnari, Anhrathe, Druhkari, Nimbarri, Colanni, Dasani, Leilani, Faetani, and Giovani*** are just some of the hundreds of names changes given to this one race of beings. This can be very confusing at times, especially when trying to figure out what faction a person’s army actually belongs to. There have been many times where corrections had to be made to an army list because the writer didn’t even know how to figure out his own army. If Games Workshop had just stuck to the easy to remember names, then we wouldn’t have this problem. Unfortuately we can’t.
Ok, I get it, there are very good reason why the names were changes. I won’t get into the legal battles that occurred previously that necessitated theses changes. I’m just old and set in my ways. I will always call them by the names I used from the distant past. You can call them whatever you want. You’re just wrong.
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*These were actual rules in previous editions
***5 of these are actual Eldar names