GW Grognard: We Need More Rules

Hey everybody! Adam, from TFG Radio, here to tell you why we need 40K to have more complex rules.

I love playing 40K. As much as I play in tournaments there is still a cinematic feel to it that can happen in any game I play. I also enjoy running and judging events which is why I attend so many throughout the year. We are currently seeing Games Workshop churn out more books and codexes as they seem to be trying to catch up in their releases. Even now, the amount of rules and specific army lists seems to be too much for most players. Well I say that we need more rules and more armies as soon as possible. Now don’t be too upset as I think there are plenty of good reason to add even more payers of complexity to an already complex game.

Reading is Fundamental

I assume most people like to read. Adding more rules through codexes and campaign books allows us to get more into reading about the game. Sure we have Black Library churning out a tom of books every year but there are only a couple of books left in the Siege of Terra series, and then what? More rulebooks and campaign books guarantees that everyone will have something to read. So what if nothing in the book concerns your army, or armies, because you need to know what the new hotness is. It’s all for the kids. (Kids being just about anyone younger than me)

Lifting Armies Up

Lets face it, there are plenty of armies that need a boost whether they got their new codex or not. There are so many simple ways to boost an army that it is difficult to make each army seem unique. By creating more complex rules for armies we can easily make the army feel unique and true to the background while at the same time making them on par with the current crop of 9th edition armies. Watching the dials spinning in people’s heads as they try to figure your army out can also be a bit of fun. I’m sure once all of the books are out everything will function like a well oiled machine.

Watching My Head Explode

Even now, there are a lot of moving parts for almost every army out there. Even the ones that still use an 8th edition codex can be somewhat complex because of all the hoops that need to be jumped through in order to be competitive with current books. There are also current 9th edition books that, although updated and complex, still do not do as well as expected and need even more complex rules to give them a boost. All this adds to the low memory computer that is my brain. So if you want to constantly see smoke coming from my ears after listening to how an army works, then please make more and more complex rules for me to read and try to understand. I can easily get rid of all the useless info currently in my brain like my daughter’s birthday, work policies, and how to breathe. I look forward to short circuiting very soon.

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About Adam

Adam, aka Latin Gandalf, has been gaming since the early eighties and has played 40K since Rogue Trader (among a number of other games). He listens to more podcasts than any healthy person should and is currently the host for TFG Radio. He also is judges for LVO and head judges other major 40K Grand Tournaments.

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