Friday, 20 July 2012

FW Chaos Rules: The Shape of Things to Come?

I was checking out the new 6th ed rules from Forgeworld--specifically, the Decimator.
The Engine in question. Photo taken from FW website.

The big guy is the first rules update since the FAQs, which of course don't give us insight into upcoming releases most of the time. What I find particularly interesting is this:

Dedications of Chaos
• Dedication of Khorne: The Decimator gains the Rampage special rule.
• Dedication of Nurgle: The Decimator gains the It Will Not Die special
• Dedication of Slaanesh: The Decimator counts as being equipped with
both assault and defensive grenades.
• Dedication of Tzeentch: The Decimator may re-roll all To Hit rolls of 1
with its shooting attacks, and its heavy flamers (if it has any) gain the
Soul Blaze special rule.

I can't be the only one who suspects these may be taken from the upcoming and highly anticipated Chaos Space Marines codex, am I? Granted, Slaanesh and Khorne are both Walker-oriented, but that makes sense to me--if I was designing the CSM 'dex, I would make separate blessings for walkers and non-walkers.

This speculation of course assumes some communication between the main design studio and the Forgeworld design team. I've heard conflicting rumors about exactly how much those guys actually talk, and how much they can share rules-wise.

And yeah, sorry about the BSG reference in the post title. I really just couldn't resist.

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Happy Independence Day

Two hundred and thirty six years ago, a group of traitors and rebels signed a piece of paper that stated, in no uncertain terms, that they were going to defy one of the world's greatest superpowers and seize control of their nation's destiny. These men risked their lives in an effort to make the world a better place. They weren't supermen. Many were deeply flawed as human beings, and they certainly made mistakes and compromises that would haunt the former colonies for generations to come. However, in signing that Declaration, they put the entire world on notice.

Over two centuries later, that country still stands. On this her birthday, it is important to remember those scared people who would stand up to an empire that towered over the globe, and showed the world that there was a better way.

The 4th of July is important for more than just America. It's easy to forget that the Declaration was distributed around the world, was intended for mass consumption. It would inspire others to defy tyranny the world over, and was truly one of the bright spots in the history of mankind.

Happy Independence Day, everybody.