1. Nin

    I play 8th edition 40k and your assessment is accurate except linking the power gaming to the newest codex. 8th has a detachment system and in a tournament army you can take units from 3 different codexes so long as they all share the same general faction keyword (imperium, chaos, tyranid, eldar, etc.,).

    Power creep just hasn’t been there. The latest codexes are good, but totally in line with all the early ones except the week grey knights. The real powergaming is when you build a multi detachment army designed to include particular abilities and stratagems across 3 different codexes. Often the stratagems from one codex will totally effect the units from another!

    GW wants to sell to as many people as possible so they created their “three ways to play” which are open, narrative and matched play. If you tell people you aren’t interested in matched play, that will spare you from 90%+ of the possible poor opponents as that is the tournament mode.

    • Mac

      Thanks for your comments, I sort of want to agree with you about 8th edition, but I have already seen a few nasty forces out there, like Eldar with their extra minus ones to hit, I have seen an army get almost no hits during a game against them!! also there are some nasty Orks out there and they don’t even have a codex yet.. but to fair to you I know less about 8th than most people so you are probably right in your assessment of the new edition.


      • Nin

        You’re right about certain craftworld/chapter/legion/whatever abilities being better than others. And then when you combine that with only taking the best things in the codex you can get a stronger army.

        I guess my point was that the real powerful armies are a level even beyond that. Instead of taking the best abilities and units from one codex or subfaction, take it from two or three. Like combined Nurgle Tzeentch chaos armies.

        I’ve been sticking to smaller games with people who are also not into building strong armies and it’s been great. If I didn’t have those opponents, I would sell my stuff tomorrow. As soon as someone takes the time to build as strong as army as possible, even if they aren’t good at it, it’s like you’re playing two different games.

        • Mac

          I have to agree, all my games are against friends that don’t build the silly powerful armies, but that is not just 40k, that covers all the games I play.

          Again thanks for your comments, and keep playing those smaller friendlier games.


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