Wednesday, 29 May 2013

End of the Road for 40K?

Well a lot has happened since my last post. I've played a few more games of Wrath of Ashardalon which has proved to be great fun. In fact so much so, my wife has agreed to come to club next week to show it off to the folks there.

40K has not fared so well. I have sold off most of my recent Tau purchases with the proceeds gone to buying an Xbox (of all things). Tonight I was trying to help out a new member of our games club with an intro into 40K. I did a terrible job.
Firstly I forgot to bring my rulebook (never a great idea when teaching someone how to play). Secondly I hadn't actually played a game in about 6 months so had pretty much forgotten most of it. I managed to confuse the new guy on several occasions by only half remembering rules or remembering previous versions of them.
 We finished off the session with a quick game, which I lost spectacularly. On the traditional bus ride home I considered the evening and found that I had come to a conclusion: I don't really like playing 40K. Given the choice I think I'd rather play any other games system, including Warhammer Fantasy. Why? Its hard to say. Its not simply cos I keep loosing (or at least I hope its not). I still like the background and enjoy painting the miniatures but the game itself feels... disjointed. 6th edition is far better than its predecessors but it simply feels clunky, with way too much time spent remembering stats and trying to work out which rule covers your unique situation instead of playing the actual game.  There doesn't even feel like any great tactical bias as Warhammer Fantasy does.

In short I think I may have hit the end of the road as far as 40K and me are concerned. I've already decided never to buy any new Games Workshop products (bar the occasional paint) but now I may go so far as to never buying any more 40K at all.

Will I sell all my minis? Right now I don't think so. The main reason being is that I've done this before and sold off all my items and then spend more money building it up again at a later date. Plus I'm quite proud of the paint jobs I've done on some of my miniatures and there are still a few items to finish off.

Either way its a bit of a stark conclusion after 23 years of playing the game but its no great loss right now. I'm looking forward to playing more board games and hopefully playing some more Warmachine soon.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

A little D&D action

Have just come back from my local gaming group where various games were being played, including Super Dungeon Explore, Warhammer, 40k and Relic, which I hope to be playing next week. My own board game, D&D Wrath of Ashardalon, arrived the other day too and I will make a full review of it once I've gotten a few games under my belt.

I've also been thinking more about distancing myself from GW. At present I'm mulling the idea of selling some of my GW items, but which ones is proving quite hard. I suspect it will end up being the Tau, simply because its them I have the fewest of and will likely sell quickly due to their current popularity. I'm still mulling tho and I'm in no hurry.

Monday, 13 May 2013


Well I've started regularly attending my local club again. I didn't stop due to a fall out or anything, but more I currently live a fair distance from town and buses at that time of night either means I try to squeeze a game into 2 hours dead or hang around til 11:30pm for the last bus home. I was waiting until we move closer to attend regularly but I've been informed that if regulars don't start returning the club may close, which would be a disaster as its the only club in Inverness. 

Anyway I popped along last week with no game planned or prepared. I was initially going to just hang out, chat and observe, but I'd barely walked in the door before a friend invited me to play Level 7 (Privateer Press). 

Long story short I quite liked it. More importantly it brought back how much I like playing other Tabletop games, as well as wargames. 

I did spend a while wandering round the other tables, but interestingly I found the idea of playing 40k a bit dull after playing Level 7. Why? What was so different?  

To answer this I had to do a lot of thinking over the last few days. I think the conclusion I came to is that the board game was light, fun with multiple people and had a co-op flavour to it. Compared to this I find 40k games a numbers-fest; having to remember stats of not only your troops but your opponents too. 

While all I said before about GW is all still true; I do like the background fluff and models and to some extent the rules, but GW are rapidly galloping down Being a Dick drive and I think I've had enough of it. 

I'll still play with what I have but I don't plan on spending any more money on GW and will likely cancel my White Dwarf sub (no great loss there really). 

On the back of this I sold a couple if ForgeWorld battlesuits I bought a couple of months ago and this has paid for a new board game. Details soon :)