No Need for Ninth?

Last week, Games Workshop released the Core Rules for the 9th Edition of Warhammer 40,000. While I was not expecting (nor did I want) the 9e rules to be as big a change from the 8e rules as 8th was from 7th, I nevertheless was disappointed in what I read. Heresy, I know, but there it is.


Why’s that? Because to me, most of what was presented was a rehash of the 8e rules, but with more detail–sometimes unnecessary detail–bolted on. I did appreciate the bulleted lists: indeed, if I found I just restricted my reading to the bullets, I had a better understanding of the rules.

To be fair, there are several interesting new rules, such as:

  • Big Guns Never Tire: Vehicles and Monsters can make ranged attacks against enemy units they’re in melee with;

  • Blast Weapons: If a Blast Weapon targets a unit of 6 to 10 models, it makes at least 3 attacks; if the unit has 11+ models, then the Blast Weapon makes the maximum number of attacks;
  • Overwatch: Certain rules enable units to fire Overwatch at an enemy unit before it can charge (so does that mean that not every unit can fire Overwatch now?).

Games Workshop has also said that there will be rules for board sizes based on how big a game you’re playing, and that cover is being overhauled.

But IMNSHO, all of these new rules could have been addressed in a Chapter Approved release. The 8th Edition cores rules were solid, and judging by what I’ve seen, the only need for a set of 9th Edition rules was to sell another big box. Which, of course, is on the way.

Maybe I’ll change my mind when I see the rest of the rules. How about you? Let me know what you think of the 9e Core Rules in the comments.

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