RuneBrush Posted May 14, 2018 Share Posted May 14, 2018 Morning all! Finally back from a weekend of Warhammer Fest (wish I'd booked the day off now!). The first Games Day (as was) I attended was back in 2000, I've only missed going to two Games Day/Fest events and without question this has to have been the best yet, there was so much going on and nothing stayed static during the two days. Regardless of what system you play, there was something on offer for you. Now most of the "reveals" have been put up on the Warhammer Community site, however I'm going to go through what I found out/concluded based on talking to people and overhearing, using the first seminar to give it a bit of structure and focusing on the Age of Sigmar parts. I've also not read the forums over the weekend so apologies if you know this information. A huge disclaimer and statement before I start - GW staff are very good at keeping secrets and short of applying thumbscrews and pulling finger nails we only get snippets of what they want us to know. Occasionally something might slip, but this is rare. There is also much obfuscation! As such please don't take anything as gospel! The first seminar I attended was the New Releases Seminar. Now I'm going to be honest and say that there were only a couple of complaints I had from the whole weekend and both stem from this seminar. Firstly, we were told no photos because they'd be appearing on the Warhammer Community (WHC) site later (can't see what's wrong with a few grainy photos personally), secondly the Community article actually contained more information than we were told in the seminar? I know I wasn't on my own at feeling a bit cheated that despite investing time and money in supporting the event, people sat at home found out more information more quickly that those at the Ricoh. However (and seriously that's the only negative over the whole weekend), the biggest reveal for our comminuty was Age of Sigmar 2 - the Soul Wars. The rumour mill proved right and we are indeed receiving a new version of the core rules with a huge push on expanding the narrative and getting under the skin of living in the mortal realms. It would appear that we're getting a new book (similar to the 40k rule book is my guess) which contains more narrative and an abundance of maps and similar background - the stuff a lot of people have been crying out for. Amongst the revealed changes there is going to be an expanded Hero phase including all heroes being able to use their command abilities and a command points system. I wasn't able to glean any information beyond that. Magic is being given an overhaul (more on that shortly). There have been changes made to units in combat shooting because of the sheer number of comments about people not liking it. The core rules will be more than 4 pages long too but (along with warscrolls) will remain free to download. The new rules are going to drop in June and although not confirmed in so many words will have a new starter set - "why would we change the format" was the answer given to that question. Equally although not confirmed we're likely to see this appear at the Age of Sigmar Open Day (another reason to go - if you've not got your ticket yet, why not!) The new rules set has been underdevelopment for the past year, however work actually started on it shortly after the original rules were released. This explains why the new rulebook will contain maps and they've changed the shooting from combat rules - two items that were really hotly debated when the original rules were released. One piece of information that came from a different seminar was that for the past four Battletomes (starting Maggotkin), that the rules writers have now written a set of guidelines so that we should continue to see battletomes being more consistent. We're going to continue to see more wholly within in order to prevent conga lines as an example. Now one confusing piece of information was that in the first seminar it was confirmed/implied we'd be receiving a new Generals Handbook at the same time as the new rules, however at a different seminar it was said that the new handbook is some while away. Very much a case of "watch this space". The "strategic double turn" wasn't spoken about at all in the seminar but was mentioned on the WHC article. WHC are planning on doing reveals on the changes on the build up to the new rules, I'm guessing in the same style as we've seen for new battletomes. Magic is being a bit of a shake up and one guess I'm making is that we're going to get a list of generic spells to pick from in the core rules - I can see Arcane Bolt and Mystic Shield being wrapped up in this list. Signature spells aren't going and there's no intention to change the 2D6 cast method. In addition, you have the Malign Sorcery expansion which is an expansion to the core rules and contains a mixture of faction wide and faction specific spells. This include spells with persistent abilities (and models on the table). One thing this expansion is designed to do is to complement weak points in some factions. It is also worth noting that some factions (e.g. Khorne) will initially get the rough end of the stick - however the rules team are very aware of this and have plans to balance this out, but don't expect something in the immediate future. The rumour mill has once again proven accurate and we've both Nighthaunt and the Stormcast Sacrosanct Chamber coming along as new armies. They both have a release month of June which adds more weight to the thought they may be part of a new starter set. There is a fantastic tongue-in-cheek video where they poke fun at the fact that Sigmar's answer to everything is to open a new chamber and the Sacrosanct Chamber is what's appeared. This features Stormcast Wizards, Celestial Beasts and Lightning Artillery. A push has been made to make the model range represent the background a bit more accurately when it comes to gender, so we're going to see a higher number of female models in this new release than in past ones. The artwork for this is beautiful and the idea of more tribal Stormcast is a really interesting one - and one that I can see as a great inspiration for painting. Nighthaunt, we found out a bit less information but the model range is just as beautiful (in it's own ghostly way) including a Night of Shrouds on steed, what we think are Skaven Ghast and the Black Coach which is amazing (amongst others). There is rumour of a forth Mortarch with this release (which would make sense). There are also two new paints that work in a similar style to Nihilakh Oxide - and are in the bigger sized pots. It's worth noting that these were developed after the models were painted based on the colours the Army Painters and 'Eavy Metal painters used. We're finally getting an Age of Sigmar website! Although a bit overdue, the new site will contain lots of information and include quite a few how to play videos. This should make it a lot easier to get into the game for new players. Not wanting to be outdone, Black Library are bringing back Gotrek in an Audio Drama and he's being voiced by Brian Blessed because who else could voice such an epic character! Really looking forward to this as I've personally enjoyed David Guymer's Gotrek and Felix books. Warhammer Community is going to be receiving a lot more Age of Sigmar content too. We were told that we could look for 4 things a day for 8 weeks - so we're talking beyond the release of the next rule set. We're also getting the "STORMCAST" - a 3 weekly podcast. No idea what the content or length will be but quite looking forward to this. The Hammerhal Herald is going to mirror the Regimental Standard with a wry and humorous look at the Mortal Realms. Finally, on that front, we're getting Games Workshop's first ever webcomic. This is very much in the style of Ctrl-Alt-Delete and Looking For Group. I had a really good talk with the new Forge World Age of Sigmar team. Now the impression I've got is that they've spent quite a bit of time getting to grips with what they've got to work with, which reading between the lines is a mess. The massive Khorne Dragon is finally finished (and looks amazing) and from the sound of it should be out in the next month or so. Every single warscroll is going to be reviewed and tweaked and they're looking into some things such as making some monsters able to be used across different armies. For example, the Merwyrm (currently Destruction only) would really suit being run in a Idoneth Deepkin army - but be pretty ridiculous in a Stormcast army. They were really open to suggestions on what people want to see too and they envisage producing a massive range of things from decal sheets, upgrades, units, monsters right they way up to titanous creatures. I got the impression that they're struggling to work out where to start, I did however get the impression that their initial goal isn't going to be self contained armies. There's another scenery set to come out alongside the ruins that contains walls that aren't as ruined. You also have a set of objective markers for Age of Sigmar that look amazing! The chests were based on the ones that came with Heroquest The new rules will see a number of dice being released, including scenery dice, command dice and new wound dice. I would imagine that these are completely optional and I've yet to see somebody playing with 40k command dice if I'm honest. As far as I can remember that's pretty much it when it comes to AoS. We've more big releases to come following the new rules, but those are the big focus currently. Oh and I won a Golden Demon for my 40k vehicle. Feel free to ask questions, but please let's keep this on track 30 19 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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