When I said to the other guys down at TTGUK that I was looking forward to shadow war I was met with some comments like, just play 2nd ed dust of your old Necromunda books. But this got me thinking, here GW are giving us more, let me start by taking you back then I’ll explain.
Like most gamer’s, I started out with 40K 2nd Ed, this was the first wargame I owned and love it to bits, it hooked me into the hobby for the rest of my life. The thought of a squad of space marines holding a barricade against the oncoming Ork’s, or a small marine encampment being invaded and small firefights breaking out all over the place kept me awake at night. From the starter set I expanded with more figures for both sides and because my brother hates me, he took on playing chaos just to spite me. So it’s a typical start that most people can relate to. But then 3rd ed came out, and I got a little wiser with the rules. From being a wide eyed noob, I now looked at the odds of dice rolls a lot more. Marines shooting will always hit on a 3 up, in combat two combat weapons gave you an extra dice and the edge. It got more about the numbers then the game for me. It came to a point that I found other games refreshing from the slog that 40k had become now, and it was around this point (4th Ed) that I stopped playing. While I miss the universe and still love the books and fluff, I felt I never wanted to play the game again because it had stopped being fun.
From what I’ve seen the current set of rules are so different in some sense, but still the same, Marines always hit on a 3 up. But nothing really from a set of rules makes me want to play the game again. Then came along Shadow war.
Now, I know its a rip of the Necromunda rules, but the thing that I didn’t like about Necromunda was you couldn’t play the main races. It is a great game, but I so wanted to run a mob of Orks, and Gorkamorka really rocked as it had vehicle rules and was just mad, but you couldn’t run guard or any other races apart from the greenskins.
So, what do you get with Shadow war that’s getting me excited! Well this set of rules, from what I’ve seen, is 2nd Ed and Necromunda all rolled up in one set of rules, so you can run the races that are current and you have that rules set that should take me back to the good old days. I just want to say now that this wont be a gateway game for me, I love the fact that I can play loads of different games, my view on playing 40K is that it zaps all your gaming funds, painting time (because the figures are over detailed in my view) and gaming time as the rules are so complex, so its a no go for me.
So now the disappointment, £80! That’s steep for the box set and looking online the chaos kill team is priced up at +£100. So the entry for this is big, forgetting whats in the box its still a big payout for getting up and running. The hope is that the rules will come out as an PDF (Just found out the GW will release this as a book only option) and eBay will be my friend for figures. But there is more disappointment, these rules are from 1993, so that means your paying out for rules that are 24 years old and are always going on eBay for a fair price. Also, looking at the new (to you Dave -Ed) factions, a lot of them don’t really blow me away, the Tau are about the only ones that really look good. The more I think about it the more I’m think that this might not be for me. It feels like its time to pass this rule set on for others to enjoy, hopefully as we did all those years ago. I’m glad its come out and whether GW should of come up with a new set of rules and not just reprinted an old set is for you to decide.
But I like the scuffy old books and the oldhammer scene is getting bigger and bigger each year, and hunting down old figures is fun. This set of rules is really good fun and takes you right into the action, but to pay for what we had before feels wrong to me, but I do hope others enjoy it.