GW: You’ll Never Guess Who’s Back

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Games Workshop appears to have hired some outside talent that’s VERY familiar with the franchise.

Veteran Sci-Fi and Fantasy writer Matt Ward may be working for Games Workshop again:

via Matt Ward (Twitter @thetowerofstars)

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So, it’d seem I have a new client.

Matt Ward first joined Games Workshop back in 2002 working on a number of different projects for the company. He left back in 2014 and has been working on his own novels, novellas, and more. He’s been quite busy since he left – you can check out his personal site for more info – but from the pic and text above it appears he’s come back to Games Workshop.

 

~Welcome back Matt. Everyone – be nice.

  • el_tigre

    Gets popcorn, waits ………

    • CatachanCommissar

      HES THE WORRRRSSSSSTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT

      • Benandorf

        I mean, he is the leading cause of the death of WHFB, and his codexes flat out broke 40k for several years, so yeah, he kinda is the worst. At least as a writer and a designer.

        • Minty Freshbeats

          Does this mean Age of Emperor is gonna happen? :O

        • I don’t think he’s the leading cause of the death of WHFB. Heck, he quit during the End Times, finished his one contribution to it (book 3) and left. He didn’t seem too happy about it all…

        • David Leimbach

          He’s just doing what the bosses told him to do.
          At the end of 5th it went down something like this: “new edition is coming, make sure this codex breaks the 5th edition so nobody can ignore 6th and keep playing it without creating a bunch of extra rules to try to balance the whole game.”

          I don’t think the codex creep was ever really up to him. The fluff is all he’s really responsible for.

          Personally I think he’s awesome and had a huge hand in a game I love despite his notoriety on the interwebs.

          • Xodis

            So he is responsible for the Necron/Blood Angel bromance and The Quantum Leaping Grey Knight but you’re still a fan?

          • David Leimbach

            Actually yah, Necron/BA just paints them both as tactically pragmatics -no love affair needed…and GK gave us that Wwaaaaarrpp Duuusstt Draigo video. Made me want a GK army just so I could paint him all psychadelic.
            Newcrons are great… it gives you a much better setting to base your army than just another mindless eldritch horror if you want.
            His writing is over the top as 40k should be and always has been.

          • I mean the Necron/BA thing has been heavily expanded on with rising leviathan and was quite a good story, I definitely wouldn’t hold that against him. The sisters blood thing though…

        • CatachanCommissar

          His killing of WHFB is reprehensible. I’ll never forgive him.

          • David Leimbach

            You know that wasn’t him right?

          • CatachanCommissar

            His 7th ed demon book was just the start of the end. He’s the poster boy for bad GW ideas.

          • Void

            It was the daemon book he wrote, before that he broke lord of the rings with the mumakil, a unit that could instakill Sauron in one round of combat.

  • Niklas Persson
  • Emprah

    New Space Marine codex, here we go!

    WE FLOAT FOR MACRAGE!

  • WindSplash

    this isnt funny, not funny at all.

    Why dont they get some of the old “REAL” guard like Big Pete or Andy Chambers Alias the Overfiend.

    • Mira Bella

      Andy is currently working with Hawk Wargames so he is busy right now. 🙂

      • euansmith

        Any idea what Pete Haines is up to? I used to know him through battle re-enactment and had the pleasure of playing Golden Heroes with him.

        • Mira Bella

          Hi Euan. I unfortunately do not know what Pete is currently doing but I found this on Bolter and Chainsword.

          “It has been over 5 years since me and the studio parted ways. It came as a bit of a surprise to me when a colleague at my current company told me that I had come in for a kicking on-line. Frankly when I left GW I wanted as much seperation as possible so I did not make any effort to keep up to date. Now, with a lot more water under the bridge and an approaching bit of christmas induced nostalgia I decided to at least post something.

          As I have no personal agenda any more – I am not even a GW hobbyist these days – what follows is as near the truth as I can remember.

          The reason I left GW is that I was made redundant. At the time I was told that as the strategy was to recycle rather than create new material then senior developers were not needed. My feeling was that outrageous claims had been made commercially that the passing of the LOTR movies would not affect the growth of sales. When this was proved as ridiculous an assertion as everyone might have guessed the share price fell. GW’s customary response to falling share price was always to cut headcount. For every developer in the studio there are 1000 fans willing to do the job for less money so they can do this with impunity. I was actually quite ambivalent about it. On one level I knew what I was getting into when I joined GW – they were a hire and fire company with job security being the private preserve of those above a glass ceiling in the company. As joining the company was analagous to a mid life crisis (some people buy high powerered motorbikes and crash them, some people run off with unsuitable blondes, I ran off and joined the circus) then I didn’t really give it that much advanced thought.

          The main thing that studio outsiders need to understand is that the games developers in the studio are small fish with negligible say. They may get their faces in WD a lot but that is pure marketing. Worse, the fact that it happens makes doing the job harder because being in the public eye attracts the bitter jealousy of many managers. Thus the developer is in a position with no authority, taking lumps for projects that they are not responsible for scoping and subject to summary dismissal so a suit can show how big his balls are. It’s not great, mostly you can focus beyond it because you are working with your hobby and that is a bit like the key to the sweet shop but I always felt uneasy there.

          For myself, I was always torn between trying to make 40K a role playing wargame where lists encouraged outrageous conversions forming part of highly personalised armies and, on the other hand, a competitive game that had to be properly balanced. As the Index Astartes series had already begun doing rules for chaos chapters when I started then I pursued the role playing approach for the chaos codex. In retrospect I should have thought it through more but I was still primarily an enthusiast at that time so it was easy to get carried away and I had found the previous (Jervis) codex to be bland to the point of tedium. The problem was always going to be that an ideal codex had 15 to 25 product codes. By the time Index Astartes had run its course the chaos codex would have needed two to three times that many. I really tried to keep as many of the options as I could because that was what I beleived people wanted. The end result was unbalanced but then with so much variation possible it was kind of inevitable. Al I can say to the people who have piled into me for it is sorry, I was actually trying to be true to the enthusiasts, rather than the bean counters. Later I managed to achieve something similar with traits etc without the balance issues but thats life.

          Anyway I am now back working in IT and look back on my GW time fondly despite the constant worry and stress that came with it. I still have my armies but have returned to my original interest – playing historical ancients – and am thoroughly enjoying it.
          So – to the people who have said courteous things, cheers, to the rest, well, if your world view is such that you spew vitriol at people for what they do in the context of a game of toy soldiers then you really ought to get out more. There are many things in the world worthy of opposing far more than a bit of codex creep.”

          I can’t guarantee that it’s really him but it seems so. 🙂

          • euansmith

            Thanks for that. I’ll have to ask around and see what he is up to these days.

          • ZeeLobby

            Knowing some who left at the same time, it seems 100% accurate.

        • He’s secretly crafting the 7.5 chaos codex…

    • Frank Underwood

      Damn what I would give to see Chambers back at GDubbs

      • WindSplash

        I agree, GW should like take him back and offer him a way bigger salary and a place among the top dogs. He could be like the Steve jobs face of the company.

        If they did that then it would be a bright future and bright times.

        But with Matt Ward returning… this is a bad omen.

    • MightyOrang

      As those Guys have real jobs

    • blackbloodshaman

      Because everyone with talent as well as gav thorpe has ditched that cesspool of a company, and would be crazy to go back.

    • amaximus167

      I was so hoping it was Mr. Chambers…

  • Roberto Di Salvatore
  • Mike Salamandrin

    Brace yourself: ‘Ruiner of Codexes’ comments coming.

    • Mike Salamandrin

      …though I’ve never minded his fluff, personally

      • euansmith

        Not even using Sisters of Battle as armour wax? Really?

        • Severius_Tolluck

          on a force so pure they can never turn to chaos, but just to be sure…..

        • ChubToad

          Perhaps it felt good. You’ll never know until you try it….

      • Randy Randalman

        Um… Draigo?

        • euansmith

          “… and then I face punched the Universe, and I was rad to the max!” What I did in my holidays, by Kaldor Draigo, aged 8 and a half.

        • Mike Salamandrin

          What about Draigo? He is about as ludicrous as any independent character 40k; the crazier stuff is the invention of the internet 😀

          • PrimoFederalist

            Pray tell which other characters do you compare to carving his name onto the heart of the daemon prince Mortarion?

          • Mike Salamandrin

            Seriously? The commisar lord that ripped the power claw off an ork nob to replace his missing one, survived being run over by a battlewagon, and defended a planet from two separate invasions by the same ork. The scorned, super intelligent lover of Vect that won the Laughing God’s heart in a game of chance and used it to form her own cabal. The unkillable cyborg collector that keeps a primach in his private museum. The chapter master that fist fights Avatars of Kaine. The chapter master that everybody loves and refuses to die of severely advanced old age because he thinks he will need to save the emperor. The primarch that drowned a C’tan in lava with his bare hands. The inquisitor that’s paranoia led him to be an entire sector’s secret ruler. The Tau commander that killed a bloodthirster with a convenient statue’s sword, decided to mount it on his battlesuit, and refuses to acknowledge it sucks souls to prolong his life. You want to go into ork characters and ones without rules?

          • Crevab

            No need, if those are what you compare to Draigo

        • Ben Martin

          There was an explanation for Dragio actually. Not his OP ‘I’ve done x to x amount of Bloodthirsters’ kinda thing, but his warp-walking. Dragio was described as being easily able to traverse the warp on his own, and can be explained. The thing about the warp is that it is a mirror of reality, except in terms of emotion and psychic energy. So, in theory, if someone were to so utterly believe that the warp cannot hurt them that nothing could convince them otherwise, they could theoretically traverse the warp largely unharmed (not including daemonic attacks). All Kaldar did was test the theory. With (we assume) a miniature Geller Feild in his armour, the skill of a Grey Knight, and an unwavering belief that it cannot hurt him, he has the ability to walk through the warp.
          None of this stops Matt from being an average writer, and terrible rules writer, but it’s nice to know nonetheless.

      • Zingbaby

        Weird his fluff explanations were probably my least favorite thing, his rules didn’t even bother me that much.

        • Benandorf

          Clearly you never played 7th edition fantasy against Daemons. It was like playing an army with 2x the points, and that’s if you were playing the “second tier” broken armies like Dark/High Elves.

        • WindSplash

          I clearly remember his LOTW fluff exlpanations “They cut the enemies like wheat from the shaft, and turn them into bloody pulp, echoing across the field”

          Wow… what a great description of the unit dont you think?…

    • Zingbaby

      I’m surprised he’d even take the job after all the heat he took over the years haha.

      • WindSplash

        did the heat actually reach him? I get the impression that they live inside a bubble up there.

        • Zingbaby

          Oh yeah. I’d heard he got death threats on facebook, not sure if that part was true or not though.

          Frankly I think James Swallow did far worse things to the Blood Angels than Ward.

  • Father 4th Horseman Maxwell
  • Neil Carleton

    ..and it had all started to get so much better. 🙁

    • Orblivion

      How? 40k is no more balanced than it was when he was writing codices, it’s just that different factions are now the powerhouses. His fluff was terrible sure, but I thought he wrote decent rulesets that fit the armies they were intended for.

      • Xodis

        He probably meant things were looking up. GW listened to fans about AoS and now we have a book with new gameplay rules and points. 40K is supposed to get a new edition that is going to unbreak it, etc…
        There was hope at least, and M.W. will slay that hope with Quantum Leaping Grey Knights and other silliness.

  • Cylux

    You heard the man.

  • euansmith

    So its not Slim Shady?

    • Frank Underwood

      He wouldn’t stand stand up, so we’re stuck with Mathew 🙂
      Whatever. Good luck to him I say

  • denzark

    Mebbe he’ll nerf the Eldar.

  • Randy Randalman

    He’s only allowed to write rules for codices if he writes all of them. Stupid fanboy OP garbage is fine as long as everyone gets some of it.

  • I . . . I’ll be in a church, praying for 40K’s soul.

    • Knight_of_Infinite_Resignation

      kindly sacrifice a goat on my behalf while you’re there

      • Gregor Eisenhorn

        Where do I donate goats for the sacrifice? F it I’ll chip in an elephant…

  • Herkamer63

    People need to get over themselves. Honestly, I wouldn’t mind if he helped with Nids and Sisters. Who knows? Maybe even Chaos. He has done a pretty decent job on some of the codices. For the haters out there even if he was terrible, his ideas are more than likely way better than what you guys can come up with.

    I understand some of what he did come up with is a little overpowered, but some of things I’ve read up on alot people on here for how to “improve” an army and they have several cheese factories full of stinky old cheese. You know who you are, so you really need to watch what you say.

    • Karru

      I care very little for his rule writing skills, even though they easily break the codex, it is the fluff he writes. There is a reason why I use Ward fluff instead of fanfic when I describe his stuff. Fifty Shades of Grey is better than his lore, I mean have you read that BS!? That guy is the sole reason why so many hate Ultramarines.

      “It’s first strike missed the Chapter Master by a hair’s breadth. The second tore a great wound from Calgar’s armour. A third drove deep into his shoulder, cleaving the pauldron and driving the Chapter Master to one knee. But the fourth, intended as the coup de grâce to sever Calgar’s head from his shoulders, slammed into the armoured palm of Calgar’s left hand.”

      He. Stopped. The. Wailing. Doom. With. His. Hand.

      Then he proceeds to punch Avatar to the chest and kill it, with one shot. Now try to picture that for a second. Go look at the pictures of the Forge World Avatar. Then go look at Calgar. Now picture him holding that Wailing Doom and punching the Avatar on his chest. WHILE STANDING ON ONE KNEE!

      Don’t even get me started on Draigo fluff…

      • bobrunnicles

        WOW!!! That sounds AWESOME!!! He PUNCHED an AVATAR so hard he KILLED IT with ONE punch??? I can only hope that…oh wait, my mummy is calling me in for dinner. I’ll be back once I’ve drunk my milk and had a nap.
        GW’s target audience at work 😉 😉

      • Andrew Webb

        No. Ultrasmurfs were hated when I started in 2nd Edition. They have ALWAYS been hated. Even in 2ed Girlyman’s no show at Terra was looked at sideways even then. He was a closet traitor long before his Imperium Secundus. You can’t blame that on Ward.

        • Xodis

          Adding fuel to a fire still places blame on the individual.

      • Alchemy207

        Give the 5th ed Mephiston lore a read. He had an entire building collapse on top of him. But he didn’t die because… reasons. “Sheer force of will” tops “huge church collapsing on you”. He then got so angry he moved the entire building off of himself.

        Don’t make Mephiston angry. You wouldn’t like Mephiston when he’s angry.

        The worst type of fluff.

        • Darth Bumbles

          I can buy his survival, he was a realitively powerful telekine, so he deflected most of the damaging debris, but still got himself buried.

        • Simon Bates

          That’s actually second edition fluff. It was in the (proper) Angels of Death Codex in 1996.

        • Loki Nahat

          Mephiston is 2nd edition newbro

        • Andrew Thomas

          Normal people do that all the time, so this is hardly the travesty upon the English Language that you make it out to be.

      • Crevab

        It’s written poorly but the outcome of the fight isn’t offensive at all. Calgar vs. Avatar is an even match in-game (or was last time I checked) and the Avatar had pounded its way through the marines forces. It was probably on its last Wound when it engaged Calgar in the first place

      • Simon Bates

        I’m not a fan of this story, but presumably Calgar was wearing the Gauntlets of Ultramar at the time? So stopping the WD with his hand was actually stopping it with a massive gauntlet surrounded by a force field. Though MW doesn’t mention this in the text you quote either.

        • Karru

          He was indeed wearing the Gauntlet of Ultramar, but there are still two problems with that fight. First, he stopped it with his hand. One hand. While wounded. The second part is the punching trough the Avatars chest and killing it in one hit. Again, when standing straight, Calgar reaches about the knee height of the Avatar.

          I once read about someone planning to make a diorama based on that situation. It included Calgar on top of a ladder with his arm extended outward while there is a group of Space Marines “planting” the ladders Iwo Jima style so Calgar can actually reach the Avatars chest.

      • sethmo

        He has two primarch weapons…….that is no different than what Kharn does with gorechild.

    • Benandorf

      Quick, name one codex he took the lead on that didn’t break the game or the fluff. Spoilers: nope, can’t.

    • Dweezil

      Reminder Matt Ward ruined Space Nuns, and hates anything that isn’t a SPESS MAHREEN or his favorite Chaos Daemons. Ward is the reason why people hate Space Marines even though everyone knew the Imperium and Space Marines are f’ed up like the rest of the 40k world (No one hates the Imperium and Marines because they’re jerks; they hate the Space Marines because of Matt Ward).

  • to the point

    end of times then

  • Wasn’t that the guy who… you know… messed up stuffz?

    • Knight_of_Infinite_Resignation

      yep. I’ve heard Gates of Antares is fun…

  • zeno666

    LOL! Wow!
    This just just keeps getting better. Goodbye 40k as we knew it 🙂

  • Erik K
  • Mr_Pickles

    I wonder what an Ork Codex would look like if Matt Ward wrote the rules for it…

    • Frank Underwood

      The Orks would probably start worshipping their 3rd god
      Da Sbirichal Leej

  • Chaoschrist

    After ditching WHFB there apparently is no such thing as a ward save anymore…

    • Severius_Tolluck

      zing! good one

  • cudgel

    #maketerragreatagain

    • Karru

      #takebackultramar

      • petrow84

        #occupyEOT

  • Apothecary Meros

    *cries*
    *cries more*
    *stops for a second, re-reads article and cries again*
    *cuddles Blood Angels codex and hopes Matt Ward won’t curse them with the stupidity of deepstriking Land Raiders again*

    • ChubToad

      That was the coolest thing ever. If you didn’t enjoy it then you had no infancy.

    • petrow84

      Actually, that was the last time I’ve seen them anywhere near being competitive, since 3rd ed Rhino rush.

  • Matt Ward

    Welcome me back

    • Konrax

      Hey Matt, welcome back to what ever extent you are back. Forgive the internet for its usual drivel, especially BoLs. Anything you can share regarding the capacity in which you are helping GW?

    • nuggy

      no, thanks.

    • ChubToad

      Please take more selfies and publish them online. if only to start another outrage take selfies with several Codexes. Caption it with “my time has come!”

    • jonsgot

      Every story needs a villain. Glad to have you back.

  • Sonic tooth

    Personally destroyed bretonnians and wood elve in end times.. Made a complete mess of high elf/dark elf fluff. Made ultramarines the best marines just because he was a fanboy. Wolfy wolf wolves/Draigo/Sisters incident. And thats only what im aware of, you guys probably know more incidents…Truly the killer of fluff! And great harbringer of cheese!! Whether you like his work or not, the fact is he p***ed off ALOT of fans and its counter productive to bring him back into the fold

    • Karru

      He is literally the E. L. James of 40k.

      • Gregor Eisenhorn

        Aye.

        • Alchemy207

          Agreed.

      • Sonic tooth

        the Steven Erickson of 40k

    • Alchemy207

      Agreed! I said “good riddance” when he left; can’t believe they want to bring him back. He’s the Rob Liefeld of GW.

      • Dweezil

        That’s a slap in the face to Liefeld. At least Liefeld didn’t make you want to punch him…half of the time. Whenever you see Ward, you shake your head in disappointment, trying to hide your urge to slap him.

    • Father 4th Horseman Maxwell

      WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARDDDDDDD!

    • Crevab

      What did Ward ever do with the woofs? Thats Kelly’s drivel.

      • Sonic tooth

        Was it? Sorry, my bad

    • Dweezil

      He also ruined Chaos Beastmen in favor of lame Chaos Daemons. Go to Hell, Matt Ward.

  • LordKrungharr

    Maybe he’ll be working on age of Sigmar. Then I wont care.

    • Knight_of_Infinite_Resignation

      I applaud your optimism 🙂

      • pokemastercube .

        or he is the cleaner

        • Master Covellio

          He is back to write more space marine fluff

        • euansmith

          😀 😀 😀

    • Dweezil

      And just when Age of Sigmar was getting better, Matt Ward comes in to ruin it.

  • Master Covellio

    The end times indeed

  • Guillermo Cordido

    new Chaos Space marines is going to be written by the croisant fluff creator….

  • Kolobius

    And GW was doing sooooo good this year. Oh well. Guess I need to find a new game.

  • Kord

    He’s back to update the Grey knight codex and to reel in the CSM codex, it’s too op.

  • Stormbane

    Oh god, no.

  • Horus84cmd

    Shesh calm down take note of the key word there – “Client”. He not working “for” GW i.e. Studio and Design centric. He is working “with” GW i.e. as a writer ala Gav Thorpe or Dan Abnett. Calm down internet

    • Benandorf

      But based on his previous work, he’d be a worse choice than a random person from the street in literally any of those roles you mention…

      • If you don’t like his writing just don’t buy anything he writes

        • Dweezil

          Which is every codex and novel produced by him and GW.

          So…yea.

    • Mr.Gold

      but, but… what about all the internet angst that people might come up with…

      • Horus84cmd

        it can go worry about finding Pokemon in the bushes…

    • jonsgot

      Would be shocked if he had agreed to do any more codex fluff. Stories are his passion.

    • petrow84

      NO! NO SANE REASONING ALLOWED BEYOND THIS POINT!!!!!4444!!!FOUUUUR!!!

    • This, exactly this, there’s no reason to jump to conclusions

  • This Dave

    This is supposed to be a good thing why exactly?

  • VOX

    Lets hope he was only buying himself some ultra marines from the shop and took a selfie outside…

  • Red_Five_Standing_By

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    • euansmith

      Pull yourself together, Red Five. You’ve gotta cut across the axis and try and draw their fire!

      • CatachanCommissar

        PORKINS!!!

        • euansmith

          Too soon… too soon…

        • ChubToad

          Wasn’t that Red 3?

  • Gideon Ernesto

    I had not subscribed to all that “40k End Times” talk.
    … but now man….

  • Commissar Molotov

    “We can’t let just ANYBODY screw up the new Chaos Codex. No, this one needs to be special…

    …Get Matt Ward on the phone.”

    • Dweezil

      “We need to update the Grey Knight codex. Let’s get Matt Ward to work on that.”

  • ChubToad

    Haha, poor guy. Hated by a couple of sentences in codexes no one uses anymore. I think he took this picture on purpose just to start the internet outrage again.

    • euansmith

      He strikes me, maybe unfairly, as the Rob Liefeld of 40k.

      • ChubToad

        Rob L. was actually playing with othe people’s designs and stories. And he got kicked out from Image because of that. I don’t think Ward was into that kind of business…

        • euansmith

          I was thinking more a fanboy with more license than talent. 😉

          • ChubToad

            Ah got it! My bad..

    • Евгения Ремезова

      COUPLE SENTENCES?! God, he screwed dozen codexes! Really, get your knowledge of 40K together.
      Hell, even his rules are OPed and fanboyish torwards his favourite armies!

      • ChubToad

        LOL, calm down you’ll get yourself a nose bleed.

        I never took those fluff pieces seriosly and frankly I reckon neither did he. Besides we’re two editions away of those things and the only thing that stuck is BA/necrons BFFs. Which I find it cool. On the rules, they weren’t OP. BA never had an OP build during 5th. Lots of fun ways to play them though, which is something to be thankfuld for. GK was a great army, but not unbeatable. Necrons were extremely hard to kill because of the fliers which there were only two in the game back then.

        I think he also has some good things introduced to the game like Renimation Protocols, Sanguinary priests, Psychic GK, Fliers (specially the Death Croissant), Chapter Tactics (in its early stages) to name a few. All of whihc are still present in 7th,

        So appart for some of his terrible ideas for fluff, I think he’s a decent designer and fluff writer.

        • Benandorf

          You clearly never played fantasy in late 7th/early 8th. He absolutely destroyed that game with a codex that was so broken it can be blamed for the end of WHFB.

          Course, you say the Death Croissant is a good thing (when it was absolutely, stupidly game-breaking when it was released), so you’re either a troll or brand new to 40k.

          • ChubToad

            Oh nice, thanks for the troll thing. Really though, how many arguements have you won by calling people names?

          • PrimoFederalist

            “ChubToad” – did you ever play fantasy in late 7th/early 8th and do you honestly believe the “Death Croissant” was a good thing when it was first released?

          • ChubToad

            Frankly? It was for me since I played Necrons in 5th. Such good times. But I reckon it was not like that for everyone…

  • BloodAngel

    Mr. OP himself.

  • Anti-Gravity

    I am glad he is back! Calgar beating the Avatar was my favorite story in the entire Ultra codex. It was a great story because Calgar really is that strong. Necron stuff was great too. Welcome back Ward!! I will be buying all of his publications and codexes, I am very very very happy he is back. Today is such a good day!

    • Benandorf

      Not sure if sarcastic or 12…

  • Shiwan8

    1 of 2 things can happen. 1) He designs everything and the game gets balanced due to everything being cheese. 2) He designs 1-2 codices and the game will be even worse than it is.

  • VOX

    That selfie just cost GW a fortune!

  • David King

    GW is screwed Matt Ward couldn’t write fluff if he tried.

    • VOX

      Matt Ward’s mummy writes it for him and us!

      • David King

        It’s GW the end times!!!

  • Dennis Finan Jr

    Judging from these reactions how can be gw be that oblivious? Most of you guys are hardcore into warhammer. Is this guy really that bad? I’m new to models and codexs but read warhammer fantasy novels religiously

    • Sonic tooth

      i dont play the games but i do collect minis and read warhammer fantasy/40k stories and fluff….from my point of view he really did do some awful/horrible/offensive things to the fluff

  • Josh Watkins

    told ya the mass Sister suicide to kill off slaanesh was inbound!!! Matts going to soak every GK with their blood in order to prevent “corruption” ROFL.

  • Dan T

    Dun dun duhhhhhhhhhhh

    Ive not been in to 40k particularly long, but even I know this cant be good.

  • Old zogwort

    Just in time to update his favorite codexes to the “appropriate power lv” for the new edition. :

  • Old zogwort

    I never expected this to pop in my head as a actual thought, but can’t the community bully him away before he starts doing his thing ?

  • Vorsun

    I’m getting sort of excited to see what nonsense he writes next. His codices are like pinatas. Sure, they’re filled with all sorts of nasty objects like razorwire or rusty knives, but you’ll never know what you’re getting until you open one up.

    It’s like a Dark Eldar gashapon machine.

  • knightsanguis

    Meh, at this point I really don’t care. I can’t believe the words coming from my keyboard, but Matt Ward was way better than the codex writers we’ve been having recently. As long as GW keep him on a short leash (and by that I mean no more sacrificing incorruptible daughters of the Emperor to protect incorruptible Space Marines from corruption) I’m actually okay with him returning.

  • Crablezworth

    Anything is better than Jervis

  • TheWanderingJewels

    Fffffffffuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu…….

  • Mikko Kunnas

    Awww, make my Grey Knights great(TM) again <3

  • Thomson

    The SPESS MEHREENS finaly get their deserved Grav Cannon toting Jet pack propelled bikers in Terminator armor with Storm Shields – Yay!

    P.S.: And Eldar Guardians now get an upgrade to their Shuriken Catapults that make them D weapons for 3 pts each 😀

  • I’m so glad he’s back!

  • JP

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWaLxFIVX1s

    Didn’t take long for him to come slithering back, did it?

  • Zack Seiders

    Whelp the devil is back. Good bye what ever decent fluff is left.

  • Baldrick

    WTF! what idiot decided to hire this idiot back….

  • Baldrick

    If GW is looking to recruit good talent then go after Rick Priestley and Andy Chambers, not this idiot………..

  • RS TROUT

    HERESY!

  • Considering he said client and not employer, I imagine he’s just freelancing

  • zazutorque
  • Foo Handschin

    Dear Mr Ward please do the new Chaos codex. I am tired of getting ROFFLESTOMP.

    Love Slaanesh’s favorite son.

  • Delta001

    OH DEAR GOD NO

  • Dweezil

    Maybe I’ll give Games Workshop a chance by trying Age of Shi-

    *reads about Matt Ward coming back.*

    Nevermind. Now I remember why I hate GW, and stopped playing their games.