GW: 13th Black Crusade Map – Opening Moves


Abaddon unleashes his 13th Black Crusade – here’s where things stand for the Imperium and Chaos forces:

Map via GW 9-11-2016



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  • Ryan Adams

    So no one is talking about how Kharn changes berserkers into “troop battlefield role from elite battlefield role” rather than “troop from elite” guess what other game has battlefield roles: Aos.

    • Sleeplessknight

      Changing “battlefield roles” is in the entry for Kabalite warriors in the Dark Eldar codex as well.

    • OolonColluphid

      Making Elite units into Troops is nothing new for 40k. It’s just something GW randomly decided to abandon it in 7th Edition.

      • Matt Mo

        I think OP was referring to AoS creeping into 40k by sharing the same verbiage: “battlefield roles” in this case, and how maybe 40k might become more like AoS

        • Thomas Gardiner

          It’s always been called “Battlefield role” though?

          • Muninwing

            not by GW…

            but the idea has been around for over a decade, so i don;t think it’s as significant as he’s trying to suggest.

            it’s like when SM 6th came out, and PP fans flipped out because of one-use abilities becoming a thing… even though my first army in 3rd had plenty of one-use abilities, back when PP was still working on the D&D campaign they turned into a game.

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    • jared Larkin

      Korvydae changes assault marines from fast attack to troops if you play raven guard and allow forgeworld.

    • Admiral Raptor

      Good catch. I hadn’t noticed the wording there. Come on Age of The Emperor!

    • CMAngelos

      I think it’s more to align with the use of formations rather than anything else, allowing any say formation using Berserker with Kharn giving Them troops bonuses etc.

    • disqus_CktyL7rKWJ

      How about you take a look at “Warhammer 40,000 – The Rules”, p.119?

      • Ryan Adams

        No you are exactly right, my bad.

  • Thomas Gardiner

    Be cool if this was turned into one of those Season of War-style campaigns. I know it’s unlikely, since Summer’s over, but it’d be fun anyway.

    • CMAngelos

      Winter is a season to yaknow.

      • abaddonsmummy

        Winter is Coming…..
        No wait wrong hobby sorry.

      • Thomas Gardiner

        Indeed, but these campaigns have always been arranged around Summer vacation because, y’know, people need to have time to actually play the games.

    • Nubu

      It would be much more predictable than the AoS one. AoS has no clear winner in game terms but was won by order by sheer numbers. This however is already won/lost by the numbers but also by codices.

      Kinda moot to make a buss about a war that already has a winner and there’s nothing anyone can do about it.

  • petrow84

    “We will have the 13th Black Crusade with lasting consequences to the whole storyline of the 40k! This time, really…”

    • Coltcabunny

      As if by magic, the planets of St. Joseman’s Hope and Macharia were returned to the Cadian system.

      “Don’t worry guys, no-one’s played this game long enough to remember the first one!” -GW.

    • Muninwing

      the first one was over before i was into playing enough to notice it.

      and i’m considered an old crabby veteran in some circles.

      maybe it’s time to let go of the failure that was the EoT campaign, and move on?

      there were tons of reasons why it failed. finally GW figured out how to deal with it. we can joke about it all we want, but it’s actually making progress. now if they only don’t screw this up too, we’ll be in better shape.

  • Nuno Castilho

    Did we not have the 13th Black Crusade with the “Eye of Terror” campaign?

    • euansmith

      Abaddon cannot count above 13, and no one wants to call him out on it.

      • abaddonsmummy

        To be fair he has few fingers to count on.

        • Muninwing

          he might’ve grown a few more in the warp…

          • Wayne Molina

            Yes but he has to find his arms first…

    • Muninwing

      EoT was 13th.

      EoT was also a mess.

      there were accusations of dishonest players, some issues with making sense of the results, and the dominance of their players who all went chaos and did so well that it made the setting unuseable by a ton of other players.

      so yeah. i’m surprised it took them this long to grapple with it. but they are finally trying to fix the problem, so let’s see if they can do something right.

  • euansmith

    So, after a series of nice fluff dumps, we end up with an advert for a couple of books?

    • abaddonsmummy

      No no no let me correct you.
      A couple of STUPIDLY EXPENSIVE books.
      There that’s that sorted.

  • Vomkrieg

    Ah Abdaddon, the Luigi Cadorna of the Warhammer 40k universe, finally goes one better than his historic counterpart by launching a 13th assault with the same name as the previous 12. Cadorna only managed to get to 12.

    • Azhrarn

      He launches a 13th assault with the same name, a second time. ;D The Eye of Terror Campaign (2003) was also about the 13th Black Crusade after all. 🙂

      • Vomkrieg

        Haha, so it was. Wow, 13 years on and GW is still telling the same damned stories over and over again.

        • zeno666

          and over and over and over again 😉

          • euansmith

            Time passes strangely in the Eye of Terror 😀

        • Muninwing

          they’re fixing it. the results of EoT were a mess.

  • Heinz Fiction

    13th Black Crusade? I feel so young again…

  • grim_dork

    Maybe it’s a typo, and what they meant to call it is not actually the 13th Black Crusade but the 13th Anniversary of the 13th Black Crusade.

  • Anti-Gravity

    The Failbaddon Campaigns are so old. Just retire the arc already it’s boring as hell. I’m 27, I’ve literally spent half my life reading about the same static tale in a FICTIONAL SETTING!!

  • TheWanderingJewels

    I think I have it. Failbaddon go caught in a temporal loop and think’s it’s the 13th Black Crusade for Every Crusade. Just as Planned

  • faker

    Hasn’t the 13th crusade been going on without any plot weight for the last millennia or so? Maybe it’s like Abaddon celebrating his “eighteenth” birthday again or something.