40K: Future FAQ Plans For The GrimDark

Games Workshop is going to roll out the FAQs twice a year moving forward – A new cycle begins!

Warhammer 40,000 8th edition has been getting a lot of rules support this year. We got a brand new edition of the game, all the indexes, and 10 codexes in the span of 6 months! It’s been quite a ride. Moving forward Games Workshop wants to help meter folk’s expectations. With that in mind the have made an handy chart to explain how it’s going to work moving forward:

via Warhammer Community

Big, Twice-a-year FAQs

Major game-wide questions will be answered on a biannual basis each March and September when a wider set of FAQ updates will be released. These will be focused on anything that might emerge as more codexes, and thus more unusual interactions, make their way into the game and will address issues across multiple factions and publications. We’ll also use these to address balance issues in the game, so these might include a few changes to rules for overly powerful, or underrepresented units.

Mark your calendars folks – March and September will be FAQ months. Knowing this ahead of time is a big deal! For folks heading to Tournaments, they will know ahead of time if they are going to have these FAQs before or after attending. It also helps the game become a bit more stable as players everywhere will know when they can expect FAQ shake-ups to the game.

Now, this doesn’t mean Codexes won’t be errata after release. In fact, you can expect that they will get an errata within 2 weeks of sale. Ideally, these will just be quick fixes to any minor things like errors in printing. But GW has been pretty quick about correcting the wording to prevent things like the Ogryn Hyperloop which was fixed within 2 weeks.

They also confirmed that, once again, Chapter Approved will be the way of making sweeping changes to points. After seeing the changes in the first Chapter Approved, players everywhere are going to have a better idea of what to expect from that as well. The extra rules for non-codex armies was welcomed, but their “light on rules changes, but deeper on points values” approach wasn’t what everyone was expecting.

Games Workshop is making some big strides here and with the new home for FAQs, they are making it easier and easier to get the rules in the hands of the players. These are all good things!

One last note about the FAQs, the Chapter Approved did have two ninja nerfs to the Sisters of Battle:

Sorry SoB players – no Blade of Admonition on your Geminae Superia, and No, you can’t use the Martyrdom Stratagem when any model from the Celestine unit is slain – the entire unit must be destroyed.

 

Are you glad GW put a timeframe on their FAQs or did you prefer the surprise FAQ updates?

  • fenrisful2

    I like the timeframes of the FAQ’s, that way you can plan events to either before or after a new FAQ.
    Problem is, they won’t fix stuff until it is FAQ time though.

    • I’m sure they’ll do emergency updates regardless, but having a fixed schedule will help a lot. People have been up in arms about them coming too fast and too often for a while now, and this is a good enough compromise to shut them up.

    • Jacob Hewitt

      Im sure if something is totally broken like the Ogryn thing it will be fixed quickly outside this schedule.

    • Munn

      Errata tho mate.

  • AEZ

    No more excuses Zeelobby… just in time for christmas :D. Let the cash flow GW’s way 😀

    • ZeeLobby

      Haha. You got me! Sadly Christmas shopping has already cleaned me out, but I’ll definitely consider using any gifted money to buy myself something plastic and shiny!

      • Muninwing

        this is why i’m going to finally try to sell my WHF ogres on ebay after xmas… figure someone might actually buy them if they’re flush with cash and want a project. or, it’s more likely than any other time. and they’re not doing me any good.

  • Rainthezangoose

    Here is hoping Necromunda get an FAQ very very very soon.

    • LankTank

      What were you wanting clarified?
      God I’m loving it though. Just wish you got 3 actions so that skills such as headbutt or rain of blows were not reliant on being in combat NEXT turn.

      • Ben_S

        Loads of stuff, but the ‘free inch’ on charge moves would be pretty high on my list.

  • tomas pardo

    Any one knows why deathwacht have a librarian with jump pack point cost on chapter aproved bud is not a unit on index for deathwacht?

    • Tesq

      that’s your answer , it wasnt in codex probably they add it with Chap appr to their line.

  • tyler

    Any one knows why deathwacht have a librarian with jump pack point cost on chapter aproved bud is not a unit on index for deathwacht?

  • Drpx

    The Codices are already all printed, aren’t they?

    • bossdakka

      yeah, the astra mili codex was ready before 8th even went live. which is infuriating since they sold us an unnessary index…

  • pippoilboss

    I like the timeframes of the FAQ’s, that way you can plan events to either before or after a new FAQ.Problem is, they won’t fix stuff until it is FAQ time though.

  • Ben_S

    I’d rather they could release Codexes that didn’t need almost immediate errata…

    • Rush Darling

      Have you forgotten how slow Erratas used to be? I’d much rather watch the company strive for a modicum of balance than be stuck with a buggy codex because they’re aiming for a one stop shop approach. To ask for perfection across all 23 codices is a bit much.

  • Fergie0044

    No mention of the new beta rules they’re testing out? The ones to help reduce smite spam and character targeting problems that everyone was clamoring for? No?