8th Edition Warhammer Fantasy Battles preview copies are finally in stores for us to read and with its arrival, everything has changed. forget everything you every knew about the game, it is a whole new world.
Over the last few days copies of the new Fantasy book have begun to arrive at FLGS around the nation, and the world. These are our first concrete looks at the new edition of Fantasy and the changes being unleashed upon us by the powers the be. We’ve all been very interested in those changes of course; for many of us it will decide how a game we love and care about will be played. The new edition’s changes will decide its future. For others these changes will decide whether or not they will start playing the game, or return to playing it after a long hiatus. But how big are these changes we are talking about? Just a few weeks ago I stated that they would be the biggest changes to a GW game in over a decade. Many people disagreed with that assessment. Many thought, and continued to think, that the changes are relatively minor.Well having now read the book, I have to say, much as I hate to, that I was wrong. The changes to Fantasy are far BIGGER than even I thought they would be.
Everything we once knew, and held dear, about Fantasy has changed. This goes from the basic stuff, like how, and when, you measure things, to bigger things, like what units and even what armies are good. Good players have been reduced to the level of the lowest new player. Games Workshop seems to have done what many considered impossible – fundamentally rebalancing the game without changing the Army Books at all. Of course the dust from all these changes still hasn’t settled, we still have the promised host of Army Book FAQ’s to come, and it remains to be seen how those will effect certain armies and their special abilities and spells. The game that we all once knew so well is a massive unknown to us. And this is a wonderful thing. I am lucky to play with a rather good group of players. Four of us (myself included) have won Best Overall or Best General at a major event, many more of us have placed in major tournaments. We are lucky enough to have Jordan Braun, he’s kind of a big deal, being the best player in the U.S., playing at our store. All of us are confused and at a loss with the new book, we just don’t know what is good any more, or what is bad. But it is wonderful, we had all grown tired with the old fantasy, we knew it too well, it had become boring, well no more. In my view GW has successfully re-invigorated the game.