AdamHarry shares his wishlist of things he’d like to see from Games Workshop in 2017.
With a new year right around the corner I felt it was appropriate to come up with a list of Games Workshop products I’d like to see in 2017. Now, we already have an idea of things that are probably coming out:
- More Primarchs
- Warhammer 40,000 8th Edition
- More Tzeentch
- More Duardin models
- Adeptus Titanicus
- More Board Games
But I’m not interested in wish-listing things that we already think are on the way – I wanted to take a stab at some products that aren’t even on the collective community radar yet. So here is my list of thing from Games Workshop I want to see in 2017:
New Codex: Tyranids
We’ve already lamented about this book (along with the Dark Eldar and Orks) – it needs a redo. At the very least, all the kits that were released after the current version of the codex should be added in, along with some of the current formations. But sense we’re wish-listing, ideally, we’d get a consolidated list of all current units, a new unit or two, all the current formations in one spot and some new ones to match. The ‘Nids could also use some point re-balancing (ie, points reduction almost across the board) and one of those new-fangled “Decurion Style” detachments, too.
New Battletome: Aelfs
Look, I’m no fan of the name change – but I am becoming a fan of the setting. But one of the major things that been bothering me is the lack of information on the Aelfs in Age of Sigmar. I get that the Stormcasts are the new Golden Boys for the setting. That doesn’t mean I’m not starving for more information on the Aelfs.
Think about it – High Elves, Dark Elves and parts of the Wood Elves are now suddenly “buddy-buddy” and have fought in some huge shadow war against Slaanesh…and we’ve heard jack-and-squat about it! To me, that’s the mystery, and I want to know what the heck is going on. I don’t even play Aelfs and I would read that book.
Xenos Campaign Books
I’ve been harping on this one for awhile – we need some good Xenos Campaign books. I’d prefer Xenos vs Xenos, but I’ll take Xenos vs Chaos or Xenos vs Imperium. Why do we need these books? Because the Xenos Threat should be real to the narrative of Warhammer 40,000. Each xenos army has cause some serious damage to the Imperium and I’m tired of seeing those battles and wars brushed under the carpet like they didn’t happen.
I’m also bored of seeing Power Armor fight Power Armor in 40k – we already have an entire system dedicated to that, it’s called The Horus Heresy era. It also does a better job of handling those games than 40k does…but that’s another story. My point is that a Xenos centered campaign would add some much needed variety to the battlefield of the Grim-dark.
New Age of Sigmar Threats
I see Age of Sigmar repeating the same mistakes it’s Sci-fi cousin is guilty of – a focus on two factions at the expense of the others. Right now, it certainly feels like it’s Chaos vs Order and the other two factions are just…there. If the results of the AoS Summer Campaign: Season of War are any indication then it seems like game is reflecting that, too.
What I’d love to see is something to shake-up the narrative. It’s great that Order has established a foothold and is doing an outstanding job defending it, however, Death & Destruction are primed to swoop in and make some noise. I think the Death faction has a lot of potential to cause some major disruption to the balance of things considering that their forces are made of fallen of everyone else.
And Destruction needs to become scary. Right now, those Orruks are hanging in there but they could use some help. Maybe we’ll see some other force come to their aid in the future, who knows!
New Warhammer 40,000 Summer Campaign
And speaking of Summer Campaigns, I’m hoping that Games Workshop will take what they learned from the Season of War Campaign and apply it to a Warhammer 40,000 version. They had quite a few good ideas with that campaign and some room to make improvements. I’d love to see what the gaming community could do given the chance to engage with the narrative once more.
It seems like the stage is set (or really close to being set) for an all-out Galactic War among the 40k factions. I’m really hoping that whatever narrative plans Games Workshop has worked up involve a crazy summer campaign of some type. Here’s hoping!
What new products or events would you like to see from Games Workshop in 2017?