40K RETRO – The First Stratagems – From Apocalypse
Once upon a time, in 2008, every army in 40K got a set of stratagems to pull all kinds of dirty tricks on the battlefield.
We like to think that Strategems in 8th edition are new exciting concept, but they are actually an old idea brought back from the dead over a decade since their introduction in 4th Edition.
2007 Brought us the first Apocalypse with everything needed to run giant mega-battles in Warhammer 40k. Everyone lost their minds. From the Baneblades, to the mega-templates, to the formations – it was everything a 40K players could want.
There was also a couple pages of generic “Strategic Assets” that players could use to pull dirty tricks in-game.
Fast forward a year to 2009 and Apocalypse Reload arrived and with it – Army Specific Strategic Assets – the origin of what we would today call modern 8th Edition Stratagems.
Let’s Take a Look
Back then, each player in an Apocalypse game got to pick one, and decide when to best use it. It was a great mechanic, as you were always sweating about whether you should use it right away, hold it for an ideal moment, but risk getting wiped out and losing a great ability if you waited too long.
It’s also worth taking the time to see which of these have Assets have direct descendants in the modern 8th Edition codex stratagems. Many are these are still with us – in a slightly modified form.
We will have to wait and see if Strategic Assets are still in the new Apoc, but I have warm fuzzy feeling they will.
~Which ones are your favorites, and do you have any great Apoc stories to share?