|Bring on 9th Ed., but not yet.|
There's a lot of talk on the streets right now about what will happen after this whole The End Times thing comes to an end. Several rumor sources hint at 9th Ed. being less than a year away and that makes total sense to me. I don't think GW will spring 9th Ed. WHFB on us mid-way through their end of the world campaign, but it will make perfect sense to whip it out right after. That way, the players have time to digest what has happened and be ready to embrace a new edition. With that said, I have high hopes for 9th. What would make 9th great for me would only be a couple of minor changes, since I think 8th is pretty good except for some major issues.
Here is what I want to see in 9th:
- Allies is definitely the most probable from what I see right now. I'm not sure how the rules are going to be for WHFB, but you will definitely be able to take different components from other army books. Whether or not this will resemble Undead Legions or not, I don't know. All I know is that it's the most reliable change.
- Simpler rules for movement, as seen in Kings of War. You will still have the core fantasy mechanics, but more streamlined movement rules will reduce the amount of clutter you have for funky movement issues while preserving battlefield tactics and maneuver war.
- Magic needs to be looked at to be not as killy. There's just too many kill spells in the current edition of the game and it's not fun for anyone, in fact, it's quite frustrating. I think spells like Dwellers, Mindrazor, Final Transmutation, and other spells of that sort will be reduced in power.
- They might limit the amount of PD wizards can cast again; so instead of 6-dicing spells in hopes of getting IF, they might bring back the older system where wizards can only cast with max dice equal to their power level +1.
- Perhaps a change to Steadfast, making it so more things are able to disrupt ranks from the flank or rear. The current playstyle of Steadfast just makes the game turn into a grind fest instead of letting of letting you outplay your opponents via maneuver.
- Cannons and Stonethrowers will also need to be reduced in effectiveness if larger, more expensive models are to be played. I'm anticipating maybe a scatter or damage reduction for the cannons, but I can't be so sure. All I know is that if these things don't change, all those centerpiece models GW is selling right now will be collecting dust real soon.
Overall, 8th Ed. is a pretty solid edition. It just needs a few fixes here and there, much like what 7th Ed. is compared to 6th. I'm pretty stoked.