This topic should focus on grander, more sweeping changes that change armies on a mechanical level without the need for micromanaging. Codex Space Marines needs ANOTHER topic for its changes so let's make that distinct.
Melodramatic of course and nothing has to create fundamental changes, if just a tweak is needed.
One thing I've noticed is the reluctance for a balance shift in competitive players if it affects their army. People dislike Roving Patrol because they can't meta game and clump around their Guilliman, or they don't want more terrain because they built their list to have as few drops as possible so they can get 1st turn and sweep you off the table.
Those people haven't a clue on a fun and balanced approach so their opinion literally holds no sentiment to me. I just don't care as they a minority that holds too much influence on a gaming group or region, since players often build lists to stand a chance just in case they face them. Tournaments can often be no go areas.
The other aspect is many people might say "if you don't attend tournaments then just have a gentleman's agreement." Well we can do that ANYWAY so it has no bearing on pick up and play games against strangers in clubs etc. The game needs a solid core of balance before house rules come in.
Lastly, before I get to the meat of this topic, I'd like to point out that balanced combined armies should come FIRST before skewed and thematic armies. We all bought into 40K on a combined arms approach of units that made an army look cool. That should be a fun way to play as standard rather than hurting your chances. Troops shouldn't be a TAX!
On that note, I'll dive right in with some changes and amendments I'd like to see and explain why they should be made. In no particular order:
1) Detatchment control - People take a Battalion just for the Command Points and take minimal squads. That's not it's intention. Why should a Vanguard be utilised when the Battalion has 6 Elites slots, except to gain another Command Point?
Vanguard, Spearhead and Outrider detachments were intended for themed armies rather than a way to get more Command Points. It's clear by the explanations given by GW back when 8th launched.
I think the best solution is to stipulate only a single Detachment as a Primary which grants Command Points and any others grant zero. This means a balanced list with a Battalion would have more Command Points than a skewed list. On this this note, I also firmly hold to the position that there needs to be more Command Points for armies that can't build Brigades, if only for balancing and flavour purposes.
Give a Battalion 5 CPs to start and it enables players to use Stratagems other than 1 pointers and rerolls.
2) Terrain. Close to my heart as I'm sure you're all sick of hearing about it but this is a major issue. It shouldn't be but unless you stipulate what is required, relying on guidelines results in subjective interpretation and boom! We get tables of nice looking terrain that doesn't actually work.
No army should be able to wipe out an opponent 1st turn and they wouldn't be able to if you could actually block their line of sight.
Again there are those who dispute this as they WANT to take such armies that sweep the board but who wants to play those people? Seriously those games put more people off the hobby than they draw in.
So fixes? Easy. Area terrain like ruins and woods should block line of sight unless you're in it or firing into it.
The game is abstract so it's about time the rules embrace abstract ideas that enhance it rather than hold to true line of sight dogmatically; an idea tried, tested and failed for numerous reasons.
Another amendment here is GW coming out and stating a Matched Play game HAS to have terrain that blocks line of sight for 50% of the board as a minimum. Sounds harsh? Um no. The game is boring if all you do is stand there and shoot. Why bother buying the models and setting them up? Why bother having the assault phase?
So what other tricks am I missing? What do you feel should be changed? What do you think of my position on the aformentioned points?
Be constructive. If the game's broken and needs a new edition in your eyes, well this topic is pointless.
Edited by Captain Idaho, 09 February 2018 - 11:16 AM.