As you'll be hearing soon if you have not already, it has been officially confirmed that 9th edition is coming out this summer 2020.
- Official Warhammer Community stuff: https://www.warhamme...mepage-post-1/†
- Rules changes overview (B&C) : http://www.bolterand...iew/?p=5526253† Hidden Content
- Mike Brandt, one of the founders/organizers of the NOVA Open, is now a GW employee who will run their events. This is HUGE for making sure that RAW and RAI match up and are accepted around the world, rather than--as Mike himself stated--"...having events in Las Vegas use different custom rules from events in LA which differ from events in London and so on." The ramifications of this are very positive. I expect to see the gap between official rules and ITC-style things lessen for the betterment of all: Hidden Content
- Primaris models leaks (B&C) : http://www.bolterand...-renders-leak/†
- Necron models (since they were allies against the 'Nids, that kinda counts for us?) http://www.bolterand...-necron-models/
- BIG deal: buy a 9th Ed print Codex, get the digital rules for free* : http://www.bolterand...-digital-rules/ *you know that means the print version will be more expensive
- Lore: Guy Haley and Nick Kyme are now narrative "leads" overseeing a HH-style multi-author sprawling novel series that covers "present day" 40k, from the Indomitus Crusade onwards. Idea is to (finally) tie together BL output with the main model/gaming output: http://www.bolterand...-dawn-of-fire/†
My own take:
9th edition seems to be the "finally" edition. As in, things we've been wanting to be (re-)introduced into the game and GW offering overall are finally arriving. Things like print-digital codex bundles, terrain and aircraft rules that make sense, even melee-focused primaris.
Fingers crossed to see what else comes.
By all accounts it's Ultramarines vs New* Necrons as the poster factions.
Likewise, rules adjustments are coming, with things like terrain and aircraft being completely reworked and the CP system getting an overhaul.
Some new units, including Assault Intercessors as the poster-boys, appear inbound at some point as well.
I want to take this thread to cover a few items:
A. how all this new stuff will effect we Sons of Sanguinius
B. to provide a place where the folks who have been around a bit can help guide and temper the newer folks through a change to a new edition.
B above might sound a little weird, but from personal experience its best not to go overboard with anything at moments like this: hype, model buying (even with their blatant "get 'em while the pricing is good!" marketing), or such until we have more details. Like dynasties of ancient empires, edition changes in 40k have a cycle to them and at this point I would recommend not going crazy with anything until we have more details.
That being said, the change between editions 8 and 9 is going to be different from those in the past. Case in point: all the psychic awakening books (Blood of Baal for us) and I think 8th Ed Codices as well will remain useable and relevant and it's primarily the BRB that's changing. So again, going off of point B above, that means don't expect some huge rules changes for us. We pretty much know what we're going to get this time around because we already have it. It's just how the new Primaris toys fit in and maybe we get an Embiggened Character in either Christmas 2020 or 2021.
I'll come back and update this thread a bit more with details.
*the irony is hilarious
Edited by Indefragable, 23 May 2020 - 03:06 PM.