Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Hang on a minute, that sounds...OK.

I must confess, an email from GW had me tempted to spend my money for the first time in several years, have a look at this Warhammer World event pack for the 31st of May. Tickets are thirty-odd notes I think.

Regiment of Renown.

I am starting to notice a trend developing at GW towards occasionally acknowledging the old days, I'm cynical about it but who knows, might be worth keeping an eye on.

Anyone else tempted or have my rose-tinted specs slipped down over my eyes again?

Thanks for stopping by!

20 comments:

  1. That does sound interesting. I wonder if this can be seen as a preview of the direction they are thinking of taking the rules?

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    1. Yeah, the 'musts' and 'must nots' may be anathema to the old school but given the context it's a huge step in the right direction so here's to hoping.

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    2. Am actually a little bit tempted. It would mean having to get an army book so I knew what the hell i was picking but I'm pretty sure I could borrow one.

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    3. I was given a free copy by a disgruntled employee and I've read through it but never played. Might have another skim through while I mull this one over...

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  2. A fantasy equivalent of "Kill Team" has to be a good thing surely. Whether that plan survives contact with the enemy at Warhammer World is another thing - if there is a way to min/max that system and boil the experience down to a tedious number crunching exercise it will be found.

    But as a template for some skirmish sized Warhammer games with mates the Regiment of Renown format is surely worth a go.

    I hope that you attend and that you do a full report :)

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    1. I am thinking about going, of course if I do I will get loads of photos for a post. I too fear, however, that math-hammer will be encountered and faces will be palmed, ho-hum.

      The free event pack with the format and rules is actually better than any £50 plus rule book they have churned out in years, funny what people attach a value too isn't it?

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  3. This will be the 3rd ( I think) regiments of renown. The others have been great fun. There are always the tournament players who turn up with the 'min-maxed list of doom', but most people are just there for a good time and see it as an excuse to do some cool modelling. Would be a great showcase for an oldhammer warband.

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    1. I'd not realised it had been around for couple of years, but then it's not as if I exactly keep my finger on the pulse these days.

      Tournament players turn up to this sort of thing you say? And yet the authorities insist the application of a red hot poker to a human anus is illegal, go figure.

      I was also thinking it would be a lovely way to showcase some old lead.

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  4. I've got the same sort of PDF for a Kill Team (200 points 40K - each model operates as an individual) event run in December 2012 at Warhammer World. I would go mad on Kill Team/Regiment of Reknown but the business model discourages me - £35 tax on each new faction you start just for an army list...

    Had there been an all-in-one book in the style of WFB3's Warhammer Armies I'd have probably done half a dozen or more Kill Teams by now and would be a fairly regular GW customer.

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    1. That's the crux of the matter I think, the highway robbery tactics, even crackheads get treated better as customers than 'hobbyists'. Still, I think there is a way to steal this idea and run it locally for free, which is nice.

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    2. I think a local run would be a fun event. I am going to talk to the local lads and try and maybe have a go at running one.

      ColKG

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    3. Excellent, I will watch your blog closely for updates and maybe pick up a couple of tips for doing it myself (waiting for local Mordheim campaign to finish will delay me doing one for a bit).

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  5. Nah, it's not just you, I've seen those events before and thought they could be a good laugh (although the talk of tournament style players is something of a turn-off). It's exactly the kind of format that I find exciting, really appeals to my narrative sensibilities, and of course anything in Nottingham can be combined with further gaming either at WW or The Foundry, which is definitely a positive.

    Main negative? Lack of the required books, and frankly I'm not paying 45 quid for a rulebook and 30 quid for a High Elf army book that's going to be of very limited used to me just to have and to hold at this event.

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    1. Yes, the books are a barrier. I am lucky with my freebies because otherwise I would never have bought 8th edition or any of the army books. Still on the fence as to whether to attend, any WAAC behaviour is likely to provoke extreme piss-taking on my part which might be frowned upon.

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  6. Always put the pink-tainted glasses on, it never hurts ! If there are some cheezmongerz in the lot, you'll just have to stand tall and proud and look at them straight in the eye until they realise fun on both sides is MANDATORY (you can also play with your red hot poker while looking at their bottom if they fail to understand). If you can't buy an army book, I'm pretty sire you will manage to borrow one !

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    1. Hard to believe people can take games so seriously!

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  7. My last proper event at WHW was a doubles 40K thing about a decade ago. Our chosen forces were not based on the background to the point of unplayability, yet were not min/maxed to power gamer levels by a long way. It was my last WHW event because it was poorly managed and poorly legislated for which meant that the resultant forces being fielded were all exploiting the same obvious rules loopholes. By the end of the second day the event had become a tedious (and expensive) chore.

    Maybe you guys have more patience than I do, but I had had enough at that stage. I know that I might sound a bit like the guy who says "Its my ball and Im going home" here, but sometimes if you want something done, then you have to do it yourself.

    Just to prove it to myself as much as anything else, a couple of months later I organised and ran a tournament using the same format in a FLGS, but with a few tweaks to avoid the predictable problems witnessed at the official event. That event was a success, so I applaud the idea of taking the Regiments of Renown format and tweaking it for local "unofficial" events.

    I think that a format like Regiment of Renown would be almost perfect for an Oldhammer event: a great way to show off cool, characterful models in a short, high turnover, bit-of-a-laugh format.

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    1. You know, the more I think about it the more I don't trust GW to get it right and the more I just want to run my own...

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