30k Thursday – Brand New Rulebook Confirmed.

So with 8th now out and some of the hype dying down, all the 30k players are wondering what’s happening with the Horus Heresy. A few months ago they promised us a new rulebook that would mimic Warhammer 40,000 7th Edition. We are being told to use the 7th Edition Rulebook for now, but what of this new Rulebook?

Clearly they’re not going to keep printing the 7th ed rulebook alongside 8th. I can see how that would be confusing to the influx of new players that Games Workshop plans to rope in with 8th Edition. On the flip side, those that have purchased Forgeworld’s massive volumes are worried that the immense amount of cash they used to purchase these encyclopedias will make their investment obsolete. Well don’t worry. Because the new Rulebook has been confirmed.

Horus Heresy

They have officially announced on the Warhammer Community page that this new rulebook is definitely going to happen. The truth is Horus Heresy has slowly been developing over both the 6th and 7th edition of Warhammer 40,000. Also not all the armies that should be included in that timeframe have been given rules yet. So rather than have to re-do everything fresh after just overhauling an entire game, Forgeworld has decided to keep developing the game we have grown to love.

In this writers humble opinion The Horus Heresy did, in many ways, already smooth out most of the problems players were having with 7th edition. The problem with the game was that some of the Legion Rules and other army lists were written in 6th edition while others were written in 7th. These two editions being very different climates on the 40k side of things.

Many of the rules for Horus Heresy had to be amended or FAQed in order to smooth them out with the 7th edition of 40k. Luckily Forgeworld has the ability now to create a unique rulebook specifically for The Horus Heresy. No longer will they have to amend rules to suit a foreign rulebook.

For example, they’ve promised to reprint the USR section with only the special rules that apply to the Horus Heresy. This will also allow them to slightly tweak these rules to make sure that they function more appropriately with the Age of Darkness Army Lists. Especially because this section will also include rules that are universal within The Horus Heresy that aren’t featured in Warhammer 40,000 7th Edition.

Another example they gave on the Warhammer Community page was being able to consolidate the previous expansions to 40k like Stronghold Assault with the current rulebook. This is great news because it means that we don’t have to search eBay for out of print editions of anything.

Although, I have heard players upset that there will no longer be rules for Xenos races in The Horus Heresy. The truth is there never was. Because Horus Heresy used the same core rules as 40k people were able to build armies that could function properly on the battlefield against one another. The truth is you can still play those armies if you want but you will have to be the ones searching eBay for out of print books. Sorry guys. Start a legion!

We here at Encounter Wargaming are super excited that they’ve decided to preserve the Old Ways as it were. It seems that many people switched from 7th edition to Horus Heresy because of the bloated nature of 7th edition and usually because of the lack of formations with free special rules in 30k. This will allow all those old grumblers to enjoy the game they know and love. It will also allow them to continue making rules for the armies that do not currently exist in the Horus Heresy books. Third it will allow Forgeworld to make the core rules WAY more compatible with the existing army lists.

We welcome this new division between Warhammer 40,000 and The Horus Heresy. They were always treated as 2 different games even though they really weren’t. Now they unmistakably are and it is actually very refreshing.

Until our next Encounter!

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