Taking the family to Melbourne this weekend to go to Oz Comic Con! I’m a bit nervous actually, it’s the first long trip with our baby, so yeah, let’s see how he likes an hour in the car followed by eight hours on a train. One of the challenges of living in Australia is that to get pretty much anywhere besides where you already are involves at least a day of travel. Doesn’t stop us though.
I’ve never been to a big con like this that wasn’t gaming related, so it’ll be interesting. I’m curious to see Patrick Stewart in real life I have to say. Every time I see him though I imagine him crouched in Ricky Gervais’s trailer saying “and then all her clothes fall off.”
So I’d better say something about games too – it’s kind of in the tag-line of the blog after all. I used my 20% off for Australians (and other GW outcasts) voucher from Maelstrom to order an Infinity rulebook. That deal was pretty genius of them I have to say, I haven’t bought any gaming stuff for ages bar a copy of Samurai Shodown Sen for the X-Box which I still haven’t played. Oh and I scored an ancient (well, 1981) copy of the AD&D Player’s Handbook from a second hand bookshop the other day. Hooray for arbitrarily capped strength scores for everyone but Human Males!
But that Maelstrom voucher actually got me to blow the dust off my wallet and fork out. I’ve been keen to finally read the background for Infinity so it was an opportunity, and I took it.
Brian from A Gentleman’s Ones kindly sent me the Killzone rules so I could play some 40k without turning into this guy:
But it turns out I’m pretty excited for 6th edition now after all. It was the allies that sold me. Yeah, I realize people are concerned about balance but you know what? No game is ever balanced, and I think the best possible thing you can do to balance a vast mess of a game like 40k is just make it into a huge free for all. This is why I am stoked about the allies:
- Too much poential synergy. No-one could possibly absorb and analyze all the variables now. Take that meta-jerks.
- No more being unable to legally represent background-consisent forces like an Inquisitor and some inducted guardsmen, or Blood Axe Orks fighting with the Eldar.
- If you’ve always had your imagination captured by the idea of Tau or Orks or Eldar or whatever fighting alongside other factions now you can do it. Options, not limits, that’s what we should have, and that’s what’s been given us.
Official allies rules are what I have always wanted from 40k. The army system as it was just seemed so creatively limited, and now I can buy whatever the hell models I like (except tyranids *cough* but who cares about them, right?) and come at people’s faces with bizarre circus freak armies. Like, er, Chaos Tau, or re-programmed Necrons. Just like Apocalypse, but I can do it in as small a game as I can fit ’em!
Anyway that’s it for now. Got to go and pack for the train. Have a good one everyone.