They really have improved over the past two years ago.
There are somethings I don't care for (like how the rules of every specialist game get split over 3-5 books, or the layout of the Bloodbowl rulebook in general) but the fact that they are bringing back the specialist games is great fun.
And they really put a lot more effort into building a community: player painted models on display in the webstore, tons of guestwriters and "bloggers" from the community, putting out around a dozen articles/videos etc. each week. All good stuff.
But there is still plenty of stuff to complain about, which is probably for the best.. several bitter veterans would probably die of shock if that ever happens.
Post by RedsandRoyals on Oct 10, 2018 21:44:34 GMT -5
The video teasers they've been producing have been really fantastic.
I think GW's new direction in general is a massive upgrade. They've lived up to the commitment to pushing out an enormous number of codecies in such a limited time (while throwing in Custodes), even if things are starting to unravel a bit at the end here. They've re-ignited specialist games and produced a fantastic range of minis to go with them (Orlocks and Eschers are some of my favorite GW kits). And holy sh*t, living rules and balance changes? Even if they haven't quite gotten the hang of it the level of involvement that two FAQs and Chapter Approved plus a post codex FAQ two weeks later is extremely impressive.
I do have concerns. The price increases they've built into new releases are still pretty ugly, and the minis have become less customizable and sometimes frozen in awkward poses. I'm sure the slow burn of releases, especially for specialist games, has been irritating as it means incomplete games at launch and follow-ups delaying content for the core games (which is why there will be exactly one Ork model released in the entire first half of Orktober, which is A) not new and B) not technically for regluar bighammer. Grr).
If the plastic Sisters release is as good as it looks to be, though, I will absolve them of all their remaining sins.
Edit: I'm also psyched as hell that there are actual Rogue Traders in 40k now, even if the rules are a bit crap. I already had an RT-themed guard detachment in the works so that's just icing on the cake.