BoLS has a CRAP TON of additional rumors about 6th Edition up in their lounge (Edit: They're a re-post from Blood of Kittens). TWENTY-ONE PAGES WORTH when pasted into Word! Honestly, I got about half-way through them and skimmed the rest. With this much intricate detail, it's either the real deal or someone's autistic brother has WAY to much time on his hands. Really, it would take weeks to dream this up with the level of consistency that I see here.
Working from an assumption (probably completely wrong) that these rumors are mostly correct, I'll comment on a few specific items.
"As I am done with GW forever. I love the miniatures, I like the new rules (been pretty enthusiastic about it), but I hate the company, that makes them. If you knew what I know you would feel the same. GW doesn’t care for their customers one bit. The whole corporal culture is cynical as hell. The managers despise the hobby and all immatures who play it. There is a huge rift in the management and most of the executives that actually play the game have left or are leaving the company right now."
Well yeah, we knew that. Anyone willing to bet that Privateer Press has hired as many ex-GW guys as Mantic has? They smell blood in the water for a reason, because their new hires have told them all about GW's immediate development plans.
How enthusiastic you are about these (unconfirmed) rules will depend on how competitive you are. Because they're going to add at least 30-50% to your playing time. I can see now why Alessio is going the other way and streamlining Mantic's system as much as he can.
Pretty crisp and clean
on odd pages there is the normal rule text with examples, on even pages there are the usual diagrams and charts, and small boxes with definitions
Are these diagrams and charts in full color within a 5 lb rulebook? Will that book cost $100?
"Lots of rules that were formerly explained within the text, are now only summarized in the text, the full rules are given in these boxes, you can read the rules text very fast without much detail, there are some boxes that have a name of a rule, but are empty otherwise. I guess that there should be page references to later pages, for example in the terrain rules, there is Torrent of Fire mentioned, the rule is explained much later (in a box), there is an empty box in the terrain section that reads Torrent of Fire however
So you have both: clear rules veterans and easy reading for first-timers
But it seems that there is not much space left for pictures, though"
It sounds like a cross-referencing nightmare. I do appreciate GW's desire to clean up it's rules writing and layout design. But if it's not absolutely top-notch, with specific pages listed so that you don't have to consult the index, it's not going to work.
"Keep track on:
everything else can be forgotten between actions"
So we're going to have to start using counters in 40K to keep track of move distance and "morale condition" for each unit? That's going to really irritate me, as I hate counter-clutter. Mantic's systems require you to keep track of damage, but the tradeoff is that the game is much faster to play. While this version of 40K would be more complex and take longer to play. Not good.
4 kind of changes: armour save, cover save, invulnerable save, Feel no Pain
no model can ever make more than two saves or one re-rollable save
normal models can only make one roll or one re-rollable roll
Situation where two rolls are eligible:
- one of the saves is FnP
- model is character
- model is bracing
Feel no Pain (1-3): save on 5+,4+,3+, only negated by AP 1, 2 and wounds that don’t allow armour saves, the only save that every model and not only ICs may take in addition to another save"
The rules make really clear what an unit can do and what not. There is an own chapter for the basic concepts. Every special rule has only to state: can do x, y, z and it is perfectly clear that the unit can still a, b and c
- movement: movement in movement phase, sometimes only special types of movement are allowed: advance, surge, flat out, fleet; charge and disembark have to be rules out explicitly
- consolidate moves: every other move, has to be mentioned explicitly
- psychic powers
- residual actions: any other action, for example popping smoke
unit is immobile: abbreviation for cannot move, react, make consolidation moves
Anybody remember the old 2-sided cardboard reference sheets that we used to get in 2nd and 3rd editions? Well, this is going to require a folded, 4-page reference board. I really, really, really, don't want to have to use something like that again.
"vehicles must designate a point where they enter the terrain before the movement, than make the test, if vehicle is stunned, immobilized or destroyed, move it to designated point in a straight line
for every failed test, the unit gets a hit
non-vehicles: failed on 1: auto wound on unit, allocated together as Torrent of Fire
vehicles: roll depends on movement distance: advanced = failed on 1, surged = failed on 1-3, flat out = failed automatically, vehicle gets S8 hit against side armour
walker only ever fail on 1"
So besides being very easy to hit, vehicles are now going to have an even harder time going through terrain? With no difference mentioned between tracked and wheeled vehicles? Ugh.
Forced surge: Units can surge through terrain if they are allowed to go flat out outside terrain this turn. Tanks cannot force surge (except during a ram).
If the unit fails an I-test, terrain is treated as dangerous terrain.
During a charge, every unit can try to surge through. If the I-test is failed, the unit still can only advance. units, that have passed their I-test for the fleet movement, automatically pass this I-test.
Can’t surge if there is another reason for the restriction to advance movement than terrain.
beasts/cavalry: 8”, fleet (1)
jump infantry: 8”, ignore terrain*
jet pack infantry: 6”, ignore terrain*, 6” move in consolidation phase
jetbikes: 10”, ignore terrain*, flat out
(eldar jetbike: jetbike with Fleet (2) )
bikes: 8”, flat out, cannot force surge
fast vehicles: 6”, flat out
fast skimmer: 8”, flat out
walker: 6”, treat terrain like infantry
* as long as they don’t start or end in terrain
Fleet (1): infantry, beasts, monstrous creature, jump infantry, jet pack infantry: I-test, if successful, can perform fleet movement, can always advance during disembarkation;
bikes and jetbikes: I-test successful: can make 6” move in consolidation phase
Fleet (2)/Bounding Leap: as Fleet (1), no I-Test required"
This is so stupid broken that I hope to God it's a bunch of Bull.
The only way I could see this being plausible is through a massive internal restructuring at GW. Wherein Jervis was finally able to get Alessio and his lesser-known executive allies fired. Giving him a free hand to create the JJ-40K that he always wanted to make. Because Jervis honestly thinks that he represents the heart and soul of the average player.
Don't think so? Just look at JJ's Throne of Skulls event and it's convoluted scoring system. Where your score is modified by the average score of everyone else that played your army that day. So he has no problem introducing dodgy complexities for the sake of half-baked nods to the casual crowd.
"Movement distance is important for shooting, only the attempted movement in the movement phase counts (other movements do not count, consolidate moves don’t count, even a vehicle that has movement 1” can claim having moved flat out),
can be ‘overridden’ by three events outside movement phase:
fighting in close combat : stationary
become immobile: stationary
falling back: moving"
You know, there are some rumors that are so bad that they go right past 'wishlisting' and back around to plausible again. A tank that moves 1" can claim a BS reduction for it's intended move? Who the hell would think that's a good idea? This is the sort of idiotic compromise that emerges from committee group-think, not fanboys.
To wound chart:
wound everything at least on 6+"
Hey! I don't need melta/plasma to kill Trygons and Dreadknights anymore. Just a big blob of IG infantry and a FRFSRF order!
In other news, Tyranid sales go negative.
Wound Allocation (cc and shooting):
hit as normal, wound against majority
mark dice that represent special weapons and attacks or roll separately
1. decide whether to use Torrent of Fire or not
2. target’s player allocate wounds to models, beginning with one chosen armour group, if every model in this group has a wound, start with another armour group and so on, if every model in the unit has a wound, start over
—> multiple wounds: count for allocation as as many models as wounds remain
3. pick an unresolved armour group, determine which wounds are directed
4. directed wounds: roll saves for directed wounds, shooting player removes casualties
5. roll all remaining saves of this armour group, owning player removes casualties
6. goto 3
there are directed wounds in close combat and long-range combat, casualties from directed wounds are removed by owning player of the attacking unit
Wounds cannot be directed if targeted unit has Shielded USR, Torrent of Fire is used, vehicle diverts its fire or non-vehicle, non-MC unit is in fire corridor
Number of directed wounds: After allocating wounds to an armour group, it is determined if the how many and which wounds are directed as following:
- every attack from an IC in close combat is a directed wound,
- of the remaining wounds, every second wound, beginning with the first, from a Sniper weapon is directed.
- Of the remaining wounds on-sniper wounds, every fifth wound is directed, owning player of the shooting unit decides which wounds are directed
Torrent of Fire/Blows: if torrent of fire is used, the targeted unit is a single armour group, the owning player can choose one model, the whole unit has the same combination of armour saves
During a Torrent of Fire, no wound is directed
Armour group: number of model that share the same combination of saves, for example: 3+ armour save, Feel no Pain (1), no invulnerable save, 6+ cover save that is re-rollable on 1
So like, we had these two awesome ideas for fixing wound allocation, but the Fairness In Allocation committee was split 6-6 and couldn't decide which one to recommend. So Jervis showed that he's like a total King Soloman and said: "We shall put them both in and let the players pick."
Really GW? Really? You couldn't just let us allocate by AP or nearest/visible models first? You had to go and make the most tedious, convoluted part of the game even more tedious and convoluted?
If this is true, there isn't just blood in the water. There's huge chunks of rotting chum in there too.
To Hit chart:
it is the same chart as the wound chart, but with seven columns from 0 till 6
(evasion value in brackets, abbreviates for small chart)
stationary vehicles, MC, bikes (1)
stationary infantry, jet pack infantry, jump infantry, beasts // moving vehicles, monstrous creatures (2)
short distance // moving infantry, jet pack infantry (3)
moving bikes, jump infantry, beasts // swarms // flat out vehicles (4)
flat out bikes (5)
flyers, beacons (some narrative missions use beacons) (6)
every column is: …. 6+ 6+ 6+ 5+ 4+ 3+ 2+ 2+ 2+ …. but is shifted up or down
I give you the BS value for every column that hits on 3+: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7
if distance from squad leader to target is less than 12”, unit can always change column to short distance column
if a model moves like a different unit type, the initial unit type is still used for the chart
I won't go on, as you get the point.
Please Lord, by all that's holy let this be some sort of Mantic/PP authored disInfo campaign. Or an attempt by someone at GW to force a reality check on management. Because otherwise this really will be the Windows Vista of science fiction war games.
On a logical level, it would be utterly insane for GW to release a version of 40K like this. They would lose at least half of the 40K player base overnight and probably another half over the following year. With a good many refugees going to their new found competition. So you could dismiss these rumors as BS on that basis alone. Logic dictates that they release a minor update to 5th, not a complete overhaul.
But anyone who's been in business long enough knows that businessmen don't always follow logic or reason. Egos can take over and blind them to reality. Making them think that their customers will buy anything they produce forever. So they get lazy/stupid in their decision making.
Just look at Motorola and the Razor. That one single product line floated the entire rotting carcass of a company for 2-3 years, and the executives there developed nothing to replace it. When Razor sales finally dropped off, the end came suddenly. One week the company was there and the next it wasn't. Stupid.
So while I'd like to say "No fraking way!", my gut tells me that these rumors are at least plausible. Particularly given the personnel changes and business decisions that we've seen over the last couple of years. If management is aloof and doesn't care about development details, then they're more likely to just let Jervis run things. If Jervis has complete freedom to do what he wants (after forcing out dissenters), then he could be designing the game he always wanted with little or no regard to the business realities of his decisions. It's happened before at all sorts of companies/industries and would hardly be unique to GW.
We'll see. I have no insider knowledge of GW, and so everything I've said is speculation based on my intuition and knowledge of how people and businesses actually work. Take it all with HUGE helpings of salt.