Wednesday, 26 December 2018

Warhammer 9th Ed 1.2 out now!

Merry Christmas and Good Yule! As you have probably noticed, I've been a little absent from the blog for the last month, just taking a small break from Warhammer and recharging my batteries a bit. As promised in the comments, I have also been working on an update in time for X-mas, so here it is:

This update changes the following:

  • Last Stand from 8th Ed for standard bearers re-added (was missing from the book).
  • Removed additional Fear bonus from outnumbering their foes (to avoid snowballing Leadership penalties too much with Terror and other special rules  and/or spells).
  • Clarified that in order to have Immunity (Fear, Panic, Terror), the majority of the models in that unit must have that special rule.
  • Units must pass a Ld test in order to charge Terror-causing units. If failed, they can attempt to re-direct the charge following the normal rules.
  • Fixed bug with Large Target requiring unit size 40 instead of unit strength 40+.
  • Moved Look Out Sir rule to Character chapter instead of Champions, since Champions no longer use it. Clarified that Look Out Sir only applies to units of the same troop type.
  • Characters with a different troop type with a higher Unit Strength than the rest of the unit are only hit by normal missile attacks on a 4+ (does not apply to Towering units).
  • Clarified that Feigned Flight applies both when choosing Flee and Fire & Flee.
  • Clarified what constitutes as both missile and close combat attacks.
  • Clarified that you may not shoot templates (on purpose) into close combat, regardless of distance.
  • Removed part of unit needing to be 5 models wide, this is instead clarified for each troop type.
  • Clarified that units may reform into less than 5 models wide temporarily (so fast cavalry and skirmishers are not penalties).
  • Moved Signature spells and Lore attributes section to Choosing Spells section.
  • Clarified that Striking order Initiative includes bonuses from both weapons and spells.
  • Clarified that the amount of wounds caused by Killing Blow is based on the model's remaining Wounds, not the Wounds on the model's profile.
  • Clarified that hits on Monsters and Handlers are allocated towards the monster if the handlers are dead.
  • Swarms only move 6" with the Vanguard rule.
  • Volley Fire does not require Line of Sight.
  • Pikes get +3 Initiative when charged rather than +2.
  • Clarified that shields and additional hand weapons works with magic weapons. In the case of two hand weapons, the extra attack does not benefit from the magical weapon's rules unless both weapons carried are magical.
  • Changed so that obstacles remove charge bonuses from the attacker, same as a buildings. War Machines counts as obstacles in close combat.
  • Clarified that bolt throwers also pivot to fire rule like other war machines.
  • Swarms do not block line of sight.
  • Removed mention of Champions from the Sniper rule. Clarified that you can use Multiple Shots with Sniper special rule.
  • Clarified that if you have another weapon than a hand weapon, you must use it in combat, but not all the time (so you can use shields and halberds against missile attacks).
  • Changed so that only Infantry, war beasts and swarms can garrison buildings (ogres hardly being to squeeze into a normal doorway anyway). Moved part of different troops types and buildings to the buildings chapter.
  • Added Lightning Attacks, getting +1 To Wound against models wearing medium/heavy/full plate armour, and ignoring armour saves against these troop types. Urannon's Thunderbolt and Chain Lightning are Lightning Attacks. 
  • Added Ice Attacks, causing enemies in base contact to suffer -1S and -1I, or -1M and -1I if used as a missile attack. Iceshard Blizzard is an Ice Attack. 
  • Moved Sentient rule to Special Rules.
  • Relic Sword 20 pts.
  • Parrying Blade 20 pts, is no longer an additional hand weapon.

I aim to get back to working on the Warriors of Chaos book after New Year's, so it should hopefully be finished sometime in January.

84 comments:

  1. Excellent clarifications.

    But what happens if a special character with a different troop type with a "lower" unith streght than the rest of the unit is hit? I.E: A hero goblin in a unit of orcs or trolls.

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    1. Well, both goblins and Orcs are infantry. A Goblin in a unit of trolls is not singled out either, as the trolls as the easier target to hit. Can clarify this further as well.

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    2. Oh, sorry about the orc and Goblin suggestion (I was thinking about the base size)

      Ok, I got the idea now if a character with diferent troop type and lower unit strenght. A clarification in the rule book will be fine.


      Good work anyway in This last update. The rule book are is being consolidated

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    3. And due to size matters goblins can't join orc units. Characters can only join units of the same "Tribe"

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  2. erh :(
    every time I find something usable for skaven it is instantly nerfed with new updates hahaha
    fire throwers were so good shooting close combat, and now they are useless again

    I appreciate your balancing but skaven came so straightforward instead of being most diverse roster in WHFB previously

    but, anyways! thank you for your work!

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    1. Well, not being allowed to fire into combat just makes them the same as 8th ed really, so they are not really worse than before ;)

      The reason for this nerf was that unlike normal shooting, firing templates into close combat could be done at no risk at all, unlike normal shooting, and could also be done from much further away than 4". It would make it just a little to devastating to tie up the enemies with cheap troops, and then blast them to pieces with fire throwers without being able to do anything about it. Not much fun to be on the receiving end in those situations ;)

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    2. besides, with skavenslaves, you can still do that, just not with more valuable units, which is what i would do anyways in that case

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  3. can you now volley fire backwards?

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    1. No, it still follows the normal rules for shooting: "A model can shoot at an unengaged enemy unit that is at least partially within its forward arc"

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  4. question, can you create a tunnel battle rulebook for us, because there would be so many changes,(bye bye empire mortars)

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    1. Might release an updated rulesset for it, but probably not a whole army book.

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  5. by the way, war machines should be immune to impact hits in order to represent their people hiding on the other side of the machine

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    1. They are with this update, as they counts as obstacles.

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  6. can dark elf slave masters still be targeted seperatly

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    1. Yes, they are not champions in the normal sense. Will clarify that.

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  7. Regarding terrain types, the rulebook says that Cavalry, Monstrous Cavalry, Shrines and Chariots treat all terrain as Dangerous Terrain. This contradicts a few things like Hills being treated as open ground and rivers only making units unable to march. I suggest removing the part where the aforementioned unit types treat all terrain as dangerous and instead make it that the dangerous terrain tests for those units are mentioned in the part describing the terrain types.

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    1. I can clarify that, though rivers being dangerous terrain for these troop types makes sense imo.

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  8. Great work!!! Love it!!!
    Are there any plans for the border princes and marienburg armies books?

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    1. The Border Princes might get a smaller army list, but Marienburg does not really have any unique troops as such other than the landship, so you are better off using the Empire army list there.

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  9. Good list of clarifications and changes Mathias. :-)

    I still think having to go over all army books and change Large Target to Towering is a bit more of a hassle than its worth in terms of work and confusion (for players that might not have downloaded the latests army books etc), but as said before, I don't disagree with the decision as such.

    Volley Fire will be interesting to see tested out in practice as it has many subtle game effects, such as archers now being easier to protect as they can stay behind the main infantry line for example. I think it is a nice mechanic that adds to the game tactically speaking. :-)

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    1. I agree again with the rune suggestion about not to change the name of large target to towering.In my opinion things would be easier if you look for a new name of the current'large target' rule.

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    2. It will be a really small issue of just using ctrl+f to replace Large Target with Towering, takes about 10 sec per army book :)

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    3. Jajajajaj a if it's not a problem for you, OK with this

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    4. I understand that Mathias. I suspect people won't generally all download new army books though, which can casue some confusion. Perhaps a generall "ALL army books have been updated" notification when you next do an update of several army boos would hlp though. :-)

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  10. A thought:

    If Monstrous Infantry can no longer garrison buildings, that will make the OK REALLY struggle in the Watchtower scenario I imagine...
    I know most buildings are made for human-sized models, or at least look like they are, but in a fantasy setting I kind of imagine a lot of buildings would be made with bigger individuals in mind, especially buildings meant to be properly garrisoned etc.
    I can see both sides of the argument here though, but realistically it screws over the OK army in the Watchtower scenario more than anything else.
    Note: Lets just be honest and say the the Gnoblar's don't really count in this scenario, as they are much to weak to take or hold a garrisoned building against 95% of the units in the game.

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    1. I might do an exception for the Watchtower, but it's still possible for OK to hold the tower by garrisoning it with gnoblars and using ogres to protect it from attack. The Ogres can also assault the tower to drive out enemy troops, and as long as they are closer to the tower than other enemies, they still counts as holding it, even if they are not inside it.

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    4. Sine the tower is effectivly an obstacle, protecting it with Ogres is somewhat dubious as it is rather easy to get to from the other side as it were (or outside the Ogree's charge arc). Gnoblars without effective rank bonus etc are not really effective defenders of buidings...

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    5. Suggest we add rules for monstrous infantry sized buildings, and then if OK are playing a watchtower - use one of those

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    6. just surround the building with ogre's and dont leave a gap for them to get in from

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  11. Maybe doing an exception in watchtower and fortifications to allow other troops types could help to balance that.

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  12. of course, good fortifications are out because he hasn't released siege yet

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  13. when are you taking out another book?

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    1. As mentioned in the post, I plan to have it out in January.

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  14. Really excited for a Vampire Coast book on the list

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  15. Thanks for your work on all of this. I don't really use it, as I play 3rd edition or Mordheim. But I do enjoy at least taking a look at the books.

    And Merry Christmas

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  16. Thanks for this update. Still wish we can shoot on melee with expendable units. Keep the awesome work ! And happy New year !

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  17. hi, in some old codex there is Magic Resistance 5 or 3, without any more.
    how are they to be interpreted?

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    1. you just invert it. So magic resistance 9th ed = 7- magic resistance 8th. so 9th ed Magic Resistance (3) = 7- 8th ed Magic resistance 4

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  18. Hey Mathias. This is really great, feel we are close to the rule set we always hoped for. Here are my thoughts - most of these are text issues or clarifications on some of the most recent changes:

    Barding – Back in 4th ed barding used to be -1M and charge was double M, so barding on an knight reduced it to M7 charge 14 (ignoring the plate armour movement penalty of that edition). Point is that when charges went to random, the barding suddenly became less of a penalty. Suggest that barding is a -1 or even -2 modifier for charging fleeing and pursuing. So an empire knight charges 7+ 2D6-2. Makes Bretonnians even better which is nice – they need a little love.

    Ice attacks. These are -1 I. Many creatures that currently have ice related attacks do more than -1 I, many go all the way to always strikes last. Initiative values vary hugely so -1 is often not an impact. This is why I suggested -3I and that monsters have a range to it. Otherwise you’ll have to add it back in separately for the few monsters that have ice attacks, like the Thundertusk and the frost phoenix.
    Also the ice attacks appear to only affect the enemy. This doesn’t make a lot of sense, surely this should be friend or foe. This isn’t a targeted attack, this is a consequence of being near them.

    Shooting into combat with templates, I sympathise with the Skaven player earlier – that was a real boon to the slower skaven and dwarf armies. Had suggested that all models under the template are hit on a 2+ any 1s are resolved against closest friendly models.

    The special rules chapter has some missing line breaks now, After Regeneration, after Skirmishers and Charging and after Sniper.

    The failed terror test to charge is actually much stronger than I was suggesting. You are permitting the unit to redirect their charge, but they can’t opt to just move or shoot. I suggest that if the unit fails the terror test to charge, then they can redirect their charge or move or shoot normally. “Hey lads, let’s get the dragon”, “err, no sir, we aren’t going anywhere near it, but we can try and shoot it instead..?”

    I’d still like to revisit the effectiveness of missile fire (non flaming) on swarms, an arrow to a swarm of beetles isn’t going to do much, and it provides a tactical counter to the increased power of missile armed units. Suggest they are at least a further -1 to hit making them -2 (as skirmishers) at minimum.

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    1. Phil:

      Not sure I'd like to see Barding become a poorer option or to see heavy cavalry slowed down more either, due to the effect of missiles in teh current meta.
      Barding could be the thing that granted Impact hits to cavalry though, so that light cav did not get it. Barding has always been a bit lacklustre in comparison to a shiled for example when one look at the cost etc.

      I agree with the Ice attacks. -1 Initiative is not really very meaningfull in the majority of cases.

      Regarding shooting into combat, I suggest tying this to the Expendable special rule, and then perhaps even adding the expendable special ruel to Clanrats as well.

      Regarding the failed Terror test, I can see it both ways there tbh. One can also imagine a lot of confusion as the unit is preparing to charge, but then nobody actually wants to be the first one in etc...

      I completely agree regarding the Swarms. Gives them a unique tactical usefullness and provides a decent counter to missile spam.

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    2. I originally suggested tying it to expendable, but have since studied the army books and there are a lot of expendable units out there, the Cathay, Nippon and Orc and goblin books have little rule that you almost don't notice that makes huge swathes of the army book expendable from the perspective of many troops.
      I am happy with fast cavalry having impact hits - they were always a bit meh in 8th, especially if not really a specialised missile troop. throwing an extra 5 S3 hits on a unit is rarely too damaging other than to low toughness lightly armoured foes, when really having 5 horses charging through a unit, you'd expect to suffer. Maybe barding could add +1S to impact hits.
      You often mention the huge power of missile fire, but since I have been playing 9th, yes it is more potent, but not game breaking. Heavy cavalry are still emerging from arrow storms far better than they would in real life, and they really aren't that slow. Infantry have been slowed from 8th a lot, due to the typical charge range dropping from 4+7 to 4+3.5, but cavalry are still pretty swift. right now barding is almost an auto-take. And those armies that have lots of cavalry but restricted access to barding (Kislev) are really suffer in comparison. -1 to the charge in addition to -1 on the move is my suggestion (you've talked me down from the -2 on the charge.

      I am OK with the failed terror test as it is, just making the point that it is more severe than I originally suggested

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    3. I like plus 1 strength from barding, but I think that weakening the movement is also a good Idea, maybe both to start, also, in regards to it weakening them to archers, that is why you use them to circle around and pounce on archers from the rear.

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  19. Special rule – Expendable, “do not” rather than “does not”

    The champions “Follow me” text implies they can be killed

    Standard’s last stand, Refers to “his”, should be “their”.
    Standard Last stand. Implies that the standard is slain – model removed. So if a unit of 10 models with a standard suffers no casualties but breaks from combat, how many models flee – 9? If this is the case then that needs to be explicit. I have played it that the standard model is removed but REPLACED with a normal trooper. So I lose the banner but not the person that was holding it. Maybe I have always played this incorrectly.

    Shooting at lone Characters penultimate paragraph says “he’s”, should be “They’re”
    Shouldn’t this be based on same troop type or troop type with the same or lower unit strength, to be consistent

    P80 combined units, movement, last line – “Try” rather than “tries”
    P80 Shooting - wants to consider 5 or more models EXCLUDING the champion – this was because the champion could be independently killed. Suggest that bit about the command group is removed. So it is just 5 or more models excluding characters.

    The fact that champions can’t be killed, does this now mean that Pirate Masters and Idlers and the people in Araby units and goblin Jesters etc can’t be killed either?
    Characters in units, shooting, not explicit that characters in units of a different troop type but same / lower unit strength can’t be picked out. It currently states if the same troop type then do X, if different and larger US do Y, but if different but same or smaller US then…. ?

    The look out sir roll for characters in units hit by templates is not actualy specified. I assume this to be on a 2+. To make it clearer, I suggest renaming the section called “Shooting” to “Being targeted by missile weapons”, and the “Look out sir” section to “Being targeted by Template weapons”. Then make sure the look out sir is referenced in both, with the correct rules on Unit strength and required roll to pass.

    Learing a unit, second line. “Comes” not “Conies” Also “They’re no longer safe” instead of “He’s no longer safe”
    3rd paragraph “They were” rather than “They was”. “they do not” rather than “They does not”
    The 4+ Look out sir again should also apply for different troop type but same or lower unit strength.

    Accepting a challenge on p82 states a champion can accept a challenge

    P82 Overkill killing blow states wounds on profile, rather than remaining wounds.

    P83 Battle standard, third paragraph, “They flee” rather than “they flees”

    P85 resolving both thrower hits, implies a champion can be hit.
    The last section should have a section header, this has become normal text – and also implies a champion can be killed

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  20. P86 Cannon choose target. Should reference the ‘Shooting with war machines” chapter or remind people here of that 45 degree pivot.

    Cannonballs shouldn’t be able to bounce on rivers or lakes – maybe add this to impassable terrain and rivers instead (or both). Marshland is also not good for cannonballs, maybe bounces on a 4+?

    Cannons - Who’s been hit – hitting an obstacle. How much of the obstacle is removed, the wall could be the length of the table. I feel this is a loose end that should either be properly expanded, or just trimmed off. Suggest that either an obstacle stops a cannon ball or that the cannon ball passes straight over / through it.
    You could have a whole section on destroying obstacles but currently all we have is this one random rule about it. Meaning a cannon can destroy a hedge, but a Greater Daemon of Khorne can’t knock down a fence. I sent some rules on attacking obstacles previously if you wanted to add them – they are fairly easy to consider as an optional bolt on.

    Grapeshot is really weak and not much of a deterrent, even to a lowly unit of unarmoured troops, 16% chance of failing / blowing up. Then I get 2-10 possible hits, which at BS3 is 1-5 hits, which would be even fewer if facing skirmishers. – quite likely, and then I have to roll to W, so I would get 0-4 W. a unit of 10 skirmishers would fancy their chances. Suggest either they don’t need to hit (which also helps against skirmishers as they can’t avoid being hit from the wall of stuff), or allow the player to roll the artillery die multiple times, each misfire after the first is a -1 modifier to the misfire table.

    P87 firing a stone thrower. Not “anywhere in line of sight” instead ‘Pivot to face the target”. The use of the word pivot brings the 45 degree rule to mind.

    P88 “damage they take” rather than “damage they takes”

    P89 Impassable terrain. I don’t see how troops can flee through impassable terrain. They can walk over lava fields and over ponds, through sheer cliff walls, leap over chasms. They should flee to the edge and then have to go round it, pursuers do the same, they chase to the edge, turn and continue to follow along the edge.
    Suggest a unit which has its back to impassable terrain is stubborn.
    The other terrain types have a section of different types, types of hills, types of forest etc. Suggest there are types of impassable terrain. Chasms, lava, ponds, cliffs etc. Then if you are aquatic the pond in no longer impassable, etc etc.

    P97 allocating attacks suggest champions can be killed

    P 98 combat resolution “they spur” rather than “he spurs”

    998 other outcomes “They wish” not “they wishes”

    Wizards tower “they gain” rather than “He gains”
    Suggest they only get lore master for a single lore they know, rather than for all lores they have spells from.

    Suggest there are magic items that relate to lightning and ice attacks – especially if you amend ice attacks to be friend or foe.

    Suggest the Crackling hammer – gives lightning attacks
    The Frostbite axe – gives ice attacks
    The Hearth broach – immunity to ice attacks
    The earthing standard – immunity to lightning attacks
    Banner of the sun – unit immunity to Ice attacks

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  21. It may sound weird at first but cannonballs can bounce pretty well on a water surface if fired at a low angle. Old Nelson did it so its not magic:).(And I have done it with a 20mm autocannon years ago but that was bullets so that is cheating a bit; )

    I am not sure I agree that units with their back to impassable terrain should be stubborn, it could as well be the other way that they panic when they realise they are stuck and have nowhere to retreat in an orderly fashion. I cannot imagine a bunch of goblins turn into heroic last defenders just because they have a sheer cliffside behind their backs:).
    -lemurus.

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    1. Bouncing cannonballs eh, yes I can see the physics behind that, but I wonder what the success rate was for Nelson, here we have 100%. could have it that it bounces on water and marsh on a 4+
      My thoughts on impassable terrain was that if you have your back to the wall, so to speak, then you know you have nowhere to run, so you don't, you have more chance all rushing forwards to try to break through the opposing unit and out behind it, and then run :-)

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  22. 4+ waterbounce seems ok.

    We all behave differently when the escape routes are limited (some may just yield) so going stubborn by default seems wrong to me. And I can see it abused as well. Anchor part of your long line of archers against a house wall and get stubborn for example;). -Lemurus

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    1. Yeah, you are probably right, I am such an optimist when it comes to wargaming, play for the beer and pizza, I don't think of the more twisted underhand win at all costs tactics.
      Ok you have me convinced, no stubborn. But I still don't see why a unit that normally can't pass through a cliff, over a pond, hopping through the lava field and leaping a crevasse suddenly gains these magical powers when fleeing.... (you'd struggle to find a battle field with all 4 lined up behind your unit mind...)

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    2. if you want to see that ask me and i will show you the impassable bastion map i made

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  23. suggestion, I did a 3,000 point battle and it lasted for a lot longer than 6 turns matthias, took over 50 turns. I don't think that ending on turn six is a good idea with these rules, you can do much better without a time restriction

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    1. 50 turns??? Sounds like a good argument FOR turns being as is, not against turns if you ask me...

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    2. After 50 turns, I'd be a bit dizzy I think

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    3. I am genuinely curious what you did to make a 3000 point battle take more than 50 turns. Were both sides deliberately trying to avoid each other and only attack using weak ranged weapons?

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    4. You chased each other for 40 turns with the couple models you'd left?

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    5. The turn limit is really there to avoid having battles take 50 turns though! I played a game like that once using LotR models with the Warhammer rulesset, it was just exhausting in the end (Boromir just refused to die, ironically enough!).

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  24. Have you considered changing the order of a turn? I think a "round" of combat could be divided into the movement, shooting, magic and close combat phases with those phases divided into each players turn. For a two player battle, the turn order would:
    >Player 1s Movement Phase
    >Player 2s Movement Phase
    >Player 1s Magic Phase
    >Player 2s Magic Phase
    >Player 1s Shooting Phase
    >Player 2s Shooting Phase
    >Close combat where the players go through the combats one by one.
    This gives a more real-time aspect to the battle where both armies are able to react to their opponents moves and play more tactically against each other.

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    1. This would be the most enormous change ever and have enormous consequences all over the place. You move your models to within firing range, so I move the unit you were to target out of range/arc etc. I don't see the benefits from such seismic modifications to the fundamentals of the rules. Most changes have been fine tuning, the largest changes on charges and magic were suggested right at the start and we've had a long time to adapt.
      Changing the turn sequence would be warhammer 10th edition :-)

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    2. Yeah, that would make it nearly an entire new game. I know some people have tried it out like that, but it would not work unless major changes were being done to the whole game.

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  25. very hyped for the new chaos warriors and daemons! can't wait! good updates btw, but can't see any real problems with templates in CC. at first just to SHOOT you should get in 4" range of the engaged unit, then you should roll artillery dice for the suitable distance for the teardrop - usually it is something below 6" (because rolling more will overthrow the unit and you won't hit anything) and then you need to roll to wound and saves and else, so it is not devastating at all, keeping in mind 90% of Flamethrowers are move or fire you won't have more than one try with ~33% fail rate to shoot something with template in CC. as for others attacks, like stone throwers - they were not able to shoot in CC, because to shoot in CC you need to be 4" close to the target, while their closest distance for shooting is 6"

    so there are no real problems with Flamethrowers or other templates in CC, as it seems for me, especially with so much randomness

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    1. My suggestions for templates into close combat is to reflect the chance of hitting friendly troops. With missile fire a roll of a 1 to hit means you hit a friendly model. Suggest that this carries over to template weapons, so for each model hit, roll a die, on a 1 that hit applied to friendly troops.

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    2. Not all fire throwers use the artillery dice though, and the same goes for dragons and the like, making it very easy to kill lots of troops in combat with no risk. I want to avoid having additional rolls for those hit though, this could be houseruled if players want to use that.

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    3. What does everyone else think: an extra roll to see if you hit your own troop or just prohibit templates in combat...?

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  26. Volley fire: if no one in the unit have line of sight to the target do you still suffer just -1 to hit as for regular volley fire? Can they volley fire at a unit just behind a building for example? It doesnt seem quite alright. In a battle it should be far more realistic to shoot at a foe that you can actually see than some high point yield target behind a hill that only the gods up in the sky can be aware of(i e the players, that far from common belief has no telepathic link to the small guys in the field so everyone down there knows exactly everything that happens on the battlefield;) )

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    1. The -1 to hit modifier is due to the fact the arrows are not being aimed directly at the foe, but fired up to arc back down on the foe. If you are shooting directly at the foe - a foe you can see, then you shoot normally (not volley fire) and only those models that can see them can shoot (first two ranks)

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    2. This follows the same rule as stone throwers who can fire indirectly. In this case, the archers are really just firing at an area rather than a clear target, which is why they suffer -1 to hit. The addition of not needing LoS was added to make the ability more useful, as volley fire is not something that is likely to see much action as-is. Now you can put your bowmen behind your main line and fire instead of having them in the front (but suffer to hit penalties if you do so).

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    3. An idea Mathias:

      Could it be an idea to let friendly units march through friendly units of infantry that only has one or two ranks (assuming the archer unit is not moving itself).

      I'm sort of picturing archer units standing in the front of the army (as thy often did historically), then openig up their lines in an orderly fashion to let the melee units through when the enemy got nearer.

      Just an undeveloped idea so far, but I think it might have some potential.

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    4. It is an interesting concept, but a bit fiddly. Presumably the archer unit counts as having moved. Not entirely sure why you['d want to do this. the archer unit could just stand behind from the start and volley fire...

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  27. I was under the impresion that normal volley fire gave a -1 to hit modifier. Even with a normal volley you need to have a knowledge of the range to the target (and yes you can volley at a target you can see perfectly well, that is if you want everyone in the unit to shoot) so that the archers know what arc to follow. If no one in the unit has any idea of the range the elevation is just a very wild guesstimate.

    Archers, if they had time to prepare enough, usually set up or fired off markers on to the battlefield so they could fire off volleys at known ranges when the enemies approached those markers. Firing off volleys at invisible enemies is just a waste of arrows.

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  28. You could make the case that there might be an extra -1 if Nobody on the battle field can see them, but there are spies, magic scrying, secret mole scouts :-) etc to compensate ....

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    1. I am not totally against lobbbying shots against unseen enemies (you may see their banners, see the dust cloud they produce or hear their rude battleshouts and so on), it is allowed for artillery for example. So an extra -1 modifier against unseen enemies (so -2 in total) would be fine.
      The reason (my guess anyway) volley was introduced in WFB was to make it possible for units with deeper ranks of archers (like goblins) would be viable. 30 archers wide (or still 15) takes a lot of space. so you trade deeper ranks and more shots from a smaller frontage with the -1 modifier as it actually takes some archery skill to pull off a succesful hit with an elevated arc.

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  29. Lore of metals golden hounds targets a single model in a unit. Do I get the +1 to cast if the character is wearing armour but the unit isn't? I am not casting the spell on the unit but only on the character.

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    1. In this case the character and not the unit is the character, so the bonus should only be based on his armour. Will clarify this.

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  30. I'd like to request - again as it hasn't actually been formally turned down, that the lore attribute from the lore of light is adjusted:
    Currently it really only affects 2 of the 7 spells (minor impact on the net of amyntok). Suggest similar to the lore of metal, move the existing lore attribute to the relevant spells and add a new attribute that corresponds to the background. So Shem’s burning gaze has 2D6 hits for undead vampiric and daemonic. Banishment is 3D6 for undead vampiric and daemonic (I’d probably not bother changing the Net of Amyntok). Then new lore attribute. The wind of Hysh is the most subtle and hardest to capture and weave of all of the magics. Light wizards spend hours each day honing their rituals to maintain the necessary focus to be able to be able to bend it to their will. When given the opportunity to focus light wizards are powerful foes indeed but struggle when constantly disturbed. Light wizards gain +1 to cast if they have not moved, not shot in the shooting phase and are not in combat. They suffer -1 to cast if they are in combat. (I’d also add that the +1S from another nearby light wizard in banishment does not apply if that wizard is in combat)

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  31. Question on characters in units. There used to be a rule where wizards (any character) could hide in the back of a unit and not participate in direct fighting. This made a lot of sense for something like a life wizard in a group of great swords as they would make a buffer between him and the enemy. However with some of the new special characters (brewmasters, warchanters) I really want to be able to kill them and remove their buff, especially since I don't get the option to dispel it. I noticed the old rule of hiding in back is no longer available in the rule book. How have people been working with this topic and what are others opinions?

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    1. Characters must be in front rank, p80 of rule book, "Position in unit", so targetting the warchanter is easy, hiding the wizard at the back, or the BSB, not permitted

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  32. In our gaming group we think that 2xD3+M is slow for the charge. For example, with 2xD3 the mean charge range for M4 infantry is barley 7.5" i.e. less than the march distance. For infantry with M=6 it gets worse, mean charge range 9.5" compared to march range 12. Anyone that agrees on this, or is there a strong case for reduced charge range?

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    1. The reduced charge ranges means that movement and shooting phases are far more important - in 8th ed it was all about combat, ideally with a horde, small units of archers skirmishers and cavalry were second rate in comparison. It also provides huge potency to cavalry with their swiftstride rules, light and medium cavalry have real purpose again.
      You correctly identify that M6 (often Monstrous Infantry) have been hit the worst, I am yet to find this a massive challenge but then again I don't play too much with armies that have this - not a regular Ogre player. I would support a change that gives Monstrous Infantry +1 to their charge, flee and pursuit rolls, unless they have swiftstride too (which most don't). They'd then mostly charge 6+2D3+1 - so 10.5 on average which is only a little less than their march move, but marching is a lot less dangerous and doesn't require dodging incoming missiles and brandishing weapons etc.

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  33. I read the last comment, regarding charge range, which I as an Ogre player VERY much agree on... But I have found an even more problematic issue for armies using few but powerful models. That is the overrun rule for fleeing units, I.e. when charging a fleeing unit the charging unit inflicts n=unit size number of wounds. This means for example that a 20 size unit of goblins would vipe out a full 15 man unit of chaos warriors - but the 15 man unit can not do the same to the 20 goblins. This does not make much sense given that 15 chaos warriors are much stronger than 20 goblins. Maybe better to revert to charged unit being destroyed no matter of unit sizes? Or maybe better: charging unit inflicting unmodified Attacks (A) wounds? Then the chaos warriors could inflict 30W and the goblin unit 20W.
    Otherwise fantastic work with the rules and army book! It is the best thing that happened to the hobby in many years!

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    1. It is pretty rare for a unit that is caught to be of any use ever again. The example you use is a case in point. So if the chaos warriors charge, and 20 goblins break and flee and are caught then there are 5 left. Next turn those 5 can try to rally. if they do they are facing 15 chaos warriors who will charge in, slaughter them and overrun. If the goblins charged in it is even worse as the chaos warriors will charge in again before the goblins can rally, scoring an immediate 15 wounds wiping them out.
      What the rule does stop is a single character breaking a unit and then killing them all..

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    2. I would like to second that problem with overruns. Having the number of unmodified Attacks dealt is much better than the current rule.
      I don't see the logic of the reply. The new suggested rule would still prevent single characters destroying a full unit.

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