Breath in again, 40K RP didn’t go away

People were wigging out over on RPGnet at the announcement that Games Workshop was going to reorient the output of its imprint, Black Library, canceling the nascent Warhammer 40,000 roleplaying line and canceling Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay. This was particularly irritating to people who’d been hoping for a Warhammer 40,000 roleplaying game for two decades only to see the game canceled after a lone book saw print.
Well, as it happens, GW wasn’t killing the line. Instead, they’ve just signed an agreement with Fantasy Flight Games, publishers of Arkham Horror, World of Warcraft: the Boardgame, Tide of Iron, and a personal favorite of mine, War of the Ring, to be the exclusive publisher of board games, card games, and roleplaying games based on Games Workshop’s properties.
“We are just so thrilled to partner with Games Workshop in such an encompassing deal,” said Christian T. Petersen, CEO and founder of FFG. “Not only will we be able to continue the publication of some phenomenal roleplaying, card, and board games currently on the market, but we look forward to creating new games for the popular GW universes!”
This is exciting news, as FFG has a good track record for publishing fun, high quality games. I especially like that they’re not just going to be a reprint house, but will be able to generate new games based on the licensed material.
You can read the original press release, in PDF form, here.

With my infinite time and money…

One thing I have to watch is my tendency to assign myself more projects than I have time for. Be it at work or otherwise, there’s always more interesting stuff to do than time in which to do it.
The corollary to watching how time is spent is making sure I don’t spend money on things I won’t have the time to actually work on. That said, there are some outstanding projects I’d really like to find both time and money for.
The first miniatures game I ever played was Warhammer 40,000 – Rogue Trader, a quirky little game that spawned a vast empire of miniatures gaming and derivative IP in the form of computer games and a burgeoning online world. I’ve held onto my Rogue Trader book, as well as other jewels like Chapter Approved and the Compendium, but I sold the bulk of my miniatures, keeping just the Space Marines:
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(Picture found at The Stuff of Legends, a really handy miniatures website.)
Since then, the game world has advanced and grown. The most recent edition of Warhammer 40,000, the fourth edition, features cleaned-up rules but the same rich world, with twenty years of additional material. Among the “new” additions since I last played are the “young” race of the setting, the Tau:
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The Tau fascinate me, and a 40K Tau force is one of the ways I’d spend time and money, if I somehow acquired a surplus of both. However, there’s an option even cooler than a 40K Tau force. Far more than Warhammer 40K, my game of choice in the day was Space Marine, a game geared toward larger-scale battles, using smaller-scale minis. Instead of being 28mm tall, a person is 6mm tall — roughly 1:300 scale. I was first drawn to Space Marine — later rechristened “Epic” — by a friend’s copy of the very first epic game, Adeptus Titanicus. AT featured giant war machines from the world of Warhammer 40K, like this Warlord Titan:
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Sometime in college, I acquired nine or so Warlord Titans in a trade (I traded away some 40K stuff I was never going to use). Fixing these up is one of those projects that requires no additional money, just time. However, if I once again had that inifnite money and time, I’d also pick up these:
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Yup, those are epic-scale Tau, available (at a price) from Forge World. Sadly, as a niche product in a niche category, they’re not cheap. That squad of infantry (called “Fire Warriors,” by the way), would run me about $24, or about $1 for each 6mm-tall soldier. Ouch. That’s way more expensive than my old epic minis cost me, even adjusting for inflation.
Okay, enough of that. Now back to writing a paper.

More Nintendo and some GW bits

Following up on m’s recent post about the Nintendo Wii, I have a question for all my DS-addicted peeps out there: Has anyone purchased, or is anyone planning on picking up, MechAssault: Phantom War for the DS? As it happens, there’s a coupon in there for the plastic minis version of said game, so if you had it, I might want to beg it off ya’.
In another subset of the minis gaming genre, Battlewagon Bits is a neat little site that sells individual components of GW multipart miniatures to aid in your customization work. After all, why buy a whole pack of Chaos Marines when all you really wanted was some Chaos Heavy Bolter plastic bits? I no longer buy any GW minis, but if I did, this site would be awesome.