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Sons of War: Cambridge

Well, it has been a long time since I posted, but 2 children under the age of 3 will do that to you. Anyway, since GW shut the local battle bunker down, my gaming has been a bit like my posting here and some of us have got fed up enough with this to do something about it and start our own club.

..and here, with no shame, is a blatent advert for it:

Welcome to Sons of War. We are a new wargaming club based in Cambridge, UK. We will soon be affiliated with the GCN, but welcome anyone who wants to play games from Warhammer 40k and Warmachine to board games and RPGs.

Our first meeting will be held on:

Wednesday 26th October, 2011
6.00pm til 10.30pm

28th Cambridge Scout Hut
Flamsteed Road off Rustat Rd

£3 per session as a one off
£2.50 per session with 6 month membership at £10
Annual Membership £15

9 gaming tables with full terrain
7 of which are full 6′x4′ tables… eager and willing for you to spill 40k blood onto..


You can find the website and club forums here:

Why Space Hulk is a “Limited Release”

As I guess most people know, Games Workshop has stated that the new Space Hulk will be a one time limited release and that there will be no expansions or any extra bits. I was a bit surprised about this decision, but I got the chance to ask Jervis Johnson about it at the UK Games Day.

I will quickly paraphrase our conversation. Basically, GW don’t want to add any more games to their core line up (40K, warhammer and LotR) but still want to be able to release great “stuff” that does not quite fit in with this mission statement. By making it limited edition they can make stuff like Space Hulk and not be tied to ongoing support- everyone understands what this means and won’t expect any content. The card pieces are also really expensive- so I guess the profit margin on this is not that great. I got the feeling (although he did not say so directly) that this would be the only way they could release stuff that did not fit in with their core games- maybe a compromise between the games designers and upper management? Interestingly, Jervis said they may do more stuff like this in future, which would only be good.

How will specialist games fit into this paradigm? I don’t know, but some of them are virtually unsupported anyway. Any thoughts?

5th Edition 40K

It does not seem so long since 4th Edition, but 5th is now just around the corner. GW have a preview on their site and there are copies in stores which the managers may let you look at.
Rules wise I am a bit concerned that “true line of sight” will make things much slower and fiddley, but I guess I will have to play it to find out. I imagine it will also make my favourite army, Eldar, play a bit differently. On the other hand, running wraithguard, scorpions and Eldrad will be interesting…

Then there is the question about which version to get. GW seem to have realised that there is a market for a range of different editions- I am tempted by the collectors edition, but then I would need a second copy to play with, and I just can’t justify that. Rumour also states that there will not be a full mini rulebook- I bought macragge (from ebay…) just so I did not need to carry the big one around. The gamers edition looks nice too, but I probably don’t really need an ammo crate. I may just end up with the basic book.

…but there is hope

Maybe Arstechnica being bought won’t be too bad. It seems that the current editorial team etc will be staying on and don’t intend to leave. They are also promising expansion and that the forums will remain unchanged. I believe Ken Fisher so things may not be so bleak as I feared.

Will it all be good 3 years from now… I will reserve judgement.

arstechnica bought by wired

Techcruch are reporting that arstechnica (my favourite independent tech site) has been bought by Wired (Conde Nast). I know the guys who run ars (Caesar et al.) have worked very hard for years with little reward so I am happy for them, but I can’t help being concerned about what this will mean for ars’ famous independence. I have been a paid subscriber for more than 4 years because I supported what they were doing- the access to extra parts of the site was secondary. Depending on how things turn out, I may have to re-evaluate this. I am not running around screaming that the house is burning down, but I am a little bit worried.

As for the forums, I fear they will not stay the same. Can anything replace ars?