Monthly Archives: May 2008

How effective are Warp Spiders?

Note: this article refers to 4th Edition, I will update the article at some point. For now, basically the troops part should be relatively unchanged, but the change to vehicle damage makes quite a difference

The move to 4th edition has only really improved Warp Spiders- they can be very effective, but don’t let that marine armour save fool you, they are fragile and quite expensive. As you might have guessed by now, I am going to use some maths to choose the most efficient options for a squad. While maths cannot replace tactics, it should give you some idea of how to optimise your choices to get the most out of a very versatile unit.

If the thought of numbers has not scared you off, read on…

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…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?