The End Times are here, gentle readers. At least they are for Warhammer Fantasy. After what feels like forever GW have decided to destroy the Old World in a blaze of glory and, if rumours are to be believed, replace it with dimensional bubbles (no, I don’t know what the hell that means either). Now, I’m not a fantasy player but if I was, I’d be shaking in my army-surplus size tens right now. Will my army still be valid? Can I still use the huge and expensive Glottkin I only just bought? How the fudge do I play a game based on dimensional bubbles? In answer to those questions, no-one knows. Some would argue that Warhammer Fantasy has been stagnant for a good long time and makes comparatively little money, next to 40k. While this may be true, does it need such a dramatic transformation? I for one, have loved the fantasy background of the Old World and whilst I don’t play with the minis I do love a game of Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay. It would be a shame for me to see such a rich world disappear into the void.
There are even whispers that this will affect the behemoth that is 40k. Abbadon’s 13th Crusade could finally be coming to fruition. The Eye of Terror might open, spewing forth Chaos in its purest form. The Primarchs may return to finish the Long War that began ten thousand years ago. The Emperor himself, could walk again and the galaxy would shake from his footsteps! Or it might be nothing. Until the End Times finish and GW head office check the spreadsheets, we won’t know that affect this could have. 40k has had an unprecedented release schedule since the release of 7th edition and it’s too damn soon for 8th to come out. We may well be reaching an oversaturation point where gamers just don’t have the time and money to keep up but GW can’t afford not to push constantly new products.
On the other hand, we’ve seen far to many games wither and die over the years. One that stands out to me is “The Great Rail Wars”, based on the “Deadlands” rpg. A fun game with a great background and some fantastic ideas. You could transfer characters from the rpg into the tabletop game, there was a campaign where players didn’t know the full extent of each others plans and they even made a crossover with White Wolf’s “Savage West”. After a while though, it just fell by the wayside. No new sculpts, no new rules and people moved on without new shinys to keep their attention. The sad demise of a great game. Without innovation, renewal and most importantly new products a game can easily go the way of the dodo. Could Warhammer Fantasy rise like a weird quantum-entangled phoenix from the warp-smashed ashes of the Old World? Only time will tell.
How do you feel about this? Will you miss the Old World? Do you even care? Let us know in the comments and the best reply will win a smug feeling of self importance.
Until next time gentle readers.