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I've heard of a concern that the new Dark Angels codex is the beginning of a new trend in Warhammer 40k of watered down special rules that use nothing but already existing rules and the end of having an armoury to choose from to upgrade your characters. Both the Dark Angels and the Eldar codexes have been in this new style, and many players believe this will be the standard from now on.
I have my opinion on it, but first I wanted to see what LO thinks. Is the future of 40k doomed to be a standardised dissapointment like some believe the Dark Angels are?
"Courage is not the absence of fear, it is the conquest of it." -Anon
I also fear that GW will make the game too simple. But eldar needed to be made that way with all the different aspects a normal armoury wouldn't work well.
What I fear most is that GW will make Dark Eldar simple and take away many of the great rules that I love(wych weapons)
Well, simple is not necessarily bad. I mean, Go is the greatest strategy game and it is deceiptively simple, more so than chess, but much deeper.
I found the eldar codex much easier to refer to than others. Placing Force weapons and psychic hoods in the Librarian's entry ,for example, is a good thing as it won't force you to flip through the book. I do not expect the general armoury to disappear, though.
"Politics is the womb in which war develops"
It made mention in the most recent WD, that the Dark Angels codex is in the same format as the Eldar codex, and the FORMAT will be used for future codexes. Its simply for ease, you can pack in more rule, and keep relevant information together under the proper entry.