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My Uncle used to play warhammer 40k when he was younger, back in the days of 2nd ed. He's thinking of getting back into it (playing as the despicable smurfs no less). He read the 4th ed and wasn't impressed with the rules and has now read my copy of 5th. He thinks its better than 4th but still not as good as 2nd. Whats the best way to convince him to play? or that 5th is good?
Thanks in advance.
Tell him that a try-out surely wouldn't hurt? I mean, how can he know if it is no fun if he doesn't try it...
Also, remind him that 2nd ed. is almost 20 years old now and it's a completely different game.
I'm not experienced enough to know for sure completely, but the general consensus is that the jump to 5th edition fixed a LOT of problems that have been plaguing the game for years. Also, there seems to be a new trend of writing MUCH better codexes than in the past. The business model USED to be, "let's build a codex with one really cool super-unit, and not worry much about the rest." With this model, a new codex would be fun for about 6 months before other players figured out how to beat the uber-unit. GW's rationale at the time was that, since a new 40k codex could come out roughly every 6 months, there'd be a perpetual surge in SOMETHING going on at all time.
Fortunately, GW has realized how toxic that is to the game in general. Now, it's a lot easier to build good armies out of the latest books (SM, IG, SW, BA, Nids, etc.), and it's bringing more balance to the game with every new release. Trust me, the game's changing for the better.
Get him to play a few games. I'd be suprised if he wasn't impressed by how fast and smooth the game is now. Rulesets from that era (and 2nd edition 40k was a classic example of this) were so fiddly and long winded- sure he might miss overwatch and vortex grenades but he'll have a lot more fun with the newest edition. Plus the minis these days compared to back then are astoundingly good.
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