As you might be aware, when GW decided to give up on 8th Ed Warhammer, the community fell apart. There where some whom followed GW and took up playing Age of Sigmar. Poor fools lol, Some looked for a wargame supported by a company. Kings of War by Mantic (run by ex GW members) fulfills this criteria and they also produce models and have recently released a final version rulebook. Yay for them, but it's not what the community are used to.
However there where some who banded together, determined to produce a fantasy game that fulfilled all the needs of old warhammer players but without the problems that made 8th so annoying.
Today they can finally release their rule set as a finished product.
The 9th Age team, a band of volunteers who should stand up and take a bow and have a pat on the back, for they have created what is a magnificent rule set which has been carefully balanced so that there are no must have choices or choices you want to avoid. Laser guided cannons are a thing of the past and magic is the risky business but not the all powerful force it should be. Okay we may be missing some of the fluff rules that made GW what it is, but these are small fry in what is an anazing rule set
This rule set will now remain constant probably until next year (a review starts in September) and over time the team will be adding fluff and artwork. We have already seen how accomplished this will be with the undying book so I can only wait with a baited breath over how this will go.
And the best bit is? I no longer have to use GW minis. Don't get me wrong, I love GW minis, but the cost is horrendous and there are so many better ones out there
So what you waiting for? Get the rules (for free), get your army books (for free) and start playing.
Here at the brewery we look forward to seeing many new battles and tactical discussion not to mention many new models being painted!
Bugman - Proudly supporting the 9th age
Here is the offical quote
With your help, we’ve done it. Welcome to the release of Fantasy Battles: The 9th Age.
This 1.0 edition is static and will not change until at least September 2016, where data will be evaluated and a new update phase will begin. This period will be different from beta testing - there will be more art and background produced, more tournaments run, more miniature companies getting on board - but there will be no changes to the rules. Grab some models, grab your friend, grab some dice and show them you are not to be messed with.
But that’s not all. Now that we have our game, we need to tell people about it. Tell your mates. If they already know about it but they’ve been hesitant about playing, now’s the time to join! Support your local game store, ask them to support us, and please share our social media posts.
Spread the word! Tell your friends how your Gargantula lost its last wound to that Equitainian Priestess or about how you pulled off that brilliant flanking maneuver. Show them your Snake Swarm Saurian Ancients list or your wicked Von Karnstein build. If you appreciated the balance or inclusivity that we have sought to achieve, then post on wargaming websites. We want to keep supporting this game indefinitely and we want more people to be part of this community.
It only gets better from here.
The 9th Age