Atypically of me I had jumped on the bandwagon and put up an article about the supposed leaked 6th edition. Now, as many thought, it appears to be completely false and you can find those debunking it in my blogroll or with a little searching. There was something I did take away from this though, the thought of a game as complicated as the leaked 6th edition was is just not for me.
There was a time when I’d have gladly played a game with hundreds of pages of rules, layer upon layer of complexity, but that time is not now. I’ve mentioned before that 40K, or any game for that matter, is a break from life. I don’t have the time or the inclination to pick up a game that looks like work. Some marvel at the idea of a game with such depth, and I was in that boat when I was younger and had less obligations in life, and I still want to immerse myself in a game but not something that has a bloated rule set.
The games I enjoy the most are simple. Admittedly 40K isn’t the simplest games out there but nor is it the animal that floated around for a few days as 6th edition. I’d have to say that 40K in its current form is really as complicated a game as I’m willing to play. The core of the game is simple to learn and the complexities arise in the form of understanding the subtleties of the rules and the application of army codices, not the rules themselves. Another favorite game of mine is Blood Bowl. The core rules of Blood Bowl take up 23 pages, that’s it, and is arguably one of the best games GW ever produced.
I was gladdened to see that what was being passed around as 6th edition was fake. As much as I’d have hated to set aside a hobby I’ve spent so much time in I would have in a heartbeat if what I was reading was true. I have some money set aside to expand my Chaos force and I was already considering what to do instead with that cash. It wouldn’t have mattered if the rules fixed absolutely everything wrong with 40K, put every army on the same footing and became the most balanced game of all time if it meant the simple game I love became a novel of rules requiring higher education to comprehend. I’ll take the game as we know it with all its flaws over the abomination I read.