- If you haven’t yet read my background & biases, check it out here. It’s what colors my opinions.
Here are my opinions on Warhammer Age of Sigmar, as reading through the core rulebook that was recently released.
The first thing I’ll say about the Warhammer Age of Sigmar book is that the artwork is fantastic. I don’t know that this alone is worth the cost of admission for this book, but it definitely softens the blow. The other thing I notice is that there’s no writing credits that I can find anywhere in the book. There’s no Forward, no notes from the author, no dedication, no thanks to a bunch of people I don’t know…
The theory that I devised as I began reading through it is that this was completely designed & written by committee. The writing is disjointed and weird. Not in a way that suggests it was a single or even a couple disjointed writers and that’s their style, but more that each paragraph feels like it was put together, then voted on, then reworded, then voted on, then tweaked, then voted on, etc. It really makes the fluff nonsensical. But I’ll get into more of that later.
Today, I’m focusing on the introduction page.
As a newbie: So there are these two armies, effectively good & evil, that beat on each other. For what is likely to be all eternity. Wait, there are other armies? Well they’re mortal — these two armies are infused with their gods’ powers. Why play any of the mortal armies?
As a casual player: Oh, so are these the only two armies that matter? There’s barely even a mention of the fact that there are LOTS of mortal armies still milling around… and are these two armies just always going to crush me in games? Crap. I don’t want to start yet another army… I don’t even like these two armies (with regards to the models) as much as the ones that I already have.
The text itself feels superfluously descriptive, to the point of being a detriment of the story. It also feels forced, like someone is trying too hard. I kept getting lost in the excessive, and sometimes graphic descriptions, especially because most of them are not written in a way that gets MY creative juices flowing. It’s like they wanted to include EVERY CREATIVE DESCRIPTION so that you don’t have to use your imagination.
The way that it’s written also seems to be targeted at an audience new to Warhammer and wargaming. Good! as the introduction should be. However, it seems too watered down for adults and far too graphic for kids. It’s presented in a PG way, but it’s still describing horrific bloody violence. Overall, it left me a little put off, from both a Newbie and a Casual Player standpoint. Oh well, let’s keep reading anyway…