Hello and welcome to another edition of Drake predicts the future. The Horus Heresy plastic set is obviously on its way now are we now understand that it can be used as a standalone box game with apparently two rule sets. This two rule sets thing got me thinking over the past few days. We have not really got much of A difference between the 30K and the 40K rule set so in my mind it would be very silly to put two of the same into the same boxed game. Which led me down another path; how did we get the hobby? Most people got in early days when they first saw a Space Marine be this rogue trader, Space Hulk etc. I personally got involved at the Space Crusade stage.
In my opinion this box which is about to come out is the new "Space Crusade". I'm not saying it's going to be called Space Crusade that would be damn silly, but what I am saying is could this be the jump off set that 40K and 30K actually need to bring more youngsters into the hobby? I mean if we all got in to it at the Space Crusade era and are still into it now, it can only be a decent sign. I personally believe that they went back to the drawing board on this one and started looking at the hobby from a day one "how did you start?". How can we re-introduce a Space Crusade style game into the hobby? Every kid like space Marines that is mainly the reason why they play 40K and there is a lot of characterisation and 30K (which did need plastic support), and it is predominantly Marine on Marine.
In my opinion Assassination Force was a trial to see what they could do with the technology for cardboard boards and a simplified rule set. This made me think that it was quite similar to a simplified process which was used in the Space Crusade boxed game. Maybe one of the rule sets which are involved in this box is a simple move move for squares role to dice to kill that person style system.
So I personally believe there will be a simplified rule set and a standard age of Darkness (7th edition equivalent) rule set for the veteran gamer is inside this one box. Apparently it has 30 Mk4, 10 Cataphractii, 1 Contemptor and 2 Characters.
It is rumoured to be called Battle of Calth.
Can't you imagine the boarding missile tiles for entry onto the opponents ship? Maybe a Cardboard Caestus Assault Ram or Kharybdis to help promote the FW Horus Heresy range? The trim of the box depicting different colour schemes for the different Legions? Ahhhh smell the Nostalgia.
I do believe we will see it at the 40k open day in October on the 17th.
What do you think? I could be completely wrong, but I would want to do something like this if I was in charge.