Sunday, 1 July 2012

Only War: Is it the Future?

With Warhammer: 40,000 6th edition coming hot off of the press as i type it would be easy to overlook Only War, the latest roleplaying offering from Fantasy Flight Games set in the grim darkness of the future.

But who'll be top dog on the tabletop?

For me, i'd have to say that Only War is has left a very strong first impression. The system is simple and sleek without being rules light. It opens many avenues for roleplaying and, for a product that's still in development (available under beta release) it shows a great deal of promise. It also offers a great deal of grit by casting you in the roles of fearsome Imperial Guards, the squishy front line in a never ending war. In fact, my only real bone of contention with it is the seemingly minimal press coverage it has received. Okay, two bones. The price tag.

Whilst you can pick up a free copy of the quickstart rules here, if you want a full copy of the beta release it's going to set you back $20. Not the end of the world granted but for the PDF of what is still a work in progress it seems a little steep.

That said, there is no guarantee that a fully developed product from Games Workshop is going to be any better and, it largely comes down to a matter of taste. If you enjoy skirmish games then the new release of Warnammer: 40,000 is probably still going to be your go to game but, if you're looking for something new but with a familiar feel then you really can't go far wrong with a free product from an industry giant.

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