3rd Post in a Row...
I feel a little bad picking on you guys while you're at AdeptaCon, but for me, this episode fell a little flat. It felt less like "Adapting to Edition Change" and more "Lets Complain About the Rules", and there are plenty of places I can go to hear that Tau are broken and the worst thing ever. I also happen to disagree on some stuff, but tonally...
Fours things (besides the allies...) that I disagree with specifically:
- Overwatch: I really like overwatch. I think it does add a couple things to the game, including that "I'm rolling dice in my opponents turn" aspect you praised about some other mechanics in AoS. And I also think, to steal something Justin was saying, that it adds decisions and tactical depth to the game because there's decisions on the assaulting
player. Assault shouldn't just be "Of course I charge." There should be depth to it - whether or not you should go in with a bait unit first. Whether you should charge that unit of flamer armed types or not. Without it, there's very few reasons not
- Running: The reason its not in the movement phase is because there's a phase in between moving and shooting. I can pretty much promise you that if it was the way Justin wanted, he'd be complaining about shenanigans with running and then casting Blessings.
- Formations: You guys had been talking about "Power from Fluff" earlier - the Gladius is exactly that. Take some units you wouldn't normally take, in the "classic" way a Space Marine army deploys, and get bonuses from it. You might not like the "Free Stuff!" version of power, but it's not like you saw a lot of Space Marine companies on the table before Gladius showed up.
- Moving Rules to Unit Entries: I think this is a big step backwards. It's way easier to say "These are Aeldari Soul-Eaters, they have Fleet, Rage and Counter-attack" than "They have Wrath of the Ancient Gods, which does...". That GW introduced so many "It's like X but..." rules is a problem, but moving it to the unit entries doesn't streamline anything.
Anyway, griping over. And in the name of not disagreeing with Justin on everything...I too prefer an analog kanban board. Corkboard and index cards my friend.