Good review/summary of the new BA book. Much appreciated. I would like to see the F-bombs tonned down a bit, seemed a little unneccesary and probably not the best for our younger gamers.
All in all, very useful.
The general tone of Heresy is that we're primarily an adult community and therefore we treat our members as adults and expect them to behave as adults, even if they're not. Adults curse. As such, we do allow mild and moderate use of explicit language in our posts. I'll agree that "Mephiston: Lord of Skullfucking Death" may be pushing the 'mild and moderate' boundary a little, but he's earned the title and it;s how I always refer to the chief librarian of the blood angels, out of my respect for his power ;-)
That said, I've found that young people are just fine with profanity, they love it even. A popular song at my grade school back when I was a nipper went along the lines of...
very popular. Practically replaced the third grade fight song. And that was before the internet, even.
Their parents, on the other hand...<shrugs> Their parents are adults, fully capable and empowered to make their own decisions about what they want their kids exposed to. It's not my job to raise their little nurglings
But I do respect your views on the subject and appreciate your feedback. I don't personally feel the language content was excessive, but I'll keep it in mind for the future. However, the focus at heresy will always be on fostering the more grown-up atmosphere, rather than making grown adults tiptoe around a handfull of arbitrary words to maintain an illusion that we're kiddie-friendly. That's what makes us cooler than the other boards
As far as things go, I can see them being a codex chapter and wanting them to still get the codex toys, but getting one of the few "we get this one elites unit that lets us outshoot just about anything else at elites" when you get the other gribblies just seems a bit unfair to a newish codex that is already outshone by the other chapter that isn't represented by C:SM.
As I pointed out earlier, there are just as many (or more) things that C:BA doesn't have access to from C:SM as there are new things we have that they don't. Picking on one particular unit doesn't really make sense. You may as well complain that they have scouts, or tactical squads or devastators. They're all standard SM unit types that every codex adherent chapter should have.
When C:SM came out they retconned Sternguard as part of standard codex astartes veterans of the first company. Blood Angels adhere to the codex astartes to a very high degree. To not include them would require further retcon, fluff revision and other such nonsense. Sternguard are just veterans. Every company has veterans. Why would blood angels not have veterans, or why would their veterans only have jump packs and melee weapons when vets are allowed to chose their own armament?
There's just as much reason for BA to have sternguard as there is for them to have chaplains, tactical squad, bikers, or any other standard unit.
As for Eldar bitterness: if that was really the motivating factor, I wouldn't be rushing to the Smurfs defense, would I? I Mean, they have a FA choice that's a closed top av10 fast skimmer that deepstrikes. They can give it a MM and HF for 75 points unless they've change it since C:BT. Theres plenty of bitterness to go around, but it's not really what's coming up when I discuss things that I see as being something that I think they should have done a tad bit differently.
Fair enough. I just heard a lot of kvetching about how they;ve stolen this and stolen that from eldar. It was wrong of me to assume your bitterness was entirely eldar-derived rather than a general, all-encompassing bitterness
In any event, I think the codex is well balanced. It's more *interesting* than C:SM, but I don't think more powerful, especially when you tally up the points. We pay for all our cool stuff, at a premium. It's certainly no C:SW where everything was cooler, better *and* cheaper.