So the day has come that I finally acquired a physical copy of Wrath & Glory. I have been waiting for this for a very long time and funny how it comes not too long after I write about never getting the opportunity to get the physical copy.
Now that I finally have a physical copy, albeit months later than expected, I can actually start trying to run the game now. This is the book front and back:
My buddy and I were there not one hour after they announced that my local hobby shop had gotten copies of the game and its supplements in, but I was there just in time to get the last one. Sadly I was unable to acquire any of the GM screens, but that can come at a later time I suppose. The person at the counter did tell me most copies went to special orders, but the fact that they had so few after the fact tells me that the game is more popular than anyone was expecting for it to have been. I have already aired my concerns about how unprepared I think Ulisses was, but it shouldn’t matter that much going forward. Regardless I am really happen to have gotten one and can admit I would have been salty if I had been unable to acquire one.
I find myself in a weird spot because I want to play the game, but also would be the one who needs to run it as well. So makes me think I will have to initially start as the GM, but can move on to a player once we all learn the system. Though to be completely honest running Wrath & Glory games won’t be as annoying to me as DMing for Dungeons & Dragons is, just because I feel like I can craft stories that I myself enjoy more in the 40K setting. As a player the first archetype I would go for would a be an Eldar Corsair. I think they are just very cool and regret the fact that I didn’t get in on the Corsair fun while I could have in 40K, it is my great hopes that they will re-launch the Corsairs in the near future.
I think it is a good time to say that the artwork in the book is awesome and wanted to end off by showing off some of the art that can be found in the Wrath & Glory book.
Anyway that is it for this little blurb, until next time everyone!
One thing that I have been looking forward to for a very long time has been the release of Wrath & Glory, the new 40K tabletop RPG. The release has been sloppy at best, with a digital copy being released rather quickly and the physical release being far far far behind when it was supposed to be out. Now I get some people would be fine with just the digital copy, but I personally (like many others) actually like having a hard copy of the book to use. This is a big issue for people who pre-ordered starting sets along with the core rules and other supplements that are coming out on release.
The Digital copy came out on DriveThruRPG.com in August and was available for purchase at a fairly low price, which I have to give props for. However, there was an issue with various inconsistencies, typos and the like, but when I finally got around to purchasing my digital copy it seemed that these were all cleaned up or I just couldn’t find any myself. I will say that the game itself is very cool, and I like the mechanics of it quite a bit so I want an physical copy so we can start running it at my table.
This is where we start having a problem, the physical copy, because I for the life of me can’t find it anywhere at all and my local hobby store has no idea about it either. It has started becoming a frustration for me as the release date has been constantly pushed back and back and back to the point where some people are still having issues getting their copies. Originally it was said that they were aiming for an October release.
Alright cool, October rolled around and still nothing of a release date to be had for Wrath & Glory. November would come by and people would still be scratching their heads wondering what was going on for their orders.
Ah there is that wording again “should be” which just signals a general lack of organization when it came to the physical release. Now there are reports of people starting to get their copies at the end of last month, which is good for them because it has been a long wait for it. The weird thing is that some people have gotten them and some haven’t, if you live in the United States it is probably very likely you have gotten your pre-order already.
It is only the pre-orders that seem to have been sent out though, if you are waiting for a retail copy like me you are shit out of luck.
On their Facebook Page they did make claims about how it would be available in retail as of January 1st.
Now James for Ulisses does make a point about it does depend on the distributers as well and it isn’t wholly on them. Who knows how much of this is due to distribution issues, and not their fault at all? Hard to say. But it does seem like retailers are kept just as much in the dark as everyone else because some of the online retailers that you could find this stuff on have no idea themselves.
So I have no clue what is going on and it doesn’t seem like other people do either. Now don’t get me wrong I really like the game, and I WANT the physical copy which is why this irks me as much as it does. I want to play the damn game and I want to have a hardcover to do so with. I want to give them my money, but the amount of flip-flopping that has been going on with release dates and the general lack of information is incredibly frustrating to me. To me it just seems like they underestimated the amount of demand that this license would generate and were woefully unprepared to fill out the orders. Some people might call it an overreaction as it is only three months past the time they were originally aiming for and yeah I get that stuff happens, but a little more clarity on the release would have been nice. Instead of shoulds, coulds, and woulds, a little more concrete information would have gone a long way. I hopefully get my hands on a hard copy eventually and have some really nice stuff to say about the game itself, but I want the full hard copy and other supplements in my hands first.
Anyway thanks to anyone who read through this post shaped rant, and hopefully I will have some good news about the release in the near future.
Been a little quiet as of late, what with finals for University finishing up and getting into full time work. So what I had in mind for this post here was a quick round-up of what has been going on and a couple things I wanted to talk about.
Pillars of Eternity 2
Now if you haven’t played either this one or the first one, and are a fan of RPGs, then you are missing out. The Pillars of Eternity games both are magnificent, and manage to tell a great story that, you the player are a key definer of the events. There are sadly lots of games that boast giving you choice and big world to play around in, but fail to deliver, *cough* Fallout 4 *cough*. That isn’t an issue here though, as you can do quests in many different ways that have an impact on how the game will end, as well as seeing your actions from the first game coming back around. The amount of character options is also rather staggering as the many classes have so many options within themselves, with the added ability to multi-class you can set yourself up in any number of ways to try many different builds. The story and writing is also top-notch as expected, so it is very unlikely to get boring for any RPG fan at any point. In conclusion it is a fantastic game that is more than worth the price.
Wrath & Glory
Some exciting news from the Warhammer universe this week. Starting off with Wrath & Glory, I have wrote about this topic before as I am very keen to see how it comes along. Now it seems the release is in site as they are putting up pre order dates for their two starter bundles. Both of these are very appealing, especially the “All-in” bundle that comes with everything you would every need to run a game, and the price certainly reflects that. I have high hopes as I am very obviously a huge Warhammer 40K fan, and love tabletop RPGs, so to have both in one is ideal for me. With the loss of the Fantasy Flight Games tabletops, it is imperative that Wrath & Glory be good. Huge bonus is the implementation of Xeno characters that the FFG games really ignored, as well as the various “power levels” of different character archetypes that can allow you to tailor a game to have characters of the same strength. All of this makes me optimistic for the options that the game can offer.
People have been wanting new Kill Team rules for a while here, and now that we are getting them, I am very excited. It is the perfect setup for small scale battles not unlike Shadespire, that allows you to use some of the minis you already own for the full-scale game, and vice-versa. The customization of your units for Kill Team is very cool sounding, as well as the potential narrative stuff you can create with your friends. The rules are also different enough from the regular game that allows you to have a similar, but different enough experience to warrant playing it. The faction options they outline are quite encouraging as the list is rather varied with not many being left out.
I will 100% be getting Kill Team, and it is said to be coming out in the near future as well, so I will definitely have more to say about it moving forward. I can’t wait to use my Death Guard and Dark Eldar on these smaller scale battles!
There have been lots of cool things going on, and I haven’t failed to notice them. Now that University is done for the summer I will have more time for posting things, especially will all the new stuff coming up there will be lots to post about. Also had the craziest idea of starting an Age of Sigmar army at some point, any recommendations that people have? Was thinking Maggotkin, Fyreslayers, Kharadron Overlords, or Khorne Bloodbound.
Warhammer 40K is my favorite sci-fi/space fantasy setting of all time, beating out Star Wars (which is a close number 2) and others. The lore is so deep and all the characters/races are just so bad ass. So when I heard of that Fantasy Flight Games had a Tabletop RPG series with the 40K license I had to jump on it. With the numerous modules (by the time I got into it) there were many options to live out the universe; Dark Heresy, Rogue Trader, Deathwatch, Only War, and Black Crusade.
Was really able to sink my teeth into Dark Heresy, Deathwatch and Black Crusade, so that is what my RPG group spent the most time on out of them all. The system that FFG (Fantasy Flight Games) had for these games fell under the d100 system which had percentages for success on rolls. Say you were going to go shoot something and you had a Ballistic Skill of 35, well you had to hit 35 or under to hit. Then once that was done you would roll for damage, there was nothing further to it, you would hit based on your character’s skill or you wouldn’t. That really resonated with me as sometimes in these games, like Dungeons & Dragons for example, had other things to account for like opposing AC which could make all the difference. I very much enjoyed the FFG take on the 40K universe and there were so many places it could go. However, there was one thing that always irked me and that was the fact there were limited (if any) options to play the alien races.
Standard argument people make is that you could home brew your way through that, but that never sat well with me. Insert things like The Spin and that is what home brew is to me, weird overpowered shit that makes zero sense. Can’t take it seriously and neither can my group, there has always been a no home brew allowed thing agreed on by us all. It just feels so artificial and just not right at all, just a weird feeling overall. Not that I feel there is anything wrong with anyone doing this, if you like to home brew things all the power to you.
So where this leaves me is the point where the contract between FFG and Games Workshop ran out so no more 40K games by them, which is really too bad. The new game that will be taking over is called Wrath & Glory, as taken on by Ulisses (props for the name.) There isn’t much known about it at this point other than they plan to focus on archetypes, will be using a d6 system for roles and the tiers of power thing (which I will touch on shortly). The d6 is ok in my opinion, and has seen use in things like Shadowrun so it works for some bigger known games. The biggest thing I have hope for in Wrath and Glory is to be able to get those systems built in to play things like Eldar, Dark Eldar, Tau, Orks, or even Neurons (somehow.) This would be really awesome and put the full scope of the world to use. Because personally even though the Imperium and the forces of Chaos are sweet, would be cool to see some different stuff take center stage. Those are my hopes for Wrath & Glory. In the latest newsletter by Ulisses they talk about tiers of power for characters with the Eldar Warlock being an example of a Tier 3 power character. So with them considering the different tiers of power it seems like they are giving great thought to the 40K universe as a whole and ways to balance those characters out. I have great hope for Wrath & Glory being awesome and using the other races as they speak of the other race options often enough in the newsletters.
TLDR; FFG had a great rpg, so Wrath and Glory will ideally be a good follow up. Just needs to put the d6 system to good use and have some focus/options on the races outside of mankind. Hope it is good.
Also check out the FFG games before it is too late and they go outta print. Having the physical copies is always best (in my opinion) and PDFs just slow things down at the table.
A module about being sweet Chaos aligned Space marines and Humans, has a free-form style to leveling characters based on what gods you worship. Fun times for chaos.
About the Ordo Xenos special group made up of Space Marines gathered from all different chapters allowing for interesting character creation and interactions between players.
Ever want to be Imperial Guardsmen and be expendable as all hell? Here you go this one is for you. Can create a regiment for yourselves, have an awesome theme going for your characters and ultimately die for the God Emperor of mankind. Who knows maybe you will be that one awesome guy who survives it all?
Dark Heresy 2nd Edition
The one that started it all, has solid character creation rules and you get to be above the common folk of the Imperium. Working for the Inquisition you get to do all sorts of fun things and be the ultimate hunters of witches/aliens/demons.
Finally we have here Rogue Trader; flying around through space to discover new planets, trade routes and ultimately earn your fortune. Be the ultimate space faring Han Solo type and see all that there is to see.