Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Project Unforgiven: Revitalizing Dark Angels for a new generation

For the past month, the Dark Angels community over at Bolter & Chainsword has been setting up the framework for a project that will bring an update to the Dark Angels codex. There are really two parts to this project.

The first, titled Project Redemption, is taking the current DA codex and updating wargear, special rules, and unit discrepancies that would at least put it on par with the fundamentals of 5th edition. The second one, titled Project Unforgiven, is taking a look at all the fluff available to 40k players currently and reworking the codex from the ground up.

The end goal is to produce a set of documents to aid Games Workshop in a timely release of a new Dark Angels codex. We are researching fluff, mechanics, design, and a myriad of other issues over the coarse of the project and plan to playtest the project extensively once we being working with the rules development. Discussion with Jervis at GamesDay UK suggests we will be uniquely positioned to influence GW's normal process as the studio members are just now starting to turn their wheels on possible DA updates.

This isn't the first time the DA community at Bolter & Chainsword have influenced the rules for the better. In 3rd edition, the FAQ update that led to the 3.5 DA codex was in fact a result of a similar set of documents sent in by this community.

I suggest you all take a look at the project, give some feedback, and participate in the discussions. Things got sidetracked recently, but are now getting back on track, and this is a great opportunity to learn just how difficult it is to make a balanced codex that feels right!

All of the appropriate threads can be found in the Unforgiven Rules Development subforum.

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