Wait a minute, that's not in the rulebook


Who doesn't have the rulebook? We all do.
Alright, 98 percent of us do, the other 2 percent are never going to buy one, they're just going to borrow ours.

But we all know the rules to the game. Like them or not, agree with them or not, we know 5th edition changed some things and the game is different now.

Keep reading, this isn't going where you think it is...

On any given day, you can cruise through the greater 40k online community and find tons of articles on these very rules. There are forums designed to allow people to debate the rules, some sites show you how to get the most from the rules, there's RAI and RAW, there are FAQs and I'm sure there's even more that I'm forgetting.

And with these very rules, we can play the game.
They make it fair, they level the field right?
Or do they?

For the longest time, I've been wanting to put this to the test and I did that the other night night.

I called up two good friends of mine last week and arranged a night of gaming at the local game store.
After letting them in on my little plan, they were more than happy to oblige my request and we were off for what was to be quite an interesting game

Here's the complete battle report.


Ron, From the WarpIf you've got any questions about something in this post, shoot me a comment and I'll be glad to answer. Make sure to share your hobby tips and thoughts in the comments below!

18 comments:

  1. I'm confused.

    Is this just about playing a game solely by RAW? Because, like, we do that *all the time* 'round these parts.

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  2. I confess a great deal on interest also. We play by about 95% RAW - we ignore the fact that Vehicles aren't allowed to swivel turrets and sponsons before declaring a target, that having one model in a unit with the USR grants the whole unit Stealth, and that vehicles are always obscured from each other, as they can only see an area of the hull equivalent to the width of their barrel (a logical extrapolation, I suppose, not entirely explicit in RAW) - otherwise we play exactly right. Our Infantry can't turn to pick targets in the Shooting Phase. Our Chaos Dreadnoughts only Frenzy in their LOS, not backwards, etc.

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  3. King, I do not understand what you are saying about infantry. Infantry have no facing in the RAW so they do not need to turn.

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  4. This is as intriguing as that flippin' mystery box!

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  5. Highly intriguing sir! FTW Field Reports ... that reminds me, did we ever get around to finishing the Eldar Field Guide ... or did we simply both get too busy?

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  6. I think I know where you are going with this but I will keep things buttoned up and see if I am right.

    However I have to admit, that I am still finding stuff everyday, stuff that I am 100% on, Like units dying inside a transport if you roll a 5 on a penetrating hit and have all the doors covered, which under 5th are totally, totally incorrect. (The unit in the transport makes an emergency exit, is place anywhere within 2" of the hull, not just by doors, and can not do anything for the rest of the player turn, which is pointless as it is probably their opponents turn, sigh).

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  7. I follow the intense RAW vs. RAI debates over on our (RelicNes) Forums, as they all seem extremely heated over things that, in most cases, have an easy solution play-wise if folks would come to some agreement.

    I don't doubt, though, that there's probably still a few loopholes in the game - I'm just hoping you're not playing up to something that once the word "hits the streets" is going to foul something up majorly. I'm guessing it might be a while before a 5th Ed Rule Book FAQ update, what with Planetstrike being in the "mass testing phase," as it were.

    I'm a pessimist, though.

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  8. I wonder if they will play the same game twice making relatively the same moves except one game is RAI and the other is strict RAW. I wonder...

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  9. Woah... I didn't know I was gonna get this response.

    Looking back at the game the other night (I'm collecting the commander's reports now) I don't think it has anything to do with RAW vs RAI. There's an acronym for it but I have no idea what it would be.

    suneokun: I think we got the Guard one done and stopped for a breather. Ready to get going again? I think it's in my court now.

    HuronBH: What's your guess?

    Tinweasel: There's nothing earth shattering or anything that's going to change the game. Believe me.

    I deliberately wrote to post vague but now that we've got a first "test game" in... it's already developing a life of it's own.

    I'll add this caution, it's not for everyone though. We had a couple people come over and see how we were playing and they just about had meltdowns.

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  10. Not the response I wanted, lol, either from you Ron (I was so hoping you'd beaten me to the punch on this, so I'd have one less thing on the to-do pile! ;) ) or from Eriochrome.

    I'll put a post up and some point next week to explain. Keep em peeled!

    Admittedly, it may irritate, and confuse some of you, so please don't nerdrage, read it, go have a coffee, read the book, especially what I quote, then come back about an hour later to comment. :)

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  11. Not the response I wanted, lol, either from you Ron (I was so hoping you'd beaten me to the punch on this, so I'd have one less thing on the to-do pile! ;) ) or from Eriochrome.

    I'll put a post up and some point next week to explain. Keep em peeled!

    Admittedly, it may irritate, and confuse some of you, so please don't nerdrage, read it, go have a coffee, read the book, especially what I quote, then come back about an hour later to comment. :)

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  12. I think you guys are gonna throw out some CRAZY (maybe even made up?) stuff from the book and see how people react. That's just my guess. :)

    -Reece

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  13. Hmm, interesting...

    I must watch this space more than ever as there are many debates about the rules at my local, over a pint of course.

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  14. Ron,

    You have always had the most interesting ideas for how the game is played so I can’t wait to see where this one is going.

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