Yeah…I just said eighth edition. We don’t normally report on every rumor that comes down the pike, but we’re starting to see details filter out from the black mines of Games Workshop that you probably want to know about. This eighth edition will sport a standard boxed set, but rather than the typical human army (usually Empire or Brettonians), this new set will bring together the High Elves and Skaven (so if you were thinking of starting a new Skaven army to take advantage of those gorgeous new models, you might want to hold off just a bit longer…). What about the rules you ask? Here are the major changes currently expected:    

  • A return to percentage-based army composition
  • Overhauling the magic system (including making it harder to miscast)
  • Lapping around is back (where large units can effectively envelop smaller units)
  • Sped up combat rules (with some people comparing it to the single round combat of Flames of War)
  • Nerfing of the Daemons of Chaos (why all the hate?)

Overall, we’re hearing that this will be a faster playing game, but we’ll have to see how it all plays out. Warhammer Fantasy Battles Eighth Edition is expected to release this summer with the new boxed set releasing this fall.

[Hat tip to Bell of Lost Souls who is really providing the best coverage on this topic, especially if you don’t have the time for Warseer and Dakka Dakka]