I admire the folks at sites like Faeit 212 and Bell of Lost Souls. Having been a former Intelligence Officer, I understand the value of reliable sources of information...
It is always impressive to me that these folks are so hooked in to the GW Community at large, and specifically sources much closer to GW in particular. I am saying this now so that the folks at sites like those previously mentioned do not think I am attacking them. Besides rumors, they provide much valuable service to our hobby. However, now that I have given credit where credit is due, I want to provide some commentary regarding rumors in our hobby.
Let’s start with the whole issue of rumors. I wish I could comprehend how this cottage industry created and sustains itself. Take the very soon to be released Space Marines codex. Rumors regarding its release date and possible codex changes started months ago. Why? Are you so hungry for information, even BAD information, that you just latch on like a lamprey when you see something with a key word that matches your hobby interests? That was, of course, a rhetorical questions. Of course you do! But if your years of hobby experience tells you that so many of the things you read will never actually exist in your new codex, why do you read the stuff?
I admit reading the above mentioned sites for release dates. That is the one thing that has consistently exhibited some modicum of reality. Space Marines in early September has been out there for a while, and sure enough, we see the codex trailer (a trailer for a codex? Pooleez!). Back to the subject at hand. Release dates…check!
Now we come to the evil cousin…actual content. Some great examples: Stealers will be able to assault out of Mycetic Spores, all Gaunts will have Feel No Pain if in Synapse range, Warriors will have Eternal Warrior and a 5+ Invulnerable save, Hive Guard shooting will now be Twin-Linked, and they will auto-hit flyers moving with 18” of their models. You laugh…not so fast! Talk to anyone who has had a codex released in the last 12 months. Ask them how much of the stuff they read before they actually read the ‘dex was actually IN the ‘dex. How many playtesters would tell you that most of the stuff they saw during the process never got onto the pages of a new book?
To conclude, the rumor industry does not enhance or in any way make our hobby more enjoyable. It is one more form of online mental masturbation meant to keep us interested in things we already have an interest in. I look forward to the release of a new Tyranid codex in early November (the release date I believe). I will believe NOTHING else regarding my ‘Nids codex that I happen to read (I no longer actively seek out rumors). I will simply wait for my bright and shiny hardcover edition to arrive and enjoy the changes that Games Workshop, in its’ wisdom, has decided to bestow upon my alien swarm.Create, Grow, Consume, Adapt