Sunday, April 19, 2015

MANIFEST DESTINY BITCHES!!

I fondly remember hearing this story from Jason at Atlantis before he passed away. We were talking about a guy who was hanging around in the store a little in those days. Harrison is a MMA fighter and the kind of guy who could literally take someone's head off. He was also dated my girlfriend when we were on the outs which wasn't a bad thing- he was really nice to her. And since we obviously weren't getting along at the time, no harm, no foul. But more than that in the way I see him was this conversation Jason and I had.

Gamer geeks being what they are- there were a group of guys having a discussion about this unit or that unit in regards to the latest codex. This poignant heated discussion was all whining and Harrison seems to pull the biggest trump card out ever. The way it was related to me, he does so in a dramatic, loud voice:

"MANIFEST DESTINY BITCHES! SPACE MARINES ARE SUPPOSED TO WIN!!"

It is like I can just see him railing against the chaos and xenos players alike. The game is and always be about the Imperium of Humanity. How they have stood up against the forces pushing against their colonization of the universe. Yes, the might worship a mad, eternal, powerful sorcerer who remains chained to his throne until the End of Times. They might have lost the know-how to actually maintain their civilization. And as we know there future will always be very grim and very dark. But in the war torn 41st millennium, they are the good guys. And no one is supposed to out do them in the game.

So comparing the Eldar codex to what is going to be another full two years of Imperial releases is just silly. We know without a doubt that each release that comes out will be compared to this. We know each and every fully compatible detachment stacked with new wargear, new special rules, and new named characters are going to be gunning to take us down off our perch. From the Admantium Lance to Ad-Mech to Imperial Assassins I am not going to be shedding a tear that your sergeant doesn't have two wounds yet. He does have meltabombs, combi-weapons, ATSKNF, power gloves, axes, +1 A (for a total of three). I just can't imagine an entire army of MEQ troops crying because someone has something nice.

Let me conjuring Harrison in my own voice and say quit fucking crying. Stand up and cry out "FOR THE EMPEROR!" as you assault out of land raiders, call in orbital strikes, deepstrike without scattering you melta-gun toting, centurion armored, battle cannon firing bastards. We get our Christmas only once and a while. I can't wait for Tzeentch Daemonkin to hit after this current round of space elf goodness. But you guys know this company will release Imperial sourcebooks at a resounding rate. It will only be a matter of time before we are struggling to deal with whatever craziness the Manufactorum's are pushing out.

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