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Fear Ghoul
08-10-2013, 00:29
I thought people might be interested in this interview of Andy Chambers by Conclave of Har in which he details some of his experiences at GW, including time spent developing 40k and BFG, opinions on specialist games and Apocalypse, etc.

http://www.conclaveofhar.com/hobby-articles.html

zoggin-eck
08-10-2013, 05:48
I read it last night, pretty interesting. We've now had two interviews with him in recent months.

He certainly seems to be working on lots of projects at the moment.

Angelwing
08-10-2013, 07:48
good stuff. Thanks for the link!

tristessa
08-10-2013, 12:04
Good interview!

I'd love to know more about what he had planned for 40k - the so called third revelation or whatever it was. He used to mention it in White Dwarf at the time. The second revelation culminated in the Eye of Terror campaign. Anyone know ?

Badbones777
08-10-2013, 18:36
haven't read the link yet, but it's good to see how active he's been lately - written the Soviet Union book for Bolt Action, did an interview on it on the BAR podcast, there's been a podhammer interview, and now this,
though he' bound to want to do as many interviews as possible to promote the new game. Good to see him back with tabletop/boardgaming :)

zoggin-eck
08-10-2013, 21:27
haven't read the link yet, but it's good to see how active he's been lately - written the Soviet Union book for Bolt Action, did an interview on it on the BAR podcast, there's been a podhammer interview, and now this,
though he' bound to want to do as many interviews as possible to promote the new game. Good to see him back with tabletop/boardgaming :)

Ha, he didn't really promote much in either interview.

The Bill King joint novel sounds interesting, I hope it happens.

Torga_DW
08-10-2013, 21:32
I liked the reference to jake thornton. Who did he tick off to get that sort of mention?

Badbones777
09-10-2013, 02:04
Ha, he didn't really promote much in either interview.

The Bill King joint novel sounds interesting, I hope it happens.

No, he was a bit light on it in this one wasn't he?!? Mind you it's only in early play testing pretty much.

"I liked the reference to jake thornton. Who did he tick off to get that sort of mention?"

I didn't catch this bit, but I do know that Jake did the equally superb British and Commonwealth book for Bolt Action (hmm and now I think about it,
as it goes Warwick Kinrade did the German one - a theme emerges!)

zoggin-eck
09-10-2013, 09:11
I liked the reference to jake thornton. Who did he tick off to get that sort of mention?



I didn't catch this bit, but I do know that Jake did the equally superb British and Commonwealth book for Bolt Action (hmm and now I think about it,
as it goes Warwick Kinrade did the German one - a theme emerges!)

Perhaps I'm reading it wrong, (If I am, sorry! It is hard to gauge intent sometimes online :)) but I hope you saw that it's the site owner mentioning Jake and Mantic, not Andy?

"Deadzone" really is a dull name, I must admit, along with their "Dreadball".

Badbones777
09-10-2013, 11:59
Perhaps I'm reading it wrong, (If I am, sorry! It is hard to gauge intent sometimes online :)) but I hope you saw that it's the site owner mentioning Jake and Mantic, not Andy?

"Deadzone" really is a dull name, I must admit, along with their "Dreadball".

No no, just didn't see a ref to Jake is all I meant, but then I was skim reading! I'd like to think some of the guys from the older days still hang out and collaborate, and the Bolt Action stuff
has been great so far - well, it's actually pretty much all done now, 'cept for the Italian and minor Axis powers book which is out soon ! - I thought Jake had kinda fallen
off the face of the world but for the fact I am doing Bolt Action British force right now, and then stumbled on his blog, and from there found a few of the blogs from other old school
guys, so it's kinda nice that they all still "keep their hand in" to various degrees.

One thing I never did play was BFG, and so as a very happy player of Dystopian Wars, it was interesting for me to find that a lot of the BFG DNA was in the Spartan Games line.

Is Dreadball actually any good? I still have my boxed set of Blood Bowl and Deathzone from the early/mid 90's (mainly useful for tge dice and templates as the living rulebook is still available as far as I know)
and I think I would thematically prefer that still, but I don't really know anyone who plays sadly. The Cyanide Computer game is really good, mind.

Torga_DW
09-10-2013, 20:24
Perhaps I'm reading it wrong, (If I am, sorry! It is hard to gauge intent sometimes online :)) but I hope you saw that it's the site owner mentioning Jake and Mantic, not Andy?

"Deadzone" really is a dull name, I must admit, along with their "Dreadball".

No i know. And it's probably just my interpretation at the time of reading (words on the internet) but it sort of came off a bit snarky to me. Probably just me though. :)

zoggin-eck
10-10-2013, 11:41
No i know. And it's probably just my interpretation at the time of reading (words on the internet) but it sort of came off a bit snarky to me. Probably just me though. :)

Ha, I think the mention of Mantic/Jake by the writer (I don't really follow the blog, so I don't really know who wrote it) was intentionally snarky. I don't think I've heard Andy or any ex-GW guys say anything too bad about another in any interview. Even when prodded, they rarely go all-out "modern GW is evil!", as much as some interviewers would love to hear it :)


I thought Jake had kinda fallen
off the face of the world but for the fact I am doing Bolt Action British force right now, and then stumbled on his blog, and from there found a few of the blogs from other old school
guys, so it's kinda nice that they all still "keep their hand in" to various degrees.

Is Dreadball actually any good? I still have my boxed set of Blood Bowl and Deathzone from the early/mid 90's (mainly useful for tge dice and templates as the living rulebook is still available as far as I know)

Following his blog, Jake has been up to quite a bit. I've been quite vocal about how poorly written I think his additions to the Mantic Kings of War book were (somebody make a good fantasy siege supplement!), but his own game "God of Battles" sounds pretty good.

Dreadball I've never played, to be honest. Blood Bowl is good fun, a bit of a mess when trying to decide which "edition" or update to play, but I would love to get into it properly. The 90's boxed set is what I own, but I've printed a few of the "living" rulebooks and whatever the most recent one was called :)

Morathi's Darkest Sin
10-10-2013, 14:26
Interesting read, the thing that caused the largest eyebrow raise was Merrit not liking Genestealers, wonder if thats because he feels they are too close to the Aliens. As rumour says they where based on them once upon a time, not that I ever really confused the two to be honest. Just seems a interesting thing to pop up in the chat.

I'd also fully agree with the 40K needs a Skirmish game of some kind, if not for the difficulty of tracking down miniatures (including the associated price) I owned years previously, I'd take a look at Necromunda again.

Cuchulain84
10-10-2013, 14:43
It's always sad to read how the old crew don't really follow or play GW games anymore.

I always like to think of them still dusting off their armies/gangs/teams and rolling some dice.

Torga_DW
10-10-2013, 21:44
Ha, I think the mention of Mantic/Jake by the writer (I don't really follow the blog, so I don't really know who wrote it) was intentionally snarky. I don't think I've heard Andy or any ex-GW guys say anything too bad about another in any interview. Even when prodded, they rarely go all-out "modern GW is evil!", as much as some interviewers would love to hear it :)

Hehe, i'd probably get a kick out of seeing it if they did, but in the long run i don't think it would do anyone any good.



Following his blog, Jake has been up to quite a bit. I've been quite vocal about how poorly written I think his additions to the Mantic Kings of War book were (somebody make a good fantasy siege supplement!), but his own game "God of Battles" sounds pretty good.

Is that in that new rulebook? I'll have to take another look, i thought alessio wrote all that. Haven't played it, but in general the rules look pretty solid (and easy enough to remember).



Dreadball I've never played, to be honest. Blood Bowl is good fun, a bit of a mess when trying to decide which "edition" or update to play, but I would love to get into it properly. The 90's boxed set is what I own, but I've printed a few of the "living" rulebooks and whatever the most recent one was called :)

I've never been to much into the fantasy football side of games, and other than a bit of speedball 2 when i was younger i find the concept of the sci-fi version of it less appealing.



Interesting read, the thing that caused the largest eyebrow raise was Merrit not liking Genestealers, wonder if thats because he feels they are too close to the Aliens. As rumour says they where based on them once upon a time, not that I ever really confused the two to be honest. Just seems a interesting thing to pop up in the chat.

Probably less to do with aliens, and more to do with hr giger (the artist behind the alien concept, he did some really killer work).



I'd also fully agree with the 40K needs a Skirmish game of some kind, if not for the difficulty of tracking down miniatures (including the associated price) I owned years previously, I'd take a look at Necromunda again.

Thats the really sad and disturbing thing about the whole lack of skirmish games imo: they don't need to create new minis to do it, they already have a metric buttton of unique and customizable minis available in their metric buttdepot. All they need to do is half-bake some rules (which they're really good at) and promote it a bit. Shelf space is always tight in a b&m store, but how much room does one or two books that are designed to make use of their existing products take? Doesn't even have to be on a shelf, backroom on request is fine. I've spent more money on gw non-"official skirmish" models for their official skirmish games than i have on their official models for them. Price, better looks, customisation - all sales they wouldn't have got if 'official' models had been the only option.