I have played Warhammer Fantasy since 6th edition, and I think that 8th Edition is the best rules set over all so far.
However, my friends and I are noticing that our games are ending by turn 4 very often. Not that an entire army gets wiped out by turn 4, but as good, experienced players, we know when to throw in the towel and start over while there is still time for a rematch.
(Note:we are very laid back players, who know the fickleness of dice and how possible a comeback can be even when things go back. But when, say, a big White Lions block catches a toughness test vortex at its center, thats about 1/3 of the HE player's strength, and if it was holding a key point of the line/field position, it's likely the Elves are done for.)
This relates to an earlier post I made about I think the magic phase plays too deterministic a roll in the game, and how this can be seen by players opting for extra Power Dice generation any way they can. So check that out if you like: http://www.warseer.com/forums/showth...r-Dice-1-Strat People seem to have lots of good thoughts on the issue, and I am partly mollified.
But its not just magic. 1-3 rounds of fire from the right warmachines(s) into the right unit can do the same thing. Dwarf Grudge Throwers are particular nasty in this way, metagame wise, as they can re-roll scatter and artillery dice rolls...not to mention get extra strength!
Part of the problem then must be that people are inclined to take 1-2 key units too often. A host of things cause this to happen, and it varies from army to army, but one example would be an army that simply MUST have a BSB in the center of the army to protect from leadership tests, which then must have good gear to stay protected. At that point, with that much investment into something, one might as well optimize the unit+the BSB even more, which generally means more points, such as making the unit an elite one with a magic banner or some upgrade.
I want to re-emphasize that I really like the rules as they are. So much so I have started a blog just to organize my metagame thoughts. (not good when warhammer sneaks into my thoughts at work!) But I have been absent from forums for a while and am wondering if this is a trend other people are experiencing. I'm particularly interested to hear from vets who played in editions past, to gauge if this indeed is a unique development of 8th edition play.