was re-reading the Eye of Terror newsletter and I kinda struck me, the results don't match up with the actual campaign.
I mean take this:
"Darkness has fallen across a hundred worlds, and for the defenders of the Cadian Gate, the pure light of day now seems but a distant memory. Though the forces of the Despoiler have been denied the ultimate prize of the fall of Cadia, Abaddon’s hordes have gained a foothold upon the worlds of Man, and none can see them being repelled for many years to come. Abaddon and his council of three have outmanoeuvred and out fought the forces of the Imperium at almost every turn. Corpses litter the battlefields in their millions, yet millions more still stand beleaguered, against a foe that knows no mercy and whose only goal is the utter destruction of all who stand before them.'
The Thirteenth Black Crusade has broken the Imperium’s hold upon the Cadian Gate- perhaps forever. The raging tempest of the Eye of Terror has surged forth, engulfing those worlds lost to Chaos. The Imperium no longer bars the gate to the Eye, only a small channel remains through which Imperial Navy vessels may pass to bring aid to the desperate forces upon Cadia.
At the close of the Thirteenth Black Crusade, Cadia still stands. But she stands alone, a failing beacon flickering against the encroaching night. Total war is come to Segmentum Obscurus, and all hopes of repelling the invaders are dashed. The Imperium must now consolidate its grip upon those worlds it still holds, and prepare to fight a war that will not end within the lifetime of any of its combatants. While Cadia still stands, humanity has reason to hope, but Abaddon the Despoiler has finally achieved what he has failed to do on twelve previous occasions, over ten thousand years- he has breached the Cadian Gate, and none can now hold back the inexorable tide of Chaos unleashed upon the Imperium of Man. "-
Except, as my research had later revealed, that's not quite what actually happened in the game results. The Imperium was winning pretty much completely on the space end of the spectrum and spacelanes around Cadia? Imperial. To such a degree that even the Tyranids had stopped trying to eat anything in the area by the end of the campaign. It's a lonely beacon of hope for Chaos in a universe which in actual reality went very much in the opposite direction.
As I understand it, as the time passed on, and as the results reflected it, GW has to make more and mroe excuses why Abbadon's forces even existed on the ground with Imperial space control and the Imperium started a serious counterattack. As I understood it, if the campaigh had been allowed to continue the Imperium would have recaptured pretty much everything.
So hence my confusion of how they wrote it. Am I right or did I get this wrong?