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    Fox Of 9's 7th Edition Modifications & House Rules

    I'm sure it is rather obvious to anyone who frequents the Rules Development Forum that I and my gaming group still play 7th Edition, never having moved on to 8th Edition due to our collective dislike of how the game now feels to play. That said, we by no means ever thought 7th Edition was a perfect edition of Warhammer 40,000 (it just so happened to just be the edition we were all most familiar with). So, over the years we have made numerous modifications and house rules (both for individual Codices and the edition overall) to 'improve' and 'enhance' our playing experience. And with myself having just finished a massive overhaul of almost all of Codex: Dark Mechanicum's units, and being burnt-out on Codex Adeptus Astartes: Primaris I thought now was as good a time as ever to post a few select pieces of modifications and house rules that we've collectively assembled as a group for 7th Edition for you to look at. Maybe you'll really like some of them. Maybe you'll hate absolutely every single one and think they manage to make the edition even worse somehow. I don't know. Either way, feel free to post any thoughts and feelings you have for them down below in the replies.

    A unit that makes a Consolidation move in the same turn that they successfully complete a charge move is considered to have made an Unbroken Charge. These units roll an additional D6 and discard the lowest result when determining the distance they may consolidate. In addition, unlike a normal Consolidation move, models that make an Unbroken Charge can be moved within 1” of enemy models.

    If a unit that makes an Unbroken Charge has one or more models in base contact with an enemy model at the end of the Assault phase, then it has Overrun. The unit that has Overrun and the unit it is in base contact with are now locked in combat as normal, though neither unit can make any further attacks this turn. In addition, a unit that has Overrun does not count as having made an additional charge move.

    A unit that destroys one or more enemy units in the Assault phase (including via a Sweeping Advance) counts its cover save as being 2 points better than normal until the start of their next Movement phase. If the unit does not already have a cover save, it gains a 5+ cover save. Gargantuan Creatures, Gargantuan Flying Creatures, and Super-heavy Walkers, due to their vast size, do not benefit from this.

    If a unit Overruns into a unit that was Falling Back, the Falling Back unit must test to Regroup as soon as the enemy is found to have Overrun. This test is always a normal Leadership test and does not require Insane Heroism, regardless of the number of models remaining in the unit.

    • If the test is failed, the unit is removed as a casualty.
    • If the test is successful, the unit Regroups (without moving) and is counted as being locked in combat as normal.

    Bikes and Jetbikes move 2D6” when Consolidating, rather than D6”.

    Beasts move 2D6” when Consolidating, rather than D6”.

    Cavalry move 2D6” when Consolidating, rather than D6”.

    Due to their vast size, Gargantuan and Flying Gargantuan Creatures do not receive a bonus to their cover save due to having destroyed one or more enemy units in the Assault phase.

    If a Glancing hit is scored, roll a D6 on the Glancing Hit table.

    Ricochet. The attack strikes the vehicle's armour and is deflected, leaving the vehicle unscathed. No effect.
    Solid Hit. Though the attack fails to penetrate the vehicle's armour and directly damage its inner-workings, the vehicle has still sustained lasting damage. The vehicle loses 1 Hull Point.
    Dead On! The attack strikes with such force and precision that even though the vehicle's armour isn't penetrated, its crew is left rather shaken by the impact. The Vehicle loses 1 Hull Point and can only fire Snap Shots until the end of its next turn.
    If an AP2 weapon scores a penetrating hit add a +1 modifier to the roll on the Glancing Hit table.
    If an AP1 weapon scores a penetrating hit add a +2 modifier to the roll on the Glancing Hit table.

    Chariots move 2D6” when Consolidating, rather than D6”.

    If a vehicle is open-topped, add 1 to any rolls made on the Glancing Hit or Vehicle Damage tables (this is cumulative with other modifiers).

    Due to their vast size, Super-heavy Walkers do not receive a bonus to their cover save due to having destroyed one or more enemy units in the Assault phase.

    The roll needed To Wound when firing a weapon with this special rule is always equal to the armour save of the target, to a minimum of 6+. For example, when resolving a hit against a model with a 3+ armour save, you would need a 3+ To Wound. When resolving a hit against a vehicle, roll a D6 for each hit instead of rolling for armour penetration as normal. On a 1-5 nothing happens, but on a 6, the target suffers a Weapon Destroyed result and loses a Hull Point. These weapons have no effect on buildings.

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    Re: Fox Of 9's 7th Edition Modifications & House Rules

    Having it been a few days since I posted this, and because I have a half hour or so free, I thought I'd talk about why these specific house rules came to be.

    For us as a gaming group, over the years of playing 7th Edition, came to the conclusion that the edition had three glaring issues. The first was the whole potential mess Detachments and Formations could be. The second was how neutered assault units and the Assault phase in general felt. And last but not least was the issues Vehicles had, with them either being glanced to death by poor AP weapons or special rules, or dying horribly to the overabundance and overeffectiveness of Graviton weapons.

    The first issue has never been something our group has had to deal with as we all know each other pretty well and will often discuss and talk about how narrative or competitive we want a specific gaming evening to be. Otherwise known as the 'Don't Be an ********' rule. I know it's not an actual concrete fix to the issues the edition had in that regard, but to be honest, if someone is being an absolute power-gamer and not abiding by the 'Don't Be an ********' rule, they're probably not someone worth keeping in your hobby group.

    When talking about the second issue, I feel it is important to look at the Assault phase and assault units felt underwhelming, with only Deathstar style units being able to find viability, such as Thunder Hammer & Storm Shield Terminators. Most - if not all - other assault units just felt like they didn't have a place in the edition. This was due to a factor of reasons; the variable assault range, certain Detachment's Overwatch abilities, the prevalence of And They Shall No Know Fear, and the fact that winning an assault you launched was an undesirable outcome. The last reason, especially, was something we all found frustrating. Winning an assault in your turn was always an undesirable outcome, as more often than not, it left your expensive assault unit high-and-dry in the midst of the enemy's lines, all their guns trained at them and ready to fire. It was much more beneficial to win the assault in your opponent's turn, and be able to manoeuvre and declare charges freely. From this frustration, we came up with the Unbroken Charge, Overrun and The Rout rules. Not to mention the buffs to certain unit types' ability to consolidate.

    Unbroken Charge and Overrun were designed as overall buffs to most, if not all, assault units. Rewarding players and units that could conduct brutal and effective charges that overwhelmed the opponent's defensive line and increased the amount of disruption dedicated assault units could cause. In addition, because of Overrun, we then had to create a contingency for when a unit won combat in the first round and broke their opponent, failed to catch them with their Sweeping Advance, but was able to Overrun into the fleeing unit. In this case, we didn't want the fleeing unit to just be removed, as it would be like giving the victorious unit a second (more effective) Sweeping Advance. So we settled on it being akin to charging an already fleeing unit, where they had a chance to pass their Leadership test and fight, or fail it and be removed as a casualty. Striking a balance between Sweeping Advances and Overruns.

    Unlike the other additions, The Rout rule was intended to more be a buff to certain specific units that while ferocious in close combat, lacked the durability to withstand the ensuing all-out assault of ranged weaponry in the opponent's ensuing Shooting phase. Giving them at all times what was effectively a 5+ cover save (the same as from Intervening Models) when they had successfully defeated an enemy unit. We debated making the modifier only apply half to Monstrous Creatures and Walkers, but in the end, decided a straight Yes or No rule was easier to understand and remember, not to mention less complicated, with Gargantuan Creatures and Super-heavy Walkers being the only ones excluded from benefiting. Which I think we can all agree makes sense due to their size. With it only being a cover save modifier, it also had the effect of not really applying any benefit to those units that had already achieved viability as assault units due to their durability (such as the aforementioned TH/SS Terminators and other Deathstars besides). A fun, unintended, consequence of this all was how effective it made certain assassin-like units some Codicies had access to, the units' natural stealthiness (due to preexisting cover save modifiers) turning them into menaces in the opponent's backline. I'm looking at you, my Bolt Pistol and Close Combat Weapons Space Marine Scouts.

    Vehicles were a sore spot for a decent chunk of our gaming group, most of us having been introduced to the hobby during the tail end of 4th Edition or right when 5th Edition was released. We wanted vehicles to have an increased level of viability, but not the point where they dominated the tabletop as they had done in earlier editions. For this, we looked at what we perceived as the two main issues: High Strength/AP weapons, and special rules such as Gauss and Graviton.

    Reducing the potency of Graviton weapons for us as a gaming group was already partly solved by the 'Don't Be an ********' rule, for the rest we made a very simple change of rewording the Graviton special rule so that a roll of a 6 no longer automatically Immobilised a vehicle and removed a Hull Point and instead caused a Weapon Destroyed result and had the vehicle to lose a Hull Point, removing the possibility for a lucky double 6 roll to instantly remove a 3 Hull Point vehicle off the tabletop and decreasing the overall effectiveness of weapons with this special rule.

    For the High Strength/AP weapons glancing vehicles to death issue, we introduced the Glancing Hit table. On this, a result of a 1-2 basically negates the Glancing hit making it as if nothing had happened. With a result of 7+ inflicting what is basically a Crew Shaken result. This has the result of reducing the effectiveness of AP3, AP4, AP5, and AP6 weapons against non-Open-topped vehicles. While improving AP1 and AP2 weapons average effectiveness against all vehicles, as they can now cause a Crew Shaken result off of a Glancing hit, and are less likely to suffer a result of a 1 or 2 on the Glancing hit table due to the modifiers they benefit from. Which we all thought made a lot of sense, after all, those AP1 and AP2 weapons were and are armies' dedicated anti-tank weaponry, so it made more sense for them to be more effective, even when landing Glancing hits.
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