People are always stating that 40k is not balanced. I have been thinking about this statement all day while I was at work. Yeah it was a boring day. The real question should not be whether it is or is not balanced, but whether we really want it to be balanced at all. Are any wargames really balanced?
Balancing 40k, do we really want to? I ask this question because some one jogged my memory of a couple years ago. In early 4th edition, I quite playing 40k for a while. I played World of Warcraft from the end of the original game through 3 expansions.
How does this apply to 40k? Well, WOW was a game where everyone complained for balance. It was unfair that the Alliance had paladins. It was unfair that the Horde had shamans. Each class had different abilities. Each race had different specials. PvP was not balanced... Raiding was not balanced. The people complained and Blizzard listened to them. The first expansion saw the Horde getting paladins. The Alliance got their shamans. Over the next couple expansions people still complained, and Blizzard listened. Race specials got nerfed or outright changed. People complained because not all classes had crowd control, so they changed it. Now every class can cc in some way. The lines between races are now simply cosmetic. Class abilities are blurred to the point of it not mattering what class you need to do the job. They are all very similar to the point of not being unique anymore.
People on WOW now complain that nothing is unique or different. That everything is the same. All the flowers are roses and none are special.
|“Be careful what you wish for. I know that for a fact. Wishes are brutal, unforgiving things. They burn your tongue the moment they're spoken and you can never take them back.” |
― Alice Hoffman
Maybe you are saying so what, so what if the armies are the same. Maybe you are saying, they don't need to make the armies the same to balance them. I say be careful for what you wish for... To balance, and I mean truly balance the armies, they will have to have similar abilities, similar units, and similar power in assault and shooting. This is the only true way to balance a game. It is also the easiest and cheapest! Any bets on how GW will balance the armies?
So does everyone want to play space marines? Do you always want to play vs space marines? People complain now, how boring it is to play 3+ armies. To balance the game all the armies will have similar stats. It will be marines vs marines, but their will not be variation either, because that would be unfair! No more GK, BA, or Wolfie SW action. Just basic Marines. Is this an over exaggeration? Yes it is.
I want wacky armies. I want Grey Knights with cool powers. I want vampire Blood Angels charging into assault. I want those annoying Space Wolf long fangs shooting me with a million cheap missiles. Why would I wish for this? I do because, it's the differences in the armies that makes each game unique. Different terrain changes the game. The ability to choose different units makes games unique. The ability to equip those units differently makes games unique. Do they make the game fair?
So we are back to the question of do we want 40k to be fair. What if we compare 40k to any sports game. We have 2 teams. We have a set time and field for the game. Both teams play the same game by the same rules, mostly. Teams have special units that are unique, and abilities that allow them to do different things. Like sports teams who have different plays and different players. Do you want Kobe to be equal to MJ? I don't. So is football fair? Is soccer fair? Is basketball fair? Should we change them so they all have the same chance at winning?
So back to 40k. Does Games -Workshop need to make 40k "fair"? I think it is fair. Every army has the same chance of winning. They play the same basic game. Their is no Marines only get to shoot rules. Their are special rule for armies and special units. These make them different. That is all. Wargames will never be equal for both sides because the are based on real life. Real life is not fair. Germans are never equal to Americans. Romans are never equal to Barbarians. Points are used to get close games, but they can never be equal because they are too different.
I stated there aren't any fair wargames, I was wrong. Chess is fair. Chess is fair, because the armies are the same. I do not want to play chess, I want to play 40k.
That's my 2 cents. You may leave yours below....