The End Times remain contentious to my mind as to how much of a signal of things to come they are. On the one hand a lot of the big personalities in the Anglo-speaking scene are pretty clear that they see it as a campaign or at least that the rules can be used or not at TOs discretion. This viewpoint is nothing new and they and many others correctly point out that really all the rules are optional and that the idea of official GW is not highly relevant anyways. This is a really good point and we see this all the time in our tournaments at least where we agree to use comp and small rules changes such as not swift reforming into buildings (unless it’s Tauranga, the pack doesn’t say it, and you really want to beat James Brown.) We already break completely official rules when we think there is a decent reason to do so, so we can do as we please really.
I haven’t managed to get my hands on the book (strongly considering taking advantage of Labour Day sales to get an Ipad.) but while I totally understand that you can take or leave any rule you want in WHFB I think that the End Times book is a sign of things to come. It intuitively makes sense considering where they’ve taken 40k and the rumours we have received. If the next 9-10 months see no releases bar campaign books we’re ultimately going to see people wanting to use the new models that will be released. This is already taking place in the form of TK players who would love to use their army as if it were Undead Legions and ultimately TOs will have to decide how to handle Undead Legions (if the do at all). It’s hard to begrudge the TK a hand up though as they are a virtually unusable army at the moment.
I digress though, the point of this post was to highlight how a UK tournament run by the Black Sun podcast crew will be the first to use the End Times rules in their entirety.
You can find more details at the bottom page of the link. It’ll be very interesting to see how this tournament plays out, especially if Nagash himself makes an appearance (I really hope so). The tournament is about 4 weeks away and I will be keenly interested to hear feedback to try and get a better understanding of what effects using the Nagash rules has on tournament play.