PeeJ wrote:- Increasing Plasma weapons strength (The fluff originally stated, slightly weaker so it doesn't get hot, now regular plasma weapons don't get hot unless overcharged and out plasma is still weaker, why?)
There's a lot of Tau lore/tradition they're throwing out (Pulse Rifles used to be famously armor piercing, now they're AP0, for example) so Plasma Rifles might just be a victim of this lore change.
I suspect that the lore wasn't necessarily deliberately changed but it was done for balance reasons or purely because they were concentrating really hard on the new Imp/Chaos story when it was done. For example when they made railsides awful a couple of editions back in order to sell new models... *ahem* I mean, balance things. The fluff about other armies tanks being terrified of them and them just obliterating tanks still stayed even though realistically they were a bit pants at it.
I'm glad they've added the mortal wounds mechanic to railguns, I love the look of them and they *are* the Tau for me.
As for fluff changes, I wish they would just pull the trigger on getting the Tau out into the wider galaxy. In the previous edition, they got rid of all the 'skimming the surface of the warp' stuff and instead had an escalating quality of true technology based space flight, which implied FTL travel, it went along the lines of;
Phase 2 Expansion: "These new drives allowed the Tau to travel on the brink of light speed"
Phase 3 Expansion: "The Horizon Drive allowed the Tau to reach 'new, previously unimagined speeds'"
That implies FTL to me, from 'the brink of lightspeed' to 'new unimaginable speeds'. But in the fluff I've read from this edition, I'm pretty sure I read a bit that just flat out stated "The Tau do not have faster than light travel". Fluff wise that disappoints me. Both the Necrons and the 'Nids achieve FTL without the use of the warp, just get the Tau over the hump and story-wise you'll be making things so much easier to explain how they can actually compete with other races in space warfare and how they come into contact with them.
Yeah, sorry, I'm a fluff addict and that is probably the biggest thing I'm looking forward to; New fluff on the 5th Sphere expansion, how the 4th disappeared and what new stuff the little leathery blue guys have invented in the mean time.
Lord Mayhem wrote:I'm just going to point out that this is starting to devolve into wishlisting, which is a big "No, No" under forum rules. If all y'all don't want to get this locked consider carefully what you're posting.
(Plausible) Speculation on what will be in it is fine (e.g. Points fixes, what the new units will be) and discussion of how that could be accomplished is fine, especially if backed up by good arguments, but just "I want to see..." should be avoided.
Apologies if I'm guilty of that, I was just trying to break my predictions down into 'likely and good/less likely but would be good/likely and would be bad heh.