To say everything has changed would be about as big a statement as "Margaret Thatcher was unpopular with Miners".
It has been a real roller coaster ride with twists and turns coming on a weekly, if not daily basis.
Looking back at the last few months let's look at some of these changes.
It all started with rumours of 9th Edition being released in September. We didn't get that and instead got what was termed an "Expansion".
- The Nagash book hit and nobody really knew how to treat it. We're these new rules? Was it a toolbox? Was the combined list overpowered?
- Fantastic new models, especially the Mortarchs - but every one - Nagash, Morghasts, Spirit Hosts - were a hit.
- These brought new rules e.g. the combined profile and what was that a harbinger for as well as the controversial 50% Lords / 50% Heroes rule. Was this just for End Times or all Warhammer.
- Coming with these was a serious advancement in the storyline - in particular the framing of the conflict being one of Chaos vs. Order. This reset all the old alliances and enmities.
- Characters could die! Everyone suddenly had their favourite character death - mine was Thorek (though I note we haven't seen the body). Old characters were breathed with new personality. I really liked Arkhan and enjoyed his tormenting of Mannfred.
Suddenly it was truly a Brave New World.
Nagash was quickly - even by GW's more recent history - followed by Glottkin and the changes kept coming.
- More new models - for me the only miss was Gutrot - and another twist of the power level. While a lot of players - especially some vocal TK players - could live with the Undead Legion suddenly for a lot of people a combined Legion of Chaos was a scary thought.
- Beastmen received marks and suddenly came back into play - I dug out my Pestigors which now sit expectantly on the painting table.
- The story continued to move on. Characters died and came back and the Empire was truly up shit creek.
- And if Nagash was scary.....dum, dum, dum.....enter KFC
- Everything that we've been told about the Elves is a lie. Malekith has truly been maligned rather than just being a very naughty boy. And Tyrion is the bad guy.
- The army lists appear to be redrawn so the "guys who really love the aesthetics of the Elves" can add Brolocks to their Frostheart aviary (or vice versa).
- And then yesterday's revelations that Magic may have indeed gone batshit crazy. New spells, Winds of Magic increased to 4D6 and every wizard a Loremaster.
For Warhammer those lines may be greyer than ever for some people.
For me, well I'm excited.