Thursday, February 5, 2015

Warhamer Fantasy ETC Comp - Latest Draft v2.5

For those interested the latest draft of the 2015 ETC Comp can be found here. Remember there are a series of house rules that accompany it so it shouldn't be considered entirely in isolation.

My own thoughts are that the development of the comp seems to be following a familiar pattern. When the AR.Com was put together they signalled a fresh approach to comp and overall a lighter level of comp. To some degree they have achieved that in that they have introduced a pool system and are now allowing Special Characters but - and this is a big "but" - this is ETC.

With each new draft and this is the fourth, more and more comp gets plastered over the original edifice. Pure chance says that if you set a desired level of comp, there is an equal likelihood of things being under-comped as over-comped. However that has not been the case here. As the drafts are released we see only more restrictions which means it progresses further away from their initial offering in terms of restrictions. It also seems to be getting increasing bloated as the new layers are added.

I don't begrudge the AR.Com their role as it seems at each step they are having to appease a coordinated effort that has railed against loosening the comp even though that is what the majority of nations voted for.They have indicated that there is at least one more draft of the comp pack to comp and I suspect that is optimistic. I'd be very surprised if there are not two-three iterations before it is finalised. And I don't think that I'm going out on a limb here to say that each will see a further tightening of the comp.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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