Just when I think its safe to get on with all the hobby updates, GW add more things to distract me! This time around its the new FAQ schedule. Now, I think most of us will agree that the new way of doing FAQ's, as in the speed at which they get them out and the willingness to listen to the community on the issues in game, is a great thing. It means we get clarifications and amendments quickly and don't have to have the continual running arguments about RAW vs RAI. My only gripe about the whole process is that they seem to lean heavily on the Tournament scene for the majority of the rules changes, which in my view is not representative of the who community but just a small portion of it.
So what exactly has been going on with the FAQ's? Well, if you haven't seen what's happened, go here, to the Community site, where all of the big news releases are made. The new approach is basically to formalise the release times and options for FAQ's, so that we all know when we can expect some answers to questions or problems that we have. In general I think that this is a good thing. It means that we can ask questions and queries and have a good idea when we will get an official response to them. As it stands they are going to split down the releases into three sections.
The first thing noted is Codex Errata's, and confirmation that there will always be an errata a couple of weeks after every codex is released. This should address the majority of issues in the book, probably all the issues that will come up in most of the games that non-tournament players will play. There will always be some issues at the higher levels, most as some players specifically look for ways to break the game and that makes it almost impossible to fix every problem.
The second things is there will now be a twice yearly big FAQ. They have given dates or March and September of these updates and they will included aspects from Codices to the Rule book and everything in-between. These updates will also be a place to address rules imbalances and I guess points changes, in GW's continued attempt to keep the game as balanced as possible.
The third way that GW intend on updating the game is through Chapter Approved. This will mostly be aimed at match play games and will include all of the latest points updates and changes, continuing where they left off with this years version. They are of course keen to point out that chapter approved is more than just a points update but is also full of other content, for all three ways to play. I'll not go in to details about how I feel about chapter approved here, I think that I have spoken enough about that and this doesn't change my feeling on that front.
FAQ schedule from the Warhammer Community page
Well, overall I do think that this is a good move by GW. It gives everyone a clear understanding of how FAQ's are going to work in the new game and what we can expect from each release. It continues the trend of GW being far more open and transparent about what there up to and how they do things. It good to know that we will be getting FAQ's and Erratas at set times and with a good idea of the content, meaning that we can have some confidence that our questions and queries will be answered in good time. Apart from my feeling on Chapter Approved, this is another great move by GW and I look forward to the next set of FAQ's that come out after Christmas as there is always something to learn from them, even if they don't directly apply to you or your army.
Speaking of transparency within the new GW, they have also added on some extra content to the FAQ post. This takes the form of some new rules that they will be trying out at a couple of the big US tournaments. Again, there is a leaning to towards tournament play, but I suppose they have to start somewhere. These new rules take the form of Beta rules and these are the two rules in question.
On the whole, there is a lot of good news in the post, as we now have a clear understanding of what updates we will get and when we will be getting them and also in insight in to some potential new rules, which is always nice. This again goes with the "new" GW and its policy of open communication. Another step in the right direction for GW.