I know the rules are bad when I can only get through 3 of this list of 8. Wow, when did Warhammer become a party game for non-gamers and their wives?
I can understand cutting back the rules and making it easier. It actually makes sense because Warhammer is now in a time of a highly competitive board game market, many of those board games include miniatures and combat. So it's easy to see people look at Warhammer and sigh, thinking that they have to pay lots of money, get their friends to pay lots of money, paint and assemble all those figures, read this huge rule book, and then play this 2-3 hr slug fest. It can be daunting, and of course there are fans that eat that stuff up, but in a market where you have to gather more and more people to your game, you realise at a point that your market is saturated and it's harder to find new people to play your games.
Offering a rule system that is easier to understand and learn is actually smart, but rules like this? they're laughably bad.
As someone who has never played Warhammer, it all sounds like fun... but there's no reason these silly rules should be injected into an existing game.
Even a spin-off would have been better. Warhammer Party Edition or something. Clearly labeled as distinct from the core game.
It's like they're trying to turn Magic: The Gathering into The Great Dalmuti.
(20 points for those who caught the reference.)
It would have been great as a spin off, like the assassin game for 40k. Here to hoping for a true 9th Ed. that will never come :(