'Whats Next At Focus' Video by Valrak

**Greetings Admirals,

Chapter Master Valrak has been so kind as to upload his video on the What's Next at Focus event today, so I've put the link below for people to watch. I'll write up an analysis after the weekend to give Val the chance to get some views without people going off and reading my writings.**

Chapter Master Valrak - Whats Next At Focus 2018 - BFG:A II

last edited by Archmagos Alexi

An interesting video, good thing I hold Valrak in some regard on the subject since Tindalos, unfortunately, didn't allow them to do any recording.

Fleet battles twice as large? So 2'000-3'000 points. But from the description the battles seem to be even larger.

Necrons confirmed to be expensive as hell and in more limited numbers. Tomb Ship confirmed to be an absolute monster. Ark Mechanicus ALSO confirmed to be an absolute monster that turned the tide.

First Mission confirmed to be controlling the Phalanx in one of the Campaigns at least. As well as a semi-Total War format.

So?

Imperial Campaign = control of all Imperium forces in a region? Control of multiple fleets, so possibly Navy, Astartes and Mechanicus combined?

Sounds good. Also sounds very ambitious.

Very cautious of the campaign promises.
This could either be the singular best 40K campaign in decades, or it could be a huge, buggy, and overly bloated flop.
A lot hangs on how well that is executed.

The MP changes sound interesting, as the fleet upgrade system now seems to be tethered to a 'flagship' which apparently can be assigned at any level which points to either a rethinking of the renown system or very cheap upgrades, might reduce tactical variety but if it improves balance as it says on the tin it should be a good change.

Also, expanded rosters! We might actually see the complete Imperial Navy and Chaos Warfleets!

The confirmation that necrons will be balanced similar to TT is also good news, would have them no other way.

Overall this is excellent news, BFG:II appears to be improving in all the right areas, its now just whether it can be pulled off. I'll be supremely impressed if the promises made so far are kept.

last edited by CALiGeR_Reborn

@caliger_reborn said in 'Whats Next At Focus' Video by Valrak:

Very cautious of the campaign promises.
This could either be the singular best 40K campaign in decades, or it could be a huge, buggy, and overly bloated flop.
A lot hangs on how well that is executed.

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To be fair, the campaign for the first was reasonably solid with quite the fair shake at it and, so to speak, it wouldn't take much to expand upon it for handling multiple fleets. Look at Slitherine and how they managed with Battlestar Galactica Deadlock and I think we have an approximate estimation of what we might be expecting here.
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The MP changes sound interesting, as the fleet upgrade system now seems to be tethered to a 'flagship' which apparently can be assigned at any level which points to either a rethinking of the renown system or very cheap upgrades, might reduce tactical variety but if it improves balance as it says on the tin it should be a good change.

Also, expanded rosters! We might actually see the complete Imperial Navy and Chaos Warfleets!

The confirmation that necrons will be balanced similar to TT is also good news, would have them no other way.

Overall this is excellent news, BFG:II appears to be improving in all the right areas, its now just whether it can be pulled off. I'll be supremely impressed if the promises made so far are kept.

To be fair, the first one also had complete IN and Chaos rosters as well as expanded Ork and Eldar rosters.

That is, complete to the base game. 😉

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Ok the revamp of the ability and upgrade system is a good change. From what i understand only your Flagship will be the ship with all the abilities and goodies. The rest of your ships will be more or less stock. Which will drastically improve balance imo.

Oh. On another note.

Note that Valrack mentions in the battle they saw, the Tombship ARRIVED followed by the Ark Mechanicus ARRIVING later.

Confirmed Escalation mission type?

(For those that are unfamiliar with the tabletop. In escalation, both players started with a single squadron of ships, usually a cruiser and maybe escorts if you had them each turn there was a chance that new ships from the players fleets would arrive on the tabletop.

A lucky player could get multiple ships on the board early and begin strategising while the enemy, unfortunate as he or she was, has their ships coming in piecemeal allowing the enemy to chew your forces apart.

But mismanage that step and the enemy, with relatively fresh ships compared to yours which have sustained damage (maybe criticals or even full on crippled) and the balance of power can flip the other way HARD. In my experience, almost everyone preferred their Battleships to be the last to arrive on the field. Whole, intact, and ready to mop up with high explosive.)

@kadaeux That’s a nice catch. I wonder if any other mission types will be transferred over, like exterminatus.

@kadaeux Possibly. Or something akin to the Empire at War reinforcement system perhaps.

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