Deadzone Redux Announced
When Deadzone was first announced I was very excited. This Necromunda descendant looked like the perfect game to get my friends into some miniature wargaming. I figured I could paint all the figures in the set and get some games in. Unfortunately this never really worked out. I got the miniatures painted but I never managed to garner enough excitement about the game to play regularly.
This meant that I could skip the Deadzone Infestation Kickstarter with only a little disappointment. If interest did increase for the game I could always get my space-rats at retail.
Recently there have been a couple of developments in the world of Deadzone. The first is that I managed to get a game in with a chap down at the local shop who expressed an interest. I butchered the rules, of course, forgetting exploding eights, letting his sentry guns remain permanently on overwatch and confusing d10s for d8s. Still, it was a pleasant evening and I was happy to get some use out of all the miniatures that I had painted.
Next was the, surprising to me at least, announcement that Mantic was planning to reboot the game. While all the models and terrain would be available the rules and cards are going to be completely replaced. While there are plans in the works to not completely alienate the player base I am torn between being excited and jaded about the whole thing.
Excited because as much as I love the Deadzone rules there is always room for improvements and a reboot potentially means new players in the community.
Jaded because I don’t want to buy new rules for a game I’m not playing and don’t like the idea that the rules I do have are out of date.
It’s an interesting feeling which I’ll have to explore in detail at a future date. When a new edition to a game is released many players feel that the books and models they own are made obsolete. This is abundantly apparent when a new edition of Dungeons & Dragons is released. The thing is why feel this way? I’m not playing against other people who are using their own rules and miniatures. It should not bother me that my rules are old but it does somehow.
What do you think? Let me know in the comments what you think of the Deadzone reboot. If you are not interested in Deadzone has there been any game which you stopped playing because the rules changed, even though no-one else was using the new rules. You can also hit me up on Google+ and Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe for more.