Okay, so a bit of a rundown. I played the old Final Liberation back in the day. It was okay, but somewhat lacking.
I played Rites of War which was a lot better but still a bit lacking. Heroes of Might and Magic III was a much better turn based game in pretty much every respect, for instance. (Besides, Eldar are just Elves. Stuck up, poncey bastards.)
But I became curious about the franchise. I liked the races they had, and the balance between them seemed pretty neat. The back story was also pretty fascinating.
And then came Dawn of War. Now, as a caveat, I generally hate real time strategy games. The Total War games are the only exception to that rule, and only because the action unfolds rather slowly. But I figured, hey, why not, might as well check it out.
Holy monkeyfucking deities on a stick! The interface is slick, the play balance is beyond reproach, and the graphics are the most amazing I’ve ever seen in a game like that, and my computer is rapidly aging. The single player campaign is pretty short, but skirmish mode helps make up for it.
It’s one of my favorite games now, far and away my favorite RTS game. (And a few months ago I would’ve sworn on Rome: Total War as a bible)
The only thing it’s missing, is the other races. I want to see a horde of spinegaunts getting stuck in while Tyranid Warriors lace the area with venom cannons. I want to see necrons advancing in a slow and steady wave as gauss fire flays opponents alive. I want to see Tau railguns punching through termie armor. All the mods I’ve seen, however, are somewhat half assed, or quarter assed in some cases.
The expansion pack is coming out soon (just in time for my birthday!!!) and my girlfriend might just be picking it up for me. But… the Imperial Guard? Yes yes, I know that one single world has held back the forces of the Eye of Terror for quite some time, but give me a break. Blaaaaaaaah.
But perhaps the most interesting side effect has been that I’m considering, when I have enough free cash, getting into the tabletop game. I already got the fourth edition rule book, and one of these days I’ll see if I can’t snag a relatively cheap army via ebay. I think I’d like to start with a Necron army, as they seem rather easy to paint (I’m already planning on getting some glow in the dark green paint), and their limited weapon and troop choices make them a rather simple race for beginners. Time and money permitting, I’d also like to build a 'nid army as well as an Ultramarine or Space Wolf chapter.
My girlfriend works for the theatre department at a college, and part of her job entails building models of her designs, so there’s always some foamcore lying around the house, and she’s real great at building stuff (n’ things too!). One of these days I’d like to build a little hobby room in a corner of my basement and set up a space for a few, oh… 2500 point armies to live in.
Ahem. So. Dawn of War is fucking awesome, it’s gotten me into the tabletop game, and I can’t wait to get the cash to make this a fullblown hobby.
I don’t know if there’s anything left to say now for y’all, but I felt compelled to post. Share your opinions, experiences, the location of any good mods, etc…
For the Emperor!!!