It seems while I was busy offline FFG released a new trailer for the upcoming WHFRP 3E game. While I have to admit that the components (cards, dice, sheets) look very good, I just can’t see how this is going to improve the role-playing experience.
Some of the game play elements like the party sheet just sounds too much like something you would have in a board or card game but IMHO it doesn’t really fit into what I expect from a role-playing game.
The other problem is the price tag. $100 is a lot of money and most of that money goes into cards and custom dice that you a) definitely will need to play the game (don’t let anyone tell you otherwise) and b) are easily lost. Especially in times where people think twice before buying a new role-playing game, especially when you need to buy a supplement to have more than 3 or 4 players.
I love FFG’s board games and from what I’ve heard the recently released Rogue Trader is an awesome role-playing game, but I don’t think the new Warhammer Fantasy Role Play is a game for me.
Actually, party sheet may be a good mechanic, from what I know, and I may adopt it for other game in some form or another, but I agree with you, it’s a weird hybrid. Well, may be a good game, but not fully RPG. In D&D 4e you kinda stuck with classes from books, ‘cause they cumbersome to create or modify, and here you stuck with whole game, in my book it’s drawback, you must have freedom to meddle.
I'm still unsure of the new WHFRP myself. It looks like a boardgame, like descent. While I appreciate their designs taking it away from the rules that just about everyone loves isn't a good idea, but I think alot said that about 4th ed D&D (Which I still haven't played). 2nd edition was a great game. I'll be sad to see it go.