Out of curiosity, what do people feel about the potential success for this game? Invasion was a little bit of a flop and I'm not sure if this will be the same.
Had FFG started reprinting expansions with full playsets, Invasion might have done better. But, had Invasion not gone from kinda broke to completely broke within the first cycle, then running with it... it might have done better. Orc/Skaven rush, then Bolt Thrower, then Dwarves... It was just stupid. Had quest cards been anything other than a dead mechanic from the start...Invasion might have done better. That said, I loved the themes of the game despite the total imbalance, since I recognized it as casual only game. The draft option was super cool, and if the game can be found for rock bottom cheap, it's probably worth getting a core set, the first cycle, and the first deluxe just to draft. I'm talking $30 cheap for all that. If 40K can provide a decent variety of well known factions out of the gate, while maintaining a reasonable card pool, I think the game will do well. Objectives, with or without pods, seem like they belong. Yeah, the 40k universe doesn't need a reason to fight, but having something to fight over seems cool to me. As far as this faction mixing nonsense is concerned... we'll just have to wait and see. Everyone can still fight everyone, but that doesn't mean everyone has to fight alongside everyone. In a pod based game, I'd love to see a core set with 8 factions, and a couple of decent, truly neutral utility pods to provide good variety (in case there's a sizable restriction on army mixing). In a single card build game, I think the Netrunner 'pip' system could be a good way to allow army mixing, but keep things under control without adding restrictive out of faction costs. How many out of house cards do we see in Thrones decks really?
We're not going to see EVERY faction represented fully on its own. There's just way too much to maintain a reasonable card pool(and potentially, game balance) If that's a deal breaker, play 40k. I see enough complaints about this on the diskwars boards. 'blah blah tomb kings and undead are totally different and need their own army'. No. They're all dead. One group just hangs out in sarcophagi.