I was just expecting more of them, Good selection of melee weapons, grenades are also good (rad grenades yay!) but no new guns? only new ammo? They could have put in some needle weapons, or a gun that works similar to those scourge shells, vomit throwing flamers, assault canons shooting daemonic larvae and flies... scourge missiles, scourge ammo for sniper rifles...
Books don't have unlimited space. Everything has to fit in.
It's very obvious that they tried to fold a whole bunch of content into Tome of Decay that shouldn't really be there, though, probably taken from a future project that got scrapped, likely due to the sheer number of character supplements that have been squeezed out for Black Crusade, and the pending scrapping of the game line (we all know it's happening; Black Crusade is easily the least played line, and they have DH2 to coddle now).
Tome of Decay is a let-down because instead of getting the singular focus on Nurgle and nurglite characters that the other Tomes more or less enjoyed, Tome of Decay comes across as a hodge-podge, a smatter of things that doesn't necessarily relate to eachother at all.
I guess my point is that while you say "everything has to fit in", I say that no, it doesn't. It's about prioritizing. It's about approach.
There's large sections of the book that has no business being in a tome dedicated to Nurgle. While the other tomes often introduced sections that provided interest and opportunities for all characters, they were at least tenuously tied to the concept of the book. Book of Fate got a whole bunch of psychic powers, Book of Excess got the social combat bit, Tome of Blood had the mass combat rules, etc.
Tome of Decay gets an atypical amount of Advanced Archetypes, an Alternate Career-like system that is the least interesting or useful system from a character concept and development standpoint throughout the entire WH40kRP lines, it gets the rules for running end-game (pretty much "post-game", by Core) black crusades, it gets (uninspiring, in my personal opinion) rules for end-game (again, pretty much "post-game", by Core) daemon princes, it gets an high-level/end-game adventure, and rules for creating daemon engines, and it gets rules for playing possessed characters.
None of these things particularly scream "Nurgle". The vast majority of this clearly belongs to a "Unaligned" supplement or a general game expansion. It is as if you'd include the content from Dark Heresy's Ascension in the Book of Judgement or The Lathe Worlds.
I would much rather have taken a table or ranged weapons featuring needle weapons, tox-guns or larvae cannons, scourge missiles, scourge rifles, and so on and so forth. And I say this as someone that things that endless tables and descriptions of weapons (or Talents, as has become the unfortunate norm in Only War) is pretty much a cop-outl.
To see the Tome dedicated to my favourite Chaos God reduced to a hodge-podge capstone fit-it-all-in-before-the-line-dies-because-we-suck-at-planning book is disheartening to say the least. Not even if this is the last book made for Black Crusade, it is to be considered worthy. It simply doesn't fit in with the other Tomes at all, and when judged, stands out as the red-headed stepchild, a bastard child in a family of what should've been quintuplets.
Edited by Fgdsfg, Yesterday, 02:05 AM.