I note that in the original rules (BFG), The Bombardment cannon wasn't really any different than the lance! Other than fluff, What was the fuss about?
BC uses the gunnery table, lance doesn't. That's really about it gameplay wise.
It was otherwise entirely fluff and certain testers seething hatred for all things SM. The writers wanted to give the SC more variety, but couldn't add ships that had not already appeared in other GW pubs, and had sort of a round table thing going on with the testers. Basically the prow weapons on SCs were switched up a bit so that you could take a wider variety of weapons to give SM players more options, and the option to take an extra shield to try and make SC less broken. The extra shield pretty much everyone agreed was reasonable, but when it came to offering other weapon choices, a brawl more or less broke out between those who were more concerned with game balance, and those more concerned with fluff. The lance in particular was extremely thorny due to the wording of the Nova's fluff, but fluffwise was countered by GW putting SCs with lances in the fluff for Planetstrike.
The other (insane) issue was that Defiant has been broken since introduction because it's str 1 lbs and number restrictions make it not worth the points. The only real solution is for it to be two str 2 lbs, but at the time, and again when BFG:R was done, the mental gymnastics to try and not do that were amazing. Seriously, someone pushed three LBs as a possible solution, despite the fact that every time one was crippled, it would break RAW, just to try and avoid giving it that 4th LB. Because as all right thinking IN players know, better Death than Assault Craft.
And if you think that's unreasonable, you can only imagine Jovian, and the foaming at the mouth when that showed up. Since it's basically an IN version of the Styx. IF you read FAQ 2010's restrictions on it, you can get an idea of how rabid opposition to an IN cruiser sized carrier was. Effectively, no list but Bakka can take it, and then only one of them, and only if you take a bunch of other stuff first. Granted, I agreed that it was a bad fit for the fluff for Bakka, it was a ship for Battlefleet Gothic, but was cut for space in the blue book, and put in BFG Magazine. But just the 'neckbeard rage' at the idea, not because the ship had not existed for YEARS but because very few people had BFGM, they got a weird idea of what IN was 'supposed' to be.
The biggest irony of it was that they were lecturing the writers of those rule books and magazines about what they had written.
Edited by BaronIveagh, 09 June 2014 - 05:45 PM.