I posted something similiar over at Hammerzeit...check out the site if you haven't already.
Aren't Wardancers, Waywatchers and Swordmasters supposed to be elite, best of the best, top tier careers? Everything I've ever read about them in other Warhammer material place them as THE "special forces" for the elves. Swordmasters alone spend several human generations trying to perfect their swordcraft. Now the new edition of wfrp comes out and they are now just a common career. Waywatchers are no better than a scout or hunter, Swordmasters are nothing special...any soldier or grunt is on equal level with these guys, and Wardancers strike as much fear in an opponent as a Ratcatcher does...since they are now equals. What's wrong with this picture?
So. I have a friend (player) thats been dying to build a badass Wardancer (like from 1st edition). Had a cool story about how he was going to progress as one and now...it's irrelevant. He can now start out as one since they are a basic career. After 10 sessions he'll need to leave this career and choose ratcatcher, coachman, gambler, etc. to "improve". Seems a bit silly to me, considering the stature of the career.
I mean an Initiate (yes an Initiate!) can be just as skilled with a sword as a Sword MASTER at the begining of the game if character points are spent a certain way (well maybe not just as skilled but you get my point).
It's kind of weird to think that a Waywatcher could be in some serious trouble in the forest if a couple of goblins came up on him.
Does anyone else see this as a head scratcher like I do or should I just say 'hey it's the new warhammer and these careers are now just plain generic careers like everybody else' and move on with it since the new wfrg is so much f&%#*!g fun?