Since Rackham's decline a lot of rules spawned in the remaining gaming communities. Some use the rulebook, some 3.5, some the rules from Age of Ragnarok, some developed a whole new system. In Germany exists the Confrontation X ruleset, in Italy Confrontation 5. It seems that every small community has their own rules. So, what rules do you play with?
I play with modified 3.5 rules. Spells and miracles cost half the points on the cards, otherwise mages and priests would be way overpowered. The STR-bonus for Bull's Eye is maximum the AIM of the shooter.
Except for those two things we play by the book and 3.5 What about you?
I play a modified 3.5 version as well. I use the 3.0 Line of Sight rules. I use the modified Bull's Eye like Atreju. I use a War Machines rule where you have to randomize for combat just like normal shooting. We've been working on Spell rules, but haven't settled on something we really like yet. Everything else from 3.5 we use.
3.5 with cord restrictions is what we play the most. As Owen said we have started to drop the cord restrictions for more back of the book rules. It does make the games faster and more brutal. But the games are still fun and I see myself looking at different model profiles that dont normally hit the board. As long as everyone agrees to the rule set, then I say go for it.
With the pure 3.5 rules, some miniatures are WAY to overpowered. Just take Ardokath from the Drunes or the Gorgon from Acheron. Ardokath has a ~150 point miracle that allows him to summon a Living Legend Dark Elemental. With 3.5 he could take this miracle for free. Same with the Gorgon, one of her artifacts allows her to take all spells that uses darkness gems for free as well. That's just too much.
Never tried the 3.5 rules (I need to look at the pdf), but you are saying that magic users get to take a free spell or some such? If that is the case with the spells that are that costly and powered, and reserved to that model, then yeah, a 50% makes a lot of sense.
Yeah it made more magic/faith models hit the board but IMHO shooters and the new line of sight rule balanced it. Most of the magic/faith models just couldn't stand up to being hit by shooting and needed screening models from 3.0 to survive. Before 3.5 you hardly ever saw any magic/faith models in any competitive play.
I'm lucky enough that i understand italian (well, i am italian), so i can play the C5 edition they've made. It's awesome! As a sneak peek, we have the 3.5 rules for magic, but everything has been retouched as to avoid imbalances so that pure magicians are not overpowered any more (we did a tournament with ~20 people from al over italy and there were only 2 lists with pure magicians: Meliador II and the Gorgon)
the best thing is that i'll be living in Germany (saarbrucken) from october, so i may teach c5 to some local passionate players, if there are any
It might be a lot to ask, but would you consider translate the basics of the C5-ruleset (so that we non-italian-speakers can have a grasp of the ruleset) or ask some of the guys from the italian forum if they consider to translate it? That would be sooo awesome!