That’s right. I said it. Skaven are stupid.
For the past 2 years I have just been listening to player base cry for it. “Please give us Skaven.” Which always dumbfounded me. I just don’t see what’s appealing about Skaven. They aren’t cute like Goblins, they aren’t strong-willed like an Orc, they don’t have a single trait that anyone would take seriously. They are just overgrown rats that don’t even act as intelligent at all like a rat. They just hunch over and snarl words like Rainman, just with heavy nasal congestion.
They do have however the lowest leadership values in the tabletop game. If you thought the Greenskin moral check every turn was annoying, try out a Skaven army, that runs away at the meer sight of their shadows. For the tabletop player, it’s not about meat and potatoes of having strong troops back by a hero. It’s about having ridiculous equipment and praying you pass at least one moral check so that you can do something.
There are many things that I wouldn’t play. Don’t get me wrong, I like them in the game. Skaven are an amazing Warhammer idea. But I like cleaving their snivelling little brains. I definitely don’t want to be one. However, that doesn’t stop the player base from wanting them. So their addition is obviously a good move. If you can give the community what they want, awesome.
Now, there is isn’t a lot of details quite yet. You leaked many at UK GD, I see how it is. The US is begging for info in July and we get the big VAGUE. But the Brits need their kudos or they will apparently eat your face. Now, we get to read the Monthly Producer’s Letter and I’m almost getting the impression that in the upcoming RvR packs, I may be forced to play as a Skaven?
I don’t know. I read and read, but ultimately we are still in the land of Vague. And Vague brings assumptions and predictions and replaces them as fact. So I am not going to buy too far into it, yet.
However … this is a solid prediction; I’m not playing as Skaven in any way shape or form. You can’t make me. And if you do, because it’s required to do something, then I’m out.
Skaven are stoooooppppppiiiddd. Not in a cute, oh he doesn’t know any better way. Like stupid as in a, you advise them not to wear a seatbelt kind of way.