Epic, the Bastard Brother of 40k – History
We start with some history…
1st Edition – Titans and Marines
Epic were first released back in 1988 as Adeptus Titanicus. The game was as the title suggests, a game of Titans trying to kill each other.
It was followed up with the Space Marine game the year after, 1989. They were released as individual games but you could also combine them.
2nd Edition – More Titans and More Marines
Just like 1st edition it was released as two individual games that could be played together. The first part, Space Marine hit the shelf’s in 1991 and the second part, Titan Legions in 1994.
During this edition they also expanded the game with 4 supplements;
- Armies of the Imperium, 1991.
- Renegades, 1992, contained rules for Chaos and Eldar.
- Ork and Squat Warlords, 1992, contained rules for Orks and Squats.
- Hive War, 1995, contained rules for Tyranids.
3rd Edition – Streamlined and Killer Miniatures
Epic: 40k got released in 1997 and changed everything. The first games were quite complex and over detailed. So with this edition they streamlined it completely. Many players were quite put off by this but in hindsight I don’t think it was a bad move.
They put quite a lot into developing the miniature range for this edition and the results were a huge step up from the earlier in most cases.
I’m not 100% sure when they released the 4th edition, Epic: Armageddon. My guess would be around the millennium.
This edition were released both in printed form and as a free download on their website.
Here they backed down a bit on the streamlining and added some more complexity and they got it at a very good level. The game isn’t to simple but not too complex.
This was the last edition released by GW before they nuked Specialist Games.
The rules are still available online and the community took over the part as developers.
Today we have two community editions (too my knowledge), NetEA (Net Epic Armageddon) that as the name suggests is an updated version of E:A with some community made supplements as well.
The second one is NetEpic Gold which is an updated version of the original two Space Marine versions and Titan Legions.
I’ve never tried NetEpic Gold but I’ve played NetEA quite a lot and love it.
My Journey Into Tiny 40k
I tried Epic the first time around 1995 I think. It was fun but I never got around to starting my own collection back then.
The second time around were after Epic: 40k was released and I had more fun then than the first time. Most likely I were to young the first time around to appreciate the strategy level.
I started collected the odd unit here and there but never really found my focus. I continued to play it with a friend who had (have) a massive collection of armies.
It wouldn’t be until I tried Epic: Armageddon I found that focus and started to collect my first real army, Chaos.
As it’s been some years since I last played, I don’t remember how many points of Chaos I have but it’s much more than I’ll ever need.
Of course I couldn’t just have one army, as I’m sure many of you know the feeling of. So I started building a Necron army using non-GW miniatures. I got most of the infantry taken care of but then we stopped playing and I put it in my closet to collect dust…
… Until now that is.
I’ve dug out my collection from the closets and I’m planning to sort it all and see if I want to get anything new. Who am I kidding, of course I want to get something new.
Until next time..