I remember mine. A mate (who I met a few years ago through my wife and didn’t know back in the day) asked me if I ever played Warhammer Fantasy. He said he never had, but wanted to give him a go. I said sure, I used to play a bit, but not much as it took so damn long. So we agreed that I’d put together some small demo armies and play in a few days time.
Figured I’d have a look into what edition Fantasy was on, as my books would have been several years old by then. Did some googling. What’s this “Age of Sigmar” branding about? Something about a new edition? Na, everything is on round bases, a spin off maybe?
What’s happening!? Fantasy space marines with hammers… rules where you get a bonus if you have a moustache… NO PTS COSTS FOR ANYTHING!!!
Hit up reddit to find out what’s going on. Turns out GW had killed my precious Old World and replaced it with this nonsense. But some commentators were saying they were moving to Kings of War, which was in 2nd edition at the time. Figured I’d download the free rules (that’s cool…) and give it a go.
Dug out my old Battle of Skulls Pass models and pointed up some armies, maybe 600-700 pts per side. My mate arrived and I said “look, these are rules to a mass battle game that is new to both of us, it’ll probably suck initially but we’ll get used to it”. We flipped, and he went Dwarfs while I stuck with Goblins.
It did not suck, it was great. We played a few demo games, introducing new units/terrain/scenarios/magic etc. as we went. I won some, he won some. It was a blast, never went back.