So, wanted to try out the 8th rules today so play tested one game with my wife. She ran her Harlequins and I decided to run Nids just to check it out.
We decided to do the narrative play style of list building.
Harly list (24 pts):
Shadow-seer with Neuro Disruptor, Smite and Fog of Dreams powers
Troupe Master with Fusion pistol and Kiss
5x Troups with Fusion Pistols and Kiss's
Void Weaver with Prim Cannon
Broodlord - Smite and Catalyst powers
5x Genestealers with Scything Talons and Toxin Sacs
2x Carnifex's with Devourers, Bio-Plasma, and Toxin Sacs
We rolled for the battle, and got the first one with the 4 objective markers, each worth 2 pts and d3 for warlord.
I ended up tabling her by the end of turn 5.
Game winner was Smite - by far. After having the troupes slaughter my Geenstealers and one Carnifex (20 attacks, hitting on 3+, wounding on a 5+ with re-roll, Carnifex saves on 4+, and then takes d3 wounds per wounds... 10 wounds when it was all said and done). Broodlord chose to smite them. Stealers had already ate the shadow-seer so no psychic defense left - that is going to HURT for DE
Smite hit her Troupe squad on a 10 for the test - so d6 wounds. Rolled a 1, burned a command re-roll and got a 6. Entire Troupe squad gone. Did not like this - at all.
Once her Troupes were down that was basically game.
As far as narrative play - It made for a quick and relatively balanced game. If not for Smite I think it would have been really close.