Welcome to The Wessex Codex, a repository of a collection of revisions for GW’s mass battle tabletop game set in Middle earth : The War of the Ring (WotR)
This site and collection of changes and tweaks is created by players and fans of the system, who collectively have played over 300 games using the system.
The question is: Why make revisions?
WotR only underwent a single edition and one expansion, before GW switched focus to the Strategy Battle Game and releases tied to the Hobbit. Overall WotR is easy to pick up and a free flowing experience on the tabletop, and has a few rough edges as one might expect from a First Edition, but all the same these are few. However, while the battle system seems to have been well-designed and adequately playtested, the army building and points values of the troops, a key part of any such battle game, have many mismatches and imbalances.
Therefore the aim of The Wessex Codex is to smooth out those few rough edges and provide a system that provides fun and a means to play scenarios or points-matches in a far fairer way. The overriding concern is to keep to the core of the rules and as close to the rules as written, and making as few changes as possible, and those that are made keep to the spirit of the game and to the world J.R.R. Tolkien created.