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Avoiding launch mistakes: Warhammer 40,000 8th edition

I’ve previously talked about the poor reception that Age of Sigmar’s launch received back in May 2015. I’ve also noted how the game warmed up after the release of the General’s Compendium.

It seems that Games Workshop have learned from this experience in regards to the forthcoming new edition of Warhammer 40,000.  They have already released an FAQ to let us know some of the broader details of the new game. Read it here.


For starters they will launch with the same “three ways to play” that Age of Sigmar has. The first way is open play, where you take whatever models you like. The second is narrative play, where the point is to create your own scenarios or refight battles from the lore. The last is matched play, where you use points to determine who can take what.

To be honest I find this approach quite refreshing, even if Age of Sigmar is not for me.

Codexes will be going the way of the dodo, but some kind of books will be coming out no doubt in the similar vein to Age of Sigmar’s battletomes.

It’s nice to see Games Workshop communicating with its fanbase ahead of time like this.


5 comments on “Avoiding launch mistakes: Warhammer 40,000 8th edition

  1. Ann
    April 30, 2017

    Yes, I agree. I’m greatly encouraged by what I’m reading from GW about 8th edition 40K as well, and also by the approach they are taking with the roll out, keeping us informed.

    • davekay
      April 30, 2017

      Yes, I am pleasantly surprised by how this is playing out.

  2. Bookstooge
    April 30, 2017

    So do you have to buy new figurines for every new expansion?

    • davekay
      April 30, 2017

      Only if you want to. Usually some factions will be redone or a new unit type released, so there’s always a degree of pressure to keep up

  3. daggerandbrush
    April 30, 2017

    This may help with the rule bloat many 40k gamers have an issue with. Good step by GW.

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