In the time-honoured tradition of 6 Inch Move bringing you all the hot wargaming news much later than everyone else, I think it’s time that we reveal details of the Warhammer 8th edition release. Unless you are blind, deaf, mute and lacking any tactile sensations you can’t have escaped the fact that the new version of Warhammer is almost upon us. Internet forums have been literally awash with half-baked ideas about what Games Workshop are going to do with the rules and just how much it is going to end up as the ugly bastard offspring of 40k and War of the Ring.
While there are still no firm details about everything we will be seeing, there are certain areas we know a lot about as of today. The rulebook is an almost 600 page tome that could be used as an offensive weapon, picture the mental image of your average bandy-armed nerd clubbing someone round the head with a rulebook the same weight as an original Mini. For the privilege of owning this homage to the Encyclopaedia Britannica your friendly Sherrif wants you to part with forty-five of your finest Earth pounds. That’s without getting an army book or any models… I’ll leave it up to you to think if that’s fair against the competition.
For those of you feeling a little more affluent there is a collectors edition, a proper leather-bound book a good few inches thicker than the normal book and completely impractical to use for any gaming use or there is the Gamers edition, the rulebook accompanied by several over-priced templates and a knock-off of the Tesco bag I use to do my weekly shopping with. Both of these will set you back the princely sum of £75, again you’re not getting any figures for that price so if you don’t own any then you can’t even play the game for the rather large upfront cost.
Needless to say a lot of the stuff you get in the various editions will be sold separately, although after you’ve already sold a vital organ in order to purchase the rules who knows where you’ll have to stop to actually get into the game proper, especially with the Internet rumour mill spinning all kinds of tales that the new default army size will be 3000pts. I think it is frowned upon to re-mortgage your house or sell your firstborn in order to afford Warhammer…