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September 4, 2013

WFB RUMORS: 9th Edition

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Warhammer Fantasy 8th Edition Showed up in 2009.  It's about time 9th Edition rumors started to come out of the woodwork.



Here's the latest set from a variety of sources so you can get a taste of what's out there:

via Harry 5-17-2013
.... significant changes to the rules, the timeline and the approach to armybooks.
In particular the rumors that 9th could see a "full reboot" that invalidates all existing Army Books, and then the entire range of 15+ WFB army books gets shrunk down to a handful (say about 4) "Compendiums" that group similar armies.

This would have the business effect of shrinking WFB's overall footprint and freeing up Games Workshop development resources, allowing the entire cycle of WFB army compendiums to be updated on a shorter timescale.

Warseer's Earlybird 6-27-2013

V9 Army books :

Ancient Kingdoms : Lizardmen/High Elves/Wood Elves/Dwarves/Tomb Kings
Servants of Dark Gods : Warriors of Chaos/Daemons of Chaos/Beastmen/Skaven/Dark Elves
Old Word Denizens : The Empire/Bretonnia/Orcs and Goblins/Ogre Kingdoms/Vampire Counts
via Faeit - (Tim the Thief) 9-2-2013

Release
-All Softcover Armybooks will obsolet with the new release.
-The Starter Box will released at the same time as the Hardback Rulebook
-The Set will include a Book called "Armies of Warhammer", this Book will handle simplified Armylists for ALL avaitable Armies.
-Armies of Warhammer will give Player a little view of all Armies and they Units, also it will be a transitional solution for the obsolet 
Armybooks
-Armies of Warhammer will be a part in the Hardback Rulebook
-The Rulebook in the Set will be a simplified "Starter Rulebook"
-A smaller complete Hardback Rulebook will released too, called "Warhammer - The Rules"

Rules
-The ruleset will chance again, GW has recognized the last Edition was an hard inpact for sells of Warhammer products
-The number of special rules will reduced
-There will be no releases of Fantasy Suppliments, the books will contain more background. Page numbers up to 150 pages are possible!
So you rumor watchers will see a typical set of rumor characteristics for something somewhat far off.  We are getting major (in some cases very major) differences in the fine details, but if you step back and look at the big picture most of these rumors are broadly pointing in the same direction.

The general trends seem to be:

- 9th is going to be something more than an "evolutionary edition".
- GW wanting to make a course correction from 8th. ~you all can debate why
- Some level of invalidation of army books.  The exact amount seems to be hotly disputed.


~What's your take on the state of Fantasy 8th?  Does it just need tweaking, or is it time to throw out the baby with the bathwater and start making some serious reboot-edition changes to bring the old girl up to snuff?
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