With how 40K and Age of Sigmar are going I have to ask: do we even need codexes any more – and would players care?
There have been rumors swirling for well over a year that GW wanted out of the codex game. While new armies are fun and exciting, doing that 5th retread of the Space Marine book just to add in a couple of new kits must get tiring.
Did we all really buy the codex for you and a couple extra pages?
Age of Sigmar has it’s app, the Grand alliance books gathering together all the warscrolls and the campaign books. They have just recently since Beastclaw Raiders and Stormcast Eternals nailed down AoS’s version of a “codex”.
A Possible Future
Now I want you to think about a new edition of 40k some months in the future. Let’s say GW took even a few of the no-brainer AoS concepts and brought them into the Grimdark.
- An App for example with all the units rules in there.
- Some dirt cheap “faction books” that just reprinted all the updated edition unit rules from the app for those of us who like physical products.
- Continual narrative based books to carry forward the story of 40K with a handful of new units/formations in each.
Under such a world, outside of army codexes for new armies entering the game, or big major updates with tons of new rules and models – codexes could pretty much be retired. Once an army reached a certain level of maturity such as Space Marines, there would really be no need to reprint it’s codex.
I for one would much rather see GW refocus their energy on narrative campaign books with new units and rules (often for multiple armies at a time), or expansion books that build upon existing codexes (like Traitor Legions) than retreads of old codexes we’ve all bought multiple times.
More of this please
I wouldn’t miss codex retreads at all.
~What about you?