Everyone is going bonkers for 8th Edition of Warhammer 40,000. Here’s what GW needs to do to jumpstart 30K.
With each passing day we are seeing more and more of 8th Edition. It’s going to be a big, big shakeup like the community hasn’t seen in 20 years – and to honest – it needs to be.
7th Edition has gotten too bloated and decentralized for a quality gameplay experience.
But the funny thing is – it wasn’t the core rules fault; it was the mountain of codex and rules expansions. How can I say this with confidence?
Because you hear little to no bitching from the 30K community. Those guys have been battling away for years with a small collection of the dead-sexy Forge World books and the core rulebook. You don’t ever hear people saying that X Legion is so unbalanced or that the Heretics can pull some crazy super-friends nonsense and ruin the game. Instead you get hobbyists and a narrative themed community really having a great time at the tabletop – which to me is what it’s all about.
That leads me to today’s concept of exactly what should GW do to keep 30K thriving.
Like this – but with WAY more heresy…
Take the current 3 book 7th Edition set and do the following:
Stick that all into the three book slipcover, or just do it is a single tome and call it a day. If you were extra fancy, you might offer it in the same red or black format the existing Heresy Forge World books come in.
Third time’s the charm?
The next time GW kicks out a 30K themed boxed set (Betrayal at Calth, Burning of Prospero), just bite the bullet and make it a 30K starter set. You already have a core set of plastic kits to draw from, so pick two legions, drop in some new HQs, and a softcover 30k mini-rulebook. Don’t forget the whippy-sticks, and some cool 30K themed templates (like with the Aquila and Eye of Horus).
I’d be all over that!
~What do you think GW should do to grow 30K?
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