2017 Best Wargame Book Nominees

Which books made our top 5 Wargame Books of 2017 list? Come check out our Nominees!

2017 saw some pretty important books get published for the Tabletop Wargaming industry. We saw everything from new editions of games, to updates to existing rules, to brand new armies take the field. Now we’re listing 5 of the books that we think had the biggest impact on the tabletop in 2017!

Warhammer 40,000 8th Edition – Games Workshop

Battletome: Kharadron Overlords – Games Workshop


Grymkin – Privateer Press

Codex: Space Marines – Games Workshop



It’s hard to argue that Games Workshop didn’t dominate the publishing side of things this year. From the beginning of the year with Age of Sigmar releases, to the industry-shaking hit that is Warhammer 40k 8th, to the 10 codexes they managed to produce through the end of the year. However, we did see other manufacturers release competing products and those are getting a fair amount of traction, too!

As always if you have any other products that you think should have made the cut, let us know in the comments below – who knows?! They might just be in our Honorable Mentions list!


What wargaming book really hit your game nights hard? What wargame made 2017 to you?

  • marxlives

    I have to say the Grymkin book and if you don’t even play WM/Hordes, you should at least leaf through it at your local shop. It is the ONLY codex I have seen that follows a Book of Leaves format. Rather than lore, rules, stats format, it reads like a novel. Even has parts where you have to turn the book in unusual ways to glean more info, or the part where you look at the page in the mirror, different fonts and formats based on who the narrator is in a section, and other visual cues makes the book like a puzzle for those who are into unraveling lore. While getting the necessary lore information does not require work, getting the extra bits by turning the book itself into a sort of analog minigame is rewarding for those who endeavour to play.

    I already own all the 2nd ed force books and due to the online cards, I don’t really see a reason to by 3rd ed force books. But, if they were redone to follow the Grymkin model I would buy them again. As someone who works in publishing I have to say, the fact that a small private company could put together a book like Grymkin is pretty amazing in its own right.

    • Apocryphus

      I can’t upvote this enough.

    • ZeeLobby

      100% with you there. Def one of the best “game books” I’ve ever read. Don’t even own them or play them, but def a good book.

    • Matthew Pomeroy

      I ama big fan of the grymkin book (I have it and play them) but not sure it really qualifies as there really is not any real rules in it, its more a fluff book.

  • Stonewall

    I would put Malifaux’s Broken promises book ahead of some of those. Continue to put out great lore and artwork every year.

    • Matthew Pomeroy

      absolutely it should be up there.

    • Matthew Pomeroy

      absolutely it should be up there.