I happened to pick up the collectors edition when Apocalypse came out, and man I really love this thing. It has some pretty useful aids for playing games of Apocalypse that will really take the burden out of making them myself or lugging the big book around from game to game.
It comes in a small collectors case, about the size of a super heavy model kit, and contains the following;
– A leatherette-bound A5 edition of the rules section of the Apocalypse rulebook
– A double-sided concertina edition of the miniatures showcase, entitled Pluvian’s Fighting Formations & Engines of War 974.M41.
– A set of Apocalypse Formation cards inscribed Index Detestatum.
– A set of 63 elegant black Strategic Asset cards.
– Two Warzone compendiums containing background and additional formations for the wars of Armageddon and Pandorax.
The first thing I really about this set is the sweet “mini” rulebook for Apocalypse. It’s 76 pages big, and is “leather” bound with a page holder as well.
It contains all the rules for the game itself, minus the quick reference sections which themselves come as a laminated fold out “Dungeon Master” type screen that can be laid on the table top to run games of Apocalypse, or just to have handy for rolling game results.
The Datasheets, Painting Gallery, and “Warzone” Armageddon are all separate game aids contained with in this edition itself allowing the rulebook to be just big enough for rules consulting.
Speaking of Datasheets, the Index Detestatum contains smaller thicker cardstock printouts of all the datasheets included with the main rulebook, with index tabs for quick referencing or sorting.
It makes playing with these bigger units easier for sure, as I can just have a few small cards on the table to keep track of bigger models and formations now.
This edition also come with a set of the strategic asset cards as well, and a fancy spot to keep them in the box, right next to the spot to hold the “Warzone” books (below).
Speaking of Warzone books, the highly anticipated “Warzone”: Pandorax book contains sets of datasheets that were not included with the initial Apocalypse 40k book, leading some to speculate on it’s “supplemental” status, or whether it was just made as a extra for this collectors set.
Either way it contains 100% new fluff on a campaign that contained the entire might of the Dark Angels chapter of Space Marines and strangely some Grey Knight allies who teamed up against Abaddon himself.
It’s a pretty cool read, that combines some Lord of the Rings elements along with your typical Grim Dark setting to show that things aren’t always what they seem.
Speaking of which, some of the Apocalypse units we’ve all come to know and love got some fluff changes themselves in this book as well.
That’s it for me, but Loken wrote a great article (below) on the new “Warzone”: Pandorax book itself, and I made a video unboxing of the collectors edition for you all to enjoy as well. -MBG
You can find the full content listing of the Warzone book here: