Today, I blogged on my blogspot account about my thoughts on Warhammer 40,000 7th edition. It was a rather compact version of a much longer and more colorful rant I unleashed on Saturday night after I bought my copy.
I'm not going to repeat what's already been written. A good software developer doesn't re-write code.
That said, I'd like to add something here... I bought the 7th Edition box set on faith. I was a bit annoyed at the short lifespan of 6th Edition (only 2 years as opposed to the ususal 4-ish) but I thought that maybe some of the things that I felt needed changing might have gotten changed. Well, as it happens, none of the things I had an issue with got changed. (Along with 90% of the rule set.) It's 6th edition with a Psychic phase, basically.
So fine, whatever. It is what it is, but I say now, and I hope someone from Games Workshop reads this: I am not buying any more new items from GW until they've earned back my trust. If something comes out I really want, I'll get it on the second-hand market. I normally prefer to buy my gaming stuff brand new, but that is only when the company producing it is giving me good value for my money. Until now, I always felt that Games Workshop did provide plenty of value for the money.
7th Ediition 40k takes a lot of quality shortcuts and it shows. They recycled most of the content in the book from 6th Edition and other works. The text of the rules, the example photos (retouched to contain fewer colors, I might add... cheaper to print that way.) the artwork. Most, if not all, of it can be found in other books. That Hellbrute on the cover of Dark Millenium look familiar? Yep, that's mirrored from the Codex: Chaos Space Marines book. (It's also the cover of the Crusade of Fire book, by the way.)
Even these things I wouldn't mind so much... I don't begrudge a company finding ways to improve their margin... but this set is just not worth $85. Period. If I'd known before I bought it, I'd have just stuck with my 6th Edition book and maybe taken notes on the new Psychic rules by looking at someone else's 7th Edition book. In fact, this is exactly what I'm recommending to my friends and fellow members of the gaming club. I'm making my copy of 7th Edition available to all the members of the Grey Council to take notes from so they can just supplement their 6th Edition books without having to go waste a bunch of money.
I have a pretty good job and I can afford little luxuries like this, but they need to be worth it. Games Workshop stuff normally is (We'll ignore the Blood in the Badlands book for now) but this has broken my faith.
I understand Bretonnia and Warhammer Fantasy Battles 9th Edition are coming out this year. I've been playing Bretonnia for over 10 years now, with the same book, but I am not going to buy the new one when it comes out from any distrubutor. I'll get mine second hand, even if it means I have to wait a while. If they're good, I'll trust GW with my money again. Otherwise, I've got a nearly complete Warmachine army and an Infinity army that would benefit greatly from more table time.