Now this is a logical step that I just did not see coming. Games Workshop now has apps for the iphone and ipod. I know many of you are like "what?" yes, that means that we will be able to access digital products through our phone. So Yes the future is here.......


My request for Games Workshop.... we need an army builder equivalent so that if we stuck somewhere (office, doctors, weddings and more), we can work on our army lists. And yes, I want to do be able to do it with my phone, so people think I am doing something important.

It does look like its time though that I upgrade myself from my crappy flip phone to a new iphone. I have been considering this for a long time, but as a financial planner its hard to swallow and justify. My leap is coming.

I know that those of you that have blackberry's, blueberry's, and what ever other type of phones are out there, will not care for this. My advice..... be patient. Or buy a new iphone 5.

via White Dwarf Daily
We don't normally write a blog post on Saturday, but today we've got some really big news for you all. Today we launch our first App for iPhone and iPod - the Psychic Powers App.

Initially I thought this was just a cunning way to store your psychic powers on an iPhone, but I couldn't have been more wrong. When you open the App you're greeted by a list of all the races in the Warhammer 40,000 game that have access to psychic powers. After choosing your race, you are then asked which Psyker you would like to use. As an example, Eldar have access to Farseers and Eldrad Ulthran, while Space Marines have access to Librarians and Tigurius. After selecting your Psyker you then get to randomly generate their powers from the lists available to them. You can even take a picture of your Psyker with your iPhone, save the picture in the App and use the picture of your model to remind you which Psyker is which in your game. It's all very clever stuff.

But the fun doesn't stop there. I'm pretty good at forgetting stuff mid-battle (usually weapon destroyed results - oops) and this App is incredibly useful for making sure you use your Psykers properly. While I personally don't own an iPhone (or anything beginning with 'i' for that matter), Andrew whipped out his iPhones and gave the App a quick go to see how it worked.

Each turn the App can be reset to show you how much Warp Charge each of your Psykers has left for casting their powers. Every time you use one of their powers - many of which are accompanied by sound effects such as crackling lightning or the screams of the damned - the amount of Warp Charge decreases until you run out for that turn. Each psychic power also has a summary of it's effects so you can check out all the relevant details and make sure you're getting the most bang for your buck (or destruction for your Warp Charge, whichever analogy works best).

This App includes all of the psychic powers from the Warhammer 40,000 Rulebook and all the current Codexes that we have available, making this App an incredibly useful gaming tool. You can download the Psychic Powers App directly from the App store.

And while we're on the subject of clever digital stuff, don't forget that we've got a growing range of Digital Products available to download for your iPads from the Apple iBookstore, including Codexes, army books, painting guides, tacticas, Scrolls of Binding and rules for using scenery in your games of Warhammer. To see what we've got available check out our Digital Products page here.

91 Comments:

  1. Such a shame I have an S3 because some of the stuff they have released is great. Ah well.

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  2. No Android love. shame, looks quite interesting though.

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    1. Android users check out battlescribe for your phone its awesome and supports all current 40k codecies and allows you to make or edit your army lists on the fly.

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    2. and its 100% free

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    3. That's what I run, it's pretty amazing.

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  3. It's nice to see that they are doing this, but 11.99 is a little rediculous!

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    1. isnt this cheaper than the standard product? If so, and its not something you want to lug around from game to game, its still an excellent price.

      I had not looked it up, but I had figured it would be the full price of product.

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    2. its more expensive when it SHOULD be cheaper
      ...digital means NO print and shipping cost

      but we know this from Finecast -.-

      IMO they are 10 years late on digital dexes / products
      besides for the price i can get a old pc game on sale, wich has more programing to it and is a complet game and not just a helper for the a game

      GW is just trying to hop on the I-crap hype


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    3. No ; p
      iProducts are not the equivalent of standard physical product.
      $12 is a joke. I would buy it without a second thought if it was iPrice-pointed though, i.e. .99-1.99.

      & thats how the app store works GW, & thats where you make the iprofit. The marketing team needs to catch up.

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    4. Still no android
      Get with the program GW..

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    5. Here in Australia this is equivalent pricing to a (current) White Dwarf magazine.

      Also the electronic codex are cheaper than the paper hard copies. For example Electronic Necron codex is $36.75 AUD while the paper copy is $55 AUD. Codex space marines is $10 cheaper electronically.

      I don't know about pricing in other countries but for Australia electronic is cheaper.

      DK (need to make a profile)

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    6. Dude.. that's how much the hard copy of the codex costs on ebay..
      Australian prices for digital codex at that price is as much as it is for the book overseas.. to say it is cheaper is a justification that makes me want to throw up..

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  4. Ha ha, it's $11.99 Nice try, GW, but you can go to hell

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    1. Damn straight!

      Hahahaha 12 bucks, hahahaha.

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    2. Honestly, I bought it and its WAY better than the psychic cards, to say the least, and helps me to remember which powers I can still use, which for me, is huge. Damn you ADHD!!!! It's expensive, no doubt, but what from GW isn't?

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  5. Well done GW for this. However - huge price tag! At most this is worth half of its cost in my opinion, but I think the warp will freeze over before GW has a sale...

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  6. Why the fudge do they insist on making everything I exclusive! They are missing a massive portion of the market

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    1. Security. You cant copy your iapp and send it to your friends as you can in android and as far as i know in Windows phones...

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    2. Except that yo ucan on IPhones too... and I have a bachelor degree in computer science. Apple, sadly, has no magic wand to make their system "secure".

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    3. Without a jailbroken phone, you're full of crap Pickman.

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  7. Its perhaps that much cause you will get numerous updates based on new codices and or powers. If they have updates ready to roll quickly if and when there changes, I can understand it.

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  8. Just want to say once again. for the the super high cost and only make it for apple. GW there are other poeple that play ur games beside the ones that use apple. The more I see this the more and more I am getting very disappointed in gw....very sad... very very sad...

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  9. Is they spead it out to Android they could lower the cost do to increased sales. More people have Androids than I phones afterall.

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  10. Oh dear... £8...?! Come on GW, this looks like a great little tool but the price tag is just too high for something you don't even have to distribute physically.

    Its great that as a company they are (finally) embracing the digital market, just wish they'd embrace digital age pricing along with it.

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  11. Why I exclusive? cause every company that makes Android makes a different version of it! What works on the new version of an android samsung may not work on the newest Android Sharp or Motorolla... its just easier to make stuff for one consistent program

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    1. You clearly have NO understanding of the Android platform.

      Companies may add their own app launchers or custom skins, but the underlying guts of Android phones is the same, that's what MAKES them Android phones...

      Yes, Samsung and Motorola make different specification devices (different CPUs, different amounts of RAM, different screen sizes) BUT the operating system is the same across all devices.

      For a (relatively) simple application like this, performance doesn't come into it.

      And unless they are making very bad design choices with their GUI, it should be trivial to make the app fit various screen sizes.

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    2. If you read the reviews in the google play store, you'll notice that some apps don't work on some phone specifically. There are just too many types of phones to test an app on all of them. Apple only has a few models of their phone supported, making testing easier.

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    3. And those apps
      a) are high performance (so games) and some cheaper models can't handle them

      b) have poorly designed GUI which relies on a set resolution/aspect ratio instead of being able to expand/contract to screen size.

      This is an app that essentially consists of a nice fancy GUI, a database of cards, a database of psyker profiles by codex, a random number generator, and the added ability to add a photo of a model to a profile.

      Nothing all too drastic.

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  12. If you haven't checked it out, the Quartermaster app is a fantastic army builder equivalent that's universal on ios. I've been using it for about a year and seen it dramatically improve in that time. It's limited in that you have to manually input the army templates, but they can be shared with others.

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    1. You don't have to make your own! There is nice dude who runs a site where users upload updated templates:

      http://www.qmtemplates.com/

      It has Fantasy and 40k templates!

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    2. Shhhh...we don't want a commissar slapping a lawsuit on Quatermaster.

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    3. BATTLESCRIBE! It is multi platform and has a dev who is easy to contact about issues.

      I switched from quartermaster when it came out, it's super easy to generate text or HTML lists too

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  13. A great idea. Hordes and Warmachine has had an app for what over a year now? Someone showed it to me long ago. So, not anything new but they are finally keeping up with the times. While I don't own a smart phone, just no desire to pay all those fees and crap as of yet, waiting for it get cheaper like will all cell services. Comes out and is expensive, then the technology gets better and the prices drop finally to get more people in once their sales start to drop.

    Like other software companies do they should do cross platforms but they are making the same problem Mac did, great product ideas but you don't sell your operating system out enough to other companies to develop support.

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    1. Privateer Press released War-room recently (a army list creator). It has been plagued by bugs, incompatability and stability issues. A real Shame really.

      The Psychic Powers app looks similar in that it allows you to show effects etc on your characters...if only it covered characters and not just psykers.

      Nice step for GW but I will wait before i rush out and buy an iPhone just for their apps..

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    2. War Room works alot better than folks say honestly. It has bugs, what software doesn't, but they have gotten out all the big ones I ever ran across and now its running fairly smooth on my devices. I just wish they would hurry up and get around to making it calculate tier bonuses for theme armies lol.

      And War Room makes a good comparison app to GW digital products. For all of $60 US you get all the cards for Warmachine and Hordes, an army builder and access to the rules, plus functionality to keep track of wounds ect in a game, that will be kept up to date. Heck, you can get a faction deck for less than GW is charging for this app. Not real sure the pricing guys at GW understand how to be competitive these days.

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  14. £7.99 hahaha...NO

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  15. Ok if you pay for the card deck it's 13 dollars. The phone app is 12 dollars.

    So you save one dollar or pound. In the end you save ounces which in turn equal pounds thus means less sh!t to carry around. Stop crying and bellying aching over the price.

    Plus it speeds up the game have you any one played a nid player trying to roll up all there powers and keep track of it during the game I had time to order a pizza and eat it during th game.

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    1. So what your saying is...the deck of cards only costs them a dollar to make the rest is IP protection?

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    2. Except that those cards will work if the phone runs out of battery and they are compatible with all tables, not just iTables...
      Plus anyone who would buy extras probably already has the cards.
      I think there should be a code on every hard-copy item that lets you get the software/app for free.

      And obviously making stuff just for iCrap is useless for the average person...

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    3. Whilst I agree the digital versions should be cheaper... it probably does only cost them a dollar to produce the deck (provided it is produced en masse rather than as a single print)

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    4. the differnce is, the deck has a start up cost and then a manafacturing cost for everyone made. The app has a startup cost for them and then a small amount for updates etc. so tehres no reason it cant be much cheaper O-o

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  16. I am very tempted to create an iPhone army builder, but I know I will never be able to release it in the App store so I don't really feel like going to all the trouble.
    My only thought is if I write it what are the chances of GW either buying it off me or giving me licence to sell it?

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  17. great news for an ork player with an android phone ^^

    But nice army builder idea!

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  18. Lame... I'll save my money for Horus Heresy swag.

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  19. Apple sucks balls.everyone needs to stop giving in and buying overpriced, under featured apple cack.
    An android apple is surely a must? And I know that no one else has one so nobody cares but I have a new windows phone and it is excellent, and a windows app would surely hit a larger audience long term. How many people don't have access to a windows device?

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    1. Yeah, but windows phones are <10%...

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    2. Bless your heart.

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    3. Bless my heart for not being an apple fanboy?! Apple is for people who like to be made to feel they made the clever decision but really just didn't check properly

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    4. Or people who bought their phone before android phones were readily available and have seen no reason to upgrade. Just saying is all.

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  20. If you want something for Android try Battlescribe. And google randomhit.org for templates.

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  21. You are more likely to be given a cease and desist order if you put 40k army list info in your program. Lone Wolf and the others skirt the issue of copyright by not including the data files, they only sell you the tricksy database front end. The army data comes from users, shared with all who have fair use rights. You can write whatever you want, but you're going to be painting a huge target on your head if you try and compete with GW or use their IP. They won't buy you out, they'll destroy you.

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  22. I've got an iPad so this is pretty sweet news. There's a 3rd party army builder on here as hell.

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  23. The reason its overpriced and exclusive to the iPhone is rather obvious to me. You want to charge obscene amounts for something that is only slightly useful? Who do you think will buy it? Apple customers are notorious for paying any amount, without complaint, for something that has little or no advantage over competing products. It's a simple business decision really.

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  24. Wake me when they pull their heads out of their asses and make their apps for something other than crapple......

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  25. Went and bought this despite the high cost. Unfortunately this does not add much to the regular psychic deck and the rulebook. Mainly this is just a reference tool that is easy to carry with you, which is nice, but seriously - £8 / 10 € / $12 is just too much for this. In future I will considered more carefully before buying other GW apps.

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  26. For those of you who work in an office like me have you considered making your lists in Excel while at work then just emailing to your phone? I've been doing this for years and its much simpler that trying to click around on a small screen.

    My 40k lists are in an Excel file called PayrollSchedules on my work PC's desktop. The first few worksheets are my army codexes that I've written in points costs, I even have one for BFG where I made templates for each ship class and I copy/paste them into a new worksheet to print off as fleet rosters.

    Pretty convenient for me at least but I don't show up to play then tailor my lists to opponents. I bring my lists preprinted.

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    1. lol @ PayrollSchedules...

      I have to agree with JM here. Excel is great for making my lists. It can be involved as you want to make it. My CSM spreadsheet even tells me if my list is illegal through too many of X Y or Z (Sometimes even I get carried away spamming certain gear).

      Not to sound like a commercial but excel is also plenty powerful for more complex stuff. For those players like me who think Math-hammer is entertaining in its own right (you know who you are), this is a great tool. Built in binomial distributions in a spread sheet are your friend! Going one step further, for those that didn't cringe at the last sentence, you could even do simulations in excel. Although if your at the point of doing simulations for fun lets be honest, you probably already know python, or C, or what have you.

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  27. If someone buys an Iphone 5 (or similar) just to download this crap, then he needs some serious mental treatment...

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  28. Just take pictures of the rules with your phone if you want to carry them around.

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  29. I play Tau. So...what's a psyker?

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    1. Necrons sail in the same boat as well.

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    2. As well as Sisters of the Battle variety. Which I would also like to have...eventually :/

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  30. Wow another 10 € App for a device that only a extremely small fraction of all 40k gamers have.

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  31. If you're looking for an army builder chek out battle scribe. I love it! Use it for all my lists.

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  32. I would definitely buy this, contrary to what most people say, because it's cheaper than the cards and has loads of neat little functions. The only objection is that it doesn't contain any codex powers, so you need to carry an additional resource with you. It makes sense that GW wouldn't want to give people a resource for every codex out there, but allowing in app purchases for different codex powers would certainly expand the usefulness of this little app.

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  33. Fairly cool, but I only really care because maybe this means we'll getan official GW army builder app.

    And I currently use BattleScibe, which is fairly good. I'd recommend it till GW puts theirs out.

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  34. I'm not an android! 11011011September 15, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Woah why so much hate? Gw dip their toe into the digital market and you sharks want to bite it off? And apple seems to have a lot of haters on here for them too, I'm surprised tbh, I always figured that our hobby was filled with more intelligent people than most but alas it spears not to be so.
    You don't like apple? Good for you, don't buy one.
    You don't want to pay for this app? No one is forcing you too.
    I own an iPhone and I've never had a single issue with it.
    Don't really care about extra functions on an android and all the cool things it does I've got a pc for all that.
    I like my phone it calls people sends texts and lets me browse the Internet. Don't really need anything else from something small enough to fit in my pocket.
    I've also got this app and it's rather good, was it worth £8 well to me it was so I brought it.
    Good job gw keep up the good work.
    But let's not get bogged down in arguments about different phone company's and the cost of apps on what is I believe a warhammer 40000 rumour site? Or did Miss something?

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    1. The point is why should GW just do am apple exclusive only for these products. Would you say there are many gamers who have android devices as well? So why please one half only? Id assume theyd net more money with apple and android so it doesnt makr mucg sense to me either.

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    2. Easy. If you want to enter the smartphone app market the Apple model is the way to do it. Firstly the testing time is significantly less when you only have five or six platforms to test for (testing is seriously expensive business and to have one common OS and similar hardware is a godsend). Secondly Apple have a large market share (yes I know it isn't as big as the Android market share, but going back to the first point, the market share per product is larger, which eases development). This means GW can test market their product on one platform to see if people will actually buy it before committing to a wider launch. Thirdly, working on one platform means a smaller development team and less manpower cost (which for a relatively untried product is a good thing). I suspect if the product turns out to sell well GDub will begin to expand their development team to include software engineers with experience with Android. And look on the bright side, chances are that the bugs with the core code'll be worked out by then.

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    3. Anonymous above me hit the nail on the head.

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  35. I use the "Quartermaster" app on iPad and iPhone for list building. It takes a bit of work on the front end to input your army's units and point costs (or you can download a fan-made one for free), but I find it an excellent tool.

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  36. Every body quit griping like old hags I mean compared to the card with holder you can buy it is 2 bucks cheaper and does more seems like a good deal in all honesty

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  37. Every body quit griping like old hags I mean compared to the card with holder you can buy it is 2 bucks cheaper and does more seems like a good deal in all honesty

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  38. I bought it, because the PDF I have of the rule book is a pain in the ass on the phone and I want to try digital tools to augment my playing. It probably won't be worth the cost but is one of the few decently priced things GW has put out digitally lol

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  39. Or you could just have a look in the rulebook, so you don't have to buy anything at all. In fact, if you're playing a game, you should already know what to expect from the psychic powers you're choosing/generating for you character. Or are you playing randomly? I don't see any harm on GW putting this out, but I can't understand why people enjoy wasting their money so stupidly...

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  40. People are ranting and complaining because there is no Android version of this. Strange, because a year ago there were no digital products! Seriously, people, you wouldn't even be discussing codices on Android, because that would never have occurred to most gamers.
    At least for the first year of Games Workshop's digital products, bear with it. Things are never perfect at first, and just be glad you have digital products at all, which is a step in the direction most of you seem to want.

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  41. Because people seem to be overlooking this.

    It has all the psychic powers from the codex's as well as the core rulebook.

    When you choose a codex list, you pick your powers not roll them.

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  42. Why is this not free? I had my hopes up until I saw the price tag and my heart sunk. $12 for an app , wile you can just write down what psyker has what power is overly expensive

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  43. First I'd just like to pre-qualify my rant by saying yes I purchased the app. I really like to speak from an informed point of view and 12 bucks was worth that at least.

    As far as the price compared to the app... It's not worth the money. Don't get me wrong I love the app but alow me to explain. A utility app like this has a set price on the app store and that's between 99 cents and about $6. The 7 - 15 range is taken up by Handheld quality games from AAA producers, and are almost never sold without a free trial version. Anything more expensive is reserve for serious business apps where price is irrelevant due to the company picking up the tab. GW's pricing is not conforming to the normal patterns so they stand out and get called out for price gouging.

    My other major gripe is that the product is incomplete. It does not contain codex powers for any army. Which means if you use a mixture of codex and rulebook powers in your list your either shit out of luck or your doomed to acctually complicate your games rather than streamline them.

    Now my two problems aside if I'm looking at the functionality of the app from an objective point of view, it's acctually quite nice I feel that it would both help streamline and organize my games. It keeps track of power generation for multiple models, keeps track of those powers as well as the warp charges gained and spent by each models, and keeps track of the targets and durations of each power. Among other things it also plays sound effects and other goofy effects when things are cast.

    I'm quite excited to see where GW is going with thier digital product lines. Hopefully they learn some of the hard lessons early on and get moving in a slightly better direction.

    P.S. please excuse spelling and formatting, this was typed up on my phone furring a bumpy car ride. I tried my best.

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  44. I bought this and its super. I dont get the hate. You can take a picture of your psyker, your powers targets, and it saves it right in there so you can remember. Plus it doubles as a turn counter. The powers link to ALL the relevant rules, like it will not die. Great app!!!

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  45. Guess they have never heard of Droid.

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  46. You guys missed the part where it covers every single codex power plus the physical cards.

    Thank you Games-Workshop for doing moving in the right direction.

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    1. Since you seem to know where they are, could you tell us where the codex powers are in it cause I can't find them.

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    2. Regular codex powers are not in there that I saw either, other than hammer hand on GK Librarians

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    3. As far as I can tell it looks like the references to Codex Powers that were made in the GW blog (White Dwarf Daily) post on Saturday have now been removed, or are my powers of memory deceiving me?!

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  47. I have BattleScribe on my phone but I dont use it mainly because I play DA and the Heavy Support listing is incorrect (All tanks are listed at base 250). Maybe when we get a new codex someone will update it. (Not complaining just pointing it out).

    But yeah Im not paying $12 bucks for an app for my phone, 40K related or not....

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  48. Every morning I wake to an iPad, an iPhone, and a chance that Games Workshop released a new product for iOS. Yet another reason to enjoy my apple devices.

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  49. iPhone app for the Greater Good... By the way, what are psyvhic powers? :)

    Even though I own an iPhone ( will never ever make that mistake again) I'll be passing on the app. Except for running allies, not a huge need as a Tau player ( I should read the psychic rules some time) And at that price point, it's just overpriced for a database with sound effects. I have professional level apps that were less than half that, or free.

    The other prob is beyond GW's control: the appaling battery life of an iPhone.

    Hownowbrowntau

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