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Army Books, Codices, and Supplements, All Being Released in Softcover



We have heard rumors that softcover rulebooks for both the End Times and the Shield of Baal are coming, but this rumored bit takes it one step further.


Please remember that this is a rumor. Could this mean that we will see all hardcover books become done in limited quantities? or will this just become in addition to the Hardcover releases with softcover books coming months later and being direct only?

via Steve the Warboss on Faeit 212
I have two informations for you:
-Shields of Baal: Leviathan (and all later releases Expansions for 40k) will return in Softcover.
-Armybooks, Codices and Supplements will all come sometime next year in Softcover Versions with a lower price.

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  1. Gosh this new CEO is doing everything the community is asking and people still complains.

    The problem with the internet is it created the facade that everyone and anyone should be heard because they have a relevant position on subjects. It is too bad about that.

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    1. Oh yeah, soft cover books! That's EVERYTHING I wanted!

      And that's not what the CEO does. there is not way the CEO is making such small design decisions.

      its like, sales telling print that they sold all the hardcovers, then print asking development how much it would cost to make more, then development asking the manufacture the cost, then the manufacture saying X$, then development telling print who tells sales who tell accounting who find the profitability, who then tell sales, who tell managment, who say, can we make more money?

      Then sales ask print, who ask development, who ask, the manufacture, who say, its less cash for softcover, which gets reported back up the chain again, then managment considers the option of doing it, then takes a report to the CEO, COO, and the board, who decide that yes, a cheap reprint of already designed books, will indeed make more money then making for expensive soft covers, and is compatible with tthe CEOs plan for making money off of limited edition slat books (in more corporate speak).

      So yes, thank you new CEO!

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    2. Funny how no One complained until you started complaining about the very customers that made GW in the first place.

      I couldnt care less about reprints of the Books.
      But at least you started bashing people without knowing if Its going to happen or if it is due to the CEO change.


      Thats why this Hobby is down the shitter. People are all playing against each other outside of the game. Its only Talk about releases and who is right or not. Never about Games or Armys.

      It really has turned into buy limited stuff or youre Not welcome in this hobby!

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    3. Except unlimited versions are then released for everyone, so you're point (or lack thereof) is really nonsensical. That's about par for seb12, though.

      There was far more complaining before the select, intelligent few started calling out the complainers. The complainers aren't the bulk of the players, just the loudest ones.

      @Greggor: You put way too many commas in, and often in the wrong places. Your post is a nightmare to read.

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    4. Typical McDoogle
      As always!

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    5. McDoogle, if YOU'RE going to complain about other people's puncuation, you might want to edit YOUR own posts.

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    6. So if a CEO says to his team, we need to find more affordable products to build our customer base, and then the company goes out and does what he says, he is not involved in these small decisions?

      This decision will result in more affordable books and give you the choice of what product you want to spend your capital on. How is that bad?

      In the last month they have taken steps to correct a poor codex that is unplayable by releasing models and free rules. How is that bad? They could have tried to sell another codex. But they didn't.

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    7. If the rumour is true, if unabridged as well, then i WILL buy several books whose woefully insufficient availability has vexed me, AND i shall email GW and express my earnest thanks.

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    9. **who** was complaining about cheaper soft cover books? Now being miffed about the sexy hardcover books selling out within an hour of pre-order is understandable, but I have seen zero people upset about cheaper softcovers. I swear people like you and McDoogle just invent people to be condescending douches to.

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    10. Yeah they invent stuff.
      The CEO wont lead the companie before Jan. 2015 (going by official announcment)

      Beside they could care less if some people complain.
      I think they just injoy Drama.

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    11. Fleet: see the first post in this update.

      Seb: Trust me things get set in motion before a CEO "officially" takes charge. You don't have to believe me, but no company just goes on and makes changes without some leadership doing it.

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    12. Seb: I think your information is incorrect. How is it "buy limited stuff", when they are reprinting everything in soft cover?

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    13. Its a rumor.
      Not a official promis!

      Besides the whole point on haveing it so very limited in the first place & doing it every week, is to sell limited stuff!!!
      It sells out fast next Time people buy faster when limited.

      Its not even logic to limit stuff and then bring in a new CEO to revers that all.
      By the Time they rereleas them, people will want other or new stuff.


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  2. I believe that they will release the limited edition run stuff in softback but not the army books or codexes (codexi?), those sell just as well regardless of the format, they are needed for playing after all.

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    1. That logic is only correct for current players, and is still iffy. The higher the price, the harder it is for new people to enter. As a new player, my rule books (GK and core book) cost around $100 total retail. Now, it costs $135 if I want physical copies. The higher the costs, the harder it becomes for new players to buy in. For those who already play and want to continue, yes they'll buy. For new players, it makes the buy in cost higher. For those who play, but aren't sure they want to continue spending money, the higher the cost the less likely they continue playing. "They'll buy it regardless" is a terrible justification, and an incorrect one at best.

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    3. A hardcover will easily sell to those who already have an army or who intend to collect the army. But if they released a paperback later on, it could tempt those who have no intention of collecting an army into buying the rulebook just to have more of the fluff and to better understand potential opponents.

      For those very reasons I have a number of 5th Edition paperback codexes for armies I never collected. But I just can't bring myself to simply collect the hardcover codexes given their higher cost.

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    4. @James You sir are right on point! Before the hardcovers came out I would buy every codex just to read through the fluff. I've even collected codex and supplement books from previous editions that are no longer legal on the table! Changing the books back is a great move on GWs part and should attract new players again if they also bring back the battle force boxes. Because lets be honest most new players don't want to play Dark Angels or Chaos, so having those options would be great to get back.

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    5. They are making new boxes through campaigns. Like Stormclaw I am sure there is going to be something with nids and Blood Angels and I am pretty sure this will continue with other armies hopefully not only 'space marines' vs xenos

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    6. It's codexea. That's just rumouricae though.

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  3. If GW will act like a regular publisher, softcovers will appear a while after hardback editions. So players/collectors who 'must' have the books immediately will pay the premium for a hardcover.

    I'm sure a lot of sales could be made to players who now buy second hand, loan material or download from the net.

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  4. Privateer does this to, but no one gripes when they do it. It's only cool to complain about EVERYTHING GW does. They could literally hand out a 100% free game, and people would then complain because GW would have to close its doors (even though they "hate" GW).

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    1. Yeah, lets give that a go and see if your theory holds true. I'm all for that.

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    2. but....to be fair everyone loves Privateer Press.... isn't that why Privateer is the leader of the industry of miniature war gaming....because they can do no wrong?

      or are you just trying to shill people. it is a healthy community if it can critique itself and the broader elements as a whole, it is otherwise unhealthy if there is no open communication. but then again what do i know right i am just the.....


      INTERNET...... [just like you are mate. you are not in a vacuum like you mention to others in various forms]

      if others cannot have an opinion i genuinely ask why bother share your own?

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    3. +1 Samus

      I love GW's products, but I reserve my right to be critical because I don't believe thoughtless shilling gets the consumer anywhere. It seems telling that the notion of critical consumers seems to send McDoogle into a full-on rant mode.

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  5. The faster that GW releases Codex books, the more sense it makes to do them softcover (due to their expected lifespan). Plus they're lighter, so they can save on shipping costs. Also, they probably have numbers on how many people are buying e-books rather than physical copies and looking at those trends too.

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  6. Soft covers are all well and good, but just put up formations for 6th edition armies on black library. Not hard, doesn't take any amount of time really. Only one 6th edition codex has a formation, then they skip to 7th?

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    1. Except for game testing, game balance and time spent working on the formations versus the amount of potential money they will possibly make or maybe lose. Time actually does = money spent. As much as I love your idea, I just don't see the money they could make...unfortunately.

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  7. With the way that 7th edition 40k was split having a "rules" book as well as other books, I was hoping that GW would go down this same path with army books/codices. That is, make the big hard back versions for folks who want that nice book, but for folks who just want the rules so they can maybe try out an army or need a book for allies, give a less expensive rules only codex-light option. I hope this is the case because I know I am much more likely to buy more books if I can get the army rules without buying an expensive hard cover book each time. I'm not a fan of e-books as I like to read an actual book in hand, so I hope these soft cover books fo become a reality. More options would be excellent.

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    1. first i am a fan of your idea am happy to hear about soft cover dexs.

      second i want to say i am also a fan of dexs with limited fluff and rules [for the dex] are fine if i choose to play a game or not so it's nice to think this may potentially happen. something for those who want simple straight rules or fluff and rules.

      it will be a good thing to release the other currently hardback items to the softback fans, [if it happens at all] :)

      *Shield of Baal.

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    2. GW will never do codexes without the fluff again, they tried that in 3rd edition and people hated it, granted that was before all this nonsence about "competitveness" and tournaments really kicked off.

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    3. @Phil
      Maybe in youre area.
      Tournaments were big in 2nd Edition when i started. Back then people houseruled stuff (For balance) & we had WD FAQs

      The reason the supplement books were not working in 3rd was becaus they translated them and charged less than a Main dex. Wich made them less profitable. This not the case anymore.
      Also at the Time the game was scaled up massiv to requir more miniatures. And if you had Eldar or any SM flav. you now needed 2 Books. Wich did piss people off enough to quit.

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  8. intercommunication breakdown aside, hopefully this happens as i have always, and always will be a fan of, soft cover codex's. so if it does indeed happen then i believe GW has begun to either read blogs [during off work hours], listened to what people and well really reality is showing them: people are still fans of the rules, and there is an obvious divide between those who like fluff and those who just want the rules, so why not promote "support" for both customers preferred method of "gaming utility"....and a cheaper route for new players or generally faction curious.

    it is also food for thought to hear other books might be softcover as well.

    more nomnomnomnom of rules nomnomnom :)

    overall i rate this info based on two things: overall happiness at hearing this may happen and also a cheaper way to buy rules. so both are 11/10

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  9. WTB Blood Angels 7ed codex...no seriously I love to have the opportunity to buy one.

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    1. Sorry BA have been slotted for either the last week of December or early January. GW has to finish end times before they can drop 9th edition fantasy and has to fulfill their contract with New Line Cinema by releasing the last of the Hobbit line. Plus you guys already have a complete range of models with only a few characters to convert to plastic, so what exactly are you expecting from the BA release besides the same watered down codex everyone else has been getting recently? I'm not saying this to be mean but the release schedule for the next two months has been pretty well known for a while now, you'll get you codex during the second or third part of the Shield of Baal campaign.

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    2. Really? Id love to hear what you think the release schedule is cause even with my fingers directly on the pulse I can't get a 100% confirmation on exactly when something will be released until a week or two before it hits.. i CAN tell you to expect the BA codex before all the holidays are over

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  10. I would love to see this happen, and I'm glad GW are moving forwards and trying new things. Hell I'm even happy they make money have shops and employ lots of people.

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  11. GW chelmsford has confirmed the two end times books and prices on their FB page.
    https://www.facebook.com/GWChelmsford?fref=ts

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  12. Well GW kinda does this already, or more specific, BL does. If I want to read the Horus Heresy books as soon as they are out, I have to buy the hardback (25€) or I have to wait until I can get the softback (~15€). Afaik they even release the books in a smaller format several months later, because they switched to a bigger format with Angel Exterminatus.
    Would not be surprised if atleast the campaign books will be released in a similar fashion, not so sure about the codex.

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  13. I'm glad they are going softcover, I'll probably buy them again just so when I go to friends house/store my bag will be lighter.

    Carrying 3+ big fat hard back books on top of a ful army can be real killer.

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