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Warhammer Fantasy 9th Edition Release Date



It seems that we are being given a future release date for Warhammer Fantasy. July 11th according to the latest on Warseer. There has been discussion of a box set as well in the recent past, (not rumored to be 9th edition) that comes with a small ruleset, and is perhaps the skirmish game that has been hinted at. So lets look at the latest rumors on a 9th Edition Warhammer Fantasy release.


Please remember that these are rumors.

via DVeight on Warseer 
The source is a GW employee in a senior position. Not design team. Very good friend of mine that has for years been trying to get me to play Warhammer and 40K which I started year ago. He let the cat out of the bag when we discussed teeing up a social game. His words were "Let's organise a game soon and also some time get together with the other guys for a last game of 8th edition triumph and treachery. 9th Edition is locked in for release on 11th July.

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  1. sounds quite a ways off still... is this implying that the skirmish game will be a seperate stand-alone game released before then? and does this mean that we'll be seeing nothing but 40k for the next 9 weeks?

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  2. Ha, on my birthday.....too bad I don't like fantasy that much....

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  3. That should mesh nicely with the carnival in Belfast.

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  4. 9 more weeks of 40k is possible. It may seem like a lot now but when 9th edition drops I fully expect EVERY fantasy army to get an update of some sort with new models, lasting at least 2-3 months, giving fantasy players their reward for being patient and allowing me to catch up on all the 40k stuff... Unless they bring out new Skaven or Lizardmen models in which case my wallet is screwed!

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    1. i would be thoroughly impressed and incredibly happy if gw were to knock out a 9th ed army book for EVERY fantasy army one after the other as soon as 9th came out.

      getting all the army books done at once would give every army a chance to shine, as it would ideally put them all on equal footing with some great balance between them all. but ill not hold out hope yet.

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    2. I just hope this talk of round bases is a misunderstanding.
      I don't want to rebase all my Ogres and Elves :S

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    3. I just hope this talk of round bases is a misunderstanding.
      I don't want to rebase all my Ogres and Elves :S

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    4. a little update for each army would be nice, to get rid of the old plastics like the high elf core units, chaos marauders and tomb kings skeletons

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    5. Round bases are a rumour that has been cropping up with every new edition since 3rd, take no heed in that.
      although you have always been able to base you miniatures as you wish (as long as the people you play with don't mind.)
      But this skirmish game is intriguing, lets hope it's something like Morheim but better!!

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    6. Guess thrud have to release a new base size if they did round bases. 20mm round ones are not sold by gw.

      Round bases would make sense for war machines, at least in this edition. When I put them on extra movement tray squares, opponents always tried to argue side charges and whatnot (fast cav in the flank and charge makes warmachines lose to combat red alone). No such rule, clears up some confusion. On the other hand, my fw dread quake is on and imperial knight base...

      Really hoping that 9th is closer to what 7th was for 40k, mostly tweaks. A 10 page faq is not really acceptable nowadays

      I fear my chaos dwarfs will continue to recieve no love, and eagerly await fw to set up a PDF army list when the time comes

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    7. ^^Mordheim*
      Excuse my misspelling, I'm very tired.
      :)

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    8. @tearywrist,i agree entirely,i know 8th isnt perfect,but its my favourite incarnation of fantasy,a few tweaks here and there and maybe the book that summarises all the armies weve seen rumoured would be great and if they really are going to stop supportibg the current factions it would make sense (tbh i dont believe theyd drop all of them though) has anyone heard any rumours for bretonnia?

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    9. @tearywrist,i agree entirely,i know 8th isnt perfect,but its my favourite incarnation of fantasy,a few tweaks here and there and maybe the book that summarises all the armies weve seen rumoured would be great and if they really are going to stop supportibg the current factions it would make sense (tbh i dont believe theyd drop all of them though) has anyone heard any rumours for bretonnia?

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  6. Hmm, this is interesting. I was told the date was put back by a friend/colleague of mine, this is more or less what he said as the majority of folks at GW were expecting an early to mid May release.
    remember though the release schedule is the most fluid it has ever been due in part (but not entirely) to leaks, I just hope it's worth the wait.

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    1. More times than not, the releases aren't ever "pushed back". The rumor mongers just got it wrong.

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    2. The guys at GW I'd spoken to expected July. Like all the previous release dates of new warhammer. Alway done just before summer holidays.

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  7. I still expect the skirmish game/starter kit in May or June.

    People shouldn't get high hopes for the skirmish rules though. It will certainly not be "better than Mordheim" in complexity. Harry already stated all rules fit on a single leaflet. And that's exactly what you will get.

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    1. something you didn't mention that harry also mentioned was he was saying as such to highlight the size of the rulebook using over the top humor. i hear harry also considers the mini rulebooks in starter sets also to be a "leaflet" and they last i checked have more than a singular page of rules.

      though that said if it is the case then = PASS (not interested)

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  8. Harry about the upcoming skirmish box:

    "It is not a ‘normal’ Fantasy box set. It is more like the recent 40K Box sets. The rules “book” is tiny… barely a booklet even a pamphlet is being over generous … more of a leaflet … well I say leaflet, it’s closer to a ‘post it note’. There is not enough paper in this to wipe your own @rse … never mind space for enough rules to call it a skirmish game. If Fischer Price made wargames this would be Fischer Price my first wargame. It’s good but it’s not quite Carling.

    (I may be overstating just how small the rulebook is for comedy effect. )"


    Presenting such a boiled down skirmish rules set will make a lot of people quite angry. That's not how you build up anticipation for the full rules set.

    Bad move GW.

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    1. I'm wondering if it'll be to fantasy what Execution Force is looking to be to 40k.
      Maybe a dungeon crawler boardgame with stripped down combat rules??
      That would parallel 40k nicely and would also be a return to the early 90's model of having standalone gateway games for new/younger players.
      It'll be interesting to see what else they have up their sleeve in the near future :)

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    2. now that i think about it, those special terrain rules in each end times book do feel more suited to a skirmish game

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  9. Well the date seems legit in so much that its a saturday, and would coincide with UK school summer holidays meaning you have tonnes of kids not in school for 6 weeks, able to spend all day for 6 weeks in a shop doing the intro games, painting tutorials etc., it was similar logic when 40k 3rd was released, release at start of hols when kids have money and get them to keep coming back over the holidays...

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    1. Kind of....the school holidays in southern regions start two weeks later but it does give staff the chance to play test the rules, before it gets busy!

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  10. I love Harry's rumors. The skirmish box set won't be a "normal" release. Really? Wow, a special skirmish game release won't be the normal release? Grind the presses to a screeching halt. And then on top of that, according to Harry, the rules with the game will be somewhere between the size of the rulebooklet that the current releases come with to the size of a Post-It-Note, but he can't be more specific than that for comedic effect.

    Color me not surprised if it turns out Harry is a teenager who doesn't even live in the right country.

    Also, ENOUGH WITH THE BASES ALREADY. How many times do people need to be told they won't have to rebase their models before it actually makes it through the tiny holes in their head so their brain can hear it?

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    1. how many times.....is not quite nearly enough.

      also what happens if people get some sick perverse pleasure from complaining to randoms online and they enjoy tormenting themselves with unnecessary tasks....

      also i end this with....Doogle...?

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    2. The base thing is getting ridiculous. Even if it becomes an option to use round bases in-game, GW are not going to turn up at your door and put a gun to your head until you rebase every model.

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