Amidst rumors of a new 7th edition of Warhammer 40,000 coming out, I find myself wondering if I’m ready for this.
It seems like 6th edition came out just a little while ago. That being said, Games Workshop have certainly made their fair share of changes to the core with the additions of Stronghold Assault and Escalation. Of course, the rumor is that 7th edition 40K would bring the supplements into the fold of standard games. Other changes have been rumored as well, such as tweaking Overwatch, the Close Combat phase and even adding a new Psychic Phase back in.
Now, let me preface this a little: I’m not a tournament gamer. In fact I’m hardly a gamer at all. I have only played about a half-dozen games of 6th edition 40K. For me, it’s more of an academic question. The hardcore will presumably buy a new edition no matter what because they want to play with the most up-to-date rules and that’s fine. For me, it’s more about the fluff and the overall theme and feel of the game.
Every edition that comes out has a slightly different aesthetic and feel. 6th edition was my favorite since–you guessed it–the original Rogue Trader. I’ve seen the game flirting with that line over the last few years. There’s a real yearning to get back to the grimdark craziness of that old game and I wouldn’t be surprised if 7th edition harkens back to it more wholeheartedly. With rumors of an Epic relaunch as well, this is the best time to do it.
If you look at the trend towards reviving old Epic models in 40K size you can see that they’re paying a lot of attention to the oldest material.
Any why shouldn’t they? Imperial Knights were a smash hit with the community.
So, if I’m going out on a limb and guessing that the new 7th edition of Warhammer 40K will be closer than ever to the Rogue Trader aesthetic, you might ask what my hesitation is? Frankly, it’s about time and money. I love this game and hobby. I probably always will. I’m not going to complain about Games Workshop’s business practices; there’s plenty of that going on without me. What I will say is that I, personally, have hit budget walls in the last couple of years that I never thought I would. I’m cool with dropping money on the hobby, but it’s getting harder for me to justify the prices to myself and my fiancé. The most recent clam-shell Space Marine characters are a great example of this. I really wanted that librarian, but there was no way I was going to pay $30 for it. And then the supplemental Imperial Knight art-book, Codex, and decal sheet. I would love to own them, but I can’t really afford it. I also think the timing is just too intense. Maybe I’m getting old, but there’s so much coming out all the time that it’s really hard to keep up. I feel like I’m getting to the point where it’s tough to keep dropping money at a time when the release schedule is FAR more aggressive than ever before.
If a new book drops in June, and it costs the usual $70 or so, I don’t think I’ll get it. That makes me pretty sad, honestly. I’ll be jonesing for it, and I’ll probably end up scraping together the dough to get it sooner or later if I need it to play, but it’s not a no-brainer decision by any means. It’s the same way I felt about the librarian, in the sense that I feel like I’m making hard decisions to NOT buy things I want.
What about you? Are you ready for Warhammer 40K 7th edition if it comes out in June as rumored? Have you had to change your buying habits because of the release schedules or choose not to buy things you wanted? Let me know. I’m curious.