So unless you’ve been living under a rock for a while, if you play 40k you’ve probably seen that 6th ed is right around the corner.
Many changes abound – whether they’ll be good or bad overall remains to be seen (at first glance, it looks like it’s going to be infantry-and-flyer-hammer rather than 5th ed’s tank-hammer) – but I’ll reserve judgement after I actually see the rules and have a few games (although not being much of a gamer in general, as long as the rules aren’t broken I’ll be fine, I just need a bit of an adjustment period to get used to the changes).
However, there is one thing I’ll comment on right now.
The new rulebook costs $124 in Australia
Okay, seriously GW? $124 for, okay, an admittedly large hardcover tome, but really?
That much gets me two starter armies for Infinity, Dystopian Wars, Warmachine, or any number of smaller miniature games.
I’ll buy your book GW – admittedly not at RRP since what kind of schmuck does so in oz nowadays when places like thecombatcompany exist – but frankly, paying that much for the new ruleset pisses me off, and makes me glad that I’ve stopped buying new GW models or armies and have moved on to more reasonable manufacturers (hence, Dystopian Wars and now Infinity).
I think my friend’s got the right idea – he’s building a Warhammer Fantasy Dogs of War/Empire army from historial miniatures, which look just as good (or even better, since they’re not big-hand-feet-head heroic scale) and are much cheaper.
I’d be less annoyed at the price (of both the rulebook and GW miniatures nowadays) if they actually had a reasonable release and update schedule.