It seems that The End Times are upon us, and that Warhammer will never be the same again..
Marketing hype, or something more? I remain sceptical of these types of announcements, being a veteran of Storm of Chaos, and after seeing the odd treatment that Warhammer Forge got. But even this grizzled old heart could not help but get curious, intrigued, and in the end enthused.
So was it worth it?
Yes. Yes it was.
After some initial frustrations having to do with the Magic Cards (which are not essential, but that I like nonetheless) selling out after 72 seconds, I came back from the local GW a happy man on release day (with cards!).
The two books are massive. If you are a fan of of the Forgeworld material, it is more akin to those tomes than to the usual Warhammer Expansion/Campaign books. It’s not quite there yet in terms of sheer monstrous levels of detail, but it’s close. Essentially, the books put me in mind of supplements with Forgeworld levels of ambition, Fantasy Flight density of material and the “main” Warhammer setting as their topic. And it does deliver. This book is almost making me feel as that 14 year old looking at my 5th edition Battle Book, and that’s no small feat.
Make no mistake, this is the beginning of a new Warhammer. The old paradigm of Rulebook/Army Books (which certainly had reached the limits of its usefulness) is subtly being supplanted with a more narrative-based release schedule (again, taking clues from Forgeworld). Again, the shear scope is impressive. After going through a third of the background book, and having just skipped through the actual rules, I feel like I got my monies’ worth, a rarity with GW these days. GW went all in with this one, and my cautious hope would be that it will be just the thing that is needed to give WHFB that little much needed boost. It certainly got me excited.
If I were to take something away from the whole experience, is that this the Warhammer we all know, but with a different tone. We have had a world on the edge of total annihilation all these years. Now we’re there. And there’s no going back. It’s about survival now for everyone, and even that will be a stretch. The excrement has hit the rotary cooling apparatus in a spectacular way. It’s still very much Warhammer, and it doesn’t feel like sudden break with the past, but it’s definitely a new era. Things have changed, and it will never be the same again.
Warhammer, it seems, is dead. Long live Warhammer!