Saturday, November 1, 2014

Warhammer 40,000 - The Rules - Small 40k rulebook

Warhammer 40,000 - The Rules

Warhammer 40,000 - The Rules - £35

From Games workshop:
This portable, small-format rulebook has been specifically designed to be the gamer’s ideal companion. Don't let its size fool you though. Measuring a convenient 205mm x 150mm, this handy book contains the complete rules for Warhammer 40,000.
This premium full colour volume features a red textured skull on its matt white hard cover and red gilt page edges. It’s as beautiful as it is useful. Created with gamers in mind, the three ribbon bookmarks are perfect for marking the rules you use most often.
At last Games Workshop has released a small rulebook, separate to a starter set. But is it worth it?

Why buy the small rulebook?

  1. It's smaller. At 205x150mm (~A5) it is almost half the size of the full rule book which is ~A4 size. It's therefore easier to transport & look through.
  2. It's cheaper. But you do not get the 2 other books.
  3. Easier to replace, if you lose the full size rulebook you would have to buy the whole set of three again or search eBay for a single copy
  4. It has three ribbon bookmarks. These are useful for marking reference pages
  5. Doesn't come with the other two books. 

Why buy the full sized rulebook?

  1. Comes with two extra books - A Galaxy of War, which explores the art of collecting and painting miniatures & Dark Millennium which describes the history of the 41st Millennium
  2. You already own the small rulebook from the Dark Vengeance set - you already have a portable rulebook. Admittedly it is not the complete rulebook, but you can use the full sized book as a reference book.

Should I buy the Dark vengeance rulebook instead?

It you don't have a rulebook, no. On ebay it is going for ~£25 buy it now, although I expect this will drop with the small rulebook release. For an extra £10 you receive the full set of rules. Saying that if you don't have the Dark Vengeance set for an extra £40 you receive a lot of beautiful models!

There are a lot of variables to consider, but to summarise overall I do not think the price justifies the product.

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