I have recently been reading through the Warhammer 40,000, 4th Edition Rules. Partly this is because I’m currently building a ‘Lost and the Damned’ army, using the 4th Edition as a rough guide, but mainly because I happen to own a really pretty copy of these rules!
Warhammer 40,000 released its forth edition in 2004. I was in 27 or 28 at the time and working weekends at the legendary Dream Wizards gaming store in Rockville, Maryland. I wasn’t a big 40K player, even then, but I enjoyed painting the figures and reading White Dwarf, and knowledge of the game was important for maintaining a good rapport with many of the customers.When 4th Edition came out – it was a big deal! The store had ordered a huge number of copies, and I figured I would pick one up. Then Doug, who was my manager at the time, showed me the deluxe limited-edition copy of the rulebook. It was beautiful – faux leather with a matching slipcase highlighted with silver leaf. The book itself had sliver edging on the pages.
It was expensive – even with my employee discount, but Doug told me ‘You are going to want one of these.’ He was right. I mean, even then I was a bibliophile, and this was the prettiest gaming book I had ever seen.
Well, nearly twenty years later, I’ve still got the book. It even made the trip over the ocean with me.
I’m not saying that 4th Edition is an especially good or bad version of 40K, though you can certainly have a fun game using the rules. I’m reading the book for nostalgia, because it is well-written, because it has fantastic artwork, and as an encouragement to keep working on my Lost and the Damned army. I’m reading it because I like the way the faux leather feels on my fingers.
Laid into the back of the book is a little certificate noting that my copy of the book is number 9151. I wonder how many were printed?
Another amazing thing about this book. At the time I bought it, I had no idea I would ever live in the UK, and Games Workshop itself seemed a kind of mystical, faraway place. Now, as I look over the list of contributors to this book, I’m astounded by the number of people who worked on this book that I have since met in a professional capacity, mostly through my work at Osprey.
On one level, buying a ‘Deluxe Edition’ of a rulebook is kind of silly, as they are likely to be replaced or outdated at some point. For example, this book has been supplanted by 5 later editions, but, at least in this case, I’m sure glad Doug talked me into it.
I would buy the LE version of every GW book, if they were available in Italian (my mother tongue).ReplyDelete
I don't like paying triple the price and still have the "hassle" to translate everything.
It's not hard, it's just annoying...
Hah, 4th edition was 'my' Warhammer 40k edition. Well, between 3rd and 4th. I liked the game, I was fascinated with the artwork and the lore... At the end of the edition's cycle Dark Heresy was published and that was one of my favourite rpg's ever, and my 'standard 40k' from then on. Then I grew disinterested of the game because GW's practices, but then I came back to play with the 8th edition and man... I really, really miss 4th edition.ReplyDelete
You got a treasure there. I'm glad it's in good hands.
My games are almost all played with old "outdated" rules (actually, now that Frostgrave 2nd is out I think all my books are out of date) and I'm amazed at the number of people who say "you can't used that book, it's out of date".ReplyDelete
Well, the games are still fun to play, and I have decades of fond memories tied to the rules, artwork, and feel of the book... so why is that a problem?
5ed. If anyone comes here, that's what they're gonna play.Delete
I got a comment from a GW store manager for playing an in store game of 5th edition using the (original) 3rd edition Codex CSM. I suspect some armies had 'current' Codexes that old at the time.Delete
it looks like the cover and pages of that tome would both feel wonderful against the cheek. Nuzzling a nicely made book can be a real pleasure. And then there is the smell; shading, over time,from new book to old.ReplyDelete
Such a beautiful book, I picked one up for a pittance just because it was so pretty when they were selling them off at a Games Day after the next edition had come out!ReplyDelete
Good book. i like that rulebook, my names in it as one of the playtesters, ive still got my copy :)ReplyDelete
Looks great! I discovered Tabletop games with Warhammer: Age of Sigmar. Loved it! and that lead me down the rabbit hole... Soon I was into Warhammer 40k 8ed, Warmachine 3 and Frostgrave! But the only deluxe edition I own is for Rangers of Shadow Deep.ReplyDelete
Well, if you only own one Deluxe, that is clearly the one!Delete
I was just about to comment on RoSD...Delete
Count me in too on the deluxe version of RangersDelete
Dude, I live 5 minutes from Dream Wizards. It kind of sucks that you live in the UK now.ReplyDelete
I mean, from my perspective.
My WH40k was and ( eventually) is tje Rogie Trader..1st edition!!!!ReplyDelete
But I'm old and old fashioned:-)