I have been playing Warhammer 40k since 1988 and it has gone through a lot of changes in that time. However, I genuinely think the introduction of 8th Edition has been the best handled so far. The complete change in engagement policy by Games Workshop has meant that there is already a website warhammer40000.com dedicated to the new edition and a FAQ which addresses the community’s key questions. They’ve even allowed their sense of humour to shine through.
Although I didn’t play Warhammer Fantasy Battle, I gather from the furore of 2015 that many in the community were left feeling abandoned after the World That Was was destroyed. By coincidence at that time I started listening to the HeelanHammer podcast. Presented by long-time gamers Dan Heelan and Wayne Kemp, it captured perfectly for me the transition period from the End of Times to the Age of Sigmar from their point of view. The guys were always honest, positive and even-handed in their reviews and in time their patience was rewarded with the steadily growing back-story and then the release of the General’s Handbook last year (a new one is due soon I believe). They even had a hand in its design and play-testing.
GW appear to have taken the lessons learnt from AoS’s introduction to heart and have effectively leapt straight to the equivalent of the General Handbook’s stage. Of course, this isn’t the first time they’ve completely invalidated the old Codices. The jump from Rogue Trader to Second Edition required the creation of the Codex Army Lists and then Third Edition did the same thing with each army encompassed in the main rule book.
Subsequent Rule Book updates have usually resulted in new Codices as this potted history of Dark Eldar, and Orks and Imperial Guard shows:
For me, this has happened before and it may well happen again. I’ll trust in GW and wait for developments.
As they say “Only The Faithful.”