Games Workshop has been pretty busy lately, and we’re finally beginning to understand why. The team behind it has provided the fans a big surprise. The new Warhammer 40,000 Core Rules were already made available starting last week, and you are free to download them. There’s a 26-page document that has everything a fan needs.
The fans didn’t have to wait for too long for the 9th edition of the game. Only three years had passed since the 8th edition was launched, and it really means a short time period for the gaming world of nowadays.
Key improvements added
This new edition of the game aims to add several key improvements to the miniatures aspect, and this includes changes to the move and flight of armor and flying units. There’s also unification included for the game across multiple different scales.
Like in other miniature wargames, in Warhammer 40,000 the players enact a battle by using miniature warriors and fighting vehicles. The playing area is a tabletop model that resembles a battlefield. There are plenty of buildings, trees, hills, and other terrain features. Players have to move their model warriors around the battlefield and act as they are fighting the other player’s warriors. These imaginary fights are established by using dice and simple arithmetic.
Rick Priestley cites Dune, Paradise Lost, J. R. R. Tolkien, H. P. Lovecraft, and 2000 AD as major influences for the setting. Priestley predicted Warhammer’s concept of Chaos, but it was considered too simplistic and too similar to the works of Michael Moorcock. Therefore, inspiration was drawn from Paradise Lost.
Warhammer 40,000 is a miniature wargame produced on Warhammer Fantasy Battle, and it’s the most popular miniature wargame from the world. The first edition of the rulebook for Warhammer 40,000 was published over three decades ago, in 1987.