GW’s New Warhammer 40K Mini-Rulebook Released

Gamers Edition Warhammer 40K Rules

Games Workshop released their new Gamer’s Edition “mini-rulebook” for Warhammer 40K. A rather unexpectedly subdued release. No variant covers. No limited editions.

Warhammer 40K Gamer’s Edition

The Warhammer 40,000: The Rules has been specifically designed to be the gamers ideal companion. Don’t let its size fool you – measuring a convenient 205mm x 150mm, this handy book contains the complete rules for Warhammer 40,000.

Created with gamers in mind, the three ribbon bookmarks – in silver, black and grey – are perfect for those rules you always refer to.

This premium full colour volume with its tactile, soft-touch hard cover and black page edges, is not only useful, but looks great too.

In addition to the Warhammer 40,000 rules, this book’s 168 pages contain:

- Sections on choosing your army and fighting battles.
- 6 Eternal War missions.
- A reference section that includes profiles for all army units, weapons and psychic disciplines.
- A game summary and complete index.


Warhammer 40K Gamers Edition

It is still a hardcover though, and GBP 30- for 168 (full-colour) pages – still 10 quid more expensive than the iPad version – so I wouldn’t classify this as the kind of  budget-book I wouldn’t mind subjecting to the wear of a hectic convention, possible soda- and super-glue stains and all.

It is pretty, but it feels like Games Workshop utterly lost the capacity of doing a truly no-frills, resilient work-horse product. Even their gamer’s edition feels like a premium collector’s product.

What do you think?

Are you up for a new variant of the Warhammer 40K rules? And if so, is this what you were hoping for?

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  • Michael Bartels

    I like the little book, definitely will get it (for my collection).
    I am sure though, that it will hurt sales of their precious starter box significantly though, as many games just got it for the book.

    • Zweischneid

      Well, as Steve Jobs famously quipped: “If you don’t cannibalize yourself, someone else will.”

      The sweet-spot for the DV-box has come and gone anyhow. No point in trying to prop it up.

  • Gen. Orion

    I like it and might get it. It is hardback which will protect it from damage over the DV rule setI *had*(another reason I might get it) and it beats lugging around the 6th edition Core rulebook.

  • Jack Player

    Now if only they could make one for the ‘Warhammer Fantasy’ as well…

    • Zweischneid

      I wanna say they will.. but. Well 50/50 perhaps ;(