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I was wondering if GW would ever do a last rule book and codex? I mean, they are making new rule books to balance the game, but at some point the game must be perfect balanced, and what then? Are they the going to make new armies and new models, just to screw the balance, and then make new books again, just for profit?
GW arent making new rules just to balance the game and make profit, its more to put out new ideas, units and ways to play. It would be pretty boring playing the same rules for years and years. And in my opinion the game can never truly be perfectly balanced.
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There will never be a perfect balance, because at that point GW will screw it over and revamp the system. They make money from core game systems, and revising them is in their interest...
The only time GW would stop making new editions, in my mind, is when they go out of business.
I think part of the problem is the idea that some players find and exploit "loopholes" in the rules. Whether this is "cheating" or simply par for the course is a HUGE debate that belongs in another thread (hefts modhammer for emphasis of that last point), but nevertheless I think part of the reason GW revamps the rules and codices from time to time is to combat this.
Of course, like any complex system, you'll never get ahead of that issue. For every hole you close, another opens, etc.
I also agree that new ideas are bound to emerge. Any game is prone to revision and evolution. Heck, when Chess first emerged what, more than half a millenium ago(?), it was a VERY different game. The only difference between the changes in today's Chess from back then and, say, the evolution of Rogue Trader into the current 40k game is that Chess took longer.
As to the gnashing of teeth over buying yet ANOTHER "new" rulebook/codex, well, I feel your pain. I am the proud owner of old, outdated IG, Ork, Space Marines and (soon to be outdated) Dark Eldar codices. I also have 3rd and 4th edition 40k rulebooks, all of which have pretty pictures and some nice fluff, but no longer anything more to offer the game, more's the pity.
Fortunately, the revisions are often regarded as an improvement (though that's a huge subject of debate for another thread, too). Plus, new rulebooks/codices usually mean new models, and that's always fun!
Amen to that - I have every High Elf army book since 4th ed (4 books all told) and the 3rd edition Warhammer armies book, all of which are fun reading time-to-time
I'm a bit of an old book collector too, I like re-reading the old rules and remembering amusing moments - something I'd probably not be able to do if we were still on 2nd ed as I'd have too many other new memories over the top. When I see a copy of Dark Millenium, it reminds me of killing Abaddon and his bodyguard in one turn with a hypercharged Memphiston... the old Bjorn the Fell Handed card reminds me of playing games in the PSE room after school and losing every battle I played with the Space Wolves which is why I switched to Blood Angels New rules comes out what, every 4 years? Even if I had to pay it all myself I'd be happy with what works out at less than a pound a month... easily worth it for the fun memories I have!
And I'm now an owner of every edition of 40k - all thanks to the guys in my local GW who overheard me saying I'd never played 4th so dug out one of their copies they couldn't sell for me