Death From the Skies, new 40k Rulebook only available on Games Workshop website

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Feb 16th, 2013
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Games Workshop has a new 40k supplement rulebook that’s only available on their website. Death From the Skies adds aerial combat to the 40k game world.

From the release:

Death from the Skies contains everything you need to know about fighting aerial battles in the 41st Millennium. Comprised of detailed rules, background information, scenarios and stunning artwork, it features selected material from White Dwarf magazine, the Crusade of Fire supplement as well as exclusive new content, enabling you to fight out white-knuckle aerial battles.

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  • 4tonmantis

    Wow, huuuuuge debates about this..

    • cama

      GW has finally jumped the Space Shark on this one.

  • blkdymnd

    GW being GW…

  • estrus

    I fully support the boycotting stores.

    • tredhed

      I dont know much about the debates here. Are there stores boycotting this? or are you saying we should boycott stores?

      All I have heard so far is that GW took their ball and went home on Facebook.

      • 4tonmantis

        There’s at least one store that is banning this book specifically and from what I’ve heard it has pushed others to scale back or discontinue their stocking of GW product in response to this.

        The case that’s being laid out is that these rules are now a part of actual army lists since 6th ed includes fliers. Several armies now require this to field the full army in tournaments etc. (making it not optional but in fact an extension of the existing rules). The fact that it is direct-only and therefore cutting down the profit indies can expect (if any).

        • Additionally, unlike previous ‘direct only’ items that stores could get at a lower discount, this book is ‘Customer Direct Only’. Meaning that stores would have to purchase it at FULL SRP to have a copy.

          • tredhed

            Wow……sometimes I have to wonder if they are trying to kill their business on purpose.

          • cama

            They are and they are doing it well!

      • blackfang

        Some manchildren who own game stores are having fits over not being able to cash in on this, so they’re taking it out on their customers. Pathetic, really.

        • 4tonmantis

          These “manchildren” who run the stores that many of us love are often doing so at a sacrifice. If you honestly believe that running a hobby store is a road to “the good life” you need to have your head examined.
          Further, it’s not just about this.. what happens next time GW decides they want to do this.. or .. as is more likely, if GW decides books will only be available via their customer only service.
          I believe there is someone pathetic in this conversation but I don’t think it’s store owners who are trying to protect the little bits of profit they have managed to hold onto.

          • Soulfinger

            I imagine “manchildren” as looking something like the Lava Child from the old 1st ed Fiend Folio, which is to say, I wish all gaming stores were owned by these guys.

            X

          • cama

            You end all your posts with ” go ahead and pull my soulfinger!”

            LOL

          • blackfang

            Maybe it’s the guy defending this petty revenge that only hurts customers, not GW.

          • DamianR

            How does it hurt customers? They’re supposed to be buying from GDub direct remember…

            Or do you expect the shops to sell at a loss?

          • blackfang

            You don’t think it hurts customers when a store arbitrarily bans part of their army?

            When the Black Templar player can’t bring in a unit that is a legal part of his army because it’s printed in a book that some immature store manager doesn’t like?

            Incidentally, the store also lost a sale there, because the BT player now has no reason to buy that Storm Raven. Not to mention the rest of the fallout that happens when a venue essentially tells a player that his army doesn’t deserve to win.

          • n815e

            You seem to forget that without products to sell, these stores don’t stay open. They aren’t charities, but it’s obvious you consider them just a place to park yourself and not a business.

            Why should any store embrace this? Why should they encourage you to use their game space to play with products that they aren’t selling? What do you think pays the rent of the place and puts food in the mouths of the workers?

            Bring McDonalds into your local Applebees and demand to be seated to eat and not order anything. See how well that goes over for you.

          • cama

            I hope customers feel the pain of a million paper cuts on their junk.

          • DamianR

            A little perspective is in order. You’re comparing a player who can’t play with some of their toys to a business trying to stay open.

            If the store goes broke, no-one will have a place to play, but GDub won’t care. They’ll still have their direct sales.

            Sure, right now it’s ‘just one book, they can still sell the models’, but I can understand how a retailer can see this as the thin edge of the wedge. Working to try and protect your business is hardly the act of an immature store owner (a manager is not likely to make that level of decision alone, assuming the shop is actually big enough to have a separate manager).

            Assuming that this is all about stopping players from winning is however rather immature.

        • KelRiever

          I thought the only man children were the people who thought Games Workshop rules didn’t suck. You know, like Jervis Johnson.

          • cama

            You sir win all teh interwebz for such a painful slam of Jervis Johannuson!

        • tredhed

          Heh….believe it or not GW is just the king of the hill in a niche market. It still needs the retailers out there to support it.

    • cama

      I’m boycotting stores that are boycotting GW to send a clear message!

      • n815e

        Which of these two stores do you regularly shop in?

        • cama

          All of them. Yes.

          • n815e

            So neither of these stores are ones you shop in.
            In order for a boycott to work, you know you have to actually have shopped there before, right?

          • cama

            Whatchoo talkin’ ’bout, Willis?

            Boycott! Boycott! Boycott everything! Everywhere! Boycott!

  • Sisyphus

    PirateBay…

  • KelRiever

    Pirate Bay. Recasters. The direct beneficiaries of this awesome business plan!

    • metalsifter

      Better yet, why don’t stores or other gamers use other companies models for WFB and WH40K?

      Back in the day we used to use other companies models with no issues, except at GW stores and tournaments, now there’s more choices than ever for optional models.

      You don’t have to use GW models to play GW games, maybe it’s about time we showed GW the truth of this.

      • Kolonel K

        Why not just play a good game instead? GW’s weakest link (outside their total disconnect with their customers) is their rules.

        • Soulfinger

          You heard it from the Kolonel folks. Pack it up! Time to pawn off all of the 40k stuff on eBay and buy into Warzone while the getting is good.

        • cama

          Which game is that?
          Hey don’t get me wrong, I gave up on 40k a long time ago, but there is t anything better. The “others” are worse! Warmawhateva is just about the patented DickMove, like Magic but with minis, Infinity is too soon, Warzone? Kickstart my heart, that died in like 98 or something. There are not ANY good scifi games out there. 40k is the best of a very bad lot.

          • Soulfinger

            So time to go back to playing Chainmail and Laserburn. Bwah-bwah.

          • cama

            Chainmail! I do mean the old ring bound one, not the turd wizards tried. That was good times!

          • cama

            I nearly forgot: “Pull my soulfinger!”
            LOL!

          • Soulfinger

            Clearly, you are not familiar with my origins story. (Work safe)

          • cama

            LOL

          • Kolonel K

            Infinity is a pretty solid ruleset, but has a pretty steep learning curve. I can’t think of a comparable bucket o’ dice system to 40K, but there’s got to be something out there. Warpath? Dropzone Commander? Lining all your guys up and shouting PEW PEW at each other (don’t laugh, it’s still got more tactics than 40K).

            As much as I liked Warzone in the 90s, I think after all the iterations it’s had I’m just not going to get burned on it one more time. Good luck to them though.

          • Soulfinger

            Come to think of it, just lining up the guys and yelling pew pew kind of is the most fun part of a game. When we first got our Firestorm Armada ships, my friend and I did that for about five minutes. It was cathartic.

          • 4tonmantis

            OMG, the first time I ever magnetized a dreadnought I did that for an amount of time I will not admit to in a recorded format. Good times.

  • Borzag

    I give it 30 minutes before this is a pdf online. Props to the one guy over 13 that buys this though.

  • dibdab666

    each gw store has it own facebook page for updating the local community on events etc.

    As GW do not forward promote their prodcuts like they used to, i kinda imagine that they thought what is the point in the main page.

    Its not as if it will stop you gaming them not having a facebook page.

    I dont know how i ever got started in wargaming before the internet existed, same goes with the stores GW has always had exclusives that you could not get in trade stores. you either had to go to the retail stores or in the old days ring the trolls.

    • cama

      I think the Internet killed gaming for me. Everyone tells me what to do and I can only play competitive lists that blow leaves or some such.

      Before the Internet I had to think for myself! And White Dwarf was something to look forward to, not recycle.

      • Soulfinger

        Don’t play competitive lists. Make terrible lists, so that nobody can ever gloat over beating you. They’ll be like, “HOORAY! I won!” To which, you say,” Was that ever really in doubt? Bwah-bwah.” Then on occasion, when you do win, it will be even more awkward and embarrassing for everyone involved. The last time I played a game against someone who turned out to be kind of an ass at the gaming table, I just charged my guys across the board and then had them stand around, ostensibly trying to shake hands or hug the enemy. It was very confusing for the “serious gamer” with his tournament list. My guys didn’t win the battle, but they had a sort of cathartic moment and learned some important life lessons. Also, unlike my opponent, I invited my minis out for pizza afterwards.

        • cama

          I’m boycotting everything! All the stores! Every one! Screw them all!

          • cama

            I only do what the Goatthing over on BALS tells me.

        • 4tonmantis

          I was playing Orks when the new (erm.. current) codex came out and everyone started running their minmax biker nobz lists. I didn’t want to be lumped in with those guys so I ran grotz in battlewagons and meganobs with dreadnought and killa kan support. It was such a horrible list but it was so fun to be able to charge into a fight expecting to lose. You don’t have to obsess over the details, make enemies out of friends, argue over inches, and spend countless hours digging through extraneous rules (not saying don’t learn them or whatever). It’s only through this kind of play that you can have amazing moments like mobs of grots wiping out terminator squads, meganobs getting crazy lucky rolls and wiping out half an army, or battlewagons getting cratered but wiping out a swarm of genestealers in the process.

          • Soulfinger

            Absolutely. After many years of stressing over winning, I stopped caring and started enjoying myself. Out of everyone I play with, only one friend shares this attitude so far, but I think we are winning everyone else over. It’s great to have units that are probably your worst choice from the codex but fit whatever narrative you are going for.

        • grimbergen

          the soulfinger got pulled again

          • Soulfinger

            Is that catching on?

          • cama

            OMFG! It is!

            Go on… Pull my soulfinger!

            LOL!

      • KelRiever

        cama and Soulfinger: 😀 hilarous! And, yeah, basically.

        Here’s my idea. I just don’t play in stores. I don’t bother buying any new rules for GW games. And play with friends. It is shocking how well it works out….

        • Soulfinger

          Thanks and ditto there, but I can appreciate that some folks don’t have “friends” in the traditional sense, or their friends do 1:1 scale sports or “the pot” that kids are into these days. Frankly, after the last guy who approached me at a FLGS to tell me his D&D character back story, I no longer even admit to being a gamer at a store. “What are all these game things? I think I will buy this one for my child, even though I do not know what it is. Oh, you recommend that? I’m sorry, I speak no English. I have only memorized these phrases.”

          Still, I am starting to see it as a moral imperative for the generally less creepy of us mature gamers to run games for the young folks. I increasingly enjoy small scale skirmish games over WH40k, because they are easier to fit into a busy schedule, need way less space and figures, and it is affordable to provide armies for other players (or encourage them to buy their own). Whether it’s at a store or just by running a game club, I think things work best with a third party organizing and supervising — in particular, the sort of person who can keep their own inner nerd in check and refrain from “Waaagh!” or any other soccer hooligan turn-of-phrase when orks are on the tabletop. Whether the players are 14 or 40, they can dork out and throw tantrums all they want, but it can still work out enjoyably if they respect the decisions of the official all-growed-up person running things. This needs to be someone other than game store staff, because they need to be selling stuff and also because most of them are such mega-nerds that their arbitration often makes things worse.

          • Soulfinger

            As an aside, there’s also the advisory element of “Use deodorant and get a haircut.” We can always aspire to save youths from our own teenage years of awkwardness.

          • cama

            Outstanding kids in the hall useage. Nicely done!

          • Soulfinger

            From one lonely sarcastic guy to another, thank you sooooo much.

  • cama

    Found it for free online! Take that GW! Haha!

    • keltheos

      Translation: “stole it”.

      • Soulfinger

        Alternately, “Prona?eno ga za besplatno online! Uzmi taj GW! Haha!”

        • Soulfinger

          It’s better in the original Croatian.

          • grimbergen

            i don;t know croatian but i p0rna anytime i can get it

          • cama

            I am job! I am job!

            I … am … job!

        • estrus

          Prestati govoriti na hrvatskom!