when someone told me the cost of the new warhammer fantasy eighth edition rulebook, my first reaction was the quote above.
my next reaction was that $74.25 must be the cost for the uber-cool collectors edition. eventually i realized that games workshop truly intended to sell it's basic warhammer rulebook for $75.
i felt that if gw were going to attempt to separate me from my hard earned cash, it would only be fair if i blogged about the event and what i thought about it.
so here are my initial thoughts: heavy (literally and figuratively), nice quality (amazing color throughout and great paper), monolithic, good rule updates, and speeds up the game.
i read through the rules and gained an appreciation for the changes throughout, but the question “is this worth $75?" remained.
as a conscientious consumer and hobbyist, i have to consider my budget; especially in this economy.
to be fair, contemplating the worth of games workshop products can be a effort in futility. after all, the company seems to price its product according to the unit’s worth in the game as opposed to the actual cost of the product produced.
is there any other way to explain how a 10 model bestigor herd ($41.25 and 92 pieces in the box)...
...costs 60% more than a 10 model gor herd ($24.75 and 74 pieces in the box)?
need more evidence? fine. the bestigor box costs 60% more than the 10 model ungor herd that costs $24.75 and contains 98 pieces.
some readers may feel the compunction to defend gw’s pricing practices and this is your right. i've heard it all. it's a luxury hobby, i can play other games, i don't have to play with the new rules, etc.
but before you blindly and blithely ride to the defense of gw's pricing consider the following:
the typical vendor discount on gw product is about 40% of the retail price; meaning that you pay $74.25 (plus tax) for the rulebook while your friendly local game store pays about $45. this pricing structure is one that gw has had in place for a long time, and ensures that the company can realize a profit while selling the rulebook at $45 each.
food for thought.
the other problem i have with the rulebook is that out of the 512 pages i only need about 150 of them. meaning that i'd be using only about $23 of my rulebook's worth
so i’ve come to the conclusion that the warhammer fantasy rulebook is not worth $75. you’ll be better served by shopping the internet and finding a better deal for it.
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