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Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay is now available for purchase via download
Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay | Published 15 December 2009

Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, a new way to experience the popular Warhammer Fantasy setting, is now available for purchase online via download! It is a grim world, constantly at war. As a hero, you will take up weapon, spell, or prayer and do your best to combat the might of enemies terrifying to behold. As the Game Master, you will make the lands of the Old World real as you craft the story, the people, creatures, and the mysteries the other players will encounter during their adventures.

Now, the four books found in the core set can be downloaded at drivethrurpg.com and rpgnow.com (You can download the Rulebook, Tome of Adventure, Tome of Blessings, and Tome of Mysteries separately, or as a bundle)! Although you still need a hard copy of the core set to get the cards, custom dice, and other necessary components, pdf copies of its informative books will provide a quick and handy reference tool.

Keep watching, as more of our fan-favorite RPGs are made available through this exciting new resource!

Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay is a roleplaying game that sets unlikely heroes on the road to perilous adventure, in the grim setting of Games Workshop's Warhammer Fantasy world. Players will venture into the dark corners of the Empire, guided by luck and Fate, and challenge the threats that others cannot or will not face.

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LeBlanc13
Published: 12/24/2009 1:05:47 PM
#26

I'm really having a hard time finding anyone in my area that bought the game aside from me.

If you plunk down $100.00 for a boxed set, you should get a free .pdf included for that price. The current online offering of a .pdf file is useless for anyone that doesn't own a copy of the box.

 

Waazdag
Published: 12/24/2009 2:42:41 AM
#25

Cannot help but wonder if this is not a knee jerk reaction to sales of 3rd edition nowhere meeting expectations?...  I sure as F. will/am not buying 3rd as it is not in any way like 2nd... if they had just tweaked and twitched it a bit: they would have gotten my $$... but this re-write and trashing of the last system... Naw... I give it a pass... will play the expanded Descent with Seas of Blood for that kind of RPG ing experience...

Erik Bauer
Published: 12/19/2009 12:05:38 PM
#24

Well spoken MWJ258.

MWJ258
Published: 12/18/2009 7:57:58 AM
#23

I have been thinking about this and actually I think $25 for all 4 books is too much, you still can't create characters, choose abilities or even roll dice without the boxed set, so they are no good to get new players interested and to to buy the boxed set, so their main use is for existing purchasers not getting new players.
I would be much more interested if there were scans of the cards etc included, then you could play a game to decide if the game and cool components are worth it for your group, as I think $100 (£65) is too high an entry point if you havent tried the system. I suggest that this would only increase the sales of the boxed set and not cannabilise them.

Erik Bauer
Published: 12/18/2009 7:19:59 AM
#22

@Jhalen:

Since when cards are not mandatory on a card based game? I mean: in order to print the needed information on blank cards you need the cards to copy the information from hence you need the Basic Box hence these PDFs are useless without the basic box.

I agree we (unluckly) do not have an economic system that does not require for paying things but I usually try to weigh the cost of a thing against it's usefulness. In that case the usefulness of these pdfs is very little so little should be the price.

Unknown
Published: 12/17/2009 8:41:05 PM
#21

 I cannot tell if you are mocking me lol. As for a econ system where everything is free, there isn't one. "There is no such thing as a free lunch" some one somewhere paid in service to make you the product you acquired. 

I explained the reason it is not free btw. lol
Only thing I disagree with was FFG not providing a reason to the layman letting them know why it has a price. 

jhaelen
Published: 12/17/2009 10:45:40 AM
#20

'I agree this should have been free.'

Definitely! Personally, I think everything should be free.

That way I would save lots of money. Err, wait, I guess, then I wouldn't need any money, right? Wasn't there a name for an economical model that didn't rely on money?

For some reason it currently eludes me... Anyway, I'm all for it (or maybe NOT).

jhaelen
Published: 12/17/2009 10:38:30 AM
#19

 'The best part is they don't need to worry about theft because you can't play without the cards.'

Well, actually you can! The cards are just a game aid, i.e. rules presented in a convenient format. You could print out the information on the cards just like you could print out the information in the books.
 

They're in that regard exactly like the power cards of 4e D&D. You aren't actually required to shuffle or draw them from a deck. They are only in card format because they might be easier to use in that way.

Unknown
Published: 12/16/2009 5:04:28 PM
#18

LOL even FFGfan is confused. There is my proof.

Unknown
Published: 12/16/2009 5:03:02 PM
#17

WOW! I did not notice the 25 bucks. Hrmm yeah I have to agree. I was going to download them just now to have as an open copy for my store, but 25 bucks?! I agree this should have been free.

BUT

you guys are forgetting/uneducated on how royalties work. FFG kind of HAS to price these based on what the authors ask for. When I was with White Wolf they decided to throw up a ton of the lore I wrote for the books on WoW Wiki. I did not get paid for the material people could now read for free instead of buying the books which I make money from. Remember the writer strikes that Hollywood writers were doing? Well they basically did those strikes for the same reason. They did not get paid money at all when TV shows were on Hulu and such.

In the case of White Wolf, Blizzard pulled out of the product when the writers demanded that their work be removed from WoW wiki.

So I understand why they HAVE to charge for something that SHOULD be free. I personally do not have a big problem with that. What I have a problem with is how this looks in the eyes of customers that don't understand royalties. It makes FFG look bad to those that do not understand.

ffgfan
Published: 12/16/2009 2:24:06 PM
#16

Now I don't understand this move - without the core set the books are useless so what was the purpose for making them pdf files?

boggle
Published: 12/16/2009 1:10:50 PM
#15

im amazed that anyone can knock this...

Speaking for myself i have the core set but its absolutly invaluable to be able to have pdf's.

Makes photo copying easier for starters and how anyone can say its expensive is crazy...

Cheap i think.. It clearly directed at the players they dont need all the bits do they really photo copies will do and if they want to buy a core copy go ahead i say....

I am very happy with this continued support keep it coming...

You clearly have a path planned i am both grateful and very impressed...

Many thanks

 

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