Captain Fluffy said:
It can get fairly depressing on this forum but don't let it get you down. I am fairly confident in the future of this game but the doomsayers even get me doubting it sometimes.
However the game as it stands is fully functioning and complete and it is very unlikely that a new system would be out in the next 2 or 3 years. If you buy the stuff you need via the FFG sale then it is very unlikely you will find it cheaper in the near future. Unless you live outside the US then the shipping will cost you.
There is enough stuff out already to keep you running for years and it is a very easy system to create adventures and NPC's for (in fact it's so easy you can convert adventures written for previous editions on the fly with a bit of experience).
As someone coming back to the game after only playing with the core set a few years ago (gaming group fell apart, but I'm puttting together a new one), I have to say this is spot on. There's a ton of content. The Warhammer world is vast, so FFG could certainly support the game with expansions and supplements for a long time. But as far as "support" goes, it seems to me like the game is already in good shape. It's always fun to get new shinies (and if you're just starting out, there are PLENTY of goodies to collect), but what's available now is good for years of fun. The piecemeal releases have made the game fairly expensive, so that's certainly something to keep in mind.
Buying into a "dead" system is a depressing idea, though—I understand that and feel some reservation here myself. But I don't think Third Edition is dead, and I don't think there are even any "rumors" of a new edition. Just people worrying about Third. Second Edition is still widely played as far as I understand it, and the sourcebooks are fantastic and quite applicable to Third. It's apparently very easy to convert the adventures from previous editions, and fan-made scenerios are plentiful.
I'm probably trying to convice myself here, too—I love the system and I want to see even more stuff come out—but even if its production is winding down (it may well be), there's a ton of great content out already. Buy the core set if you've already decided on giving it a shot, and if your group enjoys it, you can fill out your collection from there. It's great to have a vibrant community surrounding your favorite game, but in the end what matters most is that you find a system that works for your group. If you're having fun, it doesn't really matter what the rest of the world is doing.