I am glad on one hand, and horribly disappointed on the other.
One, I am rather disappointed the general gaming community lacked in enough foresight to support the original product. Those who are thinking about jumping on board now, just because the exact same game has been repackaged into manual format seem, well, misguided or simply confused. I mean, nothing about the new product says, here is a completely different way to play. Instead, here is the exact same product, just catered specifically toward your market in the format you can agree with. Actions will still recharge, locations will still have modifiers, boons and banes will still generate effects, fatigue and stress will still exist, everything that has ever been complained about the mechanics of the game - that drove some player to burn his copy here on the forums - will remain. There won't be grid-based combat, there won't be simulationist based mechanics, there won't be percentile dice, there won't be 2e's gigantic list of careers, there won't be anything but the exact same system for the exact same game in a less user friendly format. So I'm just confused mostly over the decision on the part of FFG and all the wild praise for something that really is no different by people who hated the old game. How can the change really make anyone believe the game is any less like "descent" as I've heard popularly cried about it simply because of a character sheet full of tons of boxes you have to check off. I honestly don't see it. So for me, this new direction is not a great direction at all. I personally see it as potentially the death of the chit based mechanic entirely. The book format will only serve to divide the market will until one format will sell better than the other, and obviously one format will die. With their current strategy, the book format is by far cheaper to get all the information to play this game and in a way, somewhat feels like a slap in the face to those who have actually supported this game since it's conception, as we will have spent a huge sum of money and now are being asked to spend even more to support this new format of play just to be up to date with a system we have spent our support on already.
@ Ynnen and anyone at FFG that will listen and are willing to answer:
For example, the creature vault box is ten dollars more than the creature book. So I get the exact same rules for ten bucks more in card format? Is that really worth it to me as a consumer? Will I get the same rulebook included? Or will I now have to spend 70 bucks to get all the information since I'm a card user and not a book user where as a book user will only have to spend thirty? If that is the case, why am I being penalized as a consumer of the original format of all Warhammer products?
From where I stand, these books will only create an alternate market for the exact same thing. Sure, this might spike sales, but truly what will be the longevity of supporting both formats at the same time? If that disturbing trend continues the chit based format will die. For instance, the war box set coming out is slated at fifty bucks. So if I just wait several months I will get the war box set in book form ten dollars cheaper?
Even more disturbing, with the repackaging, I've again been penalized as a consumer for buying the Adventurer's toolkit, core box, priest box, and magic box. I spent 230 dollars for all that information that I could have gotten for 150 bucks in book format. Not only does that make the chit based system extremely more expensive in the long term, but it also punishes me for supporting the game in its original design principle.
Don't get me wrong, I love Warhammer as it is, but why am I being so penalized for supporting the original product? Furthermore what is the incentive to support the future chit/card based mechanic as time goes on when I can get the same information later on at least a hundred dollars cheaper than buying it in the first place? Having it in card format is simply not an answer. I love the game, but feel no need to support something that is so obviously designed to be a labor of love on my part and something that's future may die as the new format sales outsell the chit format as it will be considerably cheaper to the consumers in the long term.
Furthermore, I have these questions:
1) Will I have to shell out for a player's guide hardback book for fifty bucks and another thirty bucks for the vault just to get the updated core material that isn't offered in my existing core material box set, or will the vault supply me as a chit based consumer with all the required tools to expand my career decks and my cards.
2) Does the player's guide contain all the Winds of Magic information as well? Why did I just spend fifty bucks for that box set, when I could have gotten all this information in the vault in the upcoming expansion?
3) Will the same information in the Faith box set appear in the player's guide and the cards in the subsequent player's vault? If so, what reason do I have to pick up the Faith boxed set?
4) Will the creature vault contain the rules for the monsters and their descriptions in it, or will I have to buy the book and the box to get the cards? If so, what is my incentive to support the chit box when all the truly pertinent information is already included in the Monster book?
I will continue to support Warhammer FRP, but I can't help but feel a little jilted by a company and game I have so loyally supported and fought to get players to try out this new experience.