Warhammer 40,000: The app has a monthly fee and you need to buy more books

The 9th edition of Warhammer 40,000 arrived in the summer, promising the latest digital implementation of the game’s vast ruleset. Datasheets for fielding individual units, one of the most important features of the system, are now available in the app along with tools for building military. The problem is that finding the app is a bit tedious and even harder to understand.

Job 1 is actually finding the application on the Apple and Google storefronts. This is complicated by the fact that there are literally dozens of licensed games on both platforms, using common search terms such as “Warhammer” and “40,000”. You can find the iOS version on Apple’s App Store and the Android version on Google Play. Or search by a specific name — Warhammer 40,000: App — And be sure to get the one published by Games Workshop.

After installing the app, you will be prompted to create a MyWarhammer account. This is a new integrated login for all relevant Games Workshop properties.This includes mobile apps such as: Warhammer 40,000: AppCan also be used on the Community Portal, and storefronts such as,, and

Once logged in, you will be invited to sign up for a $ 4.99 / month subscription in the United States. Sign up by January 9, 2021 and get free for the first month.

Beyond that, things get a little twisted.

What do you actually receive for your subscription fee?Access to Warhammer 40,000: Core Book9th edition of Extended Rules section. This allows you to play something other than a light pick-up game. Beyond that, you’ll have access to all Codexes from all factions in the Warhammer 40,000 Universe … as long as it’s the 8th edition content.

Suppose you want to play as Space Marine.Well, Games Workshop has released the 9th edition Codex: Space MarineTherefore, the 8th edition of the rules published in 2019 will not be available in the app. You have to pay $ 50 for the book. Then use the special code that comes with it to activate that content within your app. And that’s how all the military in-app rules in the game will work in the future. Of course, you can only access the in-app content if you continue to pay the app’s $ 4.99 subscription fee.

Like many aspects of Warhammer 40,000 (Game), this introduces a lot of edge cases.

For example, currently my beloved Dark Angel Space Marine chapter doesn’t really have a valid 8th edition Codex. The 9th edition of the rules are no longer valid, simply turning too much. That’s why Games Workshop is preparing to buy the 9th edition of the book, Index Astartes: Dark Angel What they announced in August. It’s a free supplement aimed at helping me do it. Although the document will be available as a PDF for several months (also) Codex: Space Marine To fully implement it), you need an app subscription to access the in-app version of the same content.

Even more annoying is the fact that Games Workshop continues to have supply problems with some of its most popular products.While you can pick up Codex: Space Marine Online now from the company’s website, Codex: Necron — Very popular other military Warhammer 40,000: Indomitas Box set — There is no way to unlock these rules in the mobile app without getting the code bundled with the physical book because it is out of stock. Yet another reason to check with your friendly local game store as more copies may be in the wild.

That mess aside, if you’ve already invested in miniatures and the rules for using them, an additional $ 4.99 is a small monthly fee to access Battle Forge. This part of the app, released on Monday, allows you to build a legitimate military on the fly. It is intimately intertwined with the current ruleset, including hooks for dividing the complete military into smaller detachments. I was able to quickly combine the models I currently own (including those I haven’t painted yet) into several different types of forces.

Battle Forge’s interface is simple and the software itself is pretty snappy, but you need to educate yourself to actually use it. This is not a tutorial or educational tool, but a tool for enthusiastic players.

Current Warhammer 40,000: App Beta version. You are not obliged to pay beyond the first month. If you don’t intend to continue using the app, consider setting a reminder to cancel your subscription within 30 days, or purchasing a book and continuing to unlock additional content.

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