Dark Age - New Core Rules

It's not just Malifaux that is getting an updated rules set, Dark Age is also gearing up for the release of a new Rulebook.

Here's what they have to say

"Over the last year we here at Dark Age have been striving to make our beloved game the best we can possibly make it via the March to Immortality, rules updates, Dark Prevailer IPhone App, and unit updates... Well, that has all been leading up to one major announcement the staff and myself have been waiting with baited breath to tell you, so here it is:

We here at Dark Age are proud to announce that very soon we will be releasing a brand new Core Rulebook!

It's all been leading to this, dear players, the culmination of over a year's worth of player feedback, play-testing, and rules revamps! We've looked over every aspect of our game,how it is played, what works, what doesn't work, and refined every element of it. Now, I don't want to worry any of you- we didn't rebuild the game- Oh no, we love our dark little world just the way it is- all we've done is go through each component of it and refined it to an art!

We've very proud of the changes we've made and believe this will escalate Dark Age in every way!

More than just new rules though, we've taken a look at our credence as a company, just how we wanted to function in regards to our player-base and our game as a whole, and with that here are some facts about how we will be progressing in the future that I believe you all will enjoy:

1. Rules Available Online: We do not believe that rulebooks should be a barrier of entry into our game- the fact that you, the players, have chosen to play our game in which to spend your hobby hours and time playing is reward enough, so in that light we are announcing that to coincide with the physical printing of the book we will also be offering it for free as a downloadable .pdf for your tablets/to print/to do whatever you wish with. Of course you can expect the same quality and production value in our new book, as we have displayed in our previous releases, but for those who prefer the digital medium, we are giving that to you as well.

2. Book Trade-in System: As an added bonus to all of you out there who already own our Core Rules we're giving you guys some rewards as well- As many of you know, we here at Dark Age love to make the convention rounds, and love speaking to our fans at either our booths or the various MTI events we hold at said conventions. So as a reward to you guys we're offering a Book Trade-In System wherein you can bring us your old copy of the Dark Age: Apocalypse Core Rules, trade it in, and walk away with a brand new copy of our new rulebook absolutely free.

3. New Content, New Beginnings: The new Core Rulebook will encompass everything you need to play, from the rules, to special and weapon abilities, to our recently released Faction Documents, as well as the Extreme Tournament Format and Scenarios for that year- You may have noticed I said that year. Well that is because we want Dark Age to be ever-improving, creating the best gaming experience possible for all our current fans and those to come, and to answer that we are adopting a yearly revision of our rules, meaning our players wont have to wait 3-4 years in between new revisions. We plan to have this coincide with our Immortals tournament at Gencon each year- so every August we will be releasing the revamped Core Rules for that year- of course available immediately for download and also qualifying for the above-mentioned trade-in system on the previous years book.

4. Themes: Of course, for the collectors out there, each years book will carry a certain theme for the storyline/fluff entries in it, usually relating to the sub-faction/armies released for that year- we're not creating some drab and mechanical book of rules for you guys, [i]these are going to be exciting and interesting catalogs of secrets and stories, enough to sate any fluff and fiction aficionado!

Now, we here at Dark Age wanted to wait and announce this when we physically had the books ready for distribution, but unfortunately plans changed a little while back when we were notified by our warehouse that we were almost out of Core Rulebooks and needed more. Needless to say, when we put in a book order it's a large order, and that presented us with an interesting problem- We could either print more books, knowing that we were going to make them outdated in just a few months, or we could work double-time with the layout and printing of our new book and have it ready sooner than expected- we decided to go with the second option.

As a result, our new book is currently being finalized and will be shipped off to print very soon, a process that takes a few months in and of itself. In the meantime we unfortunately don't have any physical Core Rulebooks to sell! No worries, however, as we take care of our player-base, and are releasing the Dark Age: Apocalypse Core Rules for free download via the link below:

Dark Age: Apocalypse Core Rules

That being said, we're working diligently on finalizing our new book, and will have it up for digital download as soon as it's shipped off to print.

This is only the beginning, dear players, we have so much more to tell you and so many more awesome things waiting for you- but those items will remain undisclosed for now, but keep a close eye here in the coming weeks and months, as we'll be revealing more and more items and secrets...
This is a new beginning for Dark Age, and things are only going to get more badass from here."
All of which seems very positive and embraces the internet in a far more wholehearted manner than other companies. I suppose it comes down to a divide of selling models, or selling rules for models. 

Dark Age is certainly taking a unique approach, with a yearly turn around on the rules (see 3. above), although you've got to hope that within a fairly short span of time you'd have the rules truly optimised. At the relatively cheap price of $19.99 it's not going to be a huge outlay yearly to keep up with.

While I like the idea of a regular turn over of background, and rules updates, it does mean that older books are going to go up in price after they're had their year (unless they stay in print - which will cause confusion), and mean that the game background gets strung out over many books, unless each year sees things added, but nothing removed (resulting in a very fat book), or old editions are placed online in their entirety.

There's no word that I can find on what is happening with the Forcelist or Devastation Book.

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