You can now pre-order your PDF copy of Cubicle 7’s Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 4th edition from DrivethruRPG.
That’s right. This is a pre-order for a digital book. Once you complete the process, you will not be able to download the PDF immediately. Instead, you’ll get an automated email as soon as the system detects the book is available, and you’ll be able to download it from that prompt.
Why would publishers Cubicle 7 do this? We’re told a little bit about the tactics on the news section of their site, here;
We offer a complimentary PDF with the physical book when you buy from a retailer participating in the Bits and Mortar scheme, or from the Cubicle 7 webstore. Directly from us, the PDF is delivered through DrivethruRPG/RPGNow, and because we feel it’s important that pre-order customers don’t have to wait while we send out links to their copy, we set it up in advance so that everyone gets access to the book at the same time.
That makes a lot of sense to me. It’s generous of the company to throw in a complimentary PDF with any physical book purchase. I think the ‘self-serve’ nature of the digital pre-order makes sense from a logistics point of view to the publisher. Some gamers can be very demanding about getting access to books they’ve waited for.
When is Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 4e due out?
Cubicle 7 have said that the book will be finished within a week.
When that happens, they’ll release a preview edition of the game. That’ll be complete except for the last map and the index. They’re taking their time to make a great index, we’re told, and I accept this can take a while.
How long? Unless there’s a disaster, the publisher estimates this final compilation of parts, the first real, non-preview edition, of Warhammer FRPG will take another two weeks. The math suggests then that we can expect the latest evolution of Warhammer to be in the hands of gamers by mid-August. After Gen-Con, in other words.
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