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  1. As I grow as a Malifaux player I am of course finding myself going beyond just knowing my own crew and wanting to research my opponent's stat cards. I am reminded of a recent post here where someone was dissatisfied with how quickly the rule books go out of date. He was disappointed that he had to check 3 books and the internet to be up to date. At first I discounted this as a silly complaint from someone who likely just wanted to avoid buying the rule books. But as I started going through the arduous task of this research of other crews, I realized perhaps there is a kernel of something here that could be addressed by Wyrd, to their profit. I love the Rules Manual. Its just the right size and the writing tone is perfect for clearly describing rules. I think Wyrd should make this a periodical, perhaps annual, and add the up to date stat cards from the previous books. Players would still need the new book for the fluff and new models, ala Twisting Fates, but they'd also have the opportunity to get the up to date info from previous books. In one neat package there'd be both up to date rules and all previous stat cards. I suppose I'd pay $25-$30 a year for an updated book like this. I don't pretend to know Wyrd's business model so I can only guess as to the income implications of this. I would guess part of their income is from rules, but the majority has to be from models. From the rules standpoint, I guess a new player coming in could pass on the previous books and just use the Rules Manual, so those sales would be lost. But I'd think that'd be more than made up for by existing players like myself buying an annual rules manual each year. The 'new' rules would still be a full fluff book that wouldn't be incorporated into the rules manual until the following year. As to how it might impact model sales, I suppose a person could buy this $30 manual and have access to all the stats and then proxy the models. I doubt that will amount to much. And besides, the .v2 pdfs already do this. And if you've listened there have also been rumors of stat card packs for updates, just like Warmachine. This would be the same thing. In sum, this is how I'd like to purchase my Malifaux rules: One new fluff book every year or two, and an annual rules manual/compilation including official updated rules interpretations and stat cards. Just my two cents.
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