If you’ve been following the week’s Black Library news you’ll probably have spotted two things. First of all, the Black Library website is now dedicated to just Black Library, with the Warhammer Digital side of things (all the rules, painting guides etc.) now getting its own website – this change comes with a range of offers and discounts on the two websites. Secondly, the first ever (as far as I’m aware) Black Library Humble Bundle is now available, for a limited time only. I thought I’d take a quick look at the various offers currently available, so you don’t have to do the legwork.
I’ll start off with the Black Library website, looking at the various discounts and freebies you can pick up if you’re looking for a bargain.
Tales from the Archive
First up is a range of fifteen ebooks (yep, just ebooks – no physical books, sorry) all offered at pretty good discounts.
NOTE: It looks like these are all discounted in the same manner on Amazon.co.uk if you’d prefer to pick up your ebooks that way.
Five Horus Heresy ebooks for £5 each
- Horus Rising by Dan Abnett
- Descent of Angels by Mitchel Scanlon
- A Thousand Sons by Graham McNeill
- Deliverance Lost by Gav Thorpe
- Vulkan Lives by Nik Kyme
Five classic 40k stories for £3.50 each
- Soul Drinker by Ben Counter
- Crossfire by Matthew Farrer
- Gunheads by Steve Parker
- Dark Apostle by Anthony Reynolds
- Deus Encarmine by James Swallow
Five old school Warhammer stories for £3.50 each
- Trollslayer by William King
- The Daemon’s Curse by Dan Abnett & Mike Lee
- Witch Hunter by CL Werner
- Defenders of Ulthuan by Graham McNeill
- Inheritance by Steven Saville
As well as those fifteen classic ebooks, there are a few individual offers you might fancy taking advantage of.
First up, a completely free short story – you might have already picked this up as part of the Twelve Days of Christmas campaign in December 2016/January 2017, but if not you can once again get hold of Graeme Lyon’s The Librarian’s Acolyte for free. All you need to do is sign up to the Black Library newsletter.
Next, two short stories that were originally published in the Black Library Live! 2016 free chapbook are now available to download – Josh Reynolds’ Fabius Bile story A Memory of Tharsis and Chris Wraight’s Argent, which is a prequel to his upcoming novel Vaults of Terra: The Carrion Throne. A Memory of Tharsis is available at the usual £2.49 but comes free if you buy Fabius Bile: Primogenitor (apparently it will already be in your account if you’ve already bought the novel via the BL website), while Argent is only 99p at the moment.
Lastly, you can pick up three wallpapers for free – cover art from Master of Mankind, City of Secrets and Warlord: Fury of the God-Machine.
The Warhammer Digital site comes with a slightly different style to its offers for the most part.
First of all, if you spend £20 you then get the digital version of the Imperial Knights: Renegade rules for free. NOTE: it looks like this actually applies to the Black Library website as well – I picked up the Warlord: Fury of the God-Machine limited edition (which is over £20) and these rules were automatically added to the basket. Strange that there’s no mention of this on the BL site, but not to be sniffed at.
Next up are two individual model painting guides, each free. You can get the Genestealer Broodlord guide free for signing up to the Warhammer Digital newsletter, and the Captain Karlaen guide free if you create an account on the Warhammer Digital website. I’m not sure whether you’re entitled to these if you’re an existing subscriber – a quick look at my own account shows the Captain Karlaen guide listed under the FREE PRODUCTS section at the bottom, but I’ve no idea if that’s just been added or has been in there for a while…
Lastly, another couple of wallpapers (two rather impressive bits of artwork actually) – cover art for the Disciples of Tzeentch battletome and the Traitor Legions codex supplement.
If you’ve never come across a Humble Bundle before, they’re limited-time collections of digital content (often video games) which you can purchase by paying what you want – they tend to start at $1 for the basic content, with additional content being unlocked when you spend over certain thresholds. A bit like how you get additional stuff when you give more to a Kickstarter campaign.
This particular Humble Bundle is labelled as a Horus Heresy Humble Bundle, although it does in fact contain some 40k content at each of the price points. Here’s the link if you fancy taking a look, although be quick as it expires on the 11th April 2017:
Here’s a quick summary of what’s included in the bundle, at each level…
Pay $1 or more and get the first five books in the Heresy series plus a few other bits and bobs, including a Prospero-based expansion to the Talisman: The Horus Heresy computer game (which I assume is on Steam).
Pay $8 or more and also get the next five Heresy novels, another Garro audio, some wallpapers and a comic.
Pay $15 or more and also get a further five Heresy books (so that’s now books 1-15) plus the Macragge’s Honour graphic novel, a third Garro audio, another comic, an art book and a couple of coupons for more bits of 40k-related computer game content.
As you can see, this is pretty amazing value for $15, which is about £12 in sterling. Of course you can pay as much as you want – the money you pay is split between Black Library and the USA for UNHCR refugee agency charity, so it’s for a good cause too. I believe you can even add in a charity of your own choice if you’d like!
REMEMBER: this is a limited-time offer, so pick it up while you can as it expires on the 11th April.
So there you have it – all of the offers currently available. I’m assuming the Black Library and Warhammer Digital offers are limited-time, although they don’t appear to specify, but the Humble Bundle is definitely only available for a short while.
As expected, these offers are all on digital-only content. I’ve seen a few people online grumbling about a lack of offers on physical content – that would certainly be lovely, but I can’t really see it happening. Until such day as Black Library extend their generosity towards physical products, at least they’re providing offers at all! I know I’m thankful for it, even if I’ve got pretty much all of the content already. It’s just nice to see discounts being made available, in my opinion.
As usual, if you’ve got any comments, thoughts, questions or feedback…just let me know!