Something people may have missed in all the excitement of the new Chaos Space Marine and Dark Angel picture leaks is the notice from Homer at AB40k maintainers, those magnificent folks who provide and update the Warhammer 40k data files for Army Builder.
Late last night a comment which was part of their global announcements was updated instructing people to download the newest 40k update through Army Builder's update system. We were told the files would only be available for a short amount of time and wouldn't be available through email or other means after they had been taken down.
As of now, that post has been removed and replaced with the general announcement. no longer commenting on the possible doom and gloom of not having updates in the future. The latest glimmer of information can be found in this thread on the AB40k Maintainer forum. This is basically 'we don't know, wait and see' style of reply.
I love using Army Builder. It helps me decide what I will need to purchase and what I plan to build for later use. I like not having to create my own Excel spreadsheets to make an army list, or flip through my book constantly and use pen and paper to make my lists. In 6th edition, you could have to flip through 3 separate books just to make an army list, being the main army, allies, and fortifications.
If AB40 Maintainers will no longer be able to update these files, I'm not sure what I'll do. I'll probably try to fumble through the files myself and hope I can figure out the program to make my own files. Unfortunately, I may not have the time to do so. If nothing else it reminds us how fantastic the crew over at AB40k Maintainers are for sacrificing their time to keep these files up to date.
What about you? Do you use Army Builder for Warhammer 40k? What will you do if they are no longer allowed to update their files?