There has been an issue weighing on my mind for sometime and it involves GW. You see i love WHFB but hate GW as a company (it used to be that i strongly disliked GW but with recent developments i can now fairly say i hate them), and so the question was: Do i keep playing GW games and continue buying GW models?
For the longest time the answer has been yes, i still really like WHFB as a game and Wood Elves as a army and my like of the game system and army has outweighed my intense dislike of the company and its practices, another factor keeping me from abandoning GW was that i hadn't found a game that i liked as much as or more than WHFB, until recently.
Enter Spartan Games, Firestorm Armada and Planetfall. I started really getting into Firestorm a few months back and with the release of Planetfall my attention is being drawn towards both those systems and the potential they hold. For those who don't know Firestorm is a Sci-fi Fleet based wargame and Planetfall is a Sci-fi ground based wargame set in the same universe as Firestorm and all signs are that Spartan Games (the creators of Firestorm and Planetfall) will be making a way for games of Firestorm to be combined with games of Planetfall, so fun times ahead. With me getting into these two games i found myself enjoying them more and enjoying WHFB less, not enough to the point where i want to sell all WHFB related things and jump fully into Firestorm but enough so that instead of constantly thinking about WHFB and thinking about what new unit to buy for the Wood Elves i now find myself thinking about Firestorm Fleet tactics and what new ship to add to my fleet.
Into this situation comes The End Times Khaine. Now i was largely unaware of how big a issue there was around this End Times book. I knew that there were no models and that did seem odd to me but no big deal, all the Elf books got recently re-released with new modes so no biggie. Then i learned about the limited,limited,limited availability of the book itself, so limited that some people who pre-ordered from 3rd party retailers didn't get their book because GW didnt print enough copies to sufficiently fill out the 3rd party retailers pre-order list. I learned all this after i had pre-ordered my own copy of the book, and i did so because the End Times Khaine dealt with the Elves and i had been interested in the whole End Times things and wanted to get this book and knew that copies sold out fast, which surprised me that i was able to pre-order the book at 10:15 am NZST. I thought they would have all been gone by then and my surprise at my pre-order only deepened when i heard about the extremely limited nature of the book elsewhere.
So why would this tip me over the edge and lead to the decision that this post aims to explain? Well its in large part due to the guys over at the Jaded Gamercast. On their most recent episode they discussed the extremely limited nature of the End Times Khaine as well as similar issues with 40k's Shield of Baal campaign. One of the hosts related how despite driving around the city in which he lived early in the morning, visiting every hobby shop in town, he was still unable to buy the End Times Khiane despite getting to some shops either just before they were opening or just after they were opening. It was during this episode that they pointed out just how big a issue the whole extremely limited availability things was. It was mentioned that this was GW training their customers to pre-order from the GW site or miss out altogether, just like GW has trained us to accept each stupid price increase they do for their product.
This would have been bad enough and may have well convinced me to abandon GW by itself but then Spartan did what Spartan does for all of its systems and released the rules for its Planetfall factions free on its website. Just to clarify Spartan sells the core rules (for a neat and well priced 40 NZD) for all its systems but releases the individual faction rules for free on its website. This was the last straw for me, here are 2 companies one of whom hates its customers and just wants to bleed them dry while treating them poorly and the other who has community forums, has decently priced rules and models and releases the individual faction rules for free on its website as opposed to charging 100 NZD for them.
So now we (finally) reach the core of this post, its this: I currently own 3 GW armies, Wood Elves, Demons and Grey Knights. I will be selling the Knight and Demons (on trade me, link to the Grey Knight auction) and not buying anything else for the Wood Elves. There will also be a shift on focus for this blog as more Spartan Games, Firestorm and Planetfall related posts will be written and less time will be given to GW.In other words the "Love Hate" relationship with GW is over, its pretty much "Hate Hate" but i still enjoy WHFB and Wood Elves are cool.
What does this mean for my blog? It means the focus shifts from WHFB and 40k to Firestorm,Planetfall, Flames of War and Spartan Games. It means a shift from anti GW rant posts to upbeat and positive posts about Spartan Games. In the next few months you can expect to see posts explaining Firestorm/Planetfall lore and rules as well as narrative battle reports for both systems. Basically less GW stuff and more Flames of War and Spartan Games stuff.
On a final note i am sad that it went this way, i was genuinely excited when GW released free rules on the Black Library website, i thought it heralded a change in GW policy and that things were going to get better, but that wasn't the case and things have gotten worse.
If you have read this far then thank you, i appreciate it. This has mainly been a vent post and was mostly for my benefit. In the future things should be more upbeat so stayed tuned. Until next time.
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