Over the last year we have had several things happen to our beloved game. Prices increases and better codexes, and even more recently, updated FAQ's. Even though all of us complain about GW to some extent, I am more than happy seeing the price increases alongside a better game. Many of you I'm sure are going to say that there is no correlation but I have to disagree.

While recent news had sales down and profits up, it really comes down to profits to make a company work. Load the company up with profits in a very competitive and dangerous market, and perhaps we have an atmosphere that has pushed GW to create and maintain the game that we have always wanted to see.

I am also going to credit the online warhammer community for getting all the issues into the forefront. It is now easier than ever for GW designers to get a feel for what is going on and being said around the globe in every aspect of the game. It really doesnt matter how much planning and playtesting is done, issues will come about once we get ahold of the latest new codex or models. It seems after all these years that they are finally starting to take as much of an interest in the game as we are.

That being said, I am also of the belief that GW is really in control of every leak we get. Every little bit, there is someone there letting this and that slip out, just to see if we can find it. The first images of the Stormraven a mistake? or planned? We tend to think of GW as a bunch of idiots, but have we ever stopped to think that they have surpassed us, and are sitting back to see just how fast we pick up on what they let out?

One last thing, GW if you are reading this, errata my court of the archon.

3 Comments:

  1. Finally, a mature voice about the role of profits.

    I also agree with you about the leaks -- can't think of a better way to spread info than to let it appear to be purloined -- generates way more buzz than a simple release.

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  2. I agree, yet, disagree with your post here. I mean, yes, the game IS getting better, and, as a result, we should be willing to pay a little bit more for a better product. I mean, when a new computer comes out, the price is astronomical, but it's top of the line. I've always viewed GW like this.

    However, they seem to be giving themselves more and more rope. $57 was already a hefty price for a Chaos Defiler, and I was shocked to see it went up to $62. Only $5 I know, but, it feels like a whole lot more with it being over $60. Eventually, people won't be able to do the prices they ask and may jump ship for a cheaper game.

    I just feel if they keep raising prices, more and more people will start to get disinterested with the game, which, I don't want to see. I saw six people leave the game with their last increase, and that's out of a small gaming circle around where I live. I'm just imagining how many other gaming circles around the country, or world even, that this is happening to. And if a gamer doesn't have anyone else to play, why keep up with the hobby?

    Thankfully for me, I'm in a relationship with a woman who actually enjoys the hobby.

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  3. About the leakes... yes, they do. We know it, they know it. It's just stupid that they don't use (also) an official channel in the hope that we will build more hype because all this rumoring this isn't offical and is something underground (and this makes it cool of course ;-).
    On the cost... okay... there's a correlation. But it's not the only way, and I won't be able to create the army I'd want for the next six months. Also some people just stop. And having less people playing a better game doesn't mean that it will cause more fun. Sometimes you'd like to play also with your not-so-rich friend too who did sell his army when he realized that he won't be able to get to 1500 points. Okay, if you have a job that shouldn't be a problem, but for students that's common.

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