Before all the chaos broke loose on the starter set, I had this post ready to go and just missed my window. So here it is, more details about the meetings that happened in Minnesota.

Please remember that these are rumors.

via Faeit 212 (a Must Remain Anonymous Source)
This is just a clarification of what happened at that meeting.

The latest on the GW Rumor lock down
The meeting was in Minnesota, and discussed a lot more than the new NDA policy.

Essentially, White Dwarf and Saturday releases typically arrive on the Thursday prior.  After close on Friday they are put on the shelf to be sold at open hour Saturday.

The New Line limitations allow for huge fines pressed against Games Workshop for information pertaining to those new releases being released at any time before open hour Saturday.

The clause within though allows Games Workshop a number of "strikes," provided that the culprit of breach is immediately terminated.

No one is going to lose their jobs, because no one is stupid enough to talk about something within the less than 48 hours of wait time.  The documentation needs to be signed, however, for legal purposes both to protect Games Workshop and as a show of confidence to New Line Cinema.

For perspective, the fines that I am talking about are worth 3-4 times as much as a manager's salary, and not the kind of thing Games Workshop could survive if they were hit in force.


Here is the link to the previous post on the subject.
http://natfka.blogspot.com/2012/08/tightening-reigns-on-gw-managers.html

23 Comments:

  1. What is it all about that new line cinema. For christ sake everyone knows whats going to happen in Hobbit. That book is pretty old.

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    1. presumably they're concerned about leaked images etc, leading to people making bootleg movie merchandise etc

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    2. This....

      I mean, come on guys...

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  2. Wait, who is new line cinemas and why does GW have to pay them fines if people leak crap?

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    1. new line cinema is the company that owns the rights to the LOTR and upcoming hobbit movie.

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    2. The thing is that this book was published in 1937. They won't reinvent a wheel with that movie.

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    3. We know what almost everything will look like already because of the LoTR movies too, its made/produced/everything by the same people they will not change how things look from then.

      Does anyone even chase LoTR rumours? I mean you know when things will come out (when the movie with it in comes out, so 3 movies 3 waves etc etc) with fantasy and 40k its always been more who is the next codex and what not.

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  3. it seems as though GW is ALWAYS tightening the reins on rumors, all the same thanks for the update naftka.

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  4. Nice to see they were serious!

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  5. I assume company managers? Coz store managers arent on too much money at all

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  6. Still sceptical about Chaos in september, but hey maybe thats just me.

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  7. Is anyone really that excited bout the hobbit? Movie, eh... might give it a go. Minis, don't think I'll give em a second look. ;)~

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    1. Yeah can say I give so much as a dead birds fart for the hobbit table too batte game.

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  8. We as (mostly) 40k players could give a rats ass about Hobbit, some of the Fantasy players... Maybe. GW? Oh hell yes. You have to keep in mind the absolute FRENZY that occurred with the first string of LotR movies, this is providing them with a whole market of people that wouldn't normally pay any attention to GW or the independent stores. How many "Hobbit" and entertainment magazines and websites are going to have GW ads? And when people go "Hey there's a store that sells those in X city" they show up and find not just the Hobbit but WHFB and 40k... to GW big wigs that's $$$$. So for the higher ups of GW, bending over and taking it any way New Line wants to give it is brilliant despite what anyone else thinks or says.

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  9. Oh and for those of you who think everyone knows about how long the books have been out. http://cdn.uproxx.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/harry-potter-650x417.jpg There are more of these people than you think... I've met an nearly killed people for this level of stupidity. New Line knows these people exist... I'm sure they employ many too.

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    1. This gave me a good, long laugh. The irony is that the person writing that post (about the "rip-off") probably thought they were really making a good point. Little do they know that I read "The Hobbit" at least 15 years ago.
      I wouldn't say this level of stupidity is punishable by death, however. After all, isn't laughter supposed to be good for the heart?

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    2. The people I was particularly referencing were some I met at a con that were saying a well established nearly 20 book long vampire series I enjoy were a "Complete and total plagiarizing of Twilight, written just because the author wanted to 'jump on the vampire bandwagon to make a quick buck.'"

      The point is ALOT of the general public see nothing outside the little bubble they are comfortable, feel powerful/knowledgeable, and happy within. The Potter-ite above quite likely didn't touch the books or didn't until after seeing the movies so they weren't 'bookwormy' enough to realize how old the LotR books are. Same goes for these NLC execs that either know that there are ALOT of people that have no clue about/won't read the books. The other possibility is they themselves can't acknowledge that media that 'dated' is still of interest to a modern audience. So they don't think 'oh wait this book is approaching 100 years old, 4+ generations of people know the story already' and want to lock the set and nix any leaks to maintain the hype.

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    3. Wow, I missed those Tolkein commentaries, were they on the Blu Ray only versions? ;)

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    4. Wow, I missed those tolkein commentaries was it on the Blu ray versions? ;)

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    5. @Meek:
      Agreed. I don't know if there has ever been a case where the movie was able to improve upon the novel. I wouldn't care if they never made a Hobbit movie. It's much better to read the book. It's not my fault that most people are too lazy to read and need to be entertained by a movie.
      Out of curiosity, which series did people compare to Twilight?

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  10. I can tell you that my LGS owner knows nothing of this rumor. Is it just for GW stores?

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  11. Raise your hand if you give a damn about Hobbit miniatures.
    ...[crickets chirp]...

    (Note: By the time I got around to posting this, I noticed that others had already expressed similar comments. Sorry for the redundant comment.)

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