While they may not be official, it looks like some sort of gaming support may be coming back to the community from Games Workshop, inlcuding the setting up of gaming clubs outside of Games Workshop stores. Is it possible that we were loud enough that we want them involved?


Its also quite possible that these will be a rather informal support. Time will tell if this turns into anything, but we can only hope.

Please remember that this is a rumor.

via an anonymous source from the Faeit 212 inbox
GW employees have been given the go ahead to begin setting up clubs outside of GW stores but using ex GW stock as well as GW support i believe. This may support the idea that they trying to move the gaming aspect of the hobby out of stores and into the flgs & club market.

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  1. It makes a lot of sense. Their whole OMS thing means it is going to be ever increasingly hard for the staff to run things in their store. I ran a store for 2 weeks on my own, and while it was a crazy quiet store, I can see how with larger numbers of customers you just wouldn't have the time for gaming club style things, you need your tables for intro games and displays of the new release army and all that.

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  2. Back in the day they used to have volunteers called Outriders to pimp GW's games at FLGS and clubs. They also helped out with events and provided GW prize support for local tournaments. It would be great if GW brought them back because it was great program that helped push GW's product. Lets hope that this rumor sees the reintroduction of something similar. They are basically free advertising for GW (minus the cost of a t-shirt and some kits now and then).

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  3. This is also why they are supporting their own stores with fewer employees, and shrinking Games Day events. They want the game to be more about the FLGS, as well as having a stronger presence at general Cons.

    A buddy of mine who works at GW tours around the USA planting the seeds for the things upcoming.

    People have been whining about shrinking Games Day events, reduced staff at GW-only stores, etc., but it has nothing to do with shrinking profits. In fact, their profits are up. There is a long process taking place which we will all be pleased with shortly.

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  4. My local gw opened a gaming club nearby supporting all GW games past and present, keeping to starter games only instore.

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  5. YES!

    Now let us hope they set up one in Mansfield...

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    1. @Gundam John - Mansfield UK. Since Maelstrom Games died, the gaming scene in that area (40K or otherwise) died with it.

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  6. Unsure about this. There used to be a club in my area but the atmosphere wasn't the same as the gw. I then travelled to another club. By the time I set foot in a gw store, it was unbelievable how good it was compared to the clubs. It's an hour away (the only one in ROI) but I'd rather it to another one of those clubs on my doorstep

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    1. P.S. not sure what it is like in the USA but that's the situation in Ireland.

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    2. Edinburgh is a bit like that as well. It depends heavily on the staff. As James said below if the staff are bad (and they were at GW Ed for a while) you don't ever want to go there. Getting it right really improves the community a lot. Heck GW Ed even set up a monthly women's night (run by a former female staff member) so that female gamers don't feel intimidated by the sweaty mass of male gamers. If GW are able to bottle that ethos and inject it into gaming clubs then best of luck to them.

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  7. Let's hope something gets set up in Newcastle England. My current gaming buddy is moving away and I won't go into GW to play as I can't stand the staff

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    1. Ray isn't that bad! But seriously last time I managed to get a game at the store was before 6th, and since they closed the gaming room upstairs it's ever harder to get a game.

      But anyway I am in Newcastle so if you want to play with me that would be great, I am always on the lookout for a gaming buddy, but to be fair you will wipe the floor with me!

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    2. To that end if you fancy a game drop me an email on me@michaelbotterill.com

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  8. LOL :D

    so youre supposed to play some were els?
    But still Buy at GW????

    How do the clubs run/live again????


    Thi sound more like they are closeing down all their stores and getting rid of expensiv staff and rents than anything! To me at least

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  9. In Barcelona there are a lot more FLGS that gives you free space and support to run games and tournaments tan Gw stores does. In fact, most GW stores have become really Little shops: althought it was even a bettle bunker near the centre of the city, it was sold and instead they place a Little store near it. In last years the way it's been exactly the oposite from what we can read here: smaller stores, less support and people going to LFGS.

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  10. This is fantastic news, especially as I'm considering opening my own store and I'll be having table space (size of shop permitting).

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  11. Food for thought... None of our local gaming clubs have gotten more than partial shipments if they have received any in the past 3-4 months worth of releases. Due to 'production shortages'.... Now how willing are they going to be to take on all of gw's promo and gaming support when they aren't even bring given stock to sell?

    With all the strong statements floating around that gw is trying push people to only bring able to get product from their own stores, it seems curious to me that they would go back and expect the rogue traders to carry their promotion and community support... It would be like "come buy from us, but then go play with that guy."

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  12. The club in maidstone takes 20 pound per year as membership and 2 pound per night attended. Any money left over from renting the venue is used to fund gaming tables and scenery. A true nonprofit club :)

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    1. Although of course the invested money does give gw profit for terrain/cob purchases

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  13. I suspect this was the idea all along. An old friend of mine from my GW days is a manager who was very enthusiastic about a local gaming club being set up in his store's catchment area. The intention of kicking gaming facilities out of stores wasn't to kill hobby communities, quite the opposite: allow them to restart in a better area and keep what some of us call the '10%' out of stores (socially unacceptable, urine smelling wrong uns who go through store bins in the hope of finding discarded store models and waste space in the shop loudly complaining about everything). I think it's a great move.

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