Recently, we have seen a new rash of Games Workshop hate, which is funny because it always seems to coincide with amazing releases (End Times). It is almost like these people cannot stand people having fun with the hobby and have to vent. Whatever the reason, we have video bloggers taking too much time to tear down GW, even going in with hidden cameras to GW stores?!? Then finally, we have a petition asking GW nicely if they would behave themselves.
It all reminds me of people complaining when band they love changes their sound over a long career. If only U2 could always sound like Joshua Tree all the time. If you love something or a fan of something you don't stop being a fan because things change, or at least I thought.
I look at GW as my favorite sports team, some years they suck and other years they are good, but through it all I love them and support them when I can. It doesn't mean their can't be moments of no return, but last time I checked Mat Ward isn't Ray Rice.
Anyway, let us focus on this Petition, because it seems like the classic litany of GW complaints...
As you can see, all these points have been repeated ad nauseam across numerous channels. GW is pretty aware of them, but have they done anything to change it?
Not really, but what they have done is tried really hard to release content for their games at a record pace, which people have been crying about for years, but now that it has happened, the same people cannot stand it. They got rid of the most polarizing game designer Mat Ward, and made many positive rule changes to the game to appease complainers.
Now this doesn't mean GW can't do better, I would like them to support tournaments too. I would like them to open up rule testing. The only thing the petition gets right, comes down to is GW is pricing themselves out of the grasp of their customer base. Hobbyists put up with a lot of things, but until GW stops acting like Apple (who can get away with it) and more like what they really are, a toy maker, they might find a real way to appeal both the budget gamer and collector at the same time. GW has made their choice, believing they are premium brand, selling collectable products to a rabid fan base. They have consciously decided to focus on catering to the hobbyist side of things and less to the game side, believing that is where the most revenue can be generated. At the moment this isn't working out so well, by ostracizing large portions of the community they could easily have. Just like GW this petition focuses too much on one group (competitive gamer), the group GW seems to actively despise, so expecting GW to take this seriously, is a bit of stretch.
Change is slow. Change might start with a new CEO and/or when Tom Kirby actually parachutes out. Getting jealous because people still enjoy the game or whatever isn't going to help your cause. I am sorry, if all the other games you have tried since "leaving" GW have either just as crappy rules, terrible models, no community, or dies in six months. I get it you, want so badly to hold on to some ancient dream of what GW once was. I can still remember those dreams myself, like when 2nd edition was a masterpiece of rules, oh wait that shit never happened. How about when everything was balanced in 3rd edition? Oh, wait once again didn't happen.
Sometimes you just grow out of thing and that is OK, but not learning to let go is only going to make you angrier, and getting angry at a war game is pretty lame when there is move pressing 1st world problems. If you want to affect to change just stop buying anything from GW; attacking a businesses bottom-line is the most effective way to get change going.
You won't get sympathy from me every time I hear the same complaints from GW lifers who says one thing, but still keep on buying, because when you do that it kinda proves Kirby right about who he believes the GW customer really is.
Maybe, what is really missing is AA for GW quitters, some support group to keep these folks from sliding back and buying models...
Meat for Meta is rated editorial nonsense. These articles are meant to complain about some group, somewhere, that is playing the game for all the wrong reasons or simply to just make fun of 40k nerd rage.