Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Comparing Games Workshop to Marmite

Hello Wargamers,

First things first when reading this title I'm sure you might be a little confused expect to say you will have an opinion on both of the focal points of this article, Marmite and Games Workshop (GW). So why have I used this as a comparison? Well with GW it's a love/hate relationship, much like with Marmite, supposedly.

Every wargamer will have their thoughts on GW, be it good or bad, and it would be fair to say they get a lot of negative feedback on sites like twitter and such. So I think it's fair to mention this is not another "I hate GW" rant from someone who still buys their products, I'm just exploring my likes and dislikes of their practices and other such things, while trying to keep it constructive.

I will start with the likes. I love their models, the model design is fantastic, the quality of the plastic and resin miniatures is unmatched in my eyes and this makes them a pleasure to build and to paint. The 40k narrative fluff is amazing too, very creative and intricate. It's extensive too being thorough for every race, this makes the game that much more fun to play. I like the vast majority of the actual gameplay. This is because the basic rules are pretty easy to follow, the other rules can be learnt too and with the little A5 rule book from starter boxes at least rules checks are easy to make. I like the codecies, the wide range of options and ways to field each army makes every game different and interesting. Finally I really like the fact that games in store are free, on nice tables and staff tend to be friendly when you ask for help/advice. So yes, there are lots of good points about GW that people tend to neglect when they get their pens out ready to write hate mail, but not everything is sunshine and roses.

I really dislike the store policies. Even if members of staff are polite about putting some things, and that's most of the time, the fact that I can't use a 1 week out of date codex, even if my opponent is totally fine with it is outrageous. I am a student, I'm not made of money and they are expecting me to be able to just cough up £35 for a book that has made a couple of changes, but nothing enough to make me really want to buy it right away? It just seems a bit silly, and, it's things like this that will make me no longer buy from in store or from their web store unless the item I wish to purchase is not available else where. Also the lack of allowances for custom modelling and stuff can be frustrating too, especially for people who love to model. With regards to spending this leads nicely into the next point, pricing. Now yes GW makes great mini's but prices are getting steep, yes people say "oh but inflation has gone up" well the prices for the new assault marines are £5/7 more expensive than 5 or so years ago, even with recent inflation rates they would be around £1.50 more expensive. Why the big mark up? Because once people are hooked GW are looking to take advantage of that by making them have to buy new books and new models and new releases in order to make the most out of their hobby. But surely these high costs can deter new gamers from playing no? My last dislike is their lack of social  media representation. It can get frustrating that there isn't an offical twitter page that is updated with new releases etc, surely they want to maximise their market size by involving more people, now I'm not studying business, just economics, and even I know how important using social media and getting yourself the largest possible market to sell in is very important.

So yeah I like everything to do with 40k, yes some rules can be unclear but I don't mind that too much, and I really like the store set up with tables etc however it's GW's policies that annoy me, to the point of me looking for other gaming venues to avoid their rather needlessly strict "rules" for in store gaming.

Anyway, semi-rant over and thanks for reading!

Callum

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

"Cheese"

Hello Wargamers

Many of you are probably very familiar with the term "cheese" if you've been in 40k for a while. For those who have not it is basically a phrase used to label something as over powered or similar. The more and more things on YouTube I watch all I ever hear now is "Faction X is so cheese" or "That ability is cheese" or "That model is cheese". It is now at the point where it's becoming a pain. Yes the rules aren't 100% balanced but just because that player has something better than yours does not make it "Cheesy". Most codex's have something like this, some more than others, and it can be easy to exploit it but that's not why we play the game is it? I could be mistaken but I play 40k to enjoy myself, not just to win, but to socialise with like minded people and have a good time.

So I guess this post has two sides. If you are playing one of the stronger armies against a weaker opponent, dial it back. There is no fun in tabling an opponent turn 2/3 it's just boring, for both sides. If this means bringing units that you like the look of but aren't as strong or it might be not using that killer detachment that grants too many buffs. Whatever it may be just make it more fun for both of you. The second side to this is the other player, stop calling everything that beats you "Cheese", you are just being a sore loser. Yes it's annoying to play against over powered armies but repeating the phrase is not going to stop someone bringing their stuff, it's best just to talk to them about it or find a way to counter it. Most times the players of these armies didn't ask for the buffs and that's just the way GW update things, making the power gamers end up with every model from every army in the end.

So what am I getting at? Stop saying the word cheese, please, just talk to the person you're playing, keep it fairly even and try to have fun, it's the reason we all do this hobby after all.

Thanks for Reading

Callum