With the latest release of Dark Angels I have finally decided to call it quits with 40k and GW. Its something I have been thinking about doing for
some time now and the Dark Angels release has put the final nail in the coffin for me.
GW has become a company that no longer cares about its costumers it only cares about making as much money as it can. I do realize that the ultimate goal of a company is to make money and lots of it, but the good companies find a way to balance that with staying loyal to their costumers something that GW has gotten away from. Shinning examples of this flaw are
the last few codex releases and 6th edition.
Lets start with 6th edition, most of the new/changed rules made models that were good in 5th edition no longer good or as good (ex. Transports, Powerswords, ext...). Now on the surface this looks like GW is just trying to balance the game more which may be partially true, but when you dig deeper you see that it is just a way to force you to buy new stuff if you want to be able to play competitively.
This theme also continues into their codexes where they continually make models that were staples in the last incarnation of the codex useless while making models that were all but useless the best units in the codex. Again at first this can be written off as just trying to balance the codex but if you look harder you realize its just another ploy to make you spend money to stay competitive.
If this type of thing happened once in a while I would believe that they really were just trying to make the game more balanced, but it happens with almost every codex release and every new edition of the game. Hell they even find a way to do this with their paint sets, releasing a new set every so often and discontinuing their old ones.
Now lets get into pricing. I have been playing 40k for about 4 years now and in that time the price of GW products has skyrocketed. A few examples:
when I started playing the starter box (Assault on Black Reach) was $65 about a year after it went up to $75 then quickly up to $90 with the new one being $99. When I started White Dwarf was $6 a few months after I started it went up to $8 shortly after that it was $9 now its $10. When I started the most expensive model was a Land Raider at $55 now costing $75 with the most expensive models costing upwards of $80. Now I do understand that over these four years the coast of making these products has gone up and the value of my dollar has gone down, and that some kind of increase in price is warranted and expected. That being said you can not convince me that these factors justify a 50% to 90% price increase across the board. Oh and lets not forget the new hardcover codexes that cost $50, im sure that making a hardcover book is more expensive but God at least give us the option of a softcover.
If you want an example of how you are being ripped off by GW look no further then new Dark Talon that boasts a price tag of $75.00. The model itself is little more than a Space marine Stormtalon with wings and some DA bits attached. A Stormtalon will only set you back $45.50 so essentially you are paying an extra $30 for wings and some DA bling. Now I know the GW apologists among you will try to say that this price difference is because they use more material and that they had to pay a new sculptor and make a
new mold for the model. I just dont buy it though the amount of new material used in the model is costing them pennies and the sculptor already had a model that was 2/3 done with Stormtalon, not to mention that paying for a sculptor and a new mold is something they would have had to do anyway if this was a completely new model.
Lets not even get into finecast which is alot better quality wise then the launch, but $75 for 4 models (see: the White Council) is just insane.
Now some of you will say I just laid down the basis for a really good/ successful business plan but like I said earlier the best companies find a way to make money with out screwing their customers. For example most of us gamers have X amount of $ that we can afford to spend on 40k each year. Now if GW releases new models for a new codex that I like im going to spend money on them, im going to buy paints, im going to be interested in other armies. In other words I dont need GW to force me to spend that money on their products by making my old stuff bad with new codexes and new editions...im going to spend that money on their products anyway. So they dont get anymore money out of me by doing this in fact they get less because they piss me off. I know I am not the only one who feels this way.
So after weighing all these factors and a few more that I dont feel like getting into I have decided to take my money and time elsewhere. Mainly im taking it to Privateer Press a company that does stay loyal to their costumers. PP is in the process of taking some of their metal products and converting them over to resin. In doing so they have actually decreased the price on some of their minis. Example: they have been taking all their old metal warbeasts for hordes and turning them into resin kits that give three options on what warbeast to make. The metal kits with one option cost $45 the new resin kits with three options cost $35. We all know that if this was GW the prices would have went up not down as they would have used the switch as an excuse for increasing prices (see: finecast).
I will be sending a copy of this to GW.....not that they will care....which is part of my point.
Now with this all off my chest I wish all of you on this forum good gaming and good health. My years on this forum have been fun I have learned alot and I hope I helped some of you guys learn somethings as well. *cheers* Heresy
Please note that I understand that this is a rant and a rather long one and that most of you dont care or disagree with most of what I said. You guys certainly have the right to your own opinions but I do ask that your responses to this thread be as well thought out as my post was. In other words try not to bash or resort to personal attacks towards me or anyone who expresses that they share my opinion.
Viscount Vash: This thread has already been reported and yes, Technically it is against the forum Rules.
Title now changed.
That said I took it as an opportunity to point out we do in fact have a Privateer Press sub-forum that could do with so input and activity.
Also as an aside it (as a thread) is starting to develop into a interesting discussion on GW verses Other Companies attitudes towards gaming, sales and product support. So for now I'm letting it slide.
This is not to say that it won't get locked later if it turns into a GW bashing trollfest.