Just a final thought on the cost side of things:
Honestly the only reason that 40k costs more than other games is because you need infinitely more models for 40k compared to the other games. But if you look at prices on a model by model basis GW are actually sometimes cheaper, and often no difference between prices.
Case in point: Just ordered box sets of Malifaux and another starter box of Infinity over the weekend: All metal mins, each pack contains 5 or 6 minis, they both cost around £25.00. You can get a box of x10 plastic Space Marines for that, and if you go to the 25% off websites you can get them for even cheaper.
However, what does cost A LOT more are the codices and all the rulebooks. They are often double the price, while rival companies will often offer a pdf download of rules for free if you don't want to fork out for the additional fluff and pictures in the rulebook. But in the case of the 40k rulebook, you are getting 300 pages as opposed to 150 pages for rival gaming systems. So you are getting double the content. All well and good.
However, the difference here is that you don't have a choice to not buy the 40k rulebook and forgo all the pages in it dedicated to fluff, artwork and lots of pictures of models. You have to buy it or you cannot play. So there is that.
Out of interest though Zion, in previous posts you mention GW have made mistakes throughout their history that other gaming companies have learned from. What mistakes in particular?
Last edited by Straken's_Fist; 12-03-13 at 10:51 PM.