No what would happen is we would have 100 small copy-cat games without the 'global support' it would break down and slowly the hobby would die.
Anyway, not going to argue about it. I have said my peace.
Why they are doing it is another debate. And one I dont care to have.
Nah, man, you are missing the point.
We are the global support.
A million spin-off miniatures manufacturers are no threat to Warhammer,
but they may be to GW.
I collect GW miniatures and model them and paint them mostly out of nostalgia.
The rules system and the mythology are what hold the concepts and the agents (us) together in a coordinated fashion.
Current GW 'leadership' do not see this because they are blinded by material greed,
and so appeal to the lowest common denominator.
Now, we see this with the rise of the points shaving competitive gamer...
even the community is blinded and led along by a miniatures manufacturer to need new minis in order to keep up with a rules set which only serves to sell new minis and this cannot continue as the system will eventually become something else...
this is when GW will seem confused, sell off their miniatures manufacturing facilities or close them entirely, and say 'f-off' to the whole tabletop strategy genre.
Yeah, it'll get stuck in IP limbo for a century maybe, but the community may remain at large under a different not-for-profit non-corporate umbrella.
As far as I am concerned, it largely already does.
Which brings me back to my original post on this subject.
I am wondering if GW biz-heads have been able to pull their noses out of their money addiction
to see the long-term health and vibrancy of what had been and could remain a beautiful living thing
before they kill it dead and life takes root somewhere else.