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post #1 of 185 (permalink) Old 11-02-14, 08:48 AM Thread Starter
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I was wondering how people feel GW are doing, a few years ago they seem to had got flack for everything they did, but lately it feels as though they have turned a corner or at least done enough to silence the critics or maybe the community got sick of the whining ?

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The FAQs updating books to 7th ed, the addition of the Toxicrene and Maleceptor (new models and rules for a Codex; sure, they're not exactly going to win any tournaments, but GW is adding new models to a faction outside of a Codex release and the rules are free because they come in the box. How is that in any way not a brilliant thing?) and a similar concept with Dataslates (sure, it's a microtransaction, but it's also adding Be'lakor and Cypher and Tyrannic War Veterans without having to wait four years for the next iteration of your Codex and it adds more options to the game), a more general acceptance of Forge World through use of it's models in White Dwarf, the re-introduction of army list variety (in 5th, we had FOC-swapping characters and that was great, and then the whole idea lulled in mid-6th/7th edition until Grey Knights, who have a brilliant Detachment that forces you to make real choices as to which FOC you use, let alone what units you put within that).

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Mixed bag for me. I do like the new models. For the last few years the standard of the models has gone up and up. Partially due to competition and also just natural standard increasing over time.
What I am not a fan of is various forms of 'player tax' that seems to have been brought in. I do understand that GW needs to make money, but buying a codex is ok, but then having to buy the supplement codex to get the most out of the codex you bought is not. Dataslates are a funny one. I dislike them bringing out the Dataslates as stand alone products (such as Cypher or Be'lakor) especially when the Dataslate is an incredibly powerful or must have unit (Normal Helbrutes Vs Dataslate Helbrutes being a good example). Forgeworld stuff can also be a pain, but you get charged a lot for the models in that one as well as the books. What I don't like with them is the continual reprinting of the same rules over several books. So Imperial Armour Apoc had a load of Chaosy stuff in. But IA:13 had all of them, mostly unchanged then added in Renegades and Heretics and a couple of chaos versions of imperial 30k tanks (what imperial players had access to for ages)
HOWEVER they seem to be turning a corner with that type of thing and releasing the new units / models as rules included in your purchase or featuring them in White Dwarf (or both). The only prob I see with that is if it comes in WD only and you are a player who started the army long after the WD rules print, so have no way of getting the additional rules for something that could be incredibly useful. An example of this used to be GamesDay Models, where you could only buy the model on the day and your programme had the rules for him. Ones like Crom the Conqueror were insanely good if I remember right.

I do like the Digital copies of the codexes. This helps a lot with travel and stuff, especially if you are going with CSM with Daemon allies and some Forgeworld tanks or whatever. Adding about 1KG in weight with some books it all mounts up if you aren't driving. Also the feature to search for things from a side menu rather than trying to mark up pages is a bonus.
HOWEVER I do not like the format of the recent codexes. Having the compiled list at the end that had all the models in brief with their pts values and the names of what rules affected them was great. The new one forces you to either use something like Battlescribe or endlessly flick back and forth in the book when planning an army. I much preferred being able to see all the units that classed as X over the space of 2-3 pages. Though I do understand in part why GW did it. Some of the reason I have been told was because of copy write law. In that for publications for gaming and hobbies you are allowed to photocopy (or digitise) X% of a book for personal use (X depending on country). Because of this people used to copy the last 20pages of so what had all the stats and costs of each of the units, and then the reference at the end tended to have most of the special rules and weapons. GW of course didn't like this because people could bring in those 20pages with them without really needing to have bought a copy of the book (but claiming they had).

The one big thing I am hoping for though is that currently they have a fast release system on the codexes (about 1 a month maybe 1 every 2 plus a supplement), and what I don't want to happen is that in 10months time when they have released every 5-6th edition book left to bring up to 7th that they then start again and release 7th editions after only having 7th edition out for just over a year.
The other one what might be interesting and soon, is will old supplement books work with new released codexes. So for instance Black Legion and Crimson Slaughter are designed for the 5th edition CSM book. But will they still work with 7th edition (what I think is due for april->july next year).
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Personally, I am really enjoying GW right now. They feel much more like the Games Workshop of the late 90s, early 2000s that I enjoyed. Lots of releases, rules and new units being released on a regular basis. Great new models that no one else really rivals. The price point is a bit of a killer, I would like to see them find a way to drop the price on rank and file models a bit and balance that with the higher cost of the center piece models.

I think their digital platforms are still a work in progress, but they are getting there and it seems like they are thinking ahead about future technologies such as 3D printing, and the eventual end of the LoTR IP. So it will be nice to see what the future brings.

The only thing I am really missing is the sort of "wild west" feel of their specialist games line, like Warhammer Quest and Bloodbowl. However, they seem to be trying to scratch that itch through third parties via Digital Products and Fantasy Flight.

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Nobody could ever slate them for the quality of their minis, and on the whole the recent releases such as the DE and End Times stuff are simply stunning. Rules wise, 7th Ed seems to have generally been perceived as an improvement on 6th, and the codexes also seem to been well received.

However, the biggest issue for me, as it has been for years, is the price. The price of two units in 40k will get you a full army in other systems like BA or FoW. I will always love 40k as a game and a universe, but with so many other cheaper, more accessible systems out there, I won't be pumping any serious cash into it again any time soon.
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For me the fundamental problems I've had for years still haven't been addressed - mainly rules balance. Considering that it's generally the same people who've been writing rules since what, 3rd or 4th, you'd hope they might be a little better at it by now.

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I've been really liking GW the past year, as a fan. When I started the hobby just over a year ago, I was appalled that GW released new editions of the game without updating every codex. Veterans laughed and said, "Oh, you." Well look at 'em now! Shouldn't be much longer until they're all hardback. Supplements and dataslates are a tough pill to swallow but really do provide an avenue for providing new content, and you really don't even have to buy them to use their game rules.



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Nope.

I hate playing with tonka toys and pay to win mechanics, where choosing x-new unit wins you games. I could understand making cool rules to make cool new models sell, but that units such as Heldrakes, Nagash, Stormpotatoes, Wraithknights, Superheavies, Riptides, etc are necessary to win (or at least effectively counter those that opponents have, and essentially codex creep is really annoying.

Continually escalating prices which do not match inflation, and utter ridiculous business positions and choices do not equate to a particularly well enjoyed game. I am yet to pay for a book since 7th edition BRB and it will continue to go that way. I am sick of being penalised by an inability to learn from their own mistakes, and having charges for their legal bills and lost profits from pirating applied to my own purchases.



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Well GW is at least backing up their being a model company with extremely useful painting guides and painting videos.

So they're doing better.
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Games Workshop deluding themselves into being a modeling company these days is as ludicrous as Nintendo pretending that pokemon games are designed for kids.



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