TL;DR - If you don't like the fact that GW might drop local store support for prizes, then be ok with higher entry fees, or lesser prizes. It's fun to bash GW, but try to remember that they exist to make money. I think we can all agree that GW makes some dumb assed moves, but try to look at the actions of the company in reality, and not thru the lens of a fan. They well only survive as a company, which is based in a nation that is still in recession, if they make tough cost cutting decisions which will not impact the consumer base too much or damage the overall quality of the products.
Just found this online, not sure if anyone else has posted it, but I wanted to put my two pennies in. It looks like GW is on a downward trend. but looks can be deceiving. I still buy product from my local game store, and have every intention of getting 6th ed. I have been playing since the very start of 3rd and have played ever since, with only short breaks for the military here and there. I don't want to insult anyone, but there comes a point where you are just bitching. I for one have only played in local run tourneys, and have only ever won a local store gift card. I paid my entry fee and that was the end of that.
I feel like the blogger doth protest too much. I know that in my local area we have maybe 15 active players, and about 30 within 2 hours of my location. Its enough for me, and enough for 8-12 man tourneys. Most of my games are lunch and one or two weekends a month. I enjoy it like that.
That being said, would I love for GW to lower prices, of course. I think that would do wonders to get more people in. I could have 2 guys I work with into the game next week if they could avoid spending 300 bucks to get started with a tourney ready army. I would also love a solid gold toilet.
Don't get me wrong, my lips are not planted on GWs ass here, I think they need to drop LotR like a baby giraffe, but give them a break. At the end of the day, they are a money maker first; they have to keep investors happy. Codex writing needs to take a bit more time in play testing, or here's a thought, an open beta of some sort. [/rant]