Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: In Midnight Clad
Whilst I don't play Bolt Action (yet) it is now one of the most popular games at my local club.
Our club has been going for over ten years now and was exclusively GW 40k, fantasy and Blood Bowl when it started. Now three quarters of the players have moved to other games systems including many going to Bolt Action and really enjoying it. Most still dabble in 40k/fantasy here and there but there has been a definite swing away from GW in my area.
Infinity, Malifaux, Dystopian Wars, Flames of War, Black powder have all become popular here as they are providing a real alternative to GW who has had a hold on tabletop war games for years and in fairness were the pioneers of it.
The Warlord games guys are all ex GW games designers, some of whom occupied big jobs in the GW of the past. Black Powder for instance is pretty much the old GW game Warmaster but in a slightly bigger scale. Jervis Johnson I believe works freelance for both GW and Warlord. Warmaster was his brainchild among others when he was at GW. He has taken a version of Warmaster over to Warlord which is the Black Powder game which he is primarily responsible for.
I say fair enough to them for targeting new players from current 40k players. Rick Priestly wrote the original 40k and was a co owner of GW in the past if I am correct. He now does Warlord games.
It is good to have competition for market share and if the growth of other systems in my area is anything to go by it might, in the future, help the GW high price bubble burst and get them pricing their products in the 'reality' bracket. Warlord and Mantic among others are offering really good miniatures at reasonable prices in comparison with the now ridiculous pricing of the GW stuff. £37 for ten plastic grey knights marines that are not new models, seriously wtf.
I play fantasy and 40k and have done so for over 23 years but now more than ever I'm thinking of selling a huge portion of my very large collection and investing in something different to paint and game with.
Last edited by Lanfear; 08-27-14 at 08:30 PM.