Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Codex Al Carte.

Games Workshop has started to release smaller supplements to the 40k and fantasy universes. At first look it seems that GW is nickel and diming their customers once again and for the most part yes but it isn't as bad as one might think. The new content digitally is much cheaper than the physical book, this is not always the case but GW is doing this with some of the new content.

What is the new content? Well, they are giving codex supplements these for the most part have been faction addition to any codex release such as the Black Legion for Chaos Space Marines. These are kind of frustrating release by GW, because one would think that these supplements should come with the codex. Some of the other new content is the dataslate, these so far are basically a small codex. I picked up the digital copy of Be'lakor, and I was happy with the price and the content. The e-book was basically some fluff and all the rules needed to field the unit.

All in all the idea of the new rules and fluff to be released more often than not is better for all factions. This idea to release new unit in a dataslate gives Games Workshop the ability to help rebalance some armies when their codex is getting stale and for the price you can't go wrong. Going forward expect to see more of these small supplements, I would venture to say that new models will have a dataslate to accompany them prior to a release.

Monday, September 16, 2013

An entire Chapter as a barrier to entry

Games Workshop is now selling an entire Space Marine chapter, and for a little less than $12,000 you too can own all 1,200 models in the Ultramarine chapter. Now of course you could play an Apocalypse game with the entire chapter and it will take the better half of a week but it is possible. But instead of putting together a solid box set that someone could buy and start playing competitively, they were nice enough to give us an insanely over priced package that very few will buy. Now of course they do give us a few box sets that sure can get you started but don't expect too much from these. Sure they get you started but it is going to take a few hundred dollars more to squeak up to 1850 points.

Now you could say well they are offering box sets that are a great starter but for around $300 you are still not at a common point level. With a game that plays better starting at 1500 points and going up, a good army is going to cost you around $500 and that is a non-horde army. This is one of the big complaints with Games Workshop is this huge cost to entry. People can drop around $50 for any Privateer Press starter set. This is a little easier to swallow when trying out a new game, and much easier for younger players to enter. The local game meta here in Cleveland is seeing a dramatic gain in the Warmachine and Hordes. With models that are used in a multitude of games from table top war gaming to table top role playing the choice for many local players is clear.

We have had more inquiries from people about our involvement with Privateer Press than Games Workshop. We play both but lately our group is leaning more towards Warmachine and Hordes. We hope Games Workshop takes notice and adjusts.

Cleveland keep the games going.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Same book different size

Games Workshop just recently release Warhammer 40,000: The Rules and of course they gave it to us exclusively on the Apple iPad (never mind Kindle and Android users, we don't matter) and they gave us a hard bound physical copy. When good old 6th edition was release they did give us two options for a rule book, the first one was just the hard cover rulebook and the other was the smaller rule book that came in the Dark Vengeance box set.

But now we get a new smaller rulebook "built for the gamer" well, shouldn't we have got this when 6th edition first came out? I love the fluff to the game, but why would we need another release of the same book that is just smaller? And if you were one of those players who had to have the new Dark Vengeance box set you already got a smaller copy of the rules. And for the price this small book comes in at $49.50 USD which is a little high for a rulebook and a smaller one at that.

Overall this book isn't worth the money especially for a game that is very expensive to play, if you need a rule book my suggestion is to buy a Dark Vengeance box set take the rule book and eBay the models, I did it and I actually turned a slight profit selling the pieces of the box set as units on eBay and kept the rulebook for myself.