Sunday, August 16, 2015
So I have a new initiative that I have just launched this weekend, but before that I wanted to talk about a little about what has happened to our friends at GW because what they have done pertains to what I am doing now. I have been quiet on the trappings of GW for several years due to it being too easy to berate them and their anti customer practices.
So our friends in Nottingham have decided in their infinite wisdom decided to scrap the whole game of WFB that we all know and, for all intensive purposes, love. For those who have been hunting in South Africa for the past month, the Warhammer World was hit by a nuclear bomb or a meteor the size of New York and is no longer as it once was.
What replaces the game of WFB is a skirmish game of basically the fantasy version of space marines, in the form of a game called "Age of Sigmar". The game rules are basically a 5 page set of rules which is augmented by various elements in the form of "scrolls," and has most of the mechanics of 40K. I have no problem with 40K but I don't want to play a fantasy version of it. On top of the overly simplified rules, that get ever more complicated by these scrolls, the rule of "he who takes the meanest toys wins the game" is more blatant than any other time in GW's history. Depending on your taste, the models are well done, but they hold no such drive for me to buy them. That is not anything new as anything made for the 8th edition looked terrible. As far as the old models that they were producing, from what I get from the website, all old stock of WFB is now being sold off.
Perhaps I was a bit too soft when I said that it was with infinite wisdom, how about infantile, as only kids would be interested in this drivel. On top of that GW's exorbitant pricing is back in full force in that the starter set costs 125.00. Everything else get ever more expensive as you get hooked. You know how it works by now with GW if you have been a customer of theirs over the years.
I think that I have not been a Fantasy customer for GW in quite a while as their new models are too ostentatious for my taste even before this major change. What few items that I want to get will be from E-Bay from now on. I would rather have those old models that are "not cool" any more than what they are producing. Honestly with all of this I am more apt to say "So long and thanks for the fish."
Welcome to Classichammer:
So my new initiative is to start a website for folks who want to play previous editions. I call it www.classichammer.com where I will be focusing on 4th to 6th for WFB and 3rd to 5th for 40K. I may add some more editions, but honestly it is getting to a point of where I either am encroaching on other forums in the form of Oldhammer or to editions that I really don't care to get involved in, such as the 8th edition of WFB.
This was an old project that I have alluded to for a while on this blog, and probably too cryptic for most people to understand what I was talking about. It was part chance in that I wanted to start putting together this summer, and part because I saw some of the backlash from folks who hated AoS. While not specifically caused by GW's decisions, I feel that this site will benefit from the angst directed toward them. For that part I have to say "Thanks Games Workshop."
My plans are to do much more than the usual forum that most people have. I want to try to have a method of locating opponents as well as a convention or a games day. One step at a time however. I encourage anyone who is interested, especially disgruntled GW customers who have large obsolete armies, to check it out.