For years I have played GW games. This was driven by several factors. Availability, good IP, model quality, opponents, rules standardization. I came into the hobby through Warhammer. I picked up LotR when an enthusiast moved to town. I never got into 40k.
Now let's be clear, I've always wargamed, from when I was itsy bitsy. I remember the fall of Saigon. I was three years old, sitting on my parent's floor. The helo's were pulling people off of the roof of the embassy and I was playing with my father's Civil War game. I had the little dudes lined up and the artillery was taking great chunks out of them, as represented by my chubby little fingers. So, one of the iconic events of our age and I don't know if I remember it because of the images on the TV or the little plastic playing pieces.
|I am not saying these are the same figures, though they look this good in my memory.|
I digress, but it is appropriate to the story. I've always been willing to play a game by myself and to make a game out of almost anything. GW has driven me away by their pricing and their enmity towards their customers. I used to spend a certain amount every month on GW stuff. My Warhammer collection is a testament to that. As they kept increasing prices I spent less and less. I haven't bought anything for Warhammer since 8th came out (rule books), unless it was a one off model that I wanted or terrain. That will change soon, briefly, if the rumors about a new edition of Empire are true. I'll buy the book and some models. I don't know how much I'll be playing though.
During this time I kept expanding my LotR collections. The armies are pretty cheap and you don't need a ton of models but you have lots of options. They started increasing the prices of those as well, putting a brake on my spending. Now, with the latest repackaging of their boxes resulting in an approximate 33% price increase, I've stopped. I'll fill out the armies I have, but I'm done adding to the collection.
This is not a rant about GW pricing. It is what it is. This is just a retrospective of my thought processes. My lack of enthusiasm was born, largely, out of feeling victimized. GW was leaving me feeling like I was getting taken advantage of. I can afford to pay their prices. I don't like feeling dirty when I do.
This is a good thing. It has forced me to do something I've been batting around in my head for years. (Yes, sometimes I can avoid doing what the voices tell me, for awhile). This year I'm exploring new rule sets, (finally I get to the point). I've already bought Hail Caesar, and I like what I see. That will lead to me buying Black Powder at some point. I'm also going to pick up Saga from Gripping Beast and TooFatLardies are working on, what looks like, a fun rules set for dark age gaming.
|Not my fleet, but nicely painted.|
So, this year I'll be trying out a bunch of different rules. I'll buy a few miniatures for the systems and see how it goes. I'm excited to, finally, be branching out into new realms. Thanks, GW, for kicking the crutch out from under me. The school yard bully has set me free.