Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Sticking with the New Direction or Playing by the Rules (PGR)
As has been said many times GW loves to just throw their shit over the fence and act like it don't stink. I still remember Black December when Escalation and Stronghold Assault were both released with no prior warning or explanation... It was the "Just deal with it dude." attitude again. Most companies cannot afford to operate in such a manner if they run for profit and not supported by the government.
There was a really big reaction then finally 7th edition was released which kind of fixed things. A lot of people left the hobby during the interim. I suspect GW focus 90 percent or more of their attention on players new to the game... Think about it. They do not care about the turn over.
In my opinion they just did it again throwing more of their shit over the proverbial fence. I always promote playing the games by their rules accepting 7th edition for what it is and I still do after a lot of soul searching and much discussion with other positive minded individuals. I want to say now I fully support guys like Michael Brandt, Hank Edley and Reecius who are doing so many great things for the hobby... They carry a heavy load. They have to do what they think is best for the community at large and I know they really listen to their customers. We need them to be successful and they all have a huge impact on how we play the game here in the U.S.
Like I said above I always promote playing the game by the rules (PGR) with the least amount of restrictions and no changes to the rules. This philosophy of mine was challenged by the release of the new eldar codex. The inclusion of access to multiple Lords of War and ranged D weapons is going to change the game - no one can deny it. I'm sure there will be more of the same as demonstrated just last week with the release of the new Imperial Knights codex and that right there is the fundamental reason why I still support PGR.
I know Phil Kelly and he really loves his space elves - it really shows too. Many of the 7th edition codices that have been released prior to it are very lackluster in my opinion. It's not so bad really for the Imperium if you can use multiple sources, detachments and formations. Some competitive players have told they feel they can't compete using the lackluster codices they love to design their armies against the top armies unless they have access to things like allies from the Come the Apocalypse column. If you know me then you know I'm not a fan of CtA. I do really respect and appreciate players who are honest explaining why they need it... That is what it is - no one wants to listen to some bogus reason why it's actually according to the background for whatever reason.
I run a small annual grand tournament (BeakyCon) and this will be our five year anniversary. I really appreciate all the support from all the great people here in Florida that come out every year to support us. I also really appreciate the support from fantastic people like Jeff Wilhelm from Dragon Forge and Mr. Justin McCoy from Secret Weapon Miniatures that are so kind and generous to sponsor us !
I try my best to listen to my local community which covers a large portion of Florida - believe me when I tell you there are a lot of 40k players down here ranging from people who have just started playing to ancient veterans that have stuck with it since the original Rogue Trader days of old. What I can say for certain is there will definitely be some new faces at BeakyCon this year. It's sad to see some not returning but such is the way of life in everything. BeakyCon is held every October - to me it's just not feasible to continually comp the rules from now to then in so many ways; I have to go with it and plan accordingly.
What I can tell you in conclusion is I see the game going more towards the total acceptance of unbound armies each and every day. I could make some analogies with other games but I won't waste your time assuming you've read this far. You might not want to believe it but it's true following the course GW is heading now. There could a corporate level cultural shift at GW but I don't see it happening any time soon. So now you might understand why I feel the way I do and the main reasons for my decisions.