Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Of Bitz and Pieces

Not much to report on the actual modelling side of things, sadly, but I thought I'd do an update with some odds and ends that I need to do something with.

Hobby time is still limited after the move across country, mainly with prepping the family households for winter - repairs made, gardens shut down, winterizing homes, and finishing up any last minute warm-weather projects for the year. With winter on the way, I should have more free time for hobby during the upcoming cold months, but that's tempered by the fact I've already started compiling a list of winter projects on top of hobby plans and my writing work schedule, so no hibernation this season. But, I should be able to start working on some new Inquisimunda stuff soon. Now if I only had someone to play with...

Speaking of which, I recently went to my local game shop and a GW store that had sprung up in town since I had left for California in 2001. I went for two purposes: to pick up some bitz for gangs and Blood Bowl teams, and to get a feel for the current gaming community. Not surprisingly, both the various 'Munda incarnations and Blood Bowl are rarely seen anywhere, so I have a bit of work to do to find or develop some local players.

But that's not the saddest part.

Now, I don't mean to go off on a big rant, and I think there are some GW staffers who may read this blog from time to time, and I don't want to ruffle feathers or step on toes here - Games Workshop is what I've made my gaming choice since the late 80's, and it has become the stick by which I measure my gaming interests - and I also know that the 'Munda games and Blood Bowl are old games that are not supported for business reasons that are GW's decisions alone, to which I hold no grudges. However...when I went into the non-GW shop to see if there were any players or interest in playing either of those two games, I was told ask around and was encouraged to post a notice and go on the store's message board to start a community for those rarely played games. When I went into the GW, I was told that I should go to the other store to get people to play those two games...games that GW still owns. In fact, the gent behind the counter actually apologized that he couldn't help me, and that as much as he'd like to play those games himself, they weren't allowed to support the playing of dead games in the store. That saddens, and confuses me at the same time for a couple of reasons.

Firstly, while I understand that GW's focus is to support the sales of 40K and AoS, I find it a strange tactic to actually push people away from the store, and away from the chance that their interest in some of the older, smaller games might translate into interest for their flagship titles. You're literally telling people to go away and play at another store that has hundreds of other gaming options for them to have a chance at showing interest in.

Secondly, if one of your primary interests as a company is to sell miniatures, why would you not want people in your store to buy miniatures for games that are not only yours, but whose players tend to spend large chunks of money on parts for their teams and warbands, of which most players of either game are constantly trying to complete the entirety of, or are constantly building new ones of? The GW worker pointed out the fact that since no miniatures were currently being produced for either 'Munda or BB, they couldn't sell minis to those players. To that I simply held up my newly purchased bag of $100 worth of beastmen and Skitarii for my Nurgle team and Techno Barbarian warband, and said, "What do you think these are for?" And that purchase wasn't even a fraction of the parts I need for my current kitbashing plans.


Anyway. Again, not trying to badmouth my favorite gaming company, or go off on too big of a rant because this is stuff I've been aware of for a long time now, but it felt very much of an end of an era for me for some reason. From a logistics perspective (not an interest one), it's only going to get harder from this point to play two games I love.

If you're going to let your children die, at least let them do it in the comfort of home. Hm...that was more grim than I expected.

Finally (and this is way overdue), I'd like to direct you to a good friend of mine and a fellow Creator who is running an Indiegogo campaign for a new horror writing project of his, Dark Elements. Matthew has gained some reputation over the past couple of years for challenging himself to do some out of the box writing projects, and this time he's hooked up with an artist to join him along the way. You can find the Indiegogo project HERE. Go check it out.