Sunday, June 7, 2015

40K: Too Cold, Too Hot or Just Right?

Having to wait years for updated/new codices was frustrating.  Not having enough time to catch your breath and make a purchasing choice can be just as frustrating!

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Patience Is A Virtue (with holes in it)

I am sure that most remember the days when we waited years for updated codices.  Getting an update every 3 years was considered a luxury.  Some, like Orks and Dark Kin, seemed to have waited decades!  Add to that the fact that codex releases never kept up with the changes in the BRB.  I have a 5th edition dex and 7th Ed BRB just came out?  Seriously?  This is hyperbole for sure, but the feeling was that we were always playing catch up.  Let's throw the issue of no models into the mix as well.  So you give me a new dex, but many of the units have NO models?  The whole process reminds me of a NASCAR race where the lead keeps changing the whole time.  Could we actually get the dex, the BRB and the models all lined up?!  How hard was that for a company this big? A rhetorical question to be sure, especially given what we have seen in the recent past.

Choices 2

Unleash The Hounds
From the dizzy tortoise to the caffiene crazed hare it seems.  How many dexes in the last 12 months? Thirteen if you count Marines this month!!!  Let's not forget the plethora of supplements attacking our wallets as well.  Between Sanctus Reach, Shield of Baal, and the three codex specific supplements (Dark Kin, Wolves and Orks), that is a total of nine more rule sets!  Holy dead trees, Batman!  You read that right 40K fans...21 codices and supplements in 12 months.  That's an average of about one every two weeks...insanity!  This from the folks who could barely push a book out the door every 6 months!  They must really be sucking down the Jolt Cola in Nottingham.

Choices 3

Not Having It Both Ways
Having lived through both of these iterations of product release, I am one who would like to see a bit of a balance now.  Even though I have taken a break from the hobby, I can easily put myself in the position of having to choose between all of the product being thrown at me.  How the heck do I make up my mind, especially if I am a new player or even someone transitioning to a new army?  Skitarii and Cult Mechanicus (arguably one codex, not two) look great, but now new Marines are coming out.  Barely have time to buy, build and paint a few Ad Mech and now they throw new Marines sculpts in my face?  I also like the new Knight rules (again, arguably more of an update than a new dex), especially the new formations.  But seriously, I don't have that much disposable income, and need to make choices.  Can I have a little time to actually build 1500 points of one army before I have another one staring me in the face?

Choices 1

I get it.  GW is a company that has to sell product to exist.  That being said, there has to be a happy medium when it comes to product release pacing.  Even if I was still in the hobby, I would be hesitant to invest in a new set of toy soldiers wondering if the next "thing," coming out in just a couple of weeks, would be even more coolio than what I just made up my mind to plow in to.

Where do you stand on this?  Slow it down, keep it coming, or go back to the Dark Ages?  How has the blitz of new product releases affected your buying habits?


  1. I think the issue here is GW is responding to competitors like FF and PP. 40k has seen a lot of changes and updates (especially in the sculpt department). The great unclean one on GW's website is atrocious for its price. And now there are clear alternatives to 40k, so if you don't like the models or the fact that half the armies have "old" codices, you can play some other game.

    Add to this that fantasy is in a terrible position and has been for years. Maybe GW is updating 40k in a blitz fashion (because they are the money maker), and in the next 6 months to a year we will see fantasy start to get the same makeover. That would make sense especially with the GW CEO that came in a couple of years ago to help the company out. To me this makes the most sense, and hopefully it means in six months or so we may see a lull in 40k releases (hopefully).

  2. I find that the release rate really effects those of us who are most concerned with army power levels, and competitive play. For the fellows who are just interested in cool looking armies and throwing some dice around, this is an absolute wonderfest of amazing stuff!


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