In reply to Hulksmash's comment to my last post.
Ya know. I'm generally not like this but feel I need to type it. I was going to type up a long and detailed post but realized halfway thru that nothing I say is going to influence you Sandwyrm. You're very obviously unhappy with GW and 40k. You have a view of the game and community that I, simply, find hard to understand. My suggestion? Walk away. From the books, rules, forums, the whole bit. Give yourself a few months 100% away from 40k. Play FoW which you obviously love. Look at it again once it's settled out and if you still don't like it don't sweat it.
What you've been doing for the last year only serves to further divide the community instead of enhancing or healing it so go play a game you love and that you can provide a positive influence on. You're a good dude but the constant whiney tone of your posts and generally negativity annoy the hell out of me. Just my two cents.
So if I didn't point out the fail, then everything would be just great? The game wouldn't suck for Xenos, GW's prices would be reasonable, and the player base wouldn't be shrinking? Really? Fantasy doesn't seem to need my help dying around here. Can't blame that on Sandwyrm. I just try and point out the trends I see and keep folks from making bad assumptions. I'm also hoping that folks will come to expect more for their money. It's the only way we'll get meaningful change from GW. By not giving them money unless they offer us more value than they have been.
Besides, nobody is forced to listen to me if they don't want to. If you see my name at the top of the post, nobody is forcing you to click on it. Though I do find it interesting how many folks come to listen regardless, and then complain when I talk about other stuff than 40K. Like I'm not allowed to enjoy other games or compare them at all to 40K. Or attempt to do what GW won't and create my own game that's well-designed and balanced. For that I got compared to Hitler by a 'friend'. Hitler? Really? Seems pretty harsh to me for trying to help out a community I love by doing unpaid work.
Why do I continue to talk about 40K anyhow? Ever think about that? We don't have advertisers, so we're not chasing hits; and nobody ever sends us free stuff. Hmmnnn... must be love. After all, 40K has been part of my life, off and on, for oh... 23 years now. Fantasy too. I complain and criticize because I care dammit. If someone was taking something or someone you've loved and contributed to for 20 years and slowly destroying it for profit, you'd be a little cranky too. Especially when I can remember how DAMN GOOD a company GW used to be in the late 80's and early 90's. What Battlefront and Privateer are now, they were back then. The most professional company in the business by far. With the best products on the market.
How many hours have I spend assembling, painting, and playing 40K and Fantasy over the years? How much money have I spent? God knows. But I think that investment gives my a right to speak up when it's invalidated on a regular basis in the name of corporate profits. Battlefront didn't make me go out and buy crap-loads of new stuff to keep playing competitively when Flames of War was updated. So why should GW? Just to keep this mindless beast of a company fed? We, the players, should expect better from them. If they expect us to pay more for less, then I'm going to call them on it.
So no, I'm not going anywhere. When I have something interesting to say, I'll post. When I don't, I won't. That's what I always do. Ignore me if you like. But don't blame the messenger when someone else is the one damaging the hobby.