GW Grognard: Drip Feed

Hey Everyone! Adam, from TFG Radio, here to talk about what is on my mind and what’s pm my mind is new edition (not the group).

Well, we are getting more and more information about the new edition from Games Workshop.Unfortunately it is at a snails pace. At his rate I expect them to release the rules by Christmas with the only way of getting the complete ruleset is to print out all the Warhammer Community article and bind them in a book. The pace seems so slow that I fully expect them to talk about one model each day that will be in the box set. That should last them, and hold us off, for a while. in case you haven’t noticed, I am not a fan of the drip feed method that games Workshop is using.

Now I know many of you are excited about the new edition, and I am too. Some of you are happy with the way they are teasing the new rules that we will soon be seeing. Although this is a new way for them to promote the product, especially with the use of Twitch, I’m not sure I am a fan of it. When they show us the previews, they seem to be varying degrees of information given. They seem to tell us a lot about some things, but then don’t really tell us anything new about other things in the new edition. It can be frustrated at times not having the complete, or anything vlose to complete, picture. Then you have the click bait people that try to sell you on watching a game of the new edition, or the pre-new edition, when all they are really doing is playing Open Play using modified rules with the current edition. Sad really.

What Games Workshop should do is just go back to the old ways of releasing the game. When Games Workshop was planning to release a new edition of a game they would just let us know in an issue of White Dwarf, usually a month or two ahead. They would then just release the new edition along with the White Dwarf that told you everything you needed to know about the new edition. You didn’t have to deal with the guesswork of what the new rules would be like just by seeing one sentence, or have peopl over reacting because they didn’t like a rule that they read even though they still hadn’t seen the rest of the rules. We also wouldn’t get Snake Oil Salesman that try to get your clicks by claiming they were showing you games of the new edition when they don’t event have the complete rules, unless they are willing to break an Non-Disclosure Agreement just for a few clicks. Things were so much easier back then.

I know we can’t go back, so I will just have to deal with everyone complaining about knights that apparently can move around buildings or just the fact that we are getting a new edition at all. In the end it will all work out once we get the full set of rules. For me, I’ve waited long enough and I’m not getting any younger. The sooner we get the new edition, the sooner I can start yellow carding people for new rules violations.

That’s all for this week. I hope you enjoyed the article. Let me know what you think and what rule are you excited about, in the comments section below.

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About Adam

Adam, aka Latin Gandalf, has been gaming since the early eighties and has played 40K since Rogue Trader (among a number of other games). He listens to more podcasts than any healthy person should and is currently the host for TFG Radio. He also is judges for LVO and head judges other major 40K Grand Tournaments.

3 Responses to “GW Grognard: Drip Feed”

  1. DaveSoundwave June 13, 2020 1:20 am #

    Dude, it’s been three weeks since they announced it. I mean we don’t know when it’ll be out, but three weeks of steadily learning about a new edition is waaaaaaaay better for us and for them than announcing it in a White Dwarf and then just sitting on their thumbs for two months. If it ends up coming out in July or early August that’ll have been the same amount of time.
    We’re getting a fair amount of info from the drip feed. Sure, we’d all like to hear more all the time but it’s good they’re trying to keep us properly informed along the way. And I don’t think they plan on keeping a snails pace, and even if they do I don’t think they’ll wait for WarCom to have revealed everything about the new game before releasing it.

    All that aside though, there’s probably a good reason for them to release info at a more considered and controlled pace (that old virus thing)… we don’t know if they’re on track with production, and there’s probably a bit of leeway on when they’re going to be able to ship. Might only be a week or two, but that’s enough time for them to need to pace themselves on the info coming out.

    If they were planning for a late-July launch and fine tuned all their reveal info for that exact time, but then decide they need another week of production it’d put the WarCom team in an awkward position for that extra week where they have no content. Releasing it slowly means they’ll be able to adapt more.

    My two cents, to me it feels like we’re getting rules tidbits now and for the next week or two, along with the starter box teases. Then we’ll get a peep at what’s coming with the two new codexes, then mid-late July we’ll get the Faction Focus stuff over a couple of weeks during the pre-order period.

    • Reecius June 13, 2020 8:31 am #

      Yeah, I don’t mind the slow drip, either. It builds excitement. My only critique is that sometimes the specific rules they pick to showcase can be confusing or seem lackluster out of context. Other than that I do like the hype train for the edition.

  2. Rob Butcher June 14, 2020 4:06 am #

    The “slow drip” of info is good – it headlines the changes, and gives us chance to reflect on why? Exploiters of the previous rules meant things had to change.

    It also reflects the uncertainty of when GW can safely reopen 500 stores, Warhammer World and The Citadel. The factory in Nottingham is still not up to speed and some things are “temporarily out of stock” whilst production is focussed on “Indomitus”.

    I agree about the “snake-oil sellers” and have been laughing as I ignore them. I really wish they had to pay a license fee to GW for using their IP without any kind of formal permission. I don’t see any point in Stu Black telling me at 3:30pm BST on the Twitch stream, then some non-player on youTube just reading through the article. Now we’ve got official mission packs for tournaments, official gaming surfaces coming from GW, official clothing merchandise from GW the “snake-oil sellers” are getting squeezed out.

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