An open Letter to GW
by, 10-08-2010 at 03:34 PM (827 Views)
Dear games workshop.
I have been collecting your range of Fantasy and Science fiction miniatures for over a decade. It is a hobby I have loved since a teen and I thank you for introducing me to the world of wargaming. Your range of miniaures and detail in them are amazing. But your raising of prices has to stop.
I have defended GW many times but I operate a 'three strikes and your out' policy and sadly GW has now passed that. Here are the 3 major events that have resulted me in leaving this hobby, or more specifically the Citadel range of products.
strike 1 - When the Tau were released myself and 2 friends collectively spent over £600 in a GW on the new Tau megaforces, battleforces and boxes. We asked could we have a few brushes each and were told no. Surely after spending so much a £2 'freebie' isnt unreasonable.
strike 2 - When the tyranids were released about 7 years ago with a whole new range of plastics (including the new carnifex). At this stage you could still order individual sprues. I noticed on the GW site for sale 'Carnifex sprue A' and 'Carnifex sprue C' but no B. when I queried this the response was 'If you have already bought a carnifex you only need sprue b to be able to make a complete carnifex with the leftovers of the box already purchased'.
strike 3 - the stealth 100% increase in certain miniatures. 20 plastic catachans £15, then £18, then 10 catachans for £12, then £15.
There is a revelation in this, something I would like to thank beasts of war on during their review of the jun price increase, and it was a question they asked, and it was thus 'are you a wargamer? or are you a games workshoper'.
I do not leave my hobby as a result of this never ending increases. Infact it has grown. Games workshop has been my stepping stone into different systems, one that understands the gamer, not just the wallet they are holding.