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Just a warning to those who dont frequent the warriors of chaos forum, someone's just posted (Chaos Price hikes...)this there.
The most significant changes for us are the battleforce and the rhino price increases, the battleforce supposedly set to go up to £80.
I don't know how true it is, but no-one was disputing it over there, and if they're right, the changes are set for June 2nd.
this is consistent with what i've heard. it couldn't come at a worse time if you ask me. at my local shop, everyone but me and one other guy has jumped ship to warmahordes. they are very disgruntled with GW, and a price hike will only make it worse. i don't know what the landscape is like elsewhere, but here the players act like little girls.
GW needs to focus on doing things that will bring new players into the hobby, not raise barriers to it.
if i ever thought about starting a new army, they have done a good job of killing that idea.
fortunately for me i have the complete chaos codex and 5 rhinos. the only stuff i will buy now are the new models plus any cool FW stuff that comes out.
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I don't think it's fair that they didn't even publish it widely, I only found out from a guy on the WoC page, and he only found out from Dark Sphere.
And I agree 100% with what you're saying, GW would be better off enticing more people to join in and buy more stuff, at a lower price, than making existing players buy less, or not at all. I buy all my stuff from ebay at the moment as so many people are dropping out that there are loads of bargains available, plus I get the satisfaction of not sending any of my money to GW.
Yes, I have to say that the list of increases is pretty eye-opening, particularly with the prices of some of the main cash cows, ie Space Marines and Chaos and their Battleforce boxes. I've been collecting 40k stuff for about 18 years now and have amassed a sizeable collection of about 9 different armies ranging in size from 3k to 14k. Thankfully I have no intentions whatsoever of starting up any more, and this decision is reinforced by the cost it would set me back in order to do so.
The problem is that "Little Johnny" can still come into the shop with Mummy or Daddy in tow, spouting that "Billy plays this real cool game" and that he wants to start too. Mum and Dad will (grudgingly?) pay out the money to keep him happy. It only occurs to them later just how expensive this could get!
I have started looking over the fences towards different game systems like Warmachine and Secrets of the Third Reich, purely because you do not need to have a huge number of models in order to play the game. The initial outlay is still reasonably significant but the end run is certainly not going to force a second mortgage!
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I've been at 40k for almost 4 years and endured 4 price increases. Each increase is more than the inflation rate for the UK which indicates to me that GW just wants to increase their profit margin for their investors. Each time the price went up, people threatened to quit 40K. I look at it this way, if I have X for money, I will only spend that X on 40k. If it buys less things, so be it. If it's not enough to buy what I want, I don't buy anything at all and spend it on Firestorm Armada or Dystopian Wars instead. What GW is really doing is stopping new people from breaking into the game. For me, I already have enough to play happily for some time to come. But I already know some people who said no to starting 40k because of cost. I don't know of any successful hobby business model that excludes making it easy to start into that hobby. I'm sure it will backfire, because it already is starting to backfire. Less and less people are starting or staying with 40 in our area and are starting different games like Warmachine, Firestorm Armada, Dystopian Wars or Dust.
Know how that goes, alot of people I know are playing different games. Yeah, we still play 40k but we buy ALOT less models. I used to buy a ton now I have just gotten some crons from Ebay for a good portion cheaper and am content to stick with that supplier till I don't need anything from them, but I am only buying maybe 1/8th the stuff I used to, give or take.
We have been getting into Dystopian Wars alot though, the $50 starter box that gets you playing is an amazing deal for how much you can get out of it in pure entertainment, once the Russians come out I will get them and build upon them and my Brits. The money is way more worth it to me when it comes to getting something new.
I'll still buy GW products, but its going to be less and less and less until I cant afford anything new, or they drop prices (which I don't see happening any time soon).