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Could this be the beginnings of something bigger? Considering the fringe notion that Blizzard borrowed from GW some of the elements of Starcraft, should this be of huge concern for GW? When Blizzard commits to something, there isn't much that can stop them. I wonder what GW can/will do to meet the challenge of the megalith that is Blizzard.
Karmoon: "well.. any kore = good kore" 12:35pm PST 23 May 2007
Pre-painted stuff is no fun. No cookie from me. 5th or not, I am sticking with 40K for now...
I think chances are pretty good that, while these minis will sell well, they may go the way of D&D minis - that being people buying the figures and not playing the game. I am amused to see McVey putting his name on this one though. He's had his fingers in a few pots lately.
Pre-painted minis, IMO, don't draw people into a game as well as regular figures. I don't think this will be any greater competition for GW than Heroclix or HeroScape is, especially being based around small parties and not armies.
I think it is an interesting idea, but it is certainly more akin to heroclix than any GW game, so I wouldn't be feeling too worried about it if I was a GW exec.
I agree with Cyric, they may sell well for a bit, but the quality of the models is nothing compared to GW (or similar companies, Rackham, PP etc etc), and the game concept is totally different, and they lack the 'craft' element of the hobby.
My prediction is that people will buy them for a bit (it is Warcraft after all), then they will get thrown away when the novelty wears off...
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Eh, somehow I don't think a product whose homepage includes a FAQ that begins with "What is a miniatures game?" is exactly competing for the same market share as GW. If anything it might be a good 'gateway' product that gets the attention of people who then get interested in 'real' table top games.
Not a fan of the prepainted minis either. It makes the product 'just a game' in my opinion. GW doesn't push the hobby aspect so hard and require painted minis to use in the store just to sell you marked up paint. People who get into building and painting models and find it's a rewarding way to spend their time are the ones who stick around for a lifetime.
I'm happy for this. I think if anything that it will serve as a simpler gateway into the upper level of wargaming for a few.
One should note that Collectible Miniature Games (comes in boosters and packs, pre-painted and the like. CMGs, simply) have another crowd and target group of people for their games. Most of those that collect CMGs does not practice miniature wargaming as a hobby, and vice-versa.
This targets a niche-group of people, and like the WoW board game, RP and CCG, it will not sell much beyond this niche group.
Pre painted AND they look like crap, i think this'll be just as fringe as the WOW boardgame and the WOW ccg.
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It wont affect GW in the slightest, pre made and pre painted?? the whole point of WH is to make and paint, the whole hobby aspect is lacking in the WoW minis.
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