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I am very very curious to know what you think miniature war gaming will be like (assuming it survives, and that it bears the same name) in 50 years technology-wise? Basically, I'm asking if you still think we'll be playing with plastic army men by then. I would say what I think it would be like, but I'll let you make your own uninfluenced decision...
I doubt we would need "plastic army men."
Maybe the hobby will endure as it is now (simply because some people enjoy painting and modeling) but my guess is that it will branch off. Think RTS games like Starcraft and DoW only in 3 dimension with holograms.
I was at Universal last week touring one of the studios and the projection tech they have is amazing. They can create a perfect hologram of a person so sharp that you have to compare it to the actual people in the room just to determine where the illusion ends.
The only downside is that the projection has to be done behind glass.
We may not "need" plastic army men (really we don't need them now), but there will always be a market for these hobbies.
The hobby is more than just gaming - many people enjoy the painting and modelling aspects of it more than they enjoy the gaming aspect.
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It'll be the same as now but you'll go to GW in a flying car.
No more NG spearmen, thanks! Now I need some pump-wagons!
We don't "need" it now, there are computer games of much greater depth, yet we still choose little plastic men. The technology behind the models will surely change. To look at the original line of pewters compared to all thats out now shows you that technology has brought it a long way, but hasn't replaced the fundamentals of the hobby.
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Actually you guys have a valid point.
We'll still probably be playing with miniatures... but possibly from the comfort of our own home? We'll be able to sit at our gaming tables in the garage and play with opponents from across the pond... even though it would appear it was their in person...
loveless= amazing idea, maybe warhammer live? like xbox live, but you still use miniatures
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In 50 years time I'll be Emperor of Humanity and thus playing life sized versions of 40k with real people. Time will tell if it's paintball or if I'm using condemned criminals.
Dunno what you peons will be doing though.
I have to agree with many of the above posts. We have technologies now that make playing with plastic army men obsolete. However, it's not just the game, it's the whole hobby / personal aspect that makes this so damn worth it.
Even though the little plastic men could be replaced by holograms or something similar, to me the hobby is the little plastic men. I'm a modeller and painter, and I'd wager it's harder to apply a coat of scab red to a hologram than it is to a miniature!
I agree with Mastershake, the behind the scenes technology will probably be improved making the production process quicker/more precise but that's about it. You never know, maybe in 50 years GW will start using a spell checker.
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Warhammer Fantasy armies do NOT have Codices. They have Army Books.
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