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What have your experiences been like in pick up and play matches at your local GW? What has been the general attitude and match fun?
The last two times I ventured up to Dublin were overwhelmingly positive experiences. The first time I faced a guard playing a blob army, which was hilarious. 20 'ardboyz took out EVERYTHING (nearly.)
The second time I played a match against 'crons and wolves, which was one of the hardest and closest fights I've ever had. (I lost)
Both times the staff, atmosphere and opponents were all great. It made me proud to be a member of the 40k-verse.
I'm interested in knowing if everyone enjoys trips to their GW's as much.
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I visit my local gw all the time, the two managers that are their at the moment are great and make the game fun, the other regulars are great, we all play with armies of different types, allowing proxies and unpainted (unless tournament) we even use forgeworld stuff and rules for fun games. Think they are great!
I went to a GW in Houston, Tx a year or two ago. Overall, my experience wasn't half bad. They had organized an apoc event that day, and the store was full of people playing in that and ogling over some of the larger FW models.
I was traveling at the time, so didn't have any models with me, but I did have a good chat with a guy that was also passing through about our respective armies and such.
Nothing crazy, but a decent time that I would expect going to the local gaming store. There were other stores in Houston that I enjoyed going to more, though.
6 years ago, the manager of my local Hobby Store drove away all the regulars, but then he got canned when the store's sales bottomed out.
Since then, I love my GW, great staff and community, and I'm always able to find a game and/or have a good conversation every time I visit (2-3 times/week).
Basically, it's a great store supported by an even greater community...
...or at least it used to be, there's a new manager now as the old one moved to California.
The new Store Manager is basically a floormat for the Regional Manager, who threw out all the customer-donated terrain, took away the 'sample paints' from the hobby table, and set aside a gaming tables for Starter Set display (in addition to the table they already had) and another during Release weekends for Boxhammer, where New Releases are kept 'on display' in their packaging.
The store has also stopped almost all of its big events/campaigns/tournaments for the regulars. In the past 6 months, they've only held 1 of what used to be a monthly event: 'Veterans Night', where the store stayed open late hosting a gaming event and selling the New Releases at midnight.
When faced with complaints, the Regional Manager stated that the community should not use a Hobby Center as their clubhouse and 'encouraged' us all to go elsewhere for our hobbying and gaming.
IMO, the community is the only reason that many of us even step foot inside that GW, since there are better prices else as well as the ability to play non-GW games. Hopefully, they catch on someday like they did 6 years ago when sales bottomed out again without an active community supporting the store, though at that point, they may just shut the store down to spite the community rather than work with it...
...Sigh, the Hobby Center is closing in June, retiring store #102, currently the oldest GW in the US. We found out when a big reality sign was placed on the store's window by the shopping center. The Store Manager was under orders from higher not to tell anyone (including his 2 employees).
They will be opening a new One Man Store of roughly a third of the size in a fairly deserted section of the town, in comparison to the bustling shopping center full of anchor stores and right next to the offramp from the freeway interchange where the Hobby Center is currently located.
The community is currently looking for either an LGS to play at or, more likely, who's house we could set up tables in, since the nearest LGS 15 miles out of the way charges per hour to use their tables and doesn't supply any terrain (begging the question 'whats the point?').
Since when managers in any company know what they are doing i wonder?
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Different GW shops, different experiences. Went to one that had a new manager, the two previous interim managers were awesome, super nice, knowledgeable and above all fans of WH, the new guy they got... not so much. He even got mad at me for not buying one item (of many) I had put on the counter. The majority of people that play at that store are under are 15 and under, so I guess it doesn't make a difference. Went to another small shop up north with a great manager and slightly older crowd that I liked. I still need to visit the battle bunker.
The stores are walmartish compared to what they were 15yrs ago. The store they used to have in Santa Monica had heavy metal playing in the background and the manager looked like he'd kick your a$$ with or without minis.
GW is pretty good meeting up with regulars and learning to paint but I haven't played a game there in a while. It can get very noisy with the youngsters. For one reason or another we don't have a GW veterans night. Instead Tuesday evenings we have a friendly pub owner (who is also a gamer) and we can use half his pub. The great thing about having a non GW venue is that we can also play other games systems, Flames of War, Warmachine, Rules of Engagement, Epic, Bushido but of course there is a lot of WH40K and WFB being played.
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My views with GW are overall there pretty good, not as good as they used to be with the low staffing but that's something else.
My issues are:
GW stores differ widely in the approach of their staff, some a games and some are sales men with no care for the hobby.
GW are limited to only GW products which stops me playing all the other games I love and using some of the brilliant models out there.
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I do enjoy having games in my local GW, but as said the only thing that makes me want to find another place to play is not being able to use non-gw models (they don't mind the odd model), it really prevents me using my VC or really expanding my Dark elves (I want those raging heroes witch elves), the other thing I find when going into GW is a lot of them have some strange view of what is broken, like I was told by someone who has just started warhammer, Chaos warriors are broken, Dark elves are balanced, I tried to explain it to him but apparently everyone in the shop says so, as such I am just protecting my main army... ok, explains all those comps I see laying about.