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I read a thread this morning where someone thought they could ignore GW copyrights in the US and it got me to thinking...
It would be pretty cool if GW open licensed their system like Wizards of the Coast did with the D20 system.
I mean right now GW is hell draconian about everything, but all they would have to do is sit down and work out a non-arbitrary points system eg WS costs 2 points per rank etc. and people could convert figs, make wierd armies, anything, to their hearts content.
They could just ahev a rule that anything published under the Open License would have to give them a percentage, and that things are only official for tourneys if they are published. This means people could make official exodites, adeptus mech, anything, and GW wouldn't ahve to worry about their copyright being infringed. They would probably make more money than Wizards of the Coast coz most people can't make thier own miniatures, and they would have aot of theor work done for them by creative gamers.
Any thoughts anyone?
The problem is that there is no uniform way to make each profile stat worth a certain amount of points. The point value is randomly thrown out there until GW finds a good value that is fair and not over-the-top nor outrageously worthless. They have even stated that in at least one designer's notes. The points cost is determined by how effective the unit is in the army as a whole, not individually.
This shouldn't discourage people from making their own army lists, as most people would enjoy fighting against it (assuming they don't overpower themselves). I would think it a real treat to fight against a fully converted and made up Exodites list.
Plus, where's the profit in letting people make their own army lists? What would you use, a premade list by some guy, or one that you completely make up to fit what you want?
Everyone's entitled to their own opinion, even if it's wrong.
That's what I'm saying they could change the way they work it out. Instead of being arbitrary and army dependant the way they are now, they could simply assign a points value to every score or ability in the game. It wouldn't take that long...most of them are similar.Originally posted by Ā§ilentĀ§torm@Dec 4 2004, 13:32
The problem is that there is no uniform way to make each profile stat worth a certain amount of points. The point value is randomly thrown out there until GW finds a good value that is fair and not over-the-top nor outrageously worthless. They have even stated that in at least one designer's notes. The points cost is determined by how effective the unit is in the army as a whole, not individually.[snapback]264868[/snapback]
eg. assume teh basic score for all stats is 3, you then pay or subtract points for increases or decreases, and things like fleet of foot, invulnerable saves, etc. would be worth a set amount. If it was consistent over all armies it would work fine, and you could build all of your troop types from the ground up or go with existing ones.
I think people would still use premade army lists coz most people can't be bothered to make their own, especially as GW would still control which models they made. There are a vast number of D20 system games out there now, but that doesn't stop people buying Dungeons and Dragons. Mainly because you need the DnD rulebook to play many of the others.
I just think it would be cool, we wouldn't be so much at the mercy of the GW development staff in respect to what armies we could field, but they would stil be making the money. Wood Elf players know what I mean, and all those who are afraid of Dark Eldar being given the axe...
I just realized this topic would probably be better in the rules development forum...sorry