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Pretty much just throwing this out there maybe to gather ideas about how to get new people into the hobby. It seems, at least around here, that there are a lot of elitists that almost don't want new people to enter this hobby ,simply because they would have to put up with their temporary ignorance. I play against all the brand new people that I can trying to make sure that A) this hobby stays alive and that the models remain affordable. I know for a fact that I spent well over 600 bucks putting together my first army (spacewolves recognize). If anyone at the shop has an interest I always try and bring a 2nd army so they can play with it and see what's what. I even gave a guy my mini rulebook from Macragge and a set of battle dice. So far though I have managed to bring about 5 or 6 people into the hobby in the 2 years since I've been collecting. So pretty much what I am asking here is what else can we do to get even more people into it. I'd hate to see it go away. I don't think it will but i also don't want the prices to keep rolling up either to offset costs. Of course that miserable bowel pain LoTR isn't helping.
Thanks for any input. I am looking forward to putting suggestions into practice.
(PS - the nerdies in the gamerooms that have had too much caffeine and not enough shower, making obnoxious tank noises and ork screams don't do much to bolster the popularity either.) :lol:
Well, we seem to have had a recent influx of Wargamers at our club, and the onl real advertising we have is a flyer at the local store that sells GW products, so when they go buy something they realise that they can play against other people, and look at other armies. If you game at a GW store, perhaps when people buy stuff, hand out a pamphlet advertising 'Games Night' or 'Painting Day' or whatever to get people to come to these events. Those kind of things are probably the best way to get new players, but more awareness of them needs to be raised, I think.Originally Posted by bigmedUsually I'm all against LOTR, I even started a thread in the White Dwarf section about getting rid of it, but you have to admit, it's an effective tool to lure in younger kids/LOTR fans to play Warhammer. Once they start playing LOTR a bit, they realise, "Hey, those Orks look different" and "Whoa, those ones have guns!" or perhaps they just like the look of those men of Gondor (Empire) a little bit better, and realise that the Riders of Rohan can't get a steam tank. As much as I hate the LOTR game, it's effective.Originally Posted by bigmedYeah, it's prety much the same at the club I go to, some people get scared off when they see/hear some of the more hardcore members... :lol:Originally Posted by bigmed
We kinda have the same problem at my Local Gaming Club.. noone new ever comes along!
However, advertisements in the local newspaper(s) are going to go out soon. ^_^
By the way, do GW allow fliers to be handed out in a GW store?
Hmm I like the idea of trying to get them to come to games night. Would be nice if I could figure out a better way to intro the hobby to them. Generally I've only had success with friend, over beer on that end. Usually they see the models, think they're cool, and then I explain the basic rules during the course of the night. Voila! Instant convert. And yes. The more "hardcore" as you put it, definitely scare new people away. The guy that owns the store around here just doesn't do enough advertising. Maybe if i rent a plane and tie a banner on the back of it.......
Nah, all you need to do is hand out pictures of Space Marines to everybody who wanders into the shop. Instant success. Who doesn't like Space Marines ?
Lol Zansibar, this i strue. That's what first sold me on WH40K. Saw some well painted crimson fists at the local shop and i was sold. I started with Spacewolves myself. After painting and assembling 2500pts worth of them in just about 2.5 weeks I can barely stand to look at them now. Although with me dipping into new mini games now it looks like I'll be painting a lot more, albeit with a tad more variety.
In our gaminggroup we have 30+ members, some play 40k, some play fantasy and we also have players of BFG, Necromunda, Mordheim, Blood Bowl and some of us think of playing Confrontation....
In recent times, we had some trouble getting new people in to the group, but we will have a boardmeeting tomorrow to get some new ideas.
In christmas times, we use to play the Macragge-game and that draws some attention, its a great box for starting the game.
I got into the game through my friends, and there are enough of us (7) that we just usually play at one of our houses. It's funny, on the forum here I have noticed that a lot of people's playing centers around a game shop. I have been playing for a little over a year, and I have only once gone into the local shop to play. And, I must say, it was agonizing for me to work up the courage to go down there for a game night, even though I am not a shy person. Why? Because there is, however slight, an air of elitism emanating from the shop regulars, and I was afraid... afraid of not fitting in, afraid I might get a rule wrong, afraid my army wouldn't be well enough painted, my tactics might be dumb, you name it, I was anxious about it. I'm happy to report that nothing terrible happened that game night, but I still didn't feel very comfortable. So I guess my suggestion is to make sure it's very, very, very clear that anyone who wants to come play will be welcomed, no matter what their expirience, age or gender.
Maybe you could put up big posters like the old army recruiting posters,Originally Posted by bigmed
THE EMPEROR WANTS YOU! :mad:
Or a bunch of posters with the different armies on them, like a big poster with orks,
THE WAR IS COMING-
WHICH SIDE WILL YOU CHOOSE? :huh:
I dunno, advertising works well, that's all I can say.