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Basically, my question is: Is Privateer Press a small gaming company with only a small number of die hard gamers, or is it more like GW with legions of players? I would like to know, as I am interested in Warmachine and maybe Hordes, as I have heard they are quite interesting. I need to know how large the gamer community for them is before I start though.
It really depends on how big/ small of a scale you're talking about. I know that in my local town Warmachine is still a new thing, and not many people play it. However, near my University, there are more PP players than there are GW players (most are GW converts). I'd check with your local gaming groups to see if any of them play, or would be interested in playing WM/ Hordes.
Depends on where you are looking. Here in Sweden it is somewhat small-ish, but on the rise. It has not existed for too long in Europe, so it is still establishing itself here.
In some areas in the US, the GW community have completely died and replaced with PP players. There are several large tournaments every year with more than a hundred players participating in the US.
Some areas have no PPers, some have very many. It is hard to give a definite figure.
It's true, here in the United States, in some places, Warmachine is more popular than 40k. The weird thing is, it's either huge, or the players at the game store have never heard of it. There isn't much inbetween.
I'd find out if there's a store that carries it near you before picking it up. It's a really fun game, but you need to find opponents. Chances are, if a gaming store carries it or can order it, then they most likely have events and regular players. I'd check and see. You can even go on the privateer press website and look up stores that carry their products.
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And perhaps look after a local Press Ganger as well. They will gladly do introduction games.
Here in Saint Louis it is huge, where 40k is almost unheard of.
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In South Jersey/ Philadelphia area there is a small following developing. We went from 2-3 to about 7-10 in the South Jersey area, and through conversation have found various other players in the area. We keep it to about 500pts, which works perfect. Most of the players are competitive 40k/Fantasy players who switched over as a change of pace and somewhat frustration with the GW product. IE removing bitz orders, new rules in tournaments. We are also slowly shifting to the independent tournaments circuits.
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ottawa has a reasonable following, maybe 10-12 players that come out regularly. I've noticed here though, that it comes and goes depending on the activity of the press ganger. Our press ganger had a long period of absence, and the game pretty much died off for a while. Also, finding a few resellers willing to devote time / shelf space for it is difficult. The only store here with a wide selection prices themselves completely out of consideration (canadian retail + a mark up? wtf?) so many of us end up getting our stuff online, which of course discourages FLGS from carrying it.