I don’t really enjoy Warhammer 40k anymore.
Now, that’s a loaded statement. I still like some parts of it, but not all. I’ll explain.
Games Workshop has historically talked about the “Four Pillars” of the Hobby (note the capital H). You’ll sometimes see people jokingly call 40k and its related parts the HHHHobby to signify these pillars. GW is referring to the enjoyment that people get from collecting models and books, building models, painting models and, of course, playing the game. I’m going to follow this same breakdown below.
|So Shiny and New!|
Buying models on a whim has more or less stopped as the prices have skyrocketed over time. I’m not going to quote specific data points, but anyone who has followed this hobby will easily note that prices have been rising faster than inflation. This means that although things are generally more expensive than they used to be, GW products are even more so. My hobby dollar doesn’t go nearly as far as it used to and there are many other products vying for my money. In that sense, it’s difficult to justify collecting models that won’t see immediate and ongoing use.
I also want to point out that collecting can include things like the Black Library books. When the Horus Heresy series started, I thought, “Awesome! I love these stories. Can’t wait to buy them all.”
|This will never happen...|
|I hope you like Marines...|
Anyone who follows my blog knows that I picked up the Betrayal at Calth set and have been working my way through it. I’ve hit a wall. So help me God, I can’t force myself to put together another Space Marine. They’re all the same. It’s like building the same model 40 times in a row. It gets old quick. I’m tired and am looking for a little variety. Unfortunately, since the models are tied to a game, I feel compelled to stay within certain Faction limits and feel like spending money on a random model from a different Faction is a waste of time. In that sense, building GW models has become a bit of a chore.
|Now paint 99 more...|
Why don’t you just paint different things, you ask? Well, if I painted different things, I’d never actually finish an army. A big part of this hobby for me is presentation. I like to finish projects. I don’t want to paint random one off models that are never going to see table use. The end result is that I end up painting a lot of the same thing, over and over. It’s boring. It’s really, really boring and starts feeling like work after a while.
I don’t even know where to start here. The Warhammer 40k rule set has become this sprawling, expensive monstrosity that caters to wealthy individuals who are willing to be slaves to the tournament meta and throw sportsmanship in the trash if it means their min/maxed list has a better chance to win. Casual gaming in an environment where you can’t control the community (as you
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By contrast, a full set of rules for Warmachine/Hordes covering every faction is 79.99 USD as of this writing.
From a gaming standpoint, the rules are poorly written, they cost too much and they currently describe a game that I’m not really interested in playing. I’m a casual player who would rather spend his money on models and not rules.
It’s sad. I kind of feel like I’m mourning a friend who isn’t dead, but maybe went off the deep end with drugs and I just don’t really want to be around anymore. I hold out hope that he’ll be back… but I’m just not that optimistic.
I’ve been filling that 40k shaped void in my life with other things… mostly Board Game things. You may have noticed lots of posts about Descent: Journeys in the Dark, Imperial Assault, Star Wars Armada and Massive Darkness recently. These games have expansions I can collect, lots of little fiddly bits I can sort and store, miniatures I can paint and most importantly, easy, free rule sets I can enjoy casually with my friends. Most recently, a friend has talked me into trying out Warmachine. I have high hopes for it, but I’m a lot more cautious than I used to be.
|You're damn right we will!|
On the one hand, I’m a little sad and am mourning the enjoyment I used to feel for 40k. On the other hand, I’m being exposed to so many new games and aspects of the greater hobby (lowercase H) that I know I’ll be better off in the long run. It’s the change that is never fun.
Apologies for the long, rambling post. I’ve been needing to get this off my chest recently and writing things out helps me get my thoughts in order.