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Saturday, August 31, 2013

GW Space Marines Launch: LTD Codices limited to 500!

Quick info collectors and fellow Space Marines!

After a few minutes of erroring to code 37 like Diablo III, GW's website with a massive Space Marine Release has been launched

I just wanted to remind you that the limited Codices are available while supplies last. There is only 500 of each of the 7 sets available. 600 of each would have been cool GW! 4200 total. 3500 is fail. 

Before you order, I have a favor to ask of you: Can you please support your local independent retailer this time? If you can't, go to a GW store. If that is no option, either, order where-ever you want. Thank you for supporting your community!

SHARE below wether and where you have bought some Space Marines! If you own a store, post a free link with information to your store below! We would ENJOY your comments!

Read up to our report The Future of Ganes Days and Games Workshop in our exciting series! Part 5 - O LAWD there's a fire!


Friday, August 30, 2013

The Future of Games Days and Games Workshop - Part 5: Now it's getting personal

3x42 viewers at 3:42 in the morning. It does not get more epic than this! 

The Future of Games Days and Games Workshop
Part 5 - O lawd, it's a fire! 

- Disclaimer -

Dear GW Management! 

Please hang in there - just one more nerd rage post! Today is going to be 
somewhat painful, I know, but I promise that starting with the next part in our popular mini-series, things for you will be much more pleasant again! 


Galactic President 
and #1 GW/FW Fanboy

Guys! You are all amazingly hoopy froods who really know where your towels are! 

Over 15.000 people read, shared & enjoyed the first four parts of our more-and-more epic mini-series about "The future of Games Days and Games Workshop". Many of you participated in the discussion both leaving public comments or by sharing insider views of Games Workshop with me in private. The popularity of this little series proves that the subject (as always) is something we fans are still very emotionally connected with. We all seek some form of closure which GW has denied us for decades now. 

Prepare for another epic wall of text full of cat-astrophes ^^.
<-- This random kitten KNOWS!

A short history of almost nearly everything: Parts 1-4

In Part 1 we looked at whether Games Workshop's top management really sucked and came to the conclusion that - as much as some might want it to be true - they really don't. 

Then, in Part 2 we talked a little bit more about what Games Workshop's management has done over the last few years, how this in particular effected independent retailers and whether Games Workshop would be sold to someone soon or later. In summary, part 1 and 2 put Games Workshop's top management into an unexpectedly positive light (as we looked at the business side of things exclusively)

Part 3 then included some of the first signs of nerd rage as I explained why, in solving their financial crisis in the early 2000s, GW has caused a lot of pain(t) for everyone - including themselves. GW's complete misunderstanding of the customer, the market and first and foremost the Internet lead to nerd rage, closing of local, independent hobby stores and an ever revolving upward price spiral. The reasoning behind my argument was covered in detail in part 4. Nerd tears everywhere. It was heartbreaking to write this. 

In the comments to the posts we learned more about some of GW's greatest mistakes - including a lot of insider stories about the Lord of the Rings line, cost cutting and investments. If you have not already read them, I strongly recommend doing so. 

Leaving your own comments might also not be the worst idea. ^^

Now it's getting personal 

Today I will remain #1 GW/FW fanboy and a such will talk about my personal disappointment with some of the developments in the last couple of years. 

In part 6 (probably out on Tuesday), I will then talk about what I think Games Workshop should do. Free advise to be ignored. Don't miss our Birthday Bash Giveaway on MONDAY!

Why do I care?

I love the hobby, I love the community and I love Games Workshop and Forge World. Well, most of it anyways. For me 'quitting' is not an option. I want GW to do well. Unfortunately, a lot of stuff GW does is so incredibly and excruciatingly stupid that my reaction can only be compared to a the reaction of a red-faced John McEnroe yelling at the referee after committing an 'unforced error' and losing the game.

In my opinion 'unforced management errors' are the biggest threat to Games Workshop. And if you read the shareholder reports of the last few years, Tom Kirby agrees with me: "The biggest risk is us!". So Tom, we hear you can talk the talk - but can you walk the walk?

Watching GW committing 'unforced errors' time and time again is particularly unbearable to me as I am absolutely convinced that doing it right - or at least better - would be so mindbogglingly frakking easy.  But I am getting ahead of myself.

GW's greatest mistakes

Let's look at what the Games Workshop Hobby is all about. According to their own Website, Games Workshop make the best fantasy miniatures in the world! The hobby is about painting, gaming and collecting. Oh boy, where to start... 

"I feel pretty!"
The Best fantasy miniatures in the world?

Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, I won't argue that. You decide for yourself whether you like Space Marines inside of Space Marines or Khorne Demons on wheelchairs. So let's talk about something more objective: quality.

I actually agree that Games Workshop makes the best plastic miniatures in the world. Tons of bits and fine details. 

Still I don't understand why a single Herald of Nurgle plastic mini costs almost as much as a full 10 unit squad of Nurgle Plaguebearers (they basically look the same), but oh well, it's pretty, I like it, I buy it. 

In these times of Kickstarters I would even argue that GW does NOT make the best fantasy miniatures in the world. But they make the most popular ones and they have one Ace up their sleeve: Their incredibly fluffy IP. 


How about Finecast? I am not going into the as omnipresent as justified Finecast bashing here (read up more on that here, if you like), as I grew tired of that discussion.

Only Games Workshop thinks that their "Citadel Finecast models are the latest step in hobby evolution, providing [us] with incredibly detailed, high-quality resin kits to bolster [our] army. Painting and modelling Citadel miniatures has never been as rewarding as this.". I read it on the Internet, so it must be true. 

Finecast has helped GW kill the Collecting part of the hobby and turned into a full on double shit-storm all the way across the sky for GW. It's almost as if the Games Workshop management and marketing wrote The Book of Shit-Storm themselves.

The Book of Shit-Storm, verse 1:1 - Army Deals

"For he who seekest rare and shiny things in exchange for golden coin shall be denied." 

For the most of my 21 years in the hobby, I have been a collector. As we all know, true nerd hero collectors are hunters and gatherers. We collectors seek out the rare items, snipe them on ebay and think that one day our collection will be so valuable so that we can retire in style. 

Last limited army box mini:
2007 Dark Angels Dude
A few years ago, with every new army book and codex, GW sold an Army Box (at around 200€ a pop). Each army box contained a limited white-metal miniature that was only available in that box. These boxes sold out within days after release. I am not the 14 year old that seems to be the one and only target consumer that GW values today: I bought EVERY army box just because of the limited minis. Make that around 2500€ a year just on Army Boxes. And I know I was not the only one.

Today I buy 0€ worth of Army Boxes. Hey, GW, some KPI ringing here? No? Your problem. 

So why did GW discontinue the successful army boxes? One part could have been cost (design and production of the limited mini), but I doubt that. Actually, I don't doubt it, because you can cut cost on really stupid ideas very well... 

No, In my opinion the reason for the discontinuation was a combination of the wild-west online-discount-market and in particular the declared enemy of GW: Ebay

Some clever people bought an Army Box cheap from some now extinct online-discounter (40%+ discount). Then they sold the limited mini for 60, 70, sometimes up to 100€ EACH. The rest of the box was also sold separately on Ebay. Many people made a very nice and quick profit this way. And we all know by now that GW does not like that. Instead of building a marketing strategy on an otherwise successful product they just cancelled it. FACEPALM. No sales for you!

Really GW? You NEEDED to re-release 
this COLLECTOR's item as mail-order-only?
And on a very personal and really angry note: 

WHO the frakk is responsible for re-releasing one of the most-collector-sought-after-LTD-Army-Deal rare items, the Shrine of Redemption for mailorder only? This ugly little pearl sold for 60-100€ on ebay. People hunted for years just to find one.

Well, at least until GW decided to re-release it as a £6,65 item on mailorder only. Now NO-ONE wants it. Well played.

Really? This? Out of all of the limited miniatures you chose this to bitch-slap every serious collector? With THIS? Bitch-slapping without even using baby powder?

I hope the likely around 0£ sales on this crappy little thing were worth turning away every serious collectors forever!

Ebay is dead (and will be even more dead after the new trade terms go into affect!) Collectors turned away, demand fell, very few people are left trading or even collecting white-metal formerly known as 'limited'.

The sad thing is, I don't even think, GW thought about this. No harm intended. Irreparable harm done. Because the don't understand collectors. 

The book of Shit-Storm, verse 1:2 - Skullz

"Come hither, loyal subjects, so WE can bitch-smite ye."

If I was CEO of GW, I would get skullz back NOW. 
Another interesting concept was the Skullz program. THAT is what collectors want: To buy stuff you can't buy. For every 10$/DM/£ you spent at a GW store, you got Skullz. If you ordered enough from GW's Mailorder, you got tripple points! 

So, for example, you collected 300 skullz and you got a Forge World frakking BANEBLADE. For frakkin FREE. And there were tons of big and small incentives. 'Free' stuff - most of it could not be bought for money. Of course, it was discontinued. 

Today there is absolutely ZERO incentive to buy from Games Workshop directly. Quite the opposite, as it is the most expensive way to buy GW stuff. The only reason to buy at GW directly is that you don't have paypal (sorry, 14 year olds) or can't get the items anywhere else. Dear GW, if you think this is clever: DOUBLE FACEPALM. Throw a collector nerd some bones, dudes!

The book of Shit-Storm, verse 1:3 - Finecast

"On the 40000th day WE created Finecast. And the Finecast was without form. And WE saw the Finecast and decided it was good. Because so it is written. So say WE all."

EVERY finecast miniature could look
like this. Unfortunately, it just doesn't.
Again, I am not gonna comment on Finecast any more than necessary. I know GW CAN produce high-quality finecast. It's just that outside of Games Day miniatures and 25 year commemorative Space Marines they seem to chose not to. 

From a collector's perspective, I will now share a secret with you, GW: No-one collects Finecast miniatures. As in 0. It is simply not done, Tom! Make em Metal and make em shiny. For Metal lasts longer than Finecast in the sun! Return limited miniatures to The Metal and see your sales soar high in the sky.

In summary, collecting GW miniatures is dead. There's a very thin silver lining on the horizon that I will talk about in the next part.

As a side-note: Whoever came up with the excellent marketing strategy to tell their fans that GW would release a new material that was cheaper than white-metal in order to produce even better miniatures but then does the opposite by raising prices and releasing poor-quality products should receive some sort of award. Make it so!

The book of Shit-Storm, verse 2 

The book of Shit-Storms, verse 2:1 - Black Snow

"For he who believes in Our Truth will soon see that snow is truly black!"

In my career I had the opportunity to sit in with a lot of high-level management meetings. And in general, there were two types of people: 

The first type were those who knew that snow was white and who were willing to tell it like it is and act upon it. 

Then, of course there were those, who preached snow was black, because a) it was written somewhere or b) because they had no clue or c) they were willing to drop all sense of self-esteem for the off-chance of a promotion. Often it was a combination of d) all of the above. Often times, these lovely people were leaders.

I knew leaders that knew snow was black and surrounded themselves with people that loved nothing more than to agree with them. We all have the questionable pleasure to know one or two of these prime examples of humanity. 

If I was ever of the impression that snow could actually be black, my team would not hesitate to set me straight and tell me to the face that snow in fact was more of a whitish appearance. 

I listened to my team and we all listened to our in-house 'customers'. Life was good. Yay!

From my personal experience and from everything I hear and see at GW I can only deduce that Games Workshop's biggest risk facing the future is Black Snow.

When I talk to store staff at GW they often shake their head at decisions of the middle management. When I talk to the middle management, they complain about what was ordered from above. And when I talk to top-management, they just roll their eyes at HQ and apologize for not being allowed to engage in more sensible business activities... 

At GW snow seems to be black. A clear sign of an overly centralized, KPI driven company. 

The book of Shit-Storms, verse 2:2 - Bubble Boy

"All WE need is US. We are Legion."

In reading the last 10 or so shareholder reports of Games Workshop I realized that Games Workshop and it's Management live in some sort of bubble. 

GW is like a teenie-boy-group in a fully sold out stadium, that performs towards managers, producers and the media nly while turning their back to 40,000 screaming, plush-bear-throwing, premium-price-paying fans for the full duration of the show.

Of course, these fans are angry. 

And it's the same with Games Workshop. In my opinion, with all the issues discussed up to and including in this post, there is a clear and massive chasm dividing the Games Workshop Management from the reality of our beloved hobby.  

And by opting to make someone 'from inside' the next CEO of Games Workshop, the risk is rather high that he or she will inherit the same spacious bubble, that the Games Workshop management have built and dwelt in over the last couple of years. 

I know of only one instance where the Games Workshop management responded to 'their market' directly. It was an open letter by Mark Wells to European Trade Accounts. I was unable to research ANY SIGN of a direct connection between Games Workshop and the world-wide fan-base and communities whatsoever. No surprise they don't hear the screaming fans... 

If there only was a way to shut up these screaming fans that are still somewhat audible in the bubble... Oh wait!

The book of Shit-Storms, verse 2:3 - Silence, infidels! I kill you!

"For ye who darest to speak to US shall now and forever remain silent. Lalalalalalalalala"

The miniature painting and gaming hobby is a niche market. It is globally distributed with a few hobbyists here and there. 

Over the years, the Internet has enabled the creation of massive miniature-related communities. Internet Forums, blogs, gaming clubs, tournaments and much more - all organized by dedicated hardcore fans and supported by a devoted community. Not by GW. (I will discuss Games Days in the last part of our series, so please know that I ignore them here completely).

Over the years, GW has actually worked in the opposite direction. Instead of promoting the hobby by establishing strong communities and providing them and GW's fans with resources to further the hobby, they decided to pretty much take everything away from the fans that was free. 

Who remembers the old GW web-store? Tons of hobby articles about painting and converting, raising armies and sending them into battle. Downloadable rules for all (or most) out-of-print GW games. Where have they gone? Other than Games Days - what exactly does GW do for the community? NADA! And why? To protect their precious IP? Seriously?

Newsflash: GW, you can't copyright game mechanics anyways (unless you can patent them), so give us back the Gorkamorka rules! Why the hell not?

OK, we get it. GW does not engage in communication with the fans. But the fans still wanted to talk about their hobby! And so they did.

So what happend? The Internet happened! (You remember, that's the thing GW totally failed to comprehend in Part 3 and 4 of this series). Devoted fans started to fill the void with countless blogs, forums, how-to's, videos, artwork, sculpting & conversions. Hundreds of thousands of people read these blogs daily. People want to know about everything the company that produces the hobby they love does. N'Sync, Miley Cyrus, Games Workshop: It's all the same everywhere: Fans want to know and feel appreciated.

So what are the most sensible responses a company could come up with in this scenario? That's right: The Spanish Inquisition! Mostly because nobody expects it - and rightfully so!

The book of Shit-Storms, verse 2:4 - The Spanish Inquisition

Ain't nobody got time for that!
"Hark ye! Bring hither those who worship US! Gather women and children who praise OUR name! Invite those who spread OUR name! And let all those shepherds come to us who drive new sheep towards our glory! Then rejoice as the righteous fire of love from the heavy flamer of our Sister Mercy burns them to a crisp. O lawd, it's a fire!"

This blog could be shut down by GW's Legal Department (aka the Spanish Inquisition) at any time. Why? Because we SHARE & ENJOY our hobby. Someone shows a picture Games Workshop does not want us to see? Take em down! Faeit 212 was the most prominent victim this year. Gary generated quite literally millions of views of interested fans. All potential customers for GW - no, what am I saying? Not potential customers. ACTUAL CUSTOMERS! Maybe GW was afraid that all of them could actually order something from their site and that they couldn't meet the massive demand. So I guess the most sensible course of action was to stir up yet another shit-storm by shutting Faeit 212 down. (Glad you are back, Gary!)

Oh, of course, it is GW's RIGHT to defend their precious IP whenever they feel it is infringed upon. However, enforcing your RIGHT is NOT always the right thing to do. I would characterize those dreadful moves as stupid. And - ain't nobody got time for that!

I have yet to meet any business that misunderstands the necessity of protecting IP as much as the Legal Department of GW. Protecting IP - you're doing it wrong! Chapterhouse vs GW? 1 MILLION DOLLARS down the drain. Shutting down bloggers, vloggers and forums? Tens of thousands of disenfranchised fans. Retailers can't use product pictures? I gladly repeat myself: This is not only stupid, it's devastatingly counter-productive. From my perspective, the legal department so far has done more harm than good. 

Shutting down Faeit 212 because he shared a picture YOU could not keep secret? Wow, that really helped your business! How about those illegal Ukraine re-casters of Forge World miniatures and vehicles I sent you links to six months ago? Still up and running and rollin' in the dough! Go home Legal Department, you're drunk! I know where I would start cutting cost, if I was in charge. 

Oh, and one more thing: GW, IF you decide to shut down sites and products - do so CONSISTANTLY, for frakk's sake! Shut 'em all down. Why is it that small-time-company Miniature Mentor has to withdraw instructional videos, that sells in the dozens just because they show your minis on the cover when at the same time big player Coolminiornot markets thousands and thousands of DVDs that exclusively deal with painting your models? Are you afraid to pick a fight with the big guns so that you rather bully someone who faints at the dreaded letters 'C', 'o' and 'D'?

No-one will complain if - like Metallica - you implement 'Justice for All'. No-one will understand when you pick-and-choose to shut down those whoever you dislike the most at the moment. 

Only when the last blog has vanished, the last vlog been deleted, the last forum been deserted - then you will find that you have zero community skills and no customers left.  

Btw, I invite everyone to read (and of course religiously abide by) the wonderful rules that GW has described in their 'Legal' section of their website. Of course, from a pure legal and business perspective I can see what they did there, BUT just to show you how much out of touch these rules are with reality, let me quote from that site: 
T-shirts, Clothes, Tatoos and the Like
As always, we cannot allow third parties to obtain money from our intellectual property.
This effectively means that you would either have to buy Games Workshop T-shirts or clothes or make them yourself. You would not be able to sell any t-shirts or clothes that you make.
This also means that we cannot allow tattoos as an acceptable use of our IP as a third party necessarily has to perform the "service."
OK, I get the T-Shirt part. But... let's seeeee, hm...., someone with a GW tattoo enters your store. What then? Rip it off this tattooed flesh-bearer? Usher him out of the store? Put him in jail until he tells you who performed the illegal act of tattooing the "I love Games Workshop" heart with a picture of the Emperor of Mankind? Maybe the Legal Department could Audit Tattoo Studios... hm... 

A rule or law that cannot be enforced is by definition totally and utterly void. What I really wanna know is: does it rain on your planet?

Anyways, the statement is not correct regardless, if the tattoo was made for free... just sayin'... 

Ooooh, I'm in T-R-O-U-B-L-E!!!!
Devalued existing GW products. BAD TERMI!
Another Gem: 
Cardboard or Paper Conversions
Unfortunately, we cannot allow the printing or publishing of such conversions- such action devalues existing GW products.
First of all there is nothing you can do to PREVENT the printing of cardboard or paper conversions - at least I'd like to see you try. I am gonna print one in a moment, just in spite. Of course, selling cardboard models is right out, we are in agreement here. But do you really think so lowly of your own product that you fear paper conversions are a threat? Seriously?

If I had little kids, I would let them print and build paper terminators by the hundreds when they are seven or eight years old, so they will be conditioned properly to gladly follow me into our local independent retailer to buy their Space Marine Company when they are 14 - only to join their hoopy old daddy, who still plays with plastic toys, in his eternal fight against that what is Xenos! My children for the EMPEROR!

Quick question for clarification: If it is true that printing paper terminators devalues existing plastic terminators... Does it mean that if I print 1000 paper terminators the plastic ones in the store get cheaper? DEAL!

I got one more, this I think is my favorite one of them all: 
Avatars and similar monikers are now commonplace on nearly every forum or chat program that you come across. As cool as they may be, they can cause problems if the use our trademarks since we need to maintain the distinctiveness of our trademarks in relation to their origin.
If you want to use avatars and similar monikers, create them yourself and credit the origins of the IP in your message sign off.
HAHAHAHAH! OMG! I really wanna see GW try to enforce this! Please, please, PLEASE - with cherry on top! :D 

On a more serious note, I really like the word 'moniker'. Had to look it up. Everytime I use it now, I will credit you for it.

What would Radaghast say to this?
YES, GW. I know, you are RIGHT. For the most part (except for some legally incorrect phrases) the law is on your side. Just write: "We do not allow anyone to make money of our IP unless he has licensed it's use." Then allow people to license your IP. Make everyone happy, make some money on the side and protect your precious IP all day long. 

Right now everyone just looks at you with this kinda sympathetic expression on their face, though. You may be protecting your IP, but what good does that if your customers starts to associate lawyers in suits with your brand name? 'Nuff said. 

One last thing. No 14 year old (which is your self-proclaimed target consumer, remember?) reads the legal terms or is educated enough to understand how funny they really are.

GW trying to enforce their IP by making 14 year old kids not use GW avatars on GW fansites and forums? I'd like to see them try!  

The book of Shit-Storms, verse 2:5 - The Silencer of the lambs

"And those who can be heard shall be silenced and the fingers of those who can be read shall be cut and send to the corners of the lands as a warning. For WE don't need to hear or read about anything. WE know it all."

When I started this post I wanted to make it short and to-the point. If you reached this, you realize that - again - I have totally and utterly failed :D But hey, it's the INTERNET! Few more bytes won't kill it. I think. (^.^*)

So let's close with a little summary.

Early 2000s: Games Workshop is in financial trouble. 
A wild Management appears. 
It uses business analysis and KPIs. 
It's super effective! 

10 years later, GW is a financially sound company. The share holders rejoice. The management feels they have done everything right. 

Countless bodies lie slain on the battlefield of business. Small independent stores closed their gates forever. Product prices soared. The Spanish Inquisition is hated by common sense. The masses are angry although they love the hobby. They feel the management has done everything wrong. 

Using social media to strengthen the relationship
with fanatically devoted fans of one's product?
No-one could ever mess that up. No-one? Ooops.
They voice their opinions the only way they know how: Forums, Blogs, Social Media. Some unexpectedly got shot down by an unexpected force out of nowhere. The survivors seek a way to move the heart of Games Workshop and find THE ONE channel: Facebook. 

Ah! FACEBOOK! This is going to be good!

Games Workshop's customer base is the miniature gaming and painting community (sorry, collectors are out for the moment, as explained). Devoted fans. A lot of companies have recognized that Social Media can dramatically increase customer loyalty and increase sales in the short and long term. 

It is almost impossible to mess this up. But lo' and behold - GW & Facebook. OMG - GW's Internet fail is stronger than anyone could ever have expected. 

Once upon a time, all was good in the world. A fan-based company called Games Workshop had a Facebook Page. Tens of thousands of 'Likes' indicated that the force of the community was strong with them.

But then desaster struck: Price Increases. Finecast. Blogs shut down. Restriction of product availability in independent stores. Everything you read about in the last 5 posts in this series happened.

So the restless masses told Games Workshop what's what - and never ending flames of righteousness engulfed GW's Facebook Page like an angry swarm of fiery scarabs. People demanded a 'hate' button from Facebook - alas to no avail. Games Workshop shut down their 'fan-page' and replaced it with store-specific pages. Not a bad tactic, considering that everyone in the stores is pretty cool and people just don't like GW's management in general. See no evil - hear no evil. Don't say anything at all. Splendid.

The book of Shit-Storm writes: "There was commotion among the masses and thunderous noise of crackling flames of fury! All was drenched in the vile stink of sulfur and burned nerd tears. Hence, the Heralds of the Apocalypse slammed shut the book of faces never to be opened again. And thus The Bubble was sealed shut and made fire-retardant and it was peace inside. And then there was silence. Ah, golden silence!"

Reality check: There is still noise, guys. It's just that no-one inside the bubble hears it anymore. And thus, my friends, I fear the story will continue. 

End of wall

*phew* Long wall post is long. I hope it was informative and entertaining, thanks for hanging in there, guys! ^^

What are YOU most disappointed with when it comes to developments at GW? What are you happy with? COMMENT BELOW! I really would love to hear (or read) what you say! 

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Paintingbuddha Shop: Temporary Murphy

It's back in black and almost gave me a heart attack: The paintingbuddha shop :) 
Temporary Murphy

Our blog has had over 9000 (actually over 12000) views in the last 12 hours and maybe the many clicks on our paintingbuddha shop for our first and exclusive Season 1.1 - DVD Set "Target Identified" has beaten the server into submission. The server was down for approximately 42 minutes, the shop unreachable. 

The tech support of our hoster Mittwald however, solved the problem LITERALLY in less than 42 seconds after my call. Very professional guys there - highly recommended if you need a good shop server!

Sorry for the inconvenience - you are now free to go on a wild shopping spree again. 

About half of the available boxes are gone after not even four weeks of sales! Thank you so much for your support! 

While supplies last. Just sayin' bro. True story.

Captain Janeway: "Best deal in the Alpha Quadrant."


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

GW releases most expensive product ever: 10.000€ one-click-deal!

Now, that's what I call 'EPIC'! ^^

First of all: WOW! 

We expected to hit 420,000 views around Sunday this week. My mom called me and told me she watched the blog go to 420,000 views tonight, 7pm CET. I almost missed it :D

You guys! Wow! Thank you so much for your support! Now we are a little unprepared and need to scramble for our 420,000 viewers giveaway ^^ We'll do that on our 1st birthday :D

Thank you all so much, we are excited and proud :)

3 days before our 1 year anniversay we actually made the goal of 420,000 views for the year - single tear :')

Thank YOU!

GW Releases September: Pricelist

Just when you read my lips: no more price increases in 2013... 
(See part 4 of our epic series)... :/

Full pricelist at the end of this article!

Raising the price of the best selling item in the whole line was too tempting, I guess - but it's all good. Just a few highlights, you can check the rest yourselves, if you are interested. 

- Tactical Squad Space Marines: 35€ (+5€ = 16.7%)

However: The new squad comes with a massive amount of 170 individual parts. 16 heads, 13 pairs of socks, 10 different backpacks and tons of other bits. So I think it's a fair deal.

- The Centurion Devastor-Squad, btw, is 62€ (I think that is a new price point, not sure)

Saving money - unexpectedly + SEMI-limited minis?

But there is good news, too! I have it on good authority that there are new set boxes for Space Marines which actually save you some good money compared to the individual sales!

1. The old battle force will be discontinued and be replaced with a new "Strike Force" going for 165€ with good savings.

2. There will also be a sweet new Reclusiarch command squad with Razorback, 5 command marines and a NEW reclusiarch that allegedly is only available in this set deal (which even saves you money).

I don't know about you guys, but I really like this new approach. Kinda semi-limited. The hunter awakens. Mwahahaha!

I know these are bad quality, but that's what GW uses internally.

165€ Strike force

Can I bum 10,000€ off you for "Chapter for Zappi"? ^^

Any takers? (Or rather givers? :P)
Wow. About 10k for a chapter deal. There has to be something more in there than just 10 chapters. (as I showed you yesterday, a chapter is less than 700€). 

So I guess a first company, a nice scout company, tons of vehicles - Robout Guilliman would be proud of this deal.

This is the MOST EXPENSIVE item ever to be listed on GW's site. A one-click-CHAPTER-deal. That's right, not a company, a friggin WHOLE chapter. The price tag?

*** 9.964,75€ ***

The Donation button, of course, is a joke - even if functional :D 
If we actually raised that kind of money, I already know how we would be using it ^^ Buddha spirit power activated!

Maybe Mr. Kirby will invest a little here, to prove he's a good sport - and maybe - just to see what happens :D

The 75 cents, however, indicate that you will not save a single penny by clicking just once... ^^ You know what? I would round it up to 10.000€ and tell GW to buy Mr. Kirby a biiiig pint (after all the beating we delivered recently ^^). If GW was really cool, they'd throw in a free Thunderhawk or two into the deal ^^

And the last good news (I am way to excited to think straight), color-sprays are back! At least now you know how to quickly basecoat your chapter :P

White Dwarf this weekend - if you ever buy one, this will be it!

I can't wait to get my copy of this weekend's White Dwarf in the mail (I am a subscriber and have a full collection, starting at 1 ^^). 

I think this will be one of the most epic White Dwarves in a long time - you might wanna pick up your copy this time!

Free T-Shirts and big Launch-Weekend-Events in hobby centers around the world! 

Some GW hobby centers, such as Berlin 1 will run a midnight sale for fans untainted by Chaos! All kind of games and events are planned (e.g., 200 point games at Berlin 1, 666 points "Mosh'n" in Berlin 2 and so on.) Check your local store on Facebook to see what's going on there. 

I also saw somewhere that there will be free "Launch T-Shirts" for orders over a certain amount (something like 168€ or so, if I remember correctly) announced - although I can't find that post anywhere anymore... Maybe it was just a sweet dream, so don't sue me ^^

In any event, I think if you ever plan to go to a Games Workshop store, this will be the weekend to go ^^. 

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More on our 420,000 viewer Giveaway "B4G" and Part 5 of our exciting series about the future of Games Days and Games Workshop tomorrow. 


9880,75€ cheaper than a chapter -
and required viewing for those who buy one. :P

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