Wednesday, May 27, 2015
In which GW announces a new codex for Space Marines, and I say, "enough".
This is primarily a hobby blog. Deet and I don't get to play often, and we try to keep rants about pricing, balance or other sore spots to a minimum. But, after seeing GW's tease of the new Space Marines release, and having a "codex burnout" discussion only a few days before, I felt the need to post about it.
The short of it is, I'm done. No more books from GW. Period.
Since entering the hobby in January of 2012, I've gone from seeing armies that hadn't been updated for two versions of the main rules, to a deluge of releases on a monthly basis that outpaced even the most ardent collector's wallet.
Admittedly, the new codexes (codecies?) are well organized and illustrated, and the interactive ipad editions are packed with tons of large format images, 360 model turns and narrated voice clips. So, because I could afford it, and because I believe in supporting creative content, I purchased the space marines codex for my ipad.
Now here we are, less than two years later, and GW is asking for another $60 for a revised book. It's just too soon.
It's not like the forces in the codex are underpowered, and need to brought in line with the 7th edition rules. They simply lack the model-selling formations that the most recent codexes have been built around. So instead of publishing a small supplement, like "Leviathan Rising", and charging a nominal fee, GW has once again, over-reached, and is attempting to sell an entire book.
I have over $200 in digital codexes on my ipad. In fact, they take up over half of my device's storage space. And honestly, that's crazy when you think about it. I've spent more than $300 on the rules (just the RULES!) of this game for the four armies I play. And now they want more. In what world is that OK?
So, no more money from me, GW. I'll certainly play using the new codex, but it won't be from a copy I bought legitimately. Your over-reach has turned a player who was willing to purchase through proper channels into a pirate willing to torrent your stuff.