conrad at 1211.net
Sun Feb 19 18:37:46 MST 2012
On 02/19/2012 11:28 AM, Mike Bean wrote:
> I probably am. I've never actually been to Genghis Con, So it's not like
> I'm speaking from the point of view of any experience whatsoever, but I
> guess I just always pictured stuff like Squad Leader and Warhammer40K.
> Don't get me wrong, I like WH40K conceptually, I just know it's steeped in
> I can't even guess how much gamer culture, god only knows how much time and
> money people put into those miniatures. I'm not judging, I just don't have
> the luxury of same.
i can personally attest to Warhammer40k being the reason my parents had
no disposable incoming in the 80's. I still love the W40K universe, I
dug painting the miniatures, and I enjoyed playin the game a bunch (even
though I usually lost miserably - discovering the wisdom of 'no battle
plan survives contact with the enemy' many times along the way). But
yeah, Games Workshop went out of their way to extract money from folks:
the miniatures were expensive, and the official tournament rules were
full of items designed to improve Games Workshop's bottom line
(/especially/ the ones forbidding any kind of proxy pieces in play.. if
you wanted to field a particular unit, you *had* to buy the miniature
for it - and of course, all the best units in the game system,
translated to the most expensive miniatures).
This of course, sucked for many of us teenagers, who would regularly get
schooled by inferior players with more disposable income.
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