I was desperately searching for Eldar rumors on Warseer today when I came across a post that was so well written and thought out regarding Games Workshop and such that I thought everyone who has a chance should see and read it.
|Because they are more similar to each other than the Space Marine legions, |
they get clumped into one book...right?
No one wants new things that don't exist. So the space marines have infinity new things, and they sell much better than the ten-year old armies with incomplete and discontinued models? So who do you think needs a new codex more?
To a newcomer, to a confused mother at christmas time, any marine army is the one they play in a different color. A unit of tactical marines is a unit of tactical marines, no matter the color. Bolters, power armour, ten in a box. They need a rhino or a razorback. Maybe you'll pick up a dreadnought, or some terminators. How about a land raider? There are so many copy-pasted units shared through [Space Marine] armies that every 'unique' army buys the same generic kit. Do you think the Iyanden Eldar need to buy Monoliths? How about the Imperial Guard, how many Carnifexes do you suppose the average army contains? None, because they're totally different armies. That's why they have totally different books.
|My attempt at supplementing the author's points with photoshopped |
Why couldn't the thunder wolf cavalry have been included in the vanilla codex? Surely the Salamanders might have some sort of reptilian equivalent. What about all the named razorback and predator variants? Why do they need five separate books instead of a similarly lovely two-page spread like the half-dozen types of Leman Russ [in the IG codex]? There is literally a book filled with the variations on daemon types. How exactly, then, can the CSM army make due with two statlines to technically represent any of those daemons, but the types of land speeder are so unbearably different that one book cannot contain them?
At the end of the day, the general opinion seems to be that if any army was given half the attention of the Space Marines, they'd do just as well. Look how well-received the Dark Eldar were, or how many Guardsmen appear in tournaments now. And of course, when yet another space marine army with the same slightly varied units gets another six month spotlight, it breeds annoyance amongst the players who didn't realize they were buying the 'wrong' [Space Marine] army when they started.
|Space Marine players keep cutting in line to|
get their new codexes!
|GW doesn't like to support the Xenos armies =(.|
To summarize, when someone shows up on the forums with a rumor from 'their good drinking buddy who happens to be in GW's inner circle', people want to hear it. When it's something that makes the players stop and say 'that's stupid, tell your drinking buddy to tell GW', it's cool, because hey, GW cares, right? Feedback from the community is their reward for keeping players in the loop - it helps develop better products and a better game. But when it's been a dark ten years and GW can't even pretend to care, that drinking buddy clearly isn't explaining 'it' right, and people start to get unruly. " -Grot from Warseer