Thursday, February 9
Will 6th ed bring back the lost sheep?
Over the last little while I have seen guys getting burnt out on the state of 40k. It might be for a myriad of reasons. Well this morning I was thinking about the 6th edition rumors and thought to myself "Will it make a difference?" Lets see.
The different reasons I have seen people fall away:
1. Sick of the the "crap," of GW corporate:
These individuals don't have any gripes with the game itself, but they were pissed when fine cast was released and then a major price hike was presented in the middle of what I feel will be called the 'minor depression.' These people usually sold all their armies and went back to video games and other hobbies. I don't think that these people will come back with 6th edition unless GW does an amazing job with marketing and some price incentives for new/ returning players (Which won't happen). Often times when these people leave they almost hate all things GW...Which is kind of sad, to be honest.
Likelihood of finding this sheep: Low
2. Codex creep:
Some people got really irritated about the codex creep of Grey Knights. Before this codex it was a debate as to whether it existed or not. Codex GK ended this debate, it exists and it pisses these people off. These people didn't sell their armies and most likely just disappeared into their basements to play friends who have social agreements to not play the newest cheese lists. Most of these people still love the hobby, they just hate GK and power creep and what it does to their really beautiful Tyranids army. With the arrival of 6th ed they for sure will re-evaluate their armies and see if the playing field has been leveled some. They will likely return until the meta shifts with the new rules, then there is a chance of losing them again once the new power armies surface.
Likelihood of finding this sheep: Average
3. Bored with 5th
This is where the large majority of the gamers I know are at. We have gimmicked 5th edition to the bone, we all are aware of the ins and outs of the edition and frankly it is getting to be the 'same old thing.' This isn't a bad thing, it just means these players want something fresh. This player may not be gone, but they will pick up their fantasy army or war machine list and give it a few runs. They might also encourage their gaming group to pick up specialist games or some Dark heresy RPG, anything that isn't 5th edition! With the launch of 6th edition this player will be at the forefront of updating their armies to the meta.
Likelihood of finding this sheep: High
So what do you think? Are you one of the lost sheep, maybe you didn't know you were. Will 6th ed make any difference to these players? Will it make a difference to you?