Tuesday, April 12, 2011

"Storm of Magic" - Don't Drink the Kool-Aid!

.......just yet anyway!

Jack posted up the release info regarding Storm of Magic that GW have envisioned for this northern summer.

My first thoughts are that this will be a lot like all the other recent “expansions” that GW have released. It will follow the well-worn path….massive hype on their website and in their stores “What are YOU doing for Storm of Magic?”, wall to wall coverage in White Dwarf for a month, lesser coverage the next month, some nice new models and then……..nothing. Six months after the fact there will be a 2-3 page article in White Dwarf and that will be it.

Call me a cynic but we’ve seen it time and time again.

Hands up. Whose still playing Cities of Death, Lustria, Apocalypse, Planetstrike, Battle Missions etc……not many, if any!

I remember watching two or maybe it was three Apocalypse games struggling through Deployment and one and a half turns. Still it sold a few Baneblade kits didn’t it? I wonder how often they are used….I’m guessing in some cases they haven’t even been built. Shame you Guardies couldn’t help yourself and broke the platic wrap – now you can’t even return it and get something useful.

What is does mean……and this is where it can be great….is that a lot of armies will get some new model love that they otherwise wouldn’t. And….and this is my fervent hope….we get more of the fantastic terrain GW has been turning out.


  1. I would perhaps keep in mind that there are other very different consumers of the GW product out there, that get a lot of mileage out of these expansions, so I'm happy at least that they get something :)

    While some of the others like Cities of Death, Lustria etc have dropped off into obscurity, there are people out there who almost exclusively play apocolypse and really make the most of these expansions.

  2. Well, I hope they finish that first Apocalypse game soon :-)

    Of course you are right......GW fanboi!

  3. I have to agree with you on this, it's just the latest summer revenue raising scam, er, campaign. This time next year we will all be musing "anyone remember storm of magic". It's highly unlikely that the games will take off, but maybe there will be some nice new terrain or even a monster or two that can fit into your army. Fast forward to autumn, the supposed release date of the next army book, that's what I look forward to.