Something funny happened in 2015.....Fantasy Wargaming on Twitter died!.
Now I'm sure that there will be those who say "Pete, that's not true....it just as alive and well as it always was". But it's not. You are deluding yourselves.
The death of Fantasy Wargaming on Twitter began in late 2014. I'm pretty sure that you can tie the date to the release of "Nagash", the first of the End Times' books. Prior to this there had been a vibrant and international FW Twitter community. After this date the arguments started.
Was it "Official" or a "Campaign Supplement"? Did you have to ask your opponent's "permission" to bring 50% Lords to a pick up game or tournament? "TOs, what are you going to do?"
From there things just got worse. A brief lull while "Glottkin" got released and then along came "Khaine". Remember the Magic system and the variant lists. I went to Adepticon last year and all Elves had evolved into the Host of the Eternity King.
And Twitter raged.
The last two ET books were largely ignored though Archaon did introduce totally unbound armies. People by this stage were raged out....or so they thought.
It was early in 2015 that the first round bases were sighted. And then the Gates of Hell started to open....
The first half of 2015 was categorised by guess and counter guess as to what 9th would bring. Little did we all know, there was no 9th Ed. As 4 July 2015 drew closer, more and more information leaked (and/or was made up). I remember the first Twitter links to the Age of Sigmar PDF, quickly followed by the Warscrolls.
Four pages! No points! Twitter raged.
And then the Twitter schisms formed. Trolls trolled, then trolled some more. People bit and then feasted on the bait.
"Unfollow" was suddenly the new black. And a lot of us walked away.
I go back every now and then and have a look around but the Fantasy Wargaming community that was is no more. It's been replaced by splintered groups each following their respective interests be it AoS, Oldhammer, 8th, 9th Age or KoW. All are smaller than what there was.
Personally I started to leave at the start of 2015. I generally just used it to push blog content. Why? Well it is a horrible time trap and like wider world Twitter it was increasing becoming bitchy and populated by trolls (not me of course).
Still for awhile at least, if you were a Fantasy wargamer, Twitter was the place to be.