Friday, June 15, 2012

We're Not in Macragge Any More...

So, after being busy the past two weeks with the fun things that come along with being a responsible adult, I've finally put some time aside to do one of my favorite things on the internet.  Moan and bitch about something that I can't invariably control, but want people to know my opinion.

Post pic says it all.  I would like to start with first saying, I have no problem with paying a natural price increase that reflects one of the following:

1.  An increase in the quality or quantity of an item
Example:  Models are being produced in higher quality material and/or a higher quality mold    process is being used.

2.  A natural increase due to inflation or an increase in materials/delivery/etc

GW decided to simply jack prices because they could.  You justify a 15% increase in the price of tanks how?  How does a Whirlwind now cost $58?  You're telling me that it cost as much to produce the unique missile launcher sprue as the three sprues that come with a predator?  Arbitrary price increases piss people off, me included. 

Secondly, having read through some of the "leaked" rules and fluff I have to say I like some of it, hate some of it.  Take the leaked info with a grain of salt, because it is always comes from a guy who knows this guy he went to bible camp with who was special friends with the camp counselor who is the pizza delivery boy for the guy who stocks pop at the GW vending machines.

The one piece of fluff that has me seeing blue, is the fluff about allies, primarily this:

At a time before right before the Horus Heresy the Emperor had intrusted Roboute Guilliman in the protection of one Xenos race that was completely immune the temptations of Chaos and would prove the ultimate key to the destruction of Chaos. The Horus Heresy ended such plans. Fast forward today with discovery of these lost correspondences, it is believed by the Ultramarines and others that the Tau are that lost race. So now instead of being charge with their destruction the Astartes are the Tau protectors.

ARE YOU F'ING SERIOUS?  This is the most illogical load of BS I have ever read in the 40K universe.  Let me look this apart summarily:

i.  Before the Horus Heresy, so somewhere around the 30th millenia, the Tau hadn't even been discovered by the Imperium.  First contact occurred during the 35th millenia, and at that time they were nothing more than cave dwellers.  So, shave 5,000 years off that first initial reported contact and tell me how developed the Tau would have been?  Fire was probably a breaking advance for them.

ii.  The Tau project an almost non-existent presence in the Warp.  Assume the Emperor was searching, for whatever reason, for some mystical tool to use against Chaos.  How does he find the Tau?  If they project no presence in the Warp, at the most a vague shadow, how does the Emperor divine their location?

iii.  During the 200 years that the Great Crusade lasted, at what point did the Emperor manage to take Roboute aside and say, "Hey, I know you're really busy right now, but I need you to babysit this race of aliens who are so undeveloped at this time they don't know what the wheel because at some future point they might be useful.  I know you have a lot going on with this whole Crusade thing and your Ultramarines, but if you could do this solid for me, really appreciate it."

The only reason they would do this is to make more money.  Given the fact that GW is so utterly anal about protecting the canon lore, are you telling me they are will to take a shit on nearly 30 years of story to make more money?  When the Imperium credo for the entire existence of the game has been, "Kill, kill the xenos!", not sure how you can randomly change that because you think you'll dupe people into buying another "allied" amry.