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Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP21 Jan 2019 5:07 p.m. PST

is how the Guardian describes WH40K in this article today.

link

" Warhammer was what middle-class nerds did instead of heroin. It was just as expensive, and probably no better for your social life. A small squadron of space marines would cost about £20.00 GBP, a fortune for a 12-year-old; but a full two-player game would need almost 10 times that many units, as well as tanks, bikes and special figures – not to mention huge bipedal dreadnoughts"

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP21 Jan 2019 5:27 p.m. PST

I concur…….

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP21 Jan 2019 8:27 p.m. PST

This is the Guardian. Normally they'd be OK with heroin. But they do object to the middle class. And a hobby requiring kids to read rules and figure probabilities just CAN'T be sufficiently inclusive.

Zephyr121 Jan 2019 10:46 p.m. PST

Warhammer won't kill you. Heroin will.
Would be interested to know the ratio between Warhammer addicts vs heroin addicts at the Guardian… ;-)

Personal logo Swampster Supporting Member of TMP22 Jan 2019 12:50 a.m. PST

How many premier league games could you go to for the cost of an army?

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP22 Jan 2019 3:49 a.m. PST

Both heroin & WH will leave you broke.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP22 Jan 2019 6:01 a.m. PST

This is the Guardian. Normally they'd be OK with heroin. But they do object to the middle class. And a hobby requiring kids to read rules and figure probabilities just CAN'T be sufficiently inclusive.

I think if you read the article carefully you'll find it is generally positive, and praises GW as a good company which is getting better because it is getting cheaper.

Weyland's Forge are a little ambiguous in their praise – basically "GW is really great, but the downside is that they kill everyone else who try to do anything similar"

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP22 Jan 2019 6:04 a.m. PST

Both heroin & WH will leave you broke.

Which, of course, is the point of that part of the article. I think the general tone is that if you have to pick Heroin or WH40K then the latter is the better option.

Gwydion22 Jan 2019 6:58 a.m. PST

Well heroin isn't bad for everyone – PDF link
but kills some people.
WH40K isn't bad for everyone --- see where I'm going with this grin

I am not now nor have I ever been a WH40K user.

28mm Fanatik22 Jan 2019 8:07 a.m. PST

It's hardly the first time the drug analogy was used to describe GW minis. People (including myself) have been addicted to its "plastic crack" for decades.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP22 Jan 2019 9:10 a.m. PST

It's long been noted that they use the pusher's approach with their starter sets which are always really good value….but not enough stuff long term.

Not that they are alone in this.

ROUWetPatchBehindTheSofa22 Jan 2019 1:04 p.m. PST

Plastic crack? I had a middling die cut game card habit in the late 1990's….

@Swampster
Probably a couple if your frugal with your army choices, but quickly into season ticket territory, if not a box, otherwise!

But what about console games – a current premium title is round about £50.00 GBP And then there are freemium games…

evilgong Supporting Member of TMP22 Jan 2019 2:14 p.m. PST

I tried some WH at a university party once, but I wouldn't touch the stuff now

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP22 Jan 2019 6:37 p.m. PST

"I tried some WH at a university party once, but I wouldn't touch the stuff now."

Yeah. I did D&D in grad school, but I've been RPG-free for 30+ years now.

Zephyr122 Jan 2019 10:31 p.m. PST

Also, heroin has no re-play value…

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP23 Jan 2019 10:03 a.m. PST

I saw YOU using it Dad! That's where I learned about Warhammer!

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