I read some interesting commentary on the state of Warmachine recently. I would link the thread here, but it was a private Facebook group. So instead I screenshotted the exchange in order to add my commentary.
I do not currently play Warmachine or Hordes. I do own figures, both painted and not, as well as the current rulebooks. I am a former player and a big fan of the lore.
Warmachine Mark I was released in 2003. It was a dark time in tabletop gaming. A shadow known as Warhammer 40,000 3rd edition had fallen across the land. I don’t care what any of you say, I never seen a tabletop game cause more arguments and almost fistfights than 40k 3rd edition. The main reason for this was the rules were so vague and so many lists were broken. That combined with a desire for competitive play and a hands off approach to the gaming community by Games Workshop led to a awful experience overall. This was the perfect environment for Warmachine to be born into.
I would argue that now things have changed.
GW is a completely different company and is happy to interact and listen to their community.
If you want competitive play, its there but if you prefer casual play then they may well be the king of it.
People cant seem to find a game of Warmachine either.
A lot of people suggest a solution of bringing back the demo teams, known as “Press Gangers”.
This is something I completely agree with. PP is CONSTANTLY putting out new books/figures, just like Magic the gathering.
If you are a competitive player, you have to constantly chase a meta, just like a CCG
A new player might be overwhelmed by the staggering amount of UPCs available
Lots of people blame competitive players. When that is all there is and they are unfriendly to new players, things are not good.
I was really excited for the release of “Company of Iron” and the models that came along with it.
I could never find an opponent or interest any of the few Warmachine players in my area.
So what can be done?
- Too many UPCs makes it hard for a retailer to carry
- Casual play is needed
- The game needs to grow
- Toxic playerbase needs managing