Earlier this week I heard rumors about GW's new trade agreement. While I'm not in the least bit surprised, I'm very angry about this.
Now, I'm not angry because I'm a cheapskate who refuses to pay retail for my toys nor am I angry because it's going to hurt the online deep discounters. I'm angry because I truly believe this is going to have a massive impact on the FLGS, the local retailers who work hard every day to provide a place for their customers and fans of these great hobbies to play. I'm angry because I think if GW gets away with this, the next step will be to stop dealing with independent retailers altogether and that will not only kill a lot of FLGS it will also kill Games Workshop. If that happens, then I'm in a world of hurt because I have plans in the works to open a FLGS in the next few years and I may have to open a bar instead.
I love this hobby. Not just the Games Workshop hobby, which to me is only a small portion of what is out there, but the entire miniature war gaming hobby in general. I may not play historicals and actually have a bit of disdain for Napoleonics but I respect a lot of the people that are fans of those games. I love naval combat games and space combat games and skirmish games and mass army games. I love painting and modelling and talking about games and painting and hobbying... I really love it all. So when my dream of being a game store owner is in jeopardy because GW has decided they need to become Apple and have brand recognition and try to be the only game in town... man, I get mad.
So what do we as a community do? How do we help out our brick and mortar FLGS? How do we let GW know they are moving in the wrong direction?
I have disliked it in the past when podcasts like Dice Like Thunder have called for a GW boycott and I don't think that would really help since it will still hurt the FLGS so I propose that we, as a community declare this summer, June 1 - Aug 31 2013 to be the official "Don't Buy a Damned Thing From Games Workshop" summer.
From the first of June until the end of August, no one is to purchase a single item from GW online or their retail stores. I want them to think their website might have some major issue. I want them to hear the tumbleweeds rolling across the floors of their Battle Bunkers. I want all the paints in their Hobby Centers to dry up. I want their share holders to say. "WTF just happened, mate?". I want them to know that we, the hobby community are mad. If you really want to buy all those cool new Tau models, feel free... but buy them from your local game store. Give your money to the people that make this hobby worthwhile. Don't have a local store? Go online and find one close by that will ship to you for a small charge. Support local! Kick the GW shareholders in their wallets.
Can I count on you or will you all be like football fans? Sit around and complain about the new rules that make the game no fun to watch but continue to give them all your money? Not me, Jack. I'm done with these clowns.
I am a very angry Syko Wargamer right now.