With the release of the new Stormclaw two player starter, I wonder if our beloved 40k doesn’t need more new player entry points.
Miniature games are a huge undertaking for any new player. In my experience players typically have the best transition into strict miniatures games ( 40K, War Machine/Hordes, Flames of War) through gateway games like Fantasy Flight’s X-Wing or board games that utilize miniature game mechanics like Descent or Tannhauser. That isn’t to say that I don’t get more than a fair share of customers who see the terrain, see the pieces and are attracted into the genre solely by the visual aspect.Yet, despite Games Workshop’s stunning miniature line, I find myself skewed towards offering the competitors to newer players. This comes down to a couple different factors, and can be compared to the new Stormclaw box set for validity.
It’s also important to note that when I speak of new players, I’m not speaking about players switching from another miniatures game, but players that are coming from the aforementioned “gateway” games or coming into the hobby completely cold.