GW: Warhammer Community Site Coming

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Come see the latest info from GW on a new website just for you – coming soon.

via Warhammer 40,000 (facebook)

“We have something on the way next week, we think you’re going to love:
A new website, which will be the home of the Warhammer Community on the web, with content for every one of you, no matter what corner of the Warhammer hobby you’re interested in.

We’ll have more news for you soon, so stay posted…”

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There was talk of a new GW backed community site coming several months back and it would appear this is it: Warhammer Community.

Note the Aquila and Age of Sigmar motifs on the graphic.

GW has been without a company forum for well over a decade. It was in fact the removal of the original GW forums that led to the rise of the big 40K forums starting with Portent, and including Warseer and DakkaDakka.

 

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GW’s Community page – circa 2001

Still this announcement merely says Warhamer Community is a “new website” without specifying forums. There has been opposing approaches to community by the major players in the industry recently.

Privateer Press and FFG both have robust company forums that are well moderated and cover all of their product offerings. On the other hand within the last year Wizards of the Coast shuttered the decade old official Dungeons & Dragons forums in favor of a fully social-media engagement model.

It will be interesting to see what GW is planning.

~ Have fun speculating folks!

 

  • Zingbaby

    With my recent faith in humanity obliterated, I don’t see this going much better than their previous attempts.

    • kingcobra668

      Drama.

      Queen.

      • Zingbaby

        You must not remember the previous GW forums, back when people still loved GW… it, was, ugly.

        And we just gave Emperor Palpatine the keys to the galatic empire.

        • kingcobra668

          I remember. I was a hugely active member of that community.
          I remember the toxic environment and don’t blame gw for closing them and waiting this long to bring them back.
          It does not change the fact that you are overly dramatic. Just like everyone that constantly loses and regains their “Faith in humanity” as often as they have a bowel movement.

          • Zingbaby

            Yeah I think you clearly just don’t understand the American political process. Even if you like the D, he will come into power with ALL 3 BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT, essentially meaning zero checks and balances. If EVER there was a time to lose faith in humanity – it’s now.

          • GiftoftheMagi

            My wife is a foreigner and my baby bi-racial. Some jerk not less than 3 hours ago called her a “porch monkey” today and one idiot flashes a gun at my daughter.

            Yeah. I think Zing here is under-reacting.

          • Eric Buchanan

            @GiftoftheMagi:disqus Those things wouldn’t have happened if someone else won? I’m not happy about the result, but fear mongering helps nobody.

          • GiftoftheMagi

            It’s not fearmongering if it really happened. No I am not happy with the result, but I’m less happy about the reactions to the result. We have protests and riots in 8 major cities now, at least eight suicides, and several reports of people being threatened with violence due to not being white, which now includes my daughter. I don’t want to vent on this site, but don’t kid yourself into thinking everything is fine right now.

          • Eric Buchanan

            Can you answer the question though, Do you think that would have happened if Hillary was elected? That’s why I call it fear mongering, what happened to your wife and daughter is probably not the result of Trump being elected 12 hours beforehand, but rather years and years of problems in America create by people in both parties. Last night election didn’t birth the bigot that demeaned your wife, nor did it give poor self confidence to the guy that flashed his piece.

            I can’t find a single report of “riots” occurring, just protests, in 7 cities. Suicide is a sad and terrible thing, but those people chose that. I also haven’t seen any of the reports about threats that you mention as well. Do you have some sources?

            And just so we are clear I didn’t vote for Trump.

          • Ucheny .

            Either way – current events is the result of previous decades.
            D.T. is done nothing (as president) yet.
            The rage is already in the society. It’s not the trump who created this divide – he is just the emodiment of what was already there.
            It’s not he who spawned the racism/sexism etc.
            He is just the resulst of previous rulers failure.
            Not just Obama or Hillary.

            So instead of scapegoating just take life in your own hand.

          • Zingbaby

            I think maybe you meant to reply to kingcobra668? …in either case I agree, if you’re not freaking out even a little you’re probably just not very intelligent.

          • Eric Buchanan

            Now your insulting people’s intelligence because they don’t agree with you? When you look in the mirror, do you see a terrible toupee and spray tan?

          • Zingbaby

            You’re welcome to your opinion, even if it’s wrong.

          • Hawt Dawg

            Looks like he is spot on.

            But keep swallowing the bait of the super rich.

        • Drpx

          That Death Star created a lot of jobs.

  • Roger Cowley

    Could this be part of the re-branding from “Games Workshop” to “Warhammer” the same way the stores are being re-branded?

    • Possibly, though at the glacial rate the retail rebranding is happening, it could be another decade before the switch completes.

  • GiftoftheMagi

    The GW forums were among the most toxic I had ever seen, made worse by lackluster moderation and a company that seemed not to care about the community.

    However, this year it does seem like GW has gotten back on track. Their Warhammer TV series is doing well, Duncan’s painting tips are so over he might be given sainthood soon and the product lines for the last half of the year have been happily cheered for. Hells, Made To Order got some praise.

    If they continue to listen to and support their community, to engage with them, let them contribute and build the hobby with the company instead of for them, and build on this wave of goodwill, you just might have something good here.

    • Karru

      I was devastated when the old GW website shutdown and was replaced with the faceless webstore it became now. All the Articles, Hobby Tips, Tales of 4 Warlords, all of it, just gone. I would spent hours daily going trough them to get inspiration, seeing all those amazing armies and watch them grow really made me want to do it myself. Then they removed all of that, it was extremely depressing.

      I have very high hopes for this community site just from watching how they have being doing things so far with Warhammer TV, FAQs and Facebook. They have really stepped it up.

    • Commissar Molotov

      I spent a lot of time on them, too – and while they were pretty salty about GW (mainly about pricing and “codex creep”) they were also a great asset to the hobby. Getting rid of the forums didn’t fix the problem – it just demonstrated that they didn’t give a sack of poop about what their customers wanted or liked.

  • The problem with the old GW forums was that they were poorly moderated. If GW can rectify that (if indeed this new community site has a forum at all), they could go a long way toward reestablishing a two-way dialogue with their customers, which in turn could add momentum to some of the goodwill they’ve finally started to generate in the last year.

    Here’s hoping it works. Aside tepid game design, the biggest problem with GW in the last ten years has been its “fans”.

    • GiftoftheMagi

      Maybe so…but I think the fan apathy was fed by a company that didn’t seem to care. They pulled farther away from their base each year. Now however, they seem dedicated in re-establishing that base..

      • My point exactly. Someone–I don’t know if it’s Rountree or someone else–seems to have finally realized that failing to actively cultivate a positive, involved fanbase instead actively cultivates a toxic, apathetic one, and in the last yearish have taken steps to address long-standing community concerns and generally take the company’s activities in a direction that doesn’t seem to generate so much vitriol among the fans. It’s refreshing, though personally it’s not yet enough to entice me back into the hobby. I am, at least, now back in “wait and see” mode rather than “never again” mode.

        • Red_Five_Standing_By

          It is crazy how different the GW of 2016 is from the GW of 2015.

          • Karru

            Yeah, it’s insane. If you look back to 2014 you wouldn’t even recognize the company. They were completely radio silent back then.

          • It’s a good sign, though. GW spent so long stagnant and trapped in about 2005 that ANY change is noteworthy.

          • ZeeLobby

            Any change is a welcome change at this point. Still waiting to see any dedicated game rebalancing. Probably can’t jump back in until then, but they’ve done their social side a lot better.

  • SupPupPup

    The problem with warhammer forums is always the community. This hobby harbours a really toxic minority that requires intense moderation.

    • Hawt Dawg

      Odd! Here that toxic minority is shackle free.

      • Karru

        Because comments bring more ad rev, which means that toxic comments breed more toxic comments which leads to increasing ad rev. Why would they moderate?

        • Maitre Lord Ironfist

          Hate is the oil in the interwebs gears

        • Hawt Dawg

          Touché!

      • ZeeLobby

        Eh. The toxic minority comes and goes though. Warseer definitely had a pretty consistent t toxic minority.

      • SupPupPup

        There are some pretty strict mods on here. I’ve been banned quite a few times.

    • Shawn

      I’ve noticed. Relatively speaking SupPup, I’m new to wargaming, thus I was suprised to see the toxic, vehement, and hateful customers spew about the game they hate, but keep playing. Love hate relationship, maybe? Inciddently, Warhammer 40k is the first time I’d ever heard WAAC.

      • SupPupPup

        Yeah, its a strange one. I do think that there are quite a few wargamers with mild – severe social disabilities that get very attached to the game.

        Playing with figures gives a sense of achievement, control and enjoyment to people who maybe don’t have a lot of it in ‘real life’.

        When a company starts fiddling with things, it can break the fantasy and the resulting jolt causes a lot of hate in players without the emotional maturity to deal with the change.

        Humans hate change after all, and we wargamers are humans (for the most part).

        It is also is a very broad community and while that brings a lot of interesting ideas, it also brings people together with different interpretations on the ‘right’ way to play.

        There is a social need to legitimise playing with plastic figures, and a lot of players with rose tinted nostalgia of their youth. It creates commenters that are defensive and who take broad comments very personally.

        I feel this creates a unique echo chamber of sour grumping that evolves into what we could call ‘Warseer’.

        • Raven Jax

          As someone who played Magic for several years, I just want to pipe in that while Warhammer is the first time I’ve heard the term WAAC, that mindset is very prevalent in other games.

          • SupPupPup

            Yeah, though I would say there is a definite taboo about taking the game too competitively.

  • kobalt60

    I hope it will have Donald Glover and Danny Pudi playing 40k, And Joel McHale being snarky. And maybe Jim Rash dressed up as Abbadean

  • elwin charpentier

    Hell is re-opening. May the Emprah protects them.

  • Moik

    The End Times approach. Hell hath frozen over

  • Jim Morr

    Funny… “Warhammer” community with no Warhammer anymore.

    “with content for every one of you, no matter what corner of the Warhammer hobby you’re interested in.”

    Are they nuts?

    • Seb

      But Sir.. Mr.GW Sir.. my corner was blowed up.

      • Jim Morr

        It was for better experience…

    • CMAngelos

      You do realize their two main games are Warhammer 40,000 and Warhammer: Age of Sigmar not ’40k’ and ‘AoS’, but if you wanna be that guy, “Warhammer” hasn’t existed in decades cus it was just “Fantasy”.

    • dave long island

      LOL… ‘what corner of the Warhammer Hobby’ we’re interested in? I’m interested in that little corner that was known as the Old World. That little corner that effin rocked, drew me to this game, and keep me here for 20+ years.

  • Seb

    This.. this will be the truest test – dealing with the fans across the digital realm. No longer at arms length via instagram and Flickr. Having run a tau forum for a decade now, this is no easy undertaking.

    One does not simply host a site on the internet, it’s dark corners are home to more than just blaggart trolls, there is evil there that does not logout. The worldwide web.. is ever watchful. It is a digital network, riddled with Feeds, Hashtags and Memes. The very sites you browse are a hobbytime vacuum. Not with ten moderators could they do this. #folly#gwsaywhat#thereishope

  • BartTP

    Every corner… So it’s OK to praise WHFB and mourn it then, right?

  • Old zogwort

    whooo yes 😀

  • Drpx

    Posting about Chaos Marines, Sisters of Battle or anything from Warhammer Fantasy will earn you a lifetime ban.

    • Nyyppä

      Posting something that is not diehard fanboyism will earn you a lifetime ban. “Traitor’s Hate did not make CSM playable and they are yet again stuck at the bottom” is what got me banned from their FB. Essentially stating a fact that is not beneficial to them is in their minds bad. 😀

      • ZeeLobby

        Yeah. It’s sad thatll it’ll most likely just be a positivity echo chamber. I’ll hold out hope though.

        • euansmith

          A toxic snake pit is just as bad 😉

          • ZeeLobby

            Totally agree. Which is why it needs true moderators. Ones that not only blast people who post unsupported hate, but also those who post unsupported derision towards those with valid concerns.

          • Karru

            Yeah, I hope that they will allow people to give actual criticism towards GW and their products. As long as they are well behaved and have actual facts supporting them. For example, “Traitor’s Hate doesn’t really give CSM the competitive buff it needs due to very lacking and rng based buff. It also suffers from the inferior and expensive CSM unit that you have to bring in one of the formations. You can compare this formation to SM Demi-Company and clearly see that the Demi-Company is more flexible and effective as a core detachment.”

            If that would get me banned, then the problem is with GW wanting to block criticism and attempts to block all negative feedback, which is very, very bad practice.

          • ZeeLobby

            It definitely defeats the point of a forum.

          • Ed Butlar

            I think if that was the case you would be banned for life.

          • ZeeLobby

            Lol. Yeah yeah. I have an opinion. My bad.

          • Old zogwort

            Toxic snake pit is a lot worse actually. I come there to enjoy the beauty of the hobby. I don’t go to a gw store or website to remind myself that the whaaagh ghazzkull book is a fail, just as I don’t go to a grocery store to be reminded that I don’t like cactus fruits. I go to forums and sites like these for that. Ow and btw cactus fruits are horrible, they make the ork codex look like fun.

          • ZeeLobby

            But if it’s an actual open forum you’ll see posts like that, alongside posts listing the reasons why the book was great. That discourse is the whole point of a forum. If anyone truly likes the hobby they’re OK with that. If they require positivity only to enjoy their hobby then they most likely aren’t really enjoying their hobby.

          • Old zogwort

            Na not really. Lets go back to groceries. I know that I hate cactus fruit with a passion, and that I like strawberries. So when I go out with the intention to either look at pictures of strawberries or buy some delicious strawberries than I do not want a guy raging about the inferiority of cactus fruit. I know that already, and it lowers my experience.I would however be totally ok with a guy asking to package it in such a way that you don;t get a hand full of needles when you pick one up. I don’t mind someone asking on a GW facebook site for new rules, but raging why x is bad or why I am an idiot when I buy x is not what I want out of that site.

          • ZeeLobby

            The fact that you lump those two comments together is why I think we’re just on different wavelengths. I think raging about why something is completely OP/UP is perfectly fine. Especially if supported.

            Alternatively I don’t think that same person has the right to call you stupid for not raging with him.

            If you disagree with him, and he disagrees with you, that’s OK! If you enjoy the game/hobby enough then you should be able to enjoy it even if someone else doesn’t. If complaining about an aspect of the game is enough to make you dislike the game, then you probably weren’t that into it anyway.

            As to your grocery example, if a guy is raging about the cactus fruits next to your strawberries, why are you confronting this man anyway? Likewise, if you see a thread that’s complaining about issues with the game, just avoid it. The world is filled with individuals who’ll claim they don’t want to get worked up by negativity, but then joins conversations where negativity is the likely result. I just don’t understand that.

          • happy_inquisitor

            On one level I agree with you – then I realise how much I have learned to just avoid forums which have become endless whine-fests of negativity.

            Its OK to say that discuss how something is a bit underwhelming and how its a shame it is only really for casual games. How many times do you need to say it before everyone just turns off and leaves? How many times can you ram it into every not-even-barely-related discussion? Sadly there are people who think that this is how you “win” the internet – by driving everyone else away.

          • ZeeLobby

            I mean how many times does GW need to read it before they fix the issue? I would LOVE if the Warhammer forums became similar to PP’s Warmachine/Hordes forums. People voice complaints, people voice tactics, people voice praises, people post conversions, people post battle reports. The reason it isn’t all disappointment is because PP is actually involved in the discussion. When valid concerns are raised they respond to those posts. When issues with the game become rampant they make changes to the game and inform people that they’re doing so.

            The reason that it’s easy for GW communities to get so vitriolic is because GW does little to stop it.

          • Ed Butlar

            And also because there are far less people on the other forums because very few people play them in contrast.

          • ZeeLobby

            You can still make comparisons about proportions of visitors though. PP may have a smaller community, but it’s diverse as far as opinions go. As opposed to GW’s which is anything but diverse. This happens for the same reasons listed above.

        • Ed Butlar

          I hope it will be full of people who enjoy the hobby and don’t moan constantly.

          • ZeeLobby

            I hope it’s full of people, who both question and/or praise their decisions and don’t just moan about those whose views differ

          • Painjunky

            Well said!

  • Painjunky

    “Dear GW when are you going to unfuck Chaos, orks, dark eld”BANNED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • happy_inquisitor

    Honestly I think forums are so hard to moderate well that social media simply makes more sense for role.

    Where I would like to see a community website fill a niche is in creating a more stable resource for a lot of the good stuff that they are putting out right now which gets hard to find on social media. I am thinking of things like the painting videos which are a great resource but it will be increasingly difficult task to find just that one you want over time.

    Also it seems like a good home for the FAQ. Please be time to issue that properly.

  • Parthis

    “no matter what corner of the Warhammer hobby you’re interested in.”

    Square base meta joke here.

  • Hurray new “community” webstore, just what we all wanted!

  • blackbloodshaman

    Look out bols

  • PrehistoricUF0

    Can’t wait to see what they have in store. It’ll be nice to hit a site that allows discussion in an official context!

  • Painjunky

    Dear GW when are you going to unf-ck CSM, orks, dark eldaBANNED FOR LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!