GW: Warhammer Community Site Live

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Games Workshop’s new Warhammer Community site is up and running!

via Warhammer Community

“Meet the team and what you can expect to find on the Warhammer Community website.”

Welcome to the Warhammer Community Site!

Since we brought back our Facebook pages at the start of the year, we’ve been desperate to build a place where we can share even more Warhammer content with you. Here on warhammer-community.com you’ll find hobby content of every variety – and what’s more, lots of the articles will be written by your fellow community members. You’ll even find the links to the very best Warhammer blogs and podcasts from around the web.

This is just day 1. We’ve loads more planned over the coming days and months, and we already have some great ideas for how the site will continue to evolve. We’ll add new features and new ways for you to interact with us and the Warhammer hobby. We want this to be a place you enjoy hanging out, so if there’s ever anything you want to see more of, drop us your thoughts on any of our Facebook pages.

Have fun.

– The Warhammer Community Team

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I’m glad to see Games Workshop having some fun with their products again. This new site is already loaded with lots of articles for you to check out an read. I’m sure you’re productivity will be totally unaffected today…(just don’t let your boss catch you).

The Warhammer Community team is promising lots of top notch content with more videos, tactics, tips, rules, news, reviews and sneak peeks. In essence this basically a digital version of their weekly White Dwarf which is fine by me! There are even new articles like this one detailing a Deathwatch Overkill Mission using Militarum Tempestus units.

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I’m all for Games Workshop offering these rules updates online for free. I’m also looking forward to hearing more from the studio vets like Phil Kelly’s take on Planetary Onslaught or Jes Goodwin’s run down of the Eldar race.

Age of Sigmar Fans don’t worry – they have you covered too. They have loads of painting tips and articles about alternate game modes for Monster Hunting and also additional Silver Tower quests for you to partake in.

From Black Library, to the Horus Heresy, to Forge World and Warhammer TV they have something for everyone to explore. So go take some time and explore their new site – I know I will be doing the same. It’s like the weekly White Dwarf only in digital form!

 

“Always remember to thin your paints.”

-Duncan, Warhammer TV

  • Karru

    This is great! Now I just hope they bring some type of forum there. The facebook is horrendous for any long discussion

    • heh. i wouldn’t hold your breath. they don’t have enough money to pay anyone that would be moderator of that … the old GW forums were the most toxic and bile filled forums I have ever seen in the history of the internet…

      • zeno666

        I wonder why…

        • I remember when the plastic skeleton kit was released and people lost their ****. $20 for 20 models was price gouging.

          Or the land raider’s 2000 debut at $45. That was also a fun rage event.

          • ZeeLobby

            Well, it only makes sense that customers would be upset at raised prices. You just need good moderators to weed out discussions/contributors who do nothing more than cry. It can, and is done, on many sites.

          • Walter Vining

            i do it on several facebook pages

          • ZeeLobby

            My hat off to you. It can definitely be a challenge, but it’s definitely doable. GW’s main problem has always been it’s inability to take criticism, which would either lead to them shutting down the forums (again), or only allowing yes-men. I’d hope they could control themselves to create a good community though.

          • Walter Vining

            on one page its easy the people are generally well behaved and the admin chat 90% of the time is us trolling each other. the other one is really hard because its all local people.

          • ZeeLobby

            yeah. local people. that’s rough, haha. No way would I ever take on that responsibility.

          • Walter Vining

            again tho, most days the children are well behaved. today I had to remove a comment from someone I would consider a decent friend. wasn’t super negative, but I did it without hesitation to remove the chance for anything to flame up

          • Hedwerx
          • Yeah. I agree but the rage on GW was always a bit (a lot) over the top.

          • ZeeLobby

            True. it’ll definitely take time to make a positive but accepting online community. But you gotta start somewhere. The longer the delay, the rougher it’ll be, but there isn’t a point of no return (I don’t think, lol).

          • Muninwing

            … except half the time the prices aren’t so much raised as adjusted for inflation.

            the incredible volume of negativity and complaining that GW endures from its so-called fans is amazing.

            then again, it baffles me sometimes that they don’t get more blowback from the truly foolish moves they make, and longtime fans will excuse their bad moves.

          • ZeeLobby

            C’mon. Regardless of inflation they’re still making massive profit margins on what they produce. They can use inflation as an excuse, but it’s not like occasionally skipping an inflation beat would kill them as a company. Plus, why not increase prices across the entire line if inflation is your concern?

            A more likely excuse. Sales numbers are dropping. To generate equivalent revenue they’re selling more expensive products to a smaller customer base. Now that I can believe.

            The divide between haters and fanboys is pretty large, but GW’s lack of community involvement has really caused that to happen. Massive rules divides where all they had to do was come in and say “this is how it works, and this is why”. They gotta start remedying that at some point, otherwise you just continue the process of fans and haters coming up with their own mental perceptions of how GW thinks and operates.

          • Muninwing

            1. luxury goods are not priced according to cost, but according to perceived value… and hobbies are luxury goods. if they were sold as toys or games, it might be different.

            2. they skip inflation all the time. that’s why the price increases look so big — it’s usually the effect of years. it is partially due to tariffs and taxes, depending on your county, but the UK and US prices at least are mostly directly reset by inflation. in fact, if you look up a US CPI index calculator and map the prices, you’ll notice that their rates stay standard in nearly all cases, with an occasional exception.

            look at Terminators (my favorite examples, being that i started Deathwing just after the new plastics came out). the new kit debuted in plastic at $50 in 2005. eleven years later, they are… $50. eleven years of inflation is about $10 — meaning that the terminator kits that come out now with extra bitz (Wolfies, DW) are actually properly priced at equal the debut number.

            for every kit that increases in price, look to what it was when it debuted, and adjust according to CPI. if it has a big increase, it usually means that the prices have remained static for too long.

            3. they increase in batches because people forget about inflation. because they would have to redo their boxes all the time. and because it’s a hassle to keep track of. instead, they increase in batches and often try to redo old kits to include more bitz — which you are usually getting for free from the old kits.

            add in too that they used to sell static metal models for specifically-armed sergeants or special/heavy weapons that you would need to buy separately, you will sometimes pay less today for a unit even before adjustment.

            take a marine tactical squad. 10 models since forever. back in 3rd and before, they would come with a missile launcher and flamer, and often the sarge wouldn’t have many options unless you had a good bitzbox. in 06 and for awhile before, it was $35 for the ten. but you might need a sarge model, a heavy, and a special… and those were two to a pack, so… you’d get two boxes for $70, and four blisters for $35 or so, and have 26 models for $105 ($4.04/model). today, you can spend around $80 for two tac squads and outfit them decently from what’s in the box ($4/model). with a decade-plus of inflation, you’re getting it for cheaper. but people complain because the kit used to be $35 and now it’s $40.

            4. i will agree with you about the fanbase comments… but that’s a separate issue.

      • Karru

        It’s sad really. Considering how fast people decide to turn into screaming monkeys flinging c*** at each other here, part of me doesn’t really want to see how badly this one would turn out. Part of me still wishes to see them do the forums though.

        • zeno666

          Don’t worry. Its very fanboy-friendly since those bad people can’t comment on anything there.
          GW just wouldn’t be able to handle that.

        • ZeeLobby

          Eh, initially, through good moderation they could form a great community. They just have to actually moderate it.

        • Keaton

          In my experience, the people who still enjoy playing the game are out playing the game. The rest of them get mad on the internet.

      • dave long island

        Toxic and bile can be fun though… Just look at our recent presidential election… That was a ball!!…. 🙂

        • Xodis

          Yeah, now that its over, I feel kind of bored online lol

          • dave long island

            lol

          • ZeeLobby

            Eh. It’s fun following Trump’s rampage to the White House. One day Sarah Palin might be the next Secretary of Interior. The next day he’s letting go of half of his transition team. He might build the wall, he might not, some of that wall may be fence. He might repeal Obamacare, he might modify Obamacare. Etc. It’s like a Magic 8 Ball

          • Drpx

            Roll a d66 then consult the Cabinet Table…

          • Drpx

            They promised us a second Civil War darn it.

          • Hedwerx

            Yeah, where are the rebel militias going up against smart weaponry and tanks. With AR15s, and Ford pickups. I was looking forward to watching that on the telly.

        • Walter Vining

          good ole uncle biden, the gift that keeps on giving

      • Xodis

        Wouldn’t be too hard, just implement it with an Iron fist for moderation starting out until most of the Trolls are already banned. After that it’ll just need spring cleaning from time to time.

        • ZeeLobby

          Exactly. Sites definitely do it. The challenge would be to see how long they can resist banning players with legitimate complaints.

          • Xodis

            Yeah, price will always be there so they will just have to weather any of those complaints. Would probably give them a better idea of what people would like to see in regards to CSM direction though. Since they just can’t seem to figure it out themselves.

          • ZeeLobby

            I mean there’s definite value. Considering that only a year ago they thought focus groups were only a bad thing, I’m not sure they would ever consider forum posts when making decisions. It’s possible though.

          • Xodis

            Well they allow posts on Facebook…so its a start lol.

          • ZeeLobby

            Yeah. I guess my feelings are mixed about facebook pages. You know they hire people just to maintain those pages, post stuff, and rarely get involved. I really like when an actual PP game designer gets onto their forums to explain a decision. It’s super refreshing (like blue posts from Blizzard, haha). That’s the kind of discourse for which a forum would be awesome. Facebook is great for sharing stuff, but it can be difficult to have any real discussion on.

          • Xodis

            I totally agree, GW needs an actual Persona to get involved and explain some things, even if people don’t like it, at least no one is left wondering “why?”

          • ZeeLobby

            And that’s their biggest issues when it comes to their customers. Even if it’s a horrible reason, I’d still like to know why. As maligned as Kirby’s comment of “we don’t make games for gamers” was, it at least gave a clear indication of where their focus was.

          • Xodis

            Yeah, its definitely time for GW to retract that statement, and they can do that and also announce their change in the direction of their design systems easily in a forum they own lol.

          • Hawt Dawg

            Oh, I think they let you and 666 stay around for a while.

          • ZeeLobby

            Probably indefinitely, as our point of views and comments are valid and supported.

          • Hawt Dawg

            True, you two support each other alright!

          • ZeeLobby

            Yup. It’s pretty common for people’s views to align in an open forum. Not everyone is against everyone else.

          • Hawt Dawg

            Only against AoS fans then?

            My bad!

          • ZeeLobby

            There’s a lot of AoS supporters as well. I think you’ll find friends here :D.

          • Hawt Dawg

            Friends on the internet. Most amusing.

          • ZeeLobby

            Why not? I’ve met some good people I stay in touch with online. It does require an open mind, and an ability to accept other people’s opinions.

          • Hawt Dawg

            You truly are the biggest pike around here.

            Stop taking the bait in each and every post.

          • ZeeLobby

            Pike like the fish?

            And I just thought we were talking, lol.

          • Hawt Dawg

            Da fish indeed!

            Talk? I am trolling, son.

          • ZeeLobby

            Trolls are people too. Sometimes they need friends most of all :D.

      • BartTP

        This. Also, they live in denial and don’t want to hear that they betrayed half of their (older) customers with killing WFB.

      • Ronin

        So… It’s like DakkaDakka? xD

        • I haven’t actually had much of a problem on Dakka to be honest. THere are a couple of people on there that like to get nasty but its not a common thing.

  • piglette

    This is awesome. GW is really re-igniting my interest!

  • Thomas Gardiner

    This all good stuff indeed, any big business will tell you the value of customer interaction.

    Also, Duncan is my spirit animal.

    • zeno666

      Sure, GW is just ten years too late to the party.
      I give this thing a year or so before it’ll close down due to people letting them know how they really feel about things 😉

      • dave long island

        Yeah… they waited so long and now look, soon we’ll be going into the long night of a dystopian hellscape… 🙂

  • Xodis

    This is very nice…..but I see a lot of content on here that I see in White Dwarf……don’t remove the reasons for buying the mag.

    • ZeeLobby

      Their job openings seemed to imply more digitial content. It really is a Black Gobbo, lol. Without forums it’s little more than just a summary page for stuff they’ve already started doing.

      • Muninwing

        i miss the old Black Gobbo articles… so useful…

        • ZeeLobby

          They were REALLY good. I remember getting on daily to check, hehe.

          • Muninwing

            me too. so much good there. and, being a good online resource, it was a great way of reaching out to the community.

            something GW needs more of…

  • Xodis

    GW if you are reading, Im willing to moderate for discounts and freebies….we can start with some Warhammer World exclusives for the people who can’t convince their wives to buy a plane ticket just to get a $25 model……

    • CMAngelos

      You’re not doing it right though.

      Clearly you need to talk her into a wonderful vacation through the quite beautiful English countryside, visiting castles and other things… that just happens to include a day or three in Nottingham..

      • Red_Five_Standing_By

        Hey honey! I booked us a romantic get away to Bath!!!

        Sadly Bath is a bit out of our price range, so we will be staying is cozy old Nottingham!!!

        It’s ok honey, it’s only a 152.5 mile bus ride from our hotel to Bath! Imagine how beautiful the English countryside is! It will be worth the drive!

      • Xodis

        I’ll be sure to give that a shot lol

      • MPSwift

        Nottingham has a spectacular castle… and all that wonderful Robin Hood trivia!

    • Muninwing

      i’d love one of those command Landraiders with the grav turret… but the model is expensive enough without having to buy a plane ticket overseas…

  • PrehistoricUF0

    No forums, no care!

    Seems like a redundant site – even the hobbying tips are pointless when GW’s YouTube page is really solid and the videos cover just about everything – and they keep it updated constantly (not to mention the uncountable other channels). It’s called ‘Warhammer Community’ with no way for the community to interact or anything.

    This makes me a very sad Zeta-Grey. I’ll just go park my ship on an asteroid somewhere, and spend some time hunting silicon-based lifeforms to get my mind off this new but disappointing forum-less ‘community’ site. :'(

  • Hawt Dawg

    Duncan is awesome! Remember to thin your paints… Lulz

  • Axis Mundi

    Maybe give them more than 8 hours, let them get their coats off at least. Just a thought…

  • am1t

    Woot woot!
    Duncan ‘Ladies-Man’ Rhodes

  • At the moment this looks more like WD digital than anything that actually involves a community, but I recognize that this is day 1 of a new project that needs time to grow into itself. Still, it’s GW at least making an attempt at community outreach, which is the single biggest lack the company has suffered in the last decade.

    I wish them luck.

  • Sam Nolton

    The site is pretty nice actually, it has a good variety of material and looks like they’re planning on updating it frequently. I hope it’ll have a forum or user submissions of some sort.

    • Axis Mundi

      Well, there are a couple of articles up there already by gamers/painters, and they are now featuring models painted by hobbyists all over their websites, so there already a lot more focus on the community than we’ve seen before. I’m sure submissions will be a big part of this – not so sure about forums though, certainly not quickly. I suspect a big part of all of this is to get a proper community dialogue going before they launch into the new 40K rules and End Times – after what happened last year it must be priorty 1 at GW to get this right.

  • This seems more like WD Digital than anything that actually involves a community, but I realize this is day one of a project that’s going to need time to grow into itself. Still, it’s an attempt at actual community outreach, the lack of which GW has suffered greatly for in the last decade.

    I wish them luck.