A Pimpcron article from another 40K dimension. How are things different on “the other side”?
Hey ladies and gents! I, the Pimpcron, have more than a couple friends in the Cryptek catacombs. I went to college with a bunch of them and cheated from their work. Point is, one of them was messing with some arcane technology and opened up a portal to another dimension where things are a bit different than ours. I snagged this article from my other dimensional self before the portal closed.
Hmmm, there’s a whole other Imperium in there…
Howdy my friends! Your ever-loving blue-eyed Pimpcron is here with an ever-so gentle nudge at our favorite benevolent wargaming overlords. But come on, I’m not wrong on this stuff; someone has to say it.
I was at the Dollar General store the other day to pick up a Tactical Squad of marines when I turned the corner and what I saw shocked me. As I looked past the Pork Rinds, and beyond the knock-off Power ranger toys, I saw that they have raised the price, AGAIN! $15 for a squad of 10 freakin’ Marines???! They are going to price themselves right out of business with this crap. Just last week it was $12 and five years ago it was $10. I’m not made of money; and I will NOT be willing to pay more than this for a box if they raise it again. $1.50 per model?! I was fuming.
This may be a delicate subject, but I speak only the truth. We need more men playing 40k and wargaming in general. Anybody could tell you that this is a female-dominated industry and that they are the target audience. For instance we only have one, (ONE!), army that is exclusively male and otherwise we aren’t represented at all on the table top. When I first started playing my Brothers of Battle, I almost didn’t want to because when I went to my gaming group I felt cliche. It felt wierd to be the only guy player to begin with, who just had to play the only male army.
And don’t get me started on my BoB, who are still all metal and haven’t even gotten a serious codex in years. It’s like that army is just a token for head-gal Janice Johnson to say, “Yeah, we have a male army.” while not really even supporting it. I feel like if we got more men into the hobby, we would be supported more and maybe we could start getting some new models of men that aren’t overly sexualized. I mean, EVERY model needs to be shirtless with a G-string or cod piece?
And the proportions are all off. They are huge muscle men which of course makes me feel a bit inadequate. Ah well. Sex sells and women are buying the models.
I have women ask me all the time why it is that I am the only dude in our gaming group. I have to explain to them that they can make it pretty awkward for men to join. For instance, I’m just a normal looking guy, I’m not a crazy gorgeous man or anything. But a good portion of the girls who see me at the gaming store are instantly smitten and either get really socially awkward or hit on me.
It has put some stress on my marriage, because the wife isn’t that happy with hanging out with a bunch of women who have all of the attention put on the only guy in the room. I know that’s a deterrent for many men. Geeky women just don’t know how to handle a man walking in. When you walk into the game store as a man, everyone stops talking and stares. I always feel like there might be some food on my face or something. And couple that with the women who think they’re better than men and the situation isn’t that fun for a guy.
Games Workshop has always listened to their customers and has always been willing to do whatever they can to make a buck. But their recent actions in the last few years is getting ridiculous. The running joke is that all it takes is 10 people to want a certain army for GW to crank it out. In the last few years we’ve seen the addition of a Squats codex, Hrud codex, a codex for all the major Guardswoman factions, an Arbites codex, a codex of just Primarchs, Codex: Kroot, Codex Malal, and a couple more I can’t remember.
The real problem is that they are completely flooding their own market with their merchandise and out pacing the purchasing power of their customers. The new Malal Daemon Prince is $35 while other Princes are $20! With prices like that they can’t keep cranking so many miniatures before they hurt their own sales.
~So would you want to live in this dimension or no?
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