Games Workshop is showing off the Organized Play kits for Warhammer Underworlds and for Kill Team. Check out what you could win if your local store is hosting an event!
The Organized Play support for Kill Team and Warhammer Underworlds is pretty neat and there is some cool swag you can win for participating in an event. GW is certainly upping their support for these games:
From exclusive dice, counters and tokens to cards with alternative art, the rewards are certainly… well, rewarding!
Again, lots of cool stuff in there. Some of it is practical like thedice, cards, tokens. Some of it is just for show like the metals and a trophy – but to me, those would be pretty darn cool to win. So these are all a step in the right direction in terms of prize support from Games Workshop – so kudos!
An Awkward Comparison
While I do appreciate the new kits and think they are a great step forward, I’m a little bummed that GW hasn’t done the Organized part of the Organized Play. The obvious thing to compare this to is Fantasy Flight Game’s Organized Play offerings. Let’s take a look at X-Wing for example. First off, there is a page to go to where you can see the format rules (even if they can be a tad confusing). Secondly, on that page there is a link that takes you to a list of scheduled events. Sure, those are for the “big tournaments” but again, this is just an example.
Both FFG and GW have the caveat of “contact your local retailer to see if they are running an event” or similar language. Maybe it’s a logistics thing or maybe it’s a privacy thing, but it would be nice to have a list that folks can check to see if there is a local retailer that is offering events for their respective games – like a “participating retailer” list. I know FFG has done that in the past which is why I’m tossing that out there.
The closest thing I can find is a Store Finder for stores that sell GW products. Which, hey, that’s better than nothing.
Maybe in the modern age of the internet they are trusting that the players are capable of finding their local store, contacting them, and getting that info – and yes, any functioning human should be able to do that. On the flip side, having a “one stop shop” webpage that can help connect players with local retailers that are running events for YOUR product seems like a good promotional thing. It’s good for the stores, for exposure, it’s good for players because it makes it that much easier to find, and it’s good for the manufacture cause they are playing YOUR game.
Time to bust out my Kill Team and go for the gold!