In what seems to be an unprecedented move, GW is actually making a strong case for the new issue of White Dwarf by bowing to the superior wisdom of the web trolls and nerfing the Power Scroll. Thank God, for a while there I was actually missing the old “Dispel scrolls break the game” arguments of 6th and 7th edition. You simply couldn’t have a conversation about tournament comp without somebody bringing this stupid item up. I say “Good riddance” 🙂
Seriously. The WD out on Saturday will include a completely re-written entry for this mythical creature known as the Power Scroll that allegedly broke every tournament scene in the world for the past 12 months. I think I’ve only seen it used in-game once. And it was by a Vampire Count player running a 100 model horde with the Mindrazor/Crown of Commandment combo on his nearby Lord. That’s a pretty douche-tastic combo if I do say so myself, but credit to GW for listening to the wisdom of the mob (right or wrong) and doing something about it. The keen-eyed observer will also notice that Mindrazor was fixed in the most recent FAQ as well. Models use their own Ld, not a boosted Genera’ls leadership. Most people are pretty happy about this sort of thing.
Right now there’s a lot of people who are changing into a fresh, un-soiled pair of underwear, and then trying to think of what GW’s gonna do next. This really could be a turning point in GW’s customer relations. Specifically, they could be returning to the traditional definition (a widely-implemented strategy for managing a company’s interactions with customers, clients and sales prospects in order to find, attract, and win new clients, nurture and retain those the company already has, entice former clients back into the fold etc.) instead of their current interpretation… which can occasionally conjure up images like this:
Sorry about that. Just trying out this “hyperbole” thing that someone was trying to teach me about on Facebook a while back 😉
In all seriousness, GW has had that evil faceless corporation image the last few years. The extent to which it is deserved is debatable… but you know as well as I do that this is how many gamers see the company these days. Is this finally going to change?
The next couple of months could be very interesting, indeed. Sisters of Battle rules in the White Dwarf, new Vampire rules and minis, and Ogre Kingdoms book in September now? Yet another Dark Eldar wave of minis, too? Things are moving very quickly. Armies are getting a shot in the arm for the sake of variety (okay, and sales), the game designers are responding to feedback on what works and what doesn’t… there seems to be nothing but rainbows and lollipops in the near future. Lots to look forward to.
It’s pretty awesome to see people genuinely upbeat and enthusiastic again. At the end of the day, the hobby still comes down to rolling dice and playing with toy soldiers. I hope GW finds a way to keep the optimism going, at least until the next round of Finecast price hike kicks in. The next time we get slapped with higher costs, maybe we’ll find it a little easier to turn the other (butt) cheek.