"The North American Games Workshop Business Support team along with our management team has spent an extensive amount of time reviewing the current tournament circuit and the best way to offer support to hobbyists interested in hosting events of their own.
As you are undoubtedly aware, there is a Games Workshop tournament circuit in which tournaments must apply and those chosen are offered support. After serious consideration, we will continue with the current 2012 circuit ending in May 2012 and host the culminating Throne of Skulls tournament this October. Going forward, in order to be more supportive of events of all types, especially those in our retail and trade outlet stores, we will discontinue the GW tournament circuit.
We would like to thank all the organiser's from the 2012 Circuit and we wish everyone the most success with their events in the future.
Director of Business Support
|Wat duck is not happy...|
My thoughts after the jump...
This seems like they are doing more to encourage the narrow views of the person who is afraid of running into tfg at a large event. Constricting the community to local events, their ridiculously tiny stores, and removing interaction from the community as a whole.
My favorite thing about 40k or any game where events are held at a larger level is that I get to meet and talk to people who are as passionate about the hobby as I am. It's all well and good if you are a garage game player who plays a fluffy (or whatever type) army and you have a great amount of fun. I'm all about that as well and often play in my buddies garage. We often come up with fun mini-games to pass the time. The thing about 40k that I really like is playing against people in the larger world and testing my skills against people I've never met before.
Sure, occasionally you run into tfg during a tourney. But you put your big boy pants on and do your best to win the match. If the player is cheating or abusing rules, then that's why there are judges. Call them over and get his ass tossed. There are measures in place at any credible event to prevent you from having a crappy time. The TO's want your custom and they want you to have a fun time regardless of whether you win or lose. This is something that Games Workshop doesn't seem to care about.
While I love this game, the moves made by GW proper are really starting to get to me. It seems as if they are specifically trying to diminish the part of the game I like. Luckily there are people out there like Reece and Mike who are trying to bring us folks who like to play in tournaments in out of the cold. Thanks guys, I for one really appreciate it.
I for one hope that GW has something up it's sleeve in regards to tournament support. Without the central driving reason of competition behind the game, I doubt I would keep playing. I would've never continued to play M:TG in high school if it were not for the chance to win more cards to sell and get into more tournaments! In my opinion, diminishing tournament support is a myopic move and only serves to keep the game in peoples basements. Again using M:TG as an example, it went from something that I played after school at the dinner table to something that I could play with the local guys at the card shop, to something I could play with people around the state, to something I could play with people around the world at the pro tour! 40k is currently capped at just above the local level. Grand Tournaments are taking off a bit, but without more prize support, I don't know how worth it it's going to be for me to continue to go to them.