So Privateer Press have made another 'big' announcement with regards to HoMachine. I think those of you with your ears to the Iron Kingdoms grapevine will have already had an inkling about this. On the plus side though the the new Collosal models look pretty darn cool and the video isn't quite as cringe worthy as Games Workshops efforts:
But, here's the thing. No matter how cool the miniatures look, and trust me they look cooler than a penguin on and iceberg, I have a nagging doubt right at the back of my mind. It's the same niggling doubt I started to get during MKI HoMachine. Why in the name of all that is holy do they feel the need to add yet another chuffing expansion to the system when last year we had two? What, isn't Wrath and Dominion enough to keep people happy for a little while longer? Do people want to see Colossal's? Yeah of course we do, we read about them in the back story right back during MKI days. So to finally see them is pretty bloody cool actually. But it's another book, so I'm guessing it won't just be really big warjacks will it? We already know there will be Legendary casters and I'm pretty OK with that as a concept too. But it's the inevitable extra units and all the unit attachments that I'm not so keen on. Plus there's the Privateer Press MKI precedent I talked about in one of my Sunday Sermon's. I guess I have my answer now don't I? They're going to keep with the yearly updates whether people want them or not. Jesus I can't believe I'm going to say this, but it could be worse than Games Workshops business model.
|The Artwork for Legendary Vlad|
We have faction books now and we've also got these expansion books, no doubt soon to be coming out of every orifice! Surely the last thing anybody wants is to have to buy a system update or two every sodding year! I guess it's the same shenanigans I'm still a bit annoyed with MoFaux for, although to be fair Wyrd learned from the masters themselves, Privateer Press. So if you're a new comer to Warmachine there's suddenly a lot of stuff you need to be aware of and have sight of. The MKII Prime rules, your faction book, Wrath and soon to be Colossal's. That's 4 books for just the one faction already, only two years after the MKII reboot? Seriously Gmes Workshop have nothing on that. I liked Wrath and I liked Dominion. I could just about accept the Battle Engines, and I'm sure I'll be able to accommodate Legendary Warcasters and Colossal's as well. I'm not wanting to hate them before I've even seen them on the table. As I said I'm happy to finally see the Colossal's, and the miniatures look pretty damn awesome. No, it's more the message and precedent Privateer Press are sending to the community and more importantly what it means for the game and it's scale. They can say they're take them or leave them, but it speaks to a wider business plan we're starting to get a picture of now. No doubt they're already planning 2013's and 2014's double expansions for HoMachine. If that's their business plan how many will buy into it? Will I be around to buy and play them? Will I even want too? Who knows.Peace out!