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 Post subject: Re: Blitzmania - One Big League
 Post Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 2:22 am 
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I'm surprised they don't make everybody buy an in-app purchase to participate.


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 Post subject: Re: Blitzmania - One Big League
 Post Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:18 am 
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Regash wrote:
I don't think so, Mike.
The NAF is keeping records for the tournament scene while Blitzmania seems to be a perpetual league.
It kind of sounded to me that each player can only have one team in Blitzmania.

What worries me more is that you have to get registered with GW to participate.


Register in what capacity? Just making an account is pretty much needed for this thing to work.

It is now rather sure to be a perpetual league in the style of Cyanides open ladder or the FUMBBLs format. Smart move of GW to capitalize on the popularity of these formats.


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 Post subject: Re: "Blitzmania", new GW...thing
 Post Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 10:27 am 
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In general I like the idea. Even thou, I would rather have people play it in a Games Workshop. Yes, I have not been in a store for ages, since I buy most stuff somewhere online, but if I think about worldwide campaigns GW did so far, it kind of springs to my mind, that there were people registering games, that weren`t actually played.

Not to give the wrong impression here, I consider this kind of event to be fun in general, as I do remember my more active time as a player during the Storm of Chaos, or the Nemesis Crown campaign, but I sadly also remember the rather shady side of player behaivement.

Playing in a registered Games Workshop store might not be to everyones liking, but it is the simplest and most forward way to assure clean results. Play your game, let it register right away.

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 Post subject: Re: Blitzmania - One Big League
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Moraiwe wrote:
I'm surprised they don't make everybody buy an in-app purchase to participate.


Good thinking. I'll pass it on. Do you want to be credited with the idea?

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 Post subject: Re: "Blitzmania", new GW...thing
 Post Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 11:01 am 
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Just found out my local store will participate in this, so colour me intrigued.

The store manager said the plan was to make this turn into some sort of GW World Cup, but he had no details or spesifics.


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 Post subject: Re: Blitzmania - One Big League
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Moraiwe wrote:
I'm surprised they don't make everybody buy an in-app purchase to participate.


Good thinking. I'll pass it on. Do you want to be credited with the idea?


GW give credit to others? Not going to happen.


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 Post subject: Re: "Blitzmania", new GW...thing
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My understanding is that Blitzmania is for Independent Stockist ONLY, there will be no support in GW stores. It will run as a league collation service which can be checked online but results can only be submitted at the participating stores. The timing has been advertised as limited from end Jan to March, similar to other GW campaigns for other systems.

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 Post subject: Re: "Blitzmania", new GW...thing
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Yeah it's definitely something to support independent retailers rather than GW retail itself. Which is good in think.

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 Post subject: Re: "Blitzmania", new GW...thing
 Post Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 7:51 pm 
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That is good news about support for independent, GW have been making some great improvements of late.

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 Post subject: Re: "Blitzmania", new GW...thing
 Post Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:23 pm 
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spubbbba wrote:
That is good news about support for independent, GW have been making some great improvements of late.


Yeah have to agree with this. Excited to hear more details.


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 Post subject: Re: "Blitzmania", new GW...thing
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I wonder how that works for players without a local independent (*waves*)?

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 Post subject: Re: "Blitzmania", new GW...thing
 Post Posted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 4:40 am 
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Retailers can buy a Blitzmania kit, it is material to run your own in-store league. I'm not sure how the tie-in to worldwide results works though. It includes rosters, match report sheets, a couple of banners, some special play cards some tokens and some certificates. The certificates look like end of season awards for leaders (Most CAS etc) but don't quote me on it.

The marketing blurb also has a few retailer bundles for sprues of various WHFB and 40K miniatures (Dark Eldar = Dark Elves, Harlequins = Pro Elves, Chaos Marauders = Norse) so that players can kit bash their own rosters as an interim solution until GW/FW get around to releasing the official sides.

IMO the concept is great, but as so often with GW the execution is underwhelming. The kit is pretty expensive for really just a lot of paper, especially as you'd need a dedicated TO/Commissioner to get value from it.

Why not put 8/16/32 Grak and Crumbleberry in it and let people sign up for a league where thy can use them? That is not even a leap of my imagination (a mere stumble) but exclusive swag draws players.

I really want to not bash GW because the intent is good, its just that the execution leaves something to be desired. They are such a polished operation in terms of mini design, production, marketing and supply-chain that is let down by a slipshod creative team. Surely some of their infamous legal department could have proof-read Death Zone? The skills are in house, people!

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 Post subject: Re: "Blitzmania", new GW...thing
 Post Posted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 8:05 am 
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Mh... with some GW stores forbidding BB being played in their facilities, and they giving away those big pitch-tables, one would think they want to leave the job of keeping the interest for BB alive only in the shoulders of the Independently Stores. Meanwhile, they keep using their stores just for AoS and 40K.

More than a favour to the Independent stores, this looks more like a burden they do not want to take care of personally.


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 Post subject: Re: "Blitzmania", new GW...thing
 Post Posted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 9:16 am 
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Has it ever been different, guys?
The two main games are supported by GW, all the others get released, sold and forgotten.
Did you think this would be different this time?


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 Post subject: Re: "Blitzmania", new GW...thing
 Post Posted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 11:02 am 
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Regash wrote:
Has it ever been different, guys?
The two main games are supported by GW, all the others get released, sold and forgotten.
Did you think this would be different this time?


But keep in mind that this is being run from Forgeworld, not GW proper. GW is all about 40k/AOS, and so it's reasonable, I think, for their stores to focus on that.

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