We all feel the sting of Games Workshop and Citadel's prices. They are inflated, overpriced pieces of plastic that came from a mold. But guess what, those miniatures are nearly excellent quality and that's just half the battle. Warhammer 40,000's rules, are at their core, very fun rules to play against others with. The game has been designed, redesigned, and refined since the late 80's and with this experience the developers of the game have moved forward and tried new things to keep the game fresh. This however has come at great cost to us, the gamers, who have to buy a 60-80 dollar rulebook or rulebook set every 4 to 6 years rather than decade.
So I want to know from the educated and the experienced, can anything compete with Warhammer 40,000 for success in the sci-fi wargames genre of miniatures?
Infinity I know exists but the fact I've never even seen a model sold physically in a store tells me it's such a new or untested system that it has yet to become popular. The same goes with several others I've seen come along and I honestly have my doubts they will ever reach the level of success Games Workshop has earned.
I'm like many people out there. I have a lot of ideas that I would like to somehow put into physical reality. I have developed in my spare time some rules I keep in the back of my thoughts and from the experience earned by the developers at GW I've tried to move forward and make something just as or even more fun than their current rules. The problem always is, how would someone like myself start? Can I compete with such a well known and established company? How would I develop miniatures in plastic that would rival the quality and quantity of Games Workshop's miniature range while keeping prices lower than their standards? Could I develop these miniatures, rules, and books quickly? Could I develop the rules DIGITALLY to quicken the pace of production?
Questions and challenges like these need to be answered and so the question stands, can anything reasonably compete with Games Workshop's Warhammer 40,000?