I'm going to gamesday in Chicago this year and I wanted to discuss this with them, specifically as it pertains to their damned 4th consecutive price rise.
In the Louisville area we seem to be losing players rapidly. We are at 50% of our normal strength from a couple years ago.
The main problem? Warmachine. Warmachine has over half of our old players, and accounts for about 90% of all new wargamers here. They cite many reasons for this but the top 3 that I hear a lot:
2) Point size in warmachine tournaments is 500 pts compared to Warhammer (more expensive money wise anyway).
3) Army lists in seperate books require MORE money to get your opponents lists, whereas in WM all is in one or two books.
There are a host of other reasons, but those are the ones I hear the most.
I realize in Europe this isn't as big a deal. I'm interested to hear from players in America ... how are GW games doing in your area? Are you getting more players? Holding steady? Or are you bleeding players away and why?