« Last post by The Wizard Joseph on Today at 04:06:11 pm »
Games Workshop thinks it's totally fine to let your game be completely unbalanced. They said as much, almost in as many words. It was mostly done as a "Fuck you, America" stunt, because the tourney scene is a lot bigger here than anywhere else, but a lot of people aren't complaining about it, and some people are just happy to take advantage of the power differences between armies. Their Warhammer Fantasy reboot? No points. At all. Just throw models on the table, it'll be great! If a person cheats, just don't play with them! THESE ARE ACTUAL THINGS PRINTED IN THE ACTUAL RULES. WHAT THE FUCK.
Not to mention all the fuckery they pull with brick and mortar stores, and their products going out of stock and out of print within a year and players have to special order it (or find it on Ebay for an arm and a leg, which incidentally can get a brick and mortar store blacklisted from being a GW seller, selling GW products online). And they're about as sue-happy as Trump is.
ETA: I don't know much about SJG, either, only a hazy sort of wariness when it comes to IP. I've asked my friend for the deets, him being in those kinds of loops to hear the gossip.
Sometimes I admire the ruthlessness of the Warhammer scam, but that sounds like they're just not trying to improve the game at all and have committed to fuckery in lieu of creativity. That's going to cost them in the end. I am pretty sure most of the 40k gamers of my acquaintance have given up on the new edition and only the fuckers in because they have buckets of disposable cash and a Space Marine fetish are still actually playing.
SJ Games is a totally different creature. They're still supporting some of their oldest titles. My only complaint was when I picked up a 5th ed "GURPS lite" pdf and realized that the bellcurve on attribute costs had been done away with for flat point cost per and the merti-flaw system had been fuckled. It removed what i considered elegance in the system's fairness and flexibility, but made the math easier and prevented certain forms of stat minmaxing so it's no big.