Saturday, 23 June 2012
Warlord is preadvertising their Bolt Action rules. Given that I have Rapid Fire for 1:72 and Kampfgruppe Normandy for 28 ml, and I have dozens of othersto choose from if I fancy a change, what would make me buy this book?
The Warlord logo on the cover? Not really, I don't choose to read, or not read, a novel because it is published by Harper Collins.
The Osprey Logo? Oh please, I associate Osprey with amateur incompetence when it comes to wargame rules. Tomorrow's War still gives me the shivers. I wasted hours of my life trying to decipher that mess of a rulesbook.
The fact that it is designed by Rick Priestly? Yah, that gets my interest. I have had a lot of pleasure playing Rick Priestly games and they are never less than competently and professionally executed - and usually much more. Oh yeah, I'll risk some dosh and time on a new Rick Priestly game.
So why isn't his name in big letters on the front cover????
It's as if these tiny wargame companies want to ape the sclerotic corporations with their bland, brand images. Why don't they capitalise instead on their advantages, namely a chance to utilise real people whose names we recognise and trust?
OK, it's a why question.