So the new White Dwarf Weekly and Warhammer Visions have been out for over a week now. I was going to write a blog post on my opinions of them but I found that I didn’t have the heart. It’s not the quality of the magazines (I quite like the new White Dwarf Weekly, not so much Visions) but the general atmosphere right now. Maybe it’s just the 40K sites I frequent but it feels as if there’s a lot of kneejerk negative reactions to 40K and Games Workshop right now. It feels like as if as soon as something is even rumoured it’s bitched about. It’s not that I never criticise Games Workshop, I snaffle and snark all the time about little things and we should all do that, sometimes it’s important to complain, but I’m not sure that the genuine complaints are noticeable above the general, loud low grade moaning at the moment. The other thing is that a lot of the malicious stuff is now actively spoiling my hobby. I’ve cut down the number of sites I visit (there’s enough to be worried about in real life, I don’t need to get riled up over the latest silly rant) and even the number of podcasts I listen to and its really affected the way I blog. It’s all irrational, I know that opinions are only opinions but I get the impression now that if Games Workshop were to announce a free set of rules complete with a complete (and free) set of models delivered to your door, someone would complain that the models weren’t pretty enough, the rules didn’t auto-destroy Tau or that they just took too long to deliver. It’s like being surrounded by Private Frazer clones!
I don’t know what to do about it, I’m not sure that there is anything to be done about it, but I’ve been feeling quite bad about my inability to blog recently. I want to get back into posting regularly. Perhaps I should just give up worrying and just have fun. Criticise when I feel like criticising and laugh when that’s really the only thing to do. I want to be logical when I need to be, rational when I have to be, and totally irrational and completely illogical when I build models just because! (That’s a story for a couple of days time)
I think that this comic from John Kovalic really sums it up: Every Reason to be a Fan of Something, Ever-
I know that the traditional way to chill out online is with a cute picture of some kittens. Unfortunately, the only kitten photo I have is of my Mum’s leggy example demanding attention, so here are some happy reptiles instead!