Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Games Workshop officially confirms plans for classic Golden Demon UK 2015

Just this morning I posted my very sad post about the supposed death of Golden Demon. The news spread like wildfire on the internet, and many mentioned the possibility of there being a normal Golden Demon at some point in the year. Finally, the news that I had hoped to hear, which only seemed a rumor this morning, is now confirmed officially by Games Workshop!

Read this reply from the Warhammer World staff to a member of the 'Eavy Metal Facebook Group, Mr. Jeff Northcott (who I want to thank very much for bringing me a bit of joy today back to my life):

    FROM: Warhammer World Events (Nick Bayton)
    TO: Jeff Northcott (legendary ender of uncertainty :P)
    3:04 PM 20/05/2015

    Hey there Jeff -
    First of all, my many apologies for the delay in replying to you.
    Let me reassure you; we are redesigning the Golden Demon season to have more events than ever before. The "Tanks" event is the first in an exciting new calendar of focused events, which will concentrate on a specific theme. However, we do very much plan on ending this season with the "Classic" Golden Demon that you have come to know and love.
    The standard Golden Demon event is not being split up into lots of smaller events... we're doing that one and loads more of these focused ones as additional extras, which means there is even more opportunity for painters to try their arm at earning a Demon.
    I'm afraid I can't offer you any dates or reveal the themes of the upcoming focused events because they are not finalised yet, and I'd hate you to arrange time off or paint a model for a certain date only for the date to change later.
    I hope I have alleviated some of your fears and answered your question.
    Regards

    Nick Bayton
    Warhammer World Events Team

Alright Golden Demon fans everywhere! It seems like "Classic" GD UK is still on the list, with the addition of these small Golden Demon single-category like events at Warhammer World. I certainly think this is very good news! Now, where will it be? It doesn't seem like Warhammer World will be able to hold a full Golden Demon. Maybe Coventry like last year?

The slow and painful death of Golden Demon?

This post is no longer valid... news from this afternoon reveal that there will be a classic Golden Demon UK in 2015! Read all about it here: http://volomir.blogspot.com.es/2015/05/games-workshop-officially-confirms.html

I will leave this post for historical reasons! Read it at your own discretion. :)

As you know, Games Workshop has unveiled its plans for the next edition of Golden Demon. I posted all about it at the beginning of the week, you may have seen it already. If not, check this link to the Warhammer World website, where they announce the new event.

Basically, Games Workshop has decided to chop its most important, traditional and legendary hobby contest into little pieces. It seems like there will be one small event per category, and these will be held in the brand new Warhammer World. For now, only the first one of these small contests has been announced: Tanks. Presumably this will be similar to the traditional Golden Demon "Vehicle" category, with the difference that this will be the only category in the contest.

The good Golden Demons of old, never to come back?

Some may see this is as a great idea. Games Workshop moves the event to the Warhammer World, a fixed location, right in their HQ, saving tons of money in logistics and rent. However the space is not big enough for a whole traditional Games Day, or as it seems, even a Golden Demon. So what they do is limit the number of participants (I've heard that there's going to be a maximum number of around 450, but I have to confirm that) and offer just one category with cheaper tickets to participate (10 pounds which is way less than the usual Games Day ticket).

International painters gatherings where one of the coolest things of GDs

Well... if it is confirmed that this is what has become of our beloved Golden Demon... great move Games Workshop. You have finally finished destroying your greatest contest. What once was an incredible display of creativity, miniatures, paintjobs and nerds from all over the world, is now a contest which doesn't even rival that of a small local store. Why would a painter from outside the UK pay for travels and accommodation to attend an event where you can only compete in the Tanks category?

I am extremely disappointed. You all know how big of a Golden Demon fan I am, I've participated for around ten years of my life, at least once every year (sometimes I went to three GDs in different countries). Now, not only I can't go to a Golden Demon in my country, but it isn't even worth traveling to the UK to attend the big one, because it doesn't exist anymore. Now you offer small local contests to painters who live close enough to Nottingham to justify paying for the transportation. Thank you for caring so much about us.

Golden Demon has been a very important part of my life

I usually never talk too much in the blog about Games Workshop's moves in the miniature market. For one, because this is a blog about miniatures, not financials. Also, because I find it extremely depressing how such a huge company that has meant so much to many people has been slowly dying of stupidity. But now I am pissed, very pissed. This is not even reasonable, not a bit.

I'm afraid this is the end of Golden Demon for me. I had hoped I never got to say this... but I have no other choice. I really wish Games Workshop decides to change its course, in many ways. But its been too long and it seems they don't care at all. I don't see this company surviving in this market, with the little care they show to their fans.

An moment maybe never to be repeated :'(

Seriously, it wasn't that difficult... one full Golden Demon in the UK a year. Was that too much to ask?

Hope is the last thing we should lose... maybe we'll get lucky and they will surprise us with a real GD in the future. Or maybe not?

Monday, May 18, 2015

Golden Demon 2015 first news?

EDITED! LAST MINUTE UPDATE: MORE INFO HERE http://warhammerworld.games-workshop.com/events-hall/hobby-events/golden-demon/

I received a photo of this unverified Golden Demon ticket which, if it's not part of a hoax or a joke, would confirm that there will be a Golden Demon this year, and that it will be in the new Warhammer World in Nottingham.

So if this is true, it would confirm my last year predictions since I was pretty convinced that the next Golden Demons would take place in the Warhammer World that was being remodelled at the time.

And also, judging by the picture it seems like there will be some changes to categories (ticket shows category "Tanks"). Anyone has more information?

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Do Not Miss: April 2015

These are the most interesting things I've seen in the minature painting world for this month of April:

Miniatures

Articles and tutorials

Events and reports