Trip to Warhammer World
First of all, this is not an advertisement for Warhammer World, nor for Games Workshop. I enjoy Games Workshop models, the setting of Warhammer 40k and the depth of background, but there is a lot about the business model, and a number of aspects of the hobby that don’t really work for me.
I’m not a huge fan of Games Workshop stores, I’ve always preferred local hobby stores, such as the ones I used to visit as a kid, as you get exposure to different model kits, and generally because that avoids what I think can only be described as “overly pushy sales pitches” whenever you try and buy anything. Part of me believes that this sales style is there because hobbyists are considered a little meek, and therefore if you push them, you might make more sales. This is the opposite for me, and I’m actually more likely to leave with buying nothing if the staff piss me off. If I need help choosing a product, I’ll speak to a member of staff. Slight rant over!
Basically, I wouldn’t go out of my way usually to go to a GW store, and would generally go to a more general hobby store. If there was a GW store in Stafford I’d probably think differently, however as the nearest to me is probably Wolverhampton, it’s never been particularly convenient to go to one anyway.
I can’t say I ever really had a massive desire to go to Warhammer World, as I’m not and will never be a wargamer, however with a week off work booked, and nothing planned, the weekend before my break from work I made the decision I’d like to go.