Being a grumpy old curmudgeon, there are many things about the gaming hobby that get on my goat. Models being called pieces, gamers who don’t believe that a game should be fun for all participants and a lack of personal hygiene at events are just a few. However nothing annoys me more than the cult of the fanboi.
This all was brought into focus by a conversation that I had with someone
the other day about Wyrd and Malifaux. We were talking about the RPG
kickstarter and how underwhelmed we were by it and he said that he was coming
to a point where he was able to divorce his love for Malifaux from his love of
Wyrd. Now this resonated with me as it seems that a lot of people can't
make that separation.
You only need to go onto the Wyrd forums and you will be able to see this in
action. The smallest criticism of the company and the way it goes about
business is quickly met with a chorus of people taking you to task for having
the audacity to say something that isn't fawning praise. You even get the owners of the company doing
it, in posts, which to me, come across as a small child saying if you don’t let
me win then I’m taking my ball away.
Before you think that I am having a go at the Wyrd / Malifaux community,
this is in no way a phenomenon restricted to them. GW is renowned for having the most rabid
fanbois out there, folks who lap up everything they do and attempt to shout
down any and all opposing opinions – of course GW also have the anti fanboi who
will just say anything they produce is crap, but that’s another blog post :). I’m sure Privateer Press suffers from the
So this is what I don’t get, how these people aren’t able to divorce the
love of the game from the company that produces it. Companies exist to provide their owners and
employees with salaries and hopefully at the end of the day a nice big pay-out
that enables them to retire. If they are
able to keep the customer base happy that’s great – happy customers means more
product sold after all - but they aren’t there to look out for you. They are not your mate, you wife or your
lover, they are a business, just like a bank is!
So the next time that someone criticises your favourite games company think
before you respond, do you actually disagree with what that person is saying,
or are you just blindly jumping to the defence of an entity that really only likes you
so it can sell you more stuff.