Unless all of us wargamers suddenly drop the hobby I can't see how it wouldn't have a market anytime in the future...just wont happen, I mean Wargaming is in a golden age at the moment with loads of great board wargames being developed aswell as a steady supply of PC wargames.
Go check consim world forum....thousands of wargamers who post there and with games like Conflict of Heroes doing very well indeed I can't see how this PC game when ever it gets released would have few buyers because it missed the boat...there is no boat...The games appeal is the same as ASL, ATS, COH and the Lock n Load tactical games...some of the most popular boardgames and one has being going on for well over 20 years...
The game will sell as many copies if it came out tomorrow as it would if it is in another 5 years time if it plays well.
I disagree that wargaming is in it's "golden age". The "golden age" of "IGOUGO" historic board simulations is *long* past. I can remember when Avalon Hill and SPI games were in bookstores and toy stores everywhere. SPI went bankrupt in the 80's and Avalon Hill stopped publishing in 1998. In it's current form AH publishes a few titles and there are some from small publishers like "Lock n' Load", and yes, there are a few good PC wargames out there too, but *nothing* like the number of wargames available during the true "Golden Age" of the 70's and 80's. If you attend the World Board Gaming Championships you can see that historic wargames are being replaced by Euro type games, and many of today's PC games that are *really* popular are "real time" or first person shooters. In short, if you think that wargaming, as we play it, is going to be remain popular in the future, you are just not paying attention. The fact that consimworld has a couple of thousand members doesn't really mean anything as World of Warcraft has a couple of *million* players that are willing to pay a monthly fee. *That's* the future of gaming.
mark sells his board games when 500 people have preordered, thats his magic number - i anticipate hell have one for this game too, i dont think he intends to convert the masses, it could be just 3000 - and theres that many waiting already. A good review in the mags and on the net and more people will become interested. Subscription fantasy s*** might be the future of gaming, but we who are here will always be left behind by that - Wodins right about ASL and its loyal fans, and god knows how many are waiting in the wings for World in Flames.
I took no offense in your comment and meant none in my reply, i just dont believe someone nudging mark in the ribs and saying hey that Gunhawk guys asking for the game again is ever, ever going to make him go faster - if you follow them on facebook you can see that board games are their priority and thats what pays the bills - this is a luxury, a toy even, fiddled with and tinkered when there is absolutely, positively nothing else to do after youve put food on the table and paid the wages. Were all waiting Gunhawk and i believe as ive got older and busier i understand more marks frustrations - if he said well guys March 2012 is that going to make you feel better? if he came on daily and said i dont know, will that make you feel better?