A couple of days ago I attempted to visit my favourite online web roster builder for Warhammer 40K, mainly to check out some new stats but to my horror I found the following message on the home screen.

WebRosterShutDown

If you aren’t familiar the screenshot above is taken from
http://webapplications-webroster.rhcloud.com/rc/web/#!#%2FrosterCreator

As you can see the program has been shut down by Games Workshop for copyright infringement. Which seems like a backwards move from GW considering a huge portion of the 40K community use this resource almost daily and it was by far the most polished version on the internet. However I will say in fairness that a lot of the content like photos and the unit stats were property of GW, but I mean do you shut down the resource and piss off your players? A better approach in my opinion would be to ask the creator to not use the images or logo, or even better, endorse the website as a community built roster creator. Possibly even pay him a freelancers fee for the work he completes.

I’m not about to turn around and say that I hate Games Workshop or I’ll avoid their products, because I like the system and maybe even don’t mind the business model of making cool models with lots of online resources. Though we do pay a huge amount more for these models than we do with other businesses, so surely the community has to have a say.

A lot of what I am saying has been echo’d around the interwebs, so there is not much point in pushing the point much further. It just seems like an awful shame after such a wicked release of 8th edition.

If this is something you are passionate about, be sure to send an email to GW expressing your concern. Or don’t. If I’m totally honest I don’t see much changing the rock solid GW legal teams decision.

Peace out guys!

 

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