Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Pike & Shotte - Not from Amazon?

You may have already seen this on a few blogs out there, but, as it raised my hackles a bit, I thought I'd bring it up again here.  Amazon sent me an email on Monday saying they were not able to supply Pike & Shotte, the upcoming ruleset from Warlord Games.

Image from Amazon - isn't even the actual cover of the book

I preordered this a couple months ago, mainly because Amazon were charging £21 as opposed to the £30 Warlord are.  I remember reading a comment on Warlords own forum (by one of their staff) that Amazon were "cheeky buggers" for advertising something they didn't yet have the rights to sell.  Now I've no idea as to why Amazon aren't (yet) selling this, but the cynic in me thinks it's down to the price they're charging I.E. Warlord don't want the product lessened by big immediate discounts.

I don't mean to imply that the book won't be worth the £30 asking price, indeed I paid full price for the Hail Caesar rules last year, and I will get the book sooner rather than later.  It's just that, in this case, I'm not sure I want to fork out the extra £9 for the book based on the fact I thought I'd get it cheaper.

The correct cover from Warlord's website

Is this a case of a smaller company standing up to the tyranny of a multinational conglomorate or simply a company not wanting their new product cheapened?  Or is it simply that I'm conforming to an Aberdonian stereotype and being a bit tight with my cash (times are tough!)  Probably somewhere in the middle.  In fact, my grumpyness about this is probably exagerated by the fact that Warlord still haven't sent me my Persian miniatures "Unfortunately, due to various issues there has been a delay!"

So I'll probably order the rules direct from Warlord, get my rules and the free miniature - but I won't be entirely happy about it!

1 comment:

  1. A £9.00 saving was what you hoped for and wanted as we all do but Warlord have stuck their pike in and due to our disease we fold and buy it still!