Tuesday, January 3, 2012

2011 - The year in Apocalypse


Well, it seems like you have to do a review of the past year and then talk about he future.  And why not?  Sounds like a good plan, quiet reflection, looking to the future.  So here we go:

The Apocalypse 40K Blog

Well, this blog technically started in December, 2010, but it took off in January with The Big Game and has been a fixture ever since.  We now get 10,000 unique readers a month, about 4-500 a day.  The focus has been Apocalypse and modelling.  And that is an area I think needs to be covered, as not only is that all I focus on in my hobby, but it is an area a lot of people focus on.

We love the models and we love big armies.  We don't care so much about the latest, greatest tournament list, or where the "meta game" is going.  There are plenty of blogs for that.  We care about cool models, scratch building and great, BIG armies!  And that is what I love writing about.  I do need more authors and welcome others writing for the blog.


The Big Game

The Big Game, in its first year, was an event that happened all over the world.  We had 22 locations and sites in 5 continents.  We had over 2.3 MILLION points world wide and set the record for the biggest game (single table) at 739,247 points, the biggest battle (multiple tables) at 864,057 points and the biggest multiple location battle at 2,310,835 points.  More importantly, we raised the visibility of Apocalypse.


Resin Accessories

2011 was the year that the resin aftermarket took off.  Scibor and Micro Art Studios became real businesses over the last two years, with great websites and expanding product lines.  And now we have Chapterhouse Studios, Hi-Tech, Puppets War, MaxMini, Secret Weapon, Kromlech and more pumping out new accessories and conversion kits.


Forge World hits 6th gear!

Forge World continues to pick up the velocity of releases.  It is amazing how much stuff they released this year.  Book-wise, we got the completion of The Badab War books, which brought lots of new Space Marine characters and units.  Imperial Armor 11, just released at the end of the year, brings the Eldar to the fore to the delight of space elf fans everywhere.  And Forge World released Imperial Armor Apocalypse Second Edition.  This updated and revised the original Imperial Armor Apocalypse book and for the first time indicated that Forge World items are acceptable for standard 40K game use.


So Forge World has really become a major asset to the 40K universe and its release schedule is bankrupting some of us!  Especially its recent releases of pre-heresy style Rhinos, Predators and Land Raiders.


So that is 2011 in a nut shell.  A year of big changes and the tipping point for Apocalypse.  I look forward to 2012 and 6th edition 40K.  How it affects Apocalypse is anyone's guess, but it should be fun.

Best wishes for 2012!

Alec

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