BoLS reports that Games Workshop is getting rid of their Specialist Games range. This means the demise of the game systems Battlefleet Gothic, Epic Armageddon, Inquisitor, Necromunda, Warmaster and - most importantly to me - Mordheim.
I don't play Mordheim actively right now, but this does make me sad nonetheless. I have never really been a fan of playing with huge armies and even though I loved my beastman miniatures I would have quit the hobby had Games Workshop not released their skirmish game set in the Warhammer Fantasy universe. To me Mordheim embodies most of what is 'tabletop', simply because I had been so dedicated to that system in the past years. The involvement with the Nemesis Crown supplement and more so the development and release of the fan-made Border Town Burning supplement for Mordheim has had a huge impact on my "hobby life". Countless inspiring discussions with Stu "Werekin" (of the Liber Malefic blog), being part of an awesome community as a moderator at Tom's and the Yahoo group, and - most importantly - playing this game with friends!
Of course, the game isn't just going to disappear from my head: Like with any board game I like, I have what is needed to play the game. The thing is, as a wargamer you're used to having a company support their games and continuously breathing fresh air into them. Being a fan of Legends of the High Seas (based on 'Legends of the Old West' based on both 'Lord of the Rings' and - ta daah! - Mordheim) I had to mourn the death of Warhammer Historical. This was already bad and the community always had small undying hopes for a LotHS supplement. Now this one is even more sad. Also because it cuts the last ties I had attached with this company.
It has been a long dying process, which at times left the fans with frustration
and uncertainty, always hoping for a rebirth of their favourite game. Especially the re-release of Blood Bowl fueled that hope. Now it is the carrying to the grave
at last, that allows us all to accept the inevitable and move on to the new. There are plenty more fish in the sea, so let's set the sails!