I was driving home today thinking about some of the gaming purchases I had made and how interesting it was to compare the prices. While I was at Sentry Box I picked up a British Scout Rotor blister for Dystopian Wars and a blister of Malifaux Rats. The total came to $24.50 Cnd and I thought that it was funny that some of the new GW Finecast figures I was looking at were the same price for a single mini. I had purchased two resin Scout Rotors and three metal rats for the price of a resin 40K Ork Painboy.
So five figures equalled, in this case, one GW mini.
Now its not exactly a fair comparison but it got me thinking about using the price of a single GW character model as a way to judge the comparative expense of other gaming miniatures. To that end I went to the Games Workshop website and randomly picked 20 Warhammer Fantasy and 40K single miniatures and averaged their prices. They ranged from $22.50 US for the Skulltaker to $15.00US for Throt the Unclean. The average price for all of these figures was $17.51 US which I have rounded up to $18.00
So I would like to suggest that when discussing prices for games we no longer refer to the unit price but instead discuss the price in a new universal currency value, the GW. One GW is the same as $18.00 US.
For example, the Wyrd Miniatures Death Marshalls starter set is $34US or almost 2 GWs. The Dystopian Wars: Federated States Battle Group is $54 US or exactly 3 GW. The Infinity PanOceania Starter Pack is $48.55US which is 2.7 GW. A pack of five Black Scorpion Pirate Goblins is $14.75 US which is .82 GW.
Not only is this a handy way to compare the relative cost of the different products but it also puts the costs of the game in perspective as well.
I hope that you’ll find this new universal gaming currency useful in your discussions.