Seeing the news info on the release of Chaos In The Old World immediately got me thinking about FFG's product agreement with Games Workshop.
First of all, it reminded me how surprised I was when this deal was first announced. That GW would ever give up any of its Warhammer/Warhammer 40K trademarks to another company was astonishing. The ban on using any miniatures-based games was not surprising, as this is how GW makes its money, by selling relatively pricey figures.
But what if down the road FFG does so well with the GW stuff it is putting out that GW sees the light...and loosens its position at least in regards to its Specitalist Games (Epic 40K, Necromunda, Mordheim, Battlefleet Gothic, Inquisitor and Blood Bowl). GW still puts out metal figures for these games, and still has the plastic Orcs and Humans in its remaining stock of Blood Bowl boxed games.
But imagine if FFG got permission to do Blood Bowl. I have a vision of a big box version of the awesome fantasy football game with a crushing load of plastic teams, and plastic "scenery bits" such as stuff for Dungeon Bowl and various stadium bits. I see a new wave of fans for my favorite GW game, and a bright future. Plastic expansion teams would be easy to add on. GW would still have its metal miniatures to sell, including its Star Players and ample selection of metal teams. Done right, it would/could be a win/win for both companies. And a major win for us gamers.