I am with you on this DEMO thing,..
Why can't this company take a hint from Pazio or even Wyrd for that matter?
I have often thought about just starting a nationwide fan based support structure for WFRP3e. (with total goose egg support form FG or GW of course) There are many, many things that could be done to help this game regarding player numbers, but they just don't have a clue how to deal with RPG games.
Let's face it. FFG is a BOARD game company that wants to be a RPG publisher, but these guys couldn't market an RPG to save their lives,… They have the money to hire on really great designers and writers, that is obvious with the actual content of their RPG games, but that content alone just doesn't cut it anymore,.. not today, not in this market.
I had become sooo fed up with the total lack of support from FFG after nearly 2 years of looking for other players that I decided to look at other games. One of the games I looked into was Malifaux ( I know it isn't REALLY an RPG but the point is the same).
I thought I would check it out and went to their web site. …. I saw on their website this thing called the "henchman" program (guys that know about the game and help newbies) I saw that there was a "henchman" in my general area. I clicked on his name and got his email address.
………. What happened next???? ……….
Less than 20 min. later I received a reply, he invited me to a game store where they play every so often. I went. He was there. 2 days later I had purchased 2 crews and a rulebook. (He let me borrow his personal rulebook for the week btw, why,.. that is what he is supposed to do,.. the "company" supplies him with what he needs (within reason of course) to help get new players into the game. and guess what,… IT WORKS!! ARE YOU LISTENING FFG !!!!!!
Bottom line,.. in less than a week I was able to acomplish with Malifaux what I had NOT been able to acomplish with WFRP3e in 2 YEARS!! NOT because it is a better game, but the "company" gives a crap about getting new people into the game.
FFG on the other hand, either could less about WFRP3e, or, it is already selling "good enough" and they could care less if it sells any better,… either way it is obvious they just don't care because it is just TOO DARN EASY to get a national group of super fans organized to actaully be AT THE LAGS to help folks with WFRP3e.
There would be MANY people lining up to participate in a program like that, the problem is,… FFG… not the game itself,… and it would cost them what?? Pay one guy maybe 10k a year to organize it all,.. piece of cake,…
C'MON "COMPANY" !!! Let's get with the program already! Learn from those around you that are successful,.. DUH !!