I completed the Top Ten today, a little later then normal, but still in a reasonable amount of time as far as I am concerned. When I got to work tonight, there was a message in my email box that someone had commented on it. Cool! I love reading them! So I open it up, and HOLY WALL OF TEXT BATMAN! Hehehe... So I read it, and there are some concerns listed. Ok. I try to go to the FtW website to reply... and work has decided to block From the Warp. Yay. So, Ill paste the email here, and reply here, and maybe pop a link there in the morning.
Xgtd has left a new comment on the post "Tuesday Top Ten #58":
Hi Ryan, thanks for scouring the blogs again to bring us some hilights. I have a complaint though. Same names, same stuff appearing again and again. Heavily biased towards Spase marines. Frazer and Big Will getting a lot of love lately. Other names popping up frequently. Sandwyrm for example, I recognise that name from TT10s of the past. Probably the others too. I'd like to see more variation. Where's the other systems? I see some Cryx at the end there - has Dicewraith featured lately? Seems familiar. Anyway yeah that's it really, this feature seems to be "stuff Ryan likes, from blogs Ryan likes", maybe that's how it's supposed to be, I'm not sure, but it's getting so I don't want to read them anymore, I've seen enough IF marines. Any chance of mixing it up a little? Maybe with some different compiler? (since different people obviously have different bias) Or perhaps some concerted effort to feature different blogs. I know there's good stuff out there. Cheers :)
Short answer is also very easy. Yes. Long answer: Yes, there is favoritism. I wouldn't be human if there wasn't. Is it intentional favoritism? Some of it. Space Marines are my favorite army, and I have a great amount of respect for people who can make yellow paint look good. I have painted Imperial Fists, and I know what a huge pain it is. The names that pop up over and over are not exactly intentional favoritism, they usually just happen to put up stuff that catches my eye.
As far as "Stuff Ryan likes, from blogs Ryan likes", yes and no. I have never claimed this list was anything but stuff that catches my wandering eye. I do try to spread the attention around, but I will admit Ive been getting a little burnt out a bit lately, and have been slacking on getting the wider variety of choices. I'm expecting that after I get back from California/Arizona, Ill be ready to go again.
Other systems... That is not easy for me. I tend to pay most attention to the GW games, and FtW is primarily a 40k group. I do like to see other games from time to time, and Ill occasionally sneak one or two into the Top Ten to broaden the horizons of others. Im pretty sure, however, that if I lost the 40k focus, someone would have my head on a pike. Malifaux was listed because I'm sorta interested in it right now, and the Cryx Warmachine models because they caught my eye, and I collect Cryx myself.
Lastly, getting other people to help out. The Tuesday Top Ten is my baby. There is exactly one person Id be willing to pass the torch onto if I were to give it up, and he has already stated he doesn't think he could do it. Having said that, I have attempted to get others to pass links, and open it up for others to have a voice... I got exactly one person expressing interest. I would love to have a few links from the "peanut gallery" each week, but it does not seem to be in the cards for now.
Heck, you know what I really want to see? A rival Top Ten list. Just because I am doing one is no reason for everyone else to decide its not worth doing. I would so check that out every week... Now that Ive built my own wall of text, Id better hit publish...