Warhammer 40K Introduces Female Custodes

It looks like Warhammer 40K was next on the identity politics checklist. The popular tabletop game will now have female members of a group called the Custodians. I’ve never played Warhammer 40K, so you’ll have to bear with me a little, but the Warhammer 40K Fandom Wiki defines the Custodians like this:

“A Custodian is a member of the Adeptus Custodes, the valiant transhuman bodyguard and praetorians of the Emperor of Mankind, which is based in the Imperial Palace complex on Terra.

The Adeptus Custodes are the Emperor’s vengeance made manifest. They defend the Master of Mankind with singular determination and breathtaking skill, and whether their vigil requires them to stand immovable before the gates of the Imperial Palace or storm into battle on a distant alien world, they do their duty without a moment’s hesitation.”

The new Codex – which is “a rules supplement containing information concerning a particular army, environment, or worldwide campaign,” according to Wikipedia – for the Adeptus Custodes introduces the idea of female Custodes. This is being met with pushback from fans who say the Custodes have always been exclusively men. But when fans bring this up on X, the official Warhammer account responds by saying that “there have always been female Custodes”:

Is that true? Not according to Grummz, the account of former Blizzard producer Mark Kern, who posted evidence of just the opposite and shone a light on the likely reason for the change:

If you’ve never heard of them, BlackRock and Vanguard are two huge companies that buy stakes in other companies, particularly entertainment ones (like Disney, for example), and force DEI into them in exchange for money to offset the potential losses in revenue because, as we’ve seen, most people hate this stuff. I’ve never heard of Baillie Gifford, the number-one investor in Games Workshop, the company that makes Warhammer 40K, but apparently they do the same thing and are based in Europe (which makes sense, since Games Workshop is a British company). There’s a video of BlackRock CEO Larry Fink talking about forcing change on people that’s downright terrifying.

They’ve also got backup from games journalists, who are publishing articles with titles like “Please Shut Up About 40K’s Female Custodes,” just in case you’ve forgotten how much they despise the people they’re supposed to be informing and entertaining. They’re getting ahead of this by insulting Warhammer 40K players because that’s what they do now. And the official Warhammer 40K X account is blocking anyone who complains, according to former followers:

It’ll be interesting to see where this goes from here. Again, I don’t play Warhammer 40K, so I don’t have a dog in this particular fight, but it does appear to be more of the same that every other franchise, story, game, and anything else that was once fun is experiencing, with longtime fans being told to suck an egg when they voice their displeasure. I don’t know the Warhammer player demographics, but I would venture a guess it heavily skews male, which means they’re shunning people who spend money on their game for people who, by and large, don’t. Will the BlackRock and Vanguard cash make up for their lost customers? We’ll find out soon.

Oh, and if you had any doubt as to how much they value their fans, Warhammer/Games Workshop issued this statement a few years ago:

Warhammer 40K female custodes

How long and how much decreased revenue will it take for “You will not be missed” to become “Hey, where’re you going?”

Comments (1)

April 19, 2024 at 8:25 pm

They never fucking learn, do they?



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