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  1. Finding Single Figures

    This is why I didn't like that SFG was repackaging the guilds before the move to plastics. It's become especially egregious now that they've decided they're not doing the plastics for the older guilds. It's a real screw you to the people that had already bought into the game but not bought every single model for a particular guild. I was lucky in that I noticed what was going on and managed to fill out my guilds before the singles disappeared. But even then I wasn't happy that I was basically pushed to buy them then in order to avoid buying £50 boxes for one or two models I didn't own or hunting for singles on eBay or Facebook instead of being able to purchase them when I wanted.
  2. Yeah that's a good point. Why are they doing Fish first when they could redo the rest of the Masons and Brewers? That said I hope they eventually do release the Masons and Brewers teams in Kick Off as their own 6 player boxes with proper resculpts. The Kick Off models aren't nearly the same level of quality as the Blacksmiths or Farmers. If they did that I might be tempted to rebuy some Masons for properly scaled Honour, Harmony, and Mallet sculpts.
  3. My LGS has had the same thing with Guild Ball. There was a brief surge of demand for the remaining blisters they had (players trying to fill out their guilds rosters before the 6 man boxes became the only options) but sales have just dropped off now. I would be surprised if they continue to give it shelf space once they've sold through their current stock, which is a shame. It's worth noting as well that they had difficulty selling the Hunters box alongside the other guild starters because of the higher price point. I can see the same happening if they release the Fish as a 12 box. As an introductory product it's just not appealing next to the Blacksmiths/Farmers. And unlike the 3-man starters versus the Hunters 6 you can't even make the argument that one gives you a full team to play with while the other doesn't. Since the 6 man farmers and blacksmiths boxes have enough in them to play a full game. But yeah I'm not sure who this is aimed at. Veteran players will prefer being able to dip their toes into a new guild before buying everything, and those that do want to buy everything could simply buy both boxes if they were packed as 6s. New players prefer a smaller inexpensive product that they can buy to try the game out that contains most of what they need to play but not much more. Veteran players also like this because these products represent a way to get more players into the game and grow it further. What you don't want is a situation where potential new players see these £35 boxes for the new guilds and go "wow these look cool but I think I want to play Fisherman instead" only to find out that if they want to do that they have to drop £70 instead. That's a good way to lose a potential player. Honestly the only reason I can possibly think of why SFG are planning on doing it this way is that they've looked at the sales of the 6 man metal boxes and seen that one of the boxes isn't selling as much. So they want to bundle all twelve models together so people are forced to buy the 6 that are underperforming in sales. Of course this is just speculation, but I really can't think of many other reasons why they'd make such a baffling decision.
  4. The survey that came out today asked whether people want the season 1&2 guilds re-released in PVC. I answered yes because personally I've decided I'm not interested in buying any more than the three guilds I already own in metal. Part of this is I'm impressed by the value offered by the plastic boxes, and part of this is because I don't like the move away from blisters to 6 player boxes. The bundling doesn't add any value like the PVC boxes do and it makes roster customisation more expensive as you may end up having to buy some models you don't want to get some you do. This is the same for the PVC boxes yes, but it's less egregious because they're significantly cheaper and give you more than just the player models. What the survey doesn't mention, but that they casually mention in the video is that they don't plan on giving the season 1&2 guilds the same treatment as the Farmers/Blacksmiths. Instead of two 6 player boxes they'd be sold as one 12 player box. Isn't the point of the new £35 boxes that they're a cheaper more accessible route into the game? These aren't just being sold to the existing playerbase. And it's a lot easier to say here this box of farmers gives you a full team you can start playing the game with straight away for £35 than here buy this £70 Fisherman's box. If this 12 man box did come out it would actually make the initial buy in to get a playable fish team more expensive than it is now with the metal models. I really hope SFG reconsiders on this, if they want the plastic re-releases to sell then they should stick with the strategy they're taking with the new guilds. It's a good one and there's no sense abandoning it now.
  5. Since cover is provided by being within 1" of a barrier or obstruction and since the OPD requires 50% of terrain to be obstructions I don't think there's really an issue with models that benefit from cover. Especially since every model that has a trait that gives it benefits from cover also has the smoke bomb character play. A better consideration (in addition to that of oHearne) is models with light-footed playing on a pitch with no rough ground. Which again is largely a hunter issue as they all have light-footed. That said I think light-footed is a low-impact enough trait that it doesn't really matter that it's situational. Being able to ignore terrain is useful when the terrain is there, but doesn't limit you if it's not. But being able to teleport into a forest is a fairly substantial part of oHearnes kit. And basically limits you to only taking him with Theron and only activating him after Theron if there's no other forest on the board.
  6. Mystery box!

    The only guarantees made were that the cards would match the guilds. No more than that. And dice are dice, it's not like they need to correspond to anything. Same with the pin. If you were actually a new player you wouldn't really care much about the rest of the box because you'd gotten two teams for £25 each instead of £50 each. Again you probably shouldn't have bought one if you expect a perfectly curated box for a fraction of the price of what its contents normally retail at.
  7. Mystery box!

    Oh whoops. For some reason when I glanced at it I thought it was the old version. Either way they'll probably be outdated once S4 rolls around so I'm not too fussed.
  8. Mystery box!

    I mean... what did you expect? Mystery bundles like this are almost exclusively used as a way of clearing stock. You buy them if you don't care what you get and the price is good. If you do care what you get then you made an ill informed purchase when you bought one. I didn't bother because I have 3 full guilds (Masons, Engineers, and Union, though missing S.Brisket, Grace, and Benediction), plenty of dice, and the chibi cards aren't that worthwhile since they keep changing them (the Hammer pictured above hasn't even been printed with his errata). I didn't want to get one only to find models for one of my current guilds, or worse two guilds I already have. Plus if I do pick up another guild it's probably going to be farmers or blacksmiths, the two guilds definitely not appearing in this box. These boxes are great for people just getting into the game though, a good way to pick up two teams for cheap that doesn't involve buying Kick Off. If you're disappointed though then I can't help but feel you set some unrealistic expectations.
  9. The metal versions of the original guilds won't be around forever. Just until they can release them in plastic. All future guilds will be plastic but the plan is to transition all existing guilds over to plastic too. But this is a costly and time consuming process as they'll need to revisit all the sculpts and create new moulds. So basically if you want a guild in metal then buy it sooner rather than later. As for the weight, I have a lot of models in resin so it actually doesn't bother me. I find the larger metal models annoying in how heavy they are actually. Also the weight means that when you do knock over a metal model it lands with more force and there's a bigger chance the impact is going to knock something loose. Besides if it's an issue just weight the base, it's not that hard.
  10. Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't the A&G blister pack contain the magnet? Magnets aside I'm half tempted to track down one now, since I've only got the limited edition A&G sculpt my only Greede model is a pair of legs sticking out of the ground.
  11. Try a scraper. Something like this. They'll basically do the same job a hobby knife will but they're a lot safer and less likely to damage the model. Mainly because unlike a blade the cutting surface is rigid and doesn't bend. I got one to use with my Dark Souls miniatures since that plastic doesn't respond well to filing and it worked fine. Hopefully will do the same job on the farmers and blacksmiths.
  12. Compound is in both. The Smoke Alchemists box (New age of science) and the Pin Vice Engineers box (Precision made). So if you want to pick up both Engineers and Alchemists you're going to end up with two Compounds... At this point I think I'm just going to hold off on buying any new models in metal. Seems like I might just get screwed at some point down the line due to the way SFG are handling the transition to plastic. Not going to pick up Seasoned Brisket or the Solthecians because I bet you they'll end up in a 6 man box of their own come season 4 (with the rest of that box not available separately).
  13. The Perfect Guild Ball Gaming Table

    Just an FYI Geek chic went out of business months ago.
  14. That only applies to Farmers and Blacksmiths right now. The repacks of the current guilds are 50 GBP and don't include tokens, terrain, or a goal. And personally I have some misgivings about repacking them prior to the switchover to plastic. Firstly it significantly raises the cost of customising or expanding your team line-up. Before if you wanted to make a change to the 6 players you were fielding you could spend 9 GBP to add a standard size model to your roster and give you more options. Or choose your own initial 6 rather than have it selected for you. Now if you want a change from what's in the 6 man boxes, it's another £50 minimum. Secondly it kinda screws over existing players, especially those who don't follow GB that closely. Because you're going to end up with situations where people are missing 1 or 2 models for a guild and their only option to get them is in £50 box sets that contain 5 models they own already. I'm lucky in that I noticed this repacking going on, but I might have easily missed it given that I haven't had much time for GB lately. But I own almost complete sets of Masons, Union, and Engineers. However I didn't own veteran Harmony, Locus, Snakeskin, or Hemlocke. I quickly bought all those online last night (and I think both Locus and Hemlocke were the last they had in stock) but had I waited then the only option I'd have to get those models is to spend £150 on the 6 player boxes which contain 14 models I already own. I know that this switchover has to happen eventually, but it would have been better to do it with the switch to plastic rather than beforehand. That way if you did have to buy a box full of models you already own for one or two models you don't you at least get the tokens, terrain, goal post, and the duplicates are at least in a different medium (and might possibly have some sculpt variance).
  15. Not much promotion for the game?

    I think a larger part of this is because with board games what's displayed on the box is typically representative of what you get and so board game consumers expect what they see on the packaging or in the advertisements. With miniature games though the consumer base is generally aware that everything is supplied unpainted and unassembled and so publishers can put painted minis on the box and in the promotional materials without risking anyone getting the wrong idea. It's worth noting that with Star Wars the X-wing and Armada miniatures games have pre-painted minis and therefore "official" schemes. So licensing isn't always a barrier. That said I don't doubt it's a factor. I hope you never experience a truly bad Kickstarter campaign if this is how you react to an imperfect one. Sheesh. And pretty sure you won't get your wish given how well it looked like Dark Souls sold at UKGE over the weekend.