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  1. strawhat

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Maybe she made pasta fagozer...
  2. strawhat

    Card Caddy Triple Decker

    I pledged (on behalf of my mother) for the double-deckers. The wait was horrible, but everything came through. I will be watching this one. The potential for tokens and mini-cards is something I could absolutely use.
  3. strawhat

    Pottermore - What did you get?

    Good for handling Dementors and Boggarts!
  4. strawhat

    Pottermore - What did you get?

    The Knights of the Round Table thought the same thing at Caerbannog. Only the sorcerer, Tim, was wise to it: "That's the most foul, cruel, and bad-tempered rodent you ever set eyes on!" So, uh, "there."
  5. strawhat

    Pottermore - What did you get?

    I was bored, so I took it twice: Hogwart's House: Gryffindor/Gryffindor Ilvermorny House: Horned Serpent/Horned Serpent Wand: Poplar, dragonheart string, 13", Rigid/Ebony, unicorn hair, 14.5", Surprisingly Swishy Patronus: Vole(?!)/Thestral
  6. Is your Glistening Green part of the "resurrected" line by Coat d'Arms?
  7. OK, I don't want to put the cart before the horse, but are Reaper examining the potential for colorshift paints? With those big bugs coming in Bones IV, now (or very soon) might be a good time for some sparkly shiftiness. If this can't be answered, that's OK--nuke away. But I'd be curious to know the ifs and whys (if available). I just suddenly felt like I needed them.
  8. strawhat

    Kill Team

    Wouldn't it be Tzeentch?
  9. strawhat

    Trends with Kickstarter Exclusives

    Existing in a limited form is, in general, better than not existing at all. Limited forms may eventually become less limited forms, after all. I was a faithful GW devotee for a number of years, and you could quite reasonably make the argument that some of the army lists, scenarios, and even whole games available in White Dwarf were exclusives of some sort (the purchase of the WD being your KS pledge equivilency, or something similar). In many cases these saw eventual release as full games or rules compendiums, but not all of them. Would I argue that those things should not exist? No. Although I think we were a little more "free" regarding our concern for intellectual property rights back then. I think what needs to happen is a refinement of delivery vectors. Stores have a hard time keeping up with games now. Shelf space and store budgets are pretty limited. I think we're going to see more and more companies move to the model that Monolith seems to be developing: limited, but repeatable, Kickstarters to fund development and printing on a semi-regular basis. We might get to a point where the base game is available in stores, but expansions are available online through the company, or through "routine" Kickstarters. It's not ideal, but might work. As long as there are reasonable odds of future runs, I'm pretty good with it. And it may be that companies need to adjust their outlook on how to go about things. Instead of just "shelving" expansions after the KS runs out, run another Kickstarter (or other pre-order system) in a year to see if you can generate enough interest to have another batch printed. Kickstarter exclusive items can remain Kickstarter exclusive through various campaigns (unless the company states that something is valid through this specific campaign only). I guess I just don't see a reason for there to be an intentional shutting off of a potential revenue stream when the demand has been observed. But stores and companies will have to adapt to the new Kickstarter landscape (just as they have done over the last few years when shops that offered food and playing space started off as rare, but have become pretty common). Yes, this will hurt retailers somewhat. However, as I think about it, this might simply be another time to revisit our expectations. FFG's Star Wars: Imperial Assault, for example, has a basic set with a couple dozen miniatures and loads of counters. Each expansion has a bunch of miniatures and more counters. All those counters represent optional miniature purchases with the game still being perfectly playable without them. It may be necessary for newer games to move to a similar format with some of the game components being "optional" in order to reduce the cost of the game as well as shrink the store footprint necessary (lessening the risk for the store to carry the product). Sets of enhanced components could then be available for order or semi-routinely Kickstarted. So, uh, yeah...still not real fond of "exclusives". I would rather try for some sort of work-around. And, if I've missed the point again, I apologize. I feel like I "got it" this time, and that usually means I've done nothing of the sort.
  10. strawhat

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I'll be the first to admit that I've developed a number of bad hobby habits, but I think some of y'all came from the school of "hold my beer and watch me hobby!" For the record: I do not advocate hobbying while indulging in alcohol (or anything stronger than tea or soda).
  11. strawhat

    Kev!'s 77345: Mushroom Man #1

    He looks like a fun guy...
  12. strawhat

    So... who's ready for ReaperCon 2019?

    I did not attend--I wanted to be there, but grown-up things (home repairs, animal care, etc.) had to take precedence. Labor Day is, for me, a right brutal day to try to take off. My work load is heavily distributed to the front of the month, and while I can squeeze a day out of the office in some cases, it generally causes me problems later. Now, if the day after Labor Day is the first business day of the month I am good (because that means that I'm taking the end of August as time off and not the beginning of September). So this year and next would be flukes that allow me to attend, whereas most other years would be off-limits.
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    new Pathfinder minis

    There are more Pathfinder Iconics coming in Bones IV.
  14. Welcome back to the fold!
  15. strawhat

    Trends with Kickstarter Exclusives

    What do I think of exclusives? In general, I loathe 'em. I understand them, but I severely dislike them. But, then again, it depends on the type of exclusive. I'm "pretty OK" with game components that are slightly different than other game components (i.e. Bernard the Demon-Slayer in a slightly more butt-kicking pose, glow in the dark plastic, etc. than the regular release). Not an alteration of stats, mind you, just a different pose. Wyrd does this with some of their models during (I think) GenCon, and you can get the models if you make a big order from their site at that time, too. Just different models for things that already exist. Now, if Bernard the Demon-Slayer isn't available to the general public, has stats not generally available in the rest of the game, etc. I'm pretty firmly against it. I see it as creating unnecessary "class" divisions in the community. There will always be "haves" and "have nots," why go out of your way to create more? That I tend to end up in the "have not" group may color my outlook. Tournament rewards that alter game play are also in this category--I won't touch a game that hands out exclusive characters, dice (special dice with different odds), etc. as tournament rewards. I backed (late) for Monolith's Batman, and I'm mostly "OK" with that type of exclusive (the whole game being a KS exclusive)--because it looks like Monolith will make returns to the property (eventually). So folks who missed won't necessarily have to pay the second-hand extortion prices. Now, there's no guarantee that Monolith will come back to it, but that's life, too. Sometimes really cool stuff doesn't last and you can't always control that. But if the game does well and they retain the rights, you can be pretty sure that Monolith will try again in a year or two.