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  1. Olaf the Stout

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures City Fall by IDW Kickstarter

    I don’t own a copy of the game, but the pictures I saw online of the scale differences were terrible. One version of Shredder is tinier than just about any other mini, the other version is extra huge. April towers over most of the other minis and some of the foot soldiers look about 8ft tall.
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    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures City Fall by IDW Kickstarter

    I'm was so pumped for this one, but now I'm really on the fence. Grew up with the original TMNT cartoon series and arcade/computer games - Check Missed out on the first TMNT board game that IDW Kickstarted 3 years ago - Check Love board games - Check Have kids that are TMNT fans thanks to the new cartoon series - Check Several positive gameplay reviews of original TMNT board game - Check IDW have had 3 years to learn from the mistakes and fine tune both the game and their Kickstarter - Check Based on all that, it seemed like a no brainer for me to back this one. $250 USD + $50 shipping (and stretch goals only apply to backers at this level) - [insert disc scratch sound effect] Even with good reviews of the previous game, $300 USD is a very large chunk of money for me to drop on a board game that I've never played before. The only other board game I backed at that level was S2 of Zombicide and that was off the back of stellar gameplay reviews and feedback on the first Zombicide Kickstarter. IDW, on the other hand, had massive scaling issues with their first TMNT board game (the scaling was all over the place, to the point where you couldn't really say the game had a particular scale). So I'm really on the fence with this one. Hopefully enough stuff will get added to the campaign over the next 3 weeks to make it worth the money, but at the moment I'm not so sure. You didn't mind the fact that the scaling for the various minis was all over the shop?
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    Kickstarter failures and moral/financial choices.

    But it didn’t fail to fund. The target goal was just at a level that was way too low to do what they were promising. Plus there was the whole plagiarism thing, which got their Kickstarter suspended.
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    RGG 360 : The Best Ergoomic Handle for Miniature Painting

    What exactly does this have that the Hobby Holder doesn’t?
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    Kickstarter failures and moral/financial choices.

    After backing about 4 PC games, I learned that I wasn’t really interested in early access or seeing how the game was made. I just wanted to play a fun game. So the extra stuff I got from seeing the game being made was of little to no value to me and I’m a patient gamer, so am happy to wait a couple of years before the price drops on a game, so can get the game for cheaper than Kickstarter prices, albeit several years later. So I don’t back Kickstarter computer games anymore either. I actually wonder how many people that backed the Pathfinder Online Kickstarter were actually interested in the game and how many just wanted the cheap PDF mega-adventure that was part of the campaign. I know I considered backing it just for the adventure, even though I had zero interest in the game itself.
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    Mantic : Terrain Crate 2 KS

    Yeah, I’m in a similar boat. I backed the first Kickstarter for all 4 crates, but I’m not sure the offerings on this Kickstarter will be of much interest.
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    Kickstarter failures and moral/financial choices.

    You nailed my perspective in regard to Stone Skull. There were so many red flags on this one it wasn’t funny. I backed it at the $29 level, fully expecting not to get what was being offered for that pledge level as what he was promising as a one-man, first-time Kickstarter was obviously way too good to be true. I figured that some of the stuff was pretty cool, so if he did somehow come through with the goods, I’d end up with some cool furniture at a fantastic price. If it all fell in a screaming heap (which I thought was a 90% chance of happening when I backed it), I was ok with losing $29. So it was definitely a calculated gamble on my part for that Kickstarter. I never would have backed it at a higher level than that, simply because it looked super risky, right from the very start. To the guy’s credit, he has kept plodding along with it, whereas many other creators would have given up long ago. So I think that has contributed to why most of the comments on that Kickstarter are positive.
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    Kickstarter failures and moral/financial choices.

    Yep, Palladium already had a terrible reputation before they ever ran the Robotech Kickstarter. Issues with unpaid freelancers, not crediting writers, sending C&D’s to fan sites and more thugs along those lines. Everything I’ve heard about Kevin Sembieda indicated to me that the Robotech Kickstarter was going to be an absolute train wreck, which is exactly how it turned out. That and the continued lies and attempts by Kevin to blame the Kickstarter’s failure on anyone but himself is why Palladium is so poorly regarded.
  9. The GW ones aren’t the same for mine. There is no finger bar for starters and you can’t swap the caps on and off the GW one. As for less production costs, GW would have massive economies of scale savings compared to this one-man operation.
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    AAW Games Adventure Omnibus

    Ok, you got me. I backed at the $9 level.
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    AAW Games Adventure Omnibus

    I’ve resisted this so far. I keep telling myself that I already have more adventures than I could ever possibly run in my lifetime. Then again, I also have more minis than I could paint in my lifetime, but that hasn’t stopped me! :D
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    Confrontation: Classic

    Really, this always looked risky to begin with and raised even more red flags when the total started plummeting and they added more stuff in.
  13. I’ve backed for the 4 piece option. I figure that covers all the options for me.
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    Undead Graveyard II - Scenery for RPG and Wargames

    Cheers SamuraiJack. I only spotted this thread with about 40 hours to go, but jumped in for the obelisks and tombstones (plus the various free stretch goal extras). i think the obelisks will be useful for representing a heap of different things in my D&D game. It was a nice change to have a Kickstarter that actually had cheaper shipping to Australia for once, so that was a bonus.
  15. I missed the first campaign, but thinking I might get in on it second time around.