noodlemancer

Reaper Factory Tour

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This is my first Reapercon, I'm really excited. :)

 

I've been trying to find out what the factory tour is all about, and I'm not sure if I should schedule time to do it or not since the scheduling with classes is pretty tight. What's available at the factory that isn't already at the con? Are the minis there super cheap? Are there free goodies for tour attendees? 

 

If anyone has already been on the tour before, I'd love to find out more!

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Minis are at retail prices. You might get a handful of bases (we got those last year) or some other goodie, but there's no guarantee.

 

But you do get to see the casting operation, which is interesting for some. And you have been able to buy bits (specific parts of multi-part metal minis) without buying the full mini (and they've allowed melt credit to be used for that as well.)

 

I thought it was worthwhile (even though I didn't buy any bits), but then I like to see how things work.

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You can also get individual parts of sets.  For example, if you want just penguins from the Familiar Pack V, you can get them.  Or, 20 farmers with hoe from 02825, you can.

 
It's worth going on the tour to see how the metal minis are made.
 
Also, there will only be a small subset of Reaper's metal mini catalog available at the con.  You can request metal minis be brought or cast and brought to the con, but it's nice to be able to just go and pick them out.
 
Ron
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An additional question from someone who hasn't done the tour yet: how long does it generally run? 

 

Huzzah!

--OneBoot :D

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The tour itself is an hour or less, but there is travel time both ways and some hanging about while folks shop, so you should expect it to take up at least 2 hours. 

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I totally suggest having any casting items you want written down before going.. especially if you are tossing stuff on the melt table.. it makes it easier to find bins for things that exist already and for ones that need one or more parts cast..  

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11 hours ago, noodlemancer said:

This is my first Reapercon, I'm really excited. :)

 

I've been trying to find out what the factory tour is all about, and I'm not sure if I should schedule time to do it or not since the scheduling with classes is pretty tight. 

Yes. If you plan on returning and your schedule is too packed I'd say do it next year. However, be for warned as regret will set in. It took my wife and I two years before we had an opening to go and there was much regret. We plan on going again this year.

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My volunteer schedule changed where my opening is and now I think I'm going on Thursday afternoon, as long as there is a tour heading out after the 3 pm Sophie Says.  So, I guess that's iffy on whether I'm going... depends on how late the tours run.

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13 hours ago, Inarah said:

The tour itself is an hour or less, but there is travel time both ways and some hanging about while folks shop, so you should expect it to take up at least 2 hours. 

 

Yes. The tour is absolutely worth it, especially if you haven't gone before, but if you're taking the shuttle, I would budget 2-3 hours for the experience. More, if you want to spend time ransacking the Boneyard for metal bits.

 

IMO, bin-hopping in the Boneyard is a bit easier if you have access to your own vehicle, since it makes you less dependent on the shuttle schedule, but don't skip the tour over that.

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11 hours ago, klarg1 said:

 

Yes. The tour is absolutely worth it, especially if you haven't gone before, but if you're taking the shuttle, I would budget 2-3 hours for the experience. More, if you want to spend time ransacking the Boneyard for metal bits.

 

IMO, bin-hopping in the Boneyard is a bit easier if you have access to your own vehicle, since it makes you less dependent on the shuttle schedule, but don't skip the tour over that.

I don't have any metal minis to trade in, but I could just buy them by the pound, right?

I thought that was at the con itself. Is it at the factory and not the con area?

15 hours ago, Mr Melons said:

Yes. If you plan on returning and your schedule is too packed I'd say do it next year. However, be for warned as regret will set in. It took my wife and I two years before we had an opening to go and there was much regret. We plan on going again this year.

I'm pretty sure I had a few hours open, I'll have to look at my schedule again. It sounds like I should go! :)

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melt table is at the con site, not the factory....

 

I missed my chance at the tour last year, definitely going this year....

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Yes, the melt table to turn in metal is at the con. And you can search through the melt table and buy those bits but you're relying on what people drop off there.

 

But if you want to order bits those are at the factory.  Seriously, if you're into bits or uncommon minis going through the bits yard can take up a few hours by itself.

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Removed parts to correct to Ladystorm's correction.
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8 hours ago, nakos said:

Yes, the melt table to turn in metal is at the con. And you can search through the melt table and buy those bits but you're relying on what people drop off there.

 

But if you want to order bits those are at the factory. If you know what bits you want you can order them at the con but if you're going on the tour might as well do it there and possibly just wander the bits yard looking for random surprises. Seriously, if you're into bits or uncommon minis going through the bits yard can take up a few hours by itself.

 

Yep.

 

The melt table is where you turn in metal, and can buy / trade for metal other people have turned in.

 

At the factory, you can cash in melt credit for fresh, shiny parts. You can also purchase them by the ounce, if you so desire.

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9 hours ago, nakos said:

 If you know what bits you want you can order them at the con

No, you cannot.

 

All Bits shopping (ordering) is ONLY available at the Factory.

 

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I went on the tour for the first time last year and it was well worth the time and effort. I too recommend driving yourself over to allow for extra time in the 'bits' area.

 

@ladystorm

 

Last year I had about 8 pounds of 'melt table' credit left over after my tour shopping spree and was told I could use it this year. Is this still true and if so how do I identify my 'credit' when I am ready to purchase bits...?

 

Thanks for your help.

 

J--

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