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Bender

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  1. Bender

    Reaper Miniatures Bones 3, Launches July 7th

    Please don't do dinosaurs. I promised myself not to spend too much on this kickstarter Depends what you call RL accuracy. To make Jurassic World, it was judged that dinosaurs without feathers would be better for sales, just like they found the velociraptor too small and the deinonychus too difficult to pronounce, so they mixed them up. Originally they at least had the excuse that computer graphics was not sufficiently advanced to do feathers, but now the damage is done and everybody imagines their dinosaurs featherless.
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    Reaper Miniatures Bones 3, Launches July 7th

    Bones II, I took the large shipping costs and VAT because the low $ made up for most of the difference. Now, with the $ stronger, I'll only consider backing if there is a EU option. It is not the VAT itself which is the problem, though, I have no problem paying VAT, but shipping and handling: - I need to pay an additional 30$ for handling, which almost disappears completely if handling is divided over an entire container - I payed about 21 $ (shipping, handling, VAT all included) for a large box of Zombicide 3 stuff, and 140 $ (shipping only) for a slightly bigger Bones II box (VAT was obviously a lot more for the Bones, because of the higher value). Anyway, one thing I like to see is old, ugly and/or fat women. Don't get me wrong, I've got nothing against skinny, sexy women, but I recently went through my pile of bones to find a suitable mini for an elderly female wizard of realistic proportions and came up with one option: a waitress.
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    Questions About the Kickstarter, now that it is over

    I'm a ROW backer and will have 2 boxes shipped to me (together with 4 friends). Is it possible to put a declared value of 150$ on one box and (total - 150$) on the other box? Suppose I switch to three boxes, that would be 150$ on two boxes and (total - 300$) on the last. Earlier you told me that you'd divide it 50%-50% or 33%-33%-33%, but since that's not the correct value anyway, I don't think it would make a difference how you divide the amount. That would save us 30$ in handling on each box past the first. We'll live, but it seems minimal effort to avoid this additional cost.
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    Bones Kickstarter #2 Pre-discussion

    I'm perfectly happy with the unpainted mini's, so I can gather more unpainted mini's with a pure conscience.
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    Bones Kickstarter #2 Pre-discussion

    There would be no point in early bird specials. The only reason to do such is to make sure you get funded. For me, starting in the morning is perfect, so it is afternoon for me. I do have an opening reception, but I might sneak out for a short break :-) (if Kickstarter isn't down at that point) countdown doesn't work properly for me though, points to 9 am in UTC+1
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    Bones Kickstarter #2 Pre-discussion

    It doesn't say "soon". It says "sooner than you think". But I'm now thinking it's going to start today, and it claims to start sooner than that...
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    Bones Kickstarter #2 Pre-discussion

    But now they won't need the lower pledge levels to get people in and get the momentum started. My only problem with the lower pledge levels is that it made the "original 30" at 60$ a non-option as add-on.
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    Bones Kickstarter #2 Pre-discussion

    My point is that at the one million mark, KS 1 already had 30 stretch goals, and it started at 30.000. At the rate they updated, that would mean they pass stretch goals before they get a chance to announce them in a teaser, which defeats the whole purpose of stretch goals. I don't think it really matters, because the end result will be very similar either way, but it might avoid awkward late updates. For me, it doesn't matter either way; being in my time zone, I predict the 500.000 mark will be crossed by the time I get to see it. Once past the initial goals, I expect them to put the stretch goals at a similar rate as last time. They'll probably be spaced slightly further apart, because they expect more backers and the predicted cost of adding the free minis to all backers might be higher this time.
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    Bones Kickstarter #2 Pre-discussion

    Instead of blowing through 30 stretch goals on the first day and lacking the time to update, they might consider putting the initial goal a bit higher, so they could offer e.g. immediately 150 mini's for the Vampire equivalent and even a bunch of add-ons, to make an amazing deal right from the start. Going though the stretch goals is more fun, of course, but if they're all blown away right from the start it's rather pointless, and there'll be plenty of stretch goals to come afterwards. It's not like there is any risk that it won't be funded, not even if the initial funding goal is one million dollar.
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    Bones Kickstarter #2 Pre-discussion

    The heart of man is easily corrupted. If in any way possible, I expect them to aim for a more impressive deal and double the amount of backers.
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    Bones Kickstarter #2 Pre-discussion

    I'll be happy to pay a flat $50 or $75 taxes included if they send from within the EU.
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    Bones Kickstarter #2 Pre-discussion

    I hope reaper reads their own forum and found this, or at least find it here. They can immediately take care of the customs as well. It would be cheaper for everyone, and give a lot more certainty. I think they can attract a lot more international backers if they can guarantee that the pledge + international shipping is all you pay. No delays in customs, and no uncertainty about additional costs. I did like the flat shipping rate, independant of the order. That probably saves them money anyway, just by avoiding all the additional administration. (related to the topic discussed: no chronoscope for me, please :) )
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    Bones Kickstarter #2 Pre-discussion

    Well, I did encounter the kickstarter after the mummy level stopped being relevant, so that could explain my feeling. In the second kickstarter, a mummy level would stop being relevant after at most 2 hours. My main issue is that the original 30 add on was insanely expensive compared to everything else, while I would definately have considered it for a lower price.
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    Bones Kickstarter #2 Pre-discussion

    If the minis offered correspond to what I want, I will most likely back (in short: of course I will), and what I want is monsters (DnD/pathfinder) and animals, including those often used for summoning, wild shape and animal companion. A remark about the first kickstarter: the mummy level was ridiculous. 60 $ for 30 minis, while vampire was 75 $ for 240 minis. It was equally ridiculous to buy the original 30 as an add on for another 60 $. I would really have liked to add them to have multiples of the monsters, but throwing in another 75 $ to get 200 minis I don't need was a bit too much. I can see a reason for existence for something like the "dungeon attack" level, but after that, I think it should immediately be the vampire equivalent, with the original monsters as reasonable add on. (I'm ignoring all the levels with caps and T-shirts and Sofies, because I don't care about them, but they don't bother me either). It is a smart move from Reaper to announce the kickstarter a few months in advance. It gives time for the word to spread, the excitement to built, backers to save money and their partners to get used to the idea of spending heaps of money to silly toys. I wonder how much future backers will refrain from backing other kickstarters because of this.
  15. I'll add another vote for RotRL sets :)
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