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  1. 12 hours ago, JoeGKushner said:

    I'm a miniature painter and couldn't really figure out what to buy for the new Conan miniatures. Sigh. Hopefully the next one does it better.

     

    The next one is going to be all new adventure Mode content. The new minis from the BtM campaign, some new minis that weren't in the last one (they just showed some ghouls on their fb page), the temple map (and possibly another map), and the tome of skelos. 

    There will be limited Barbarian and King level pledges from the first campaign, and they might have some remaining stock of the smaller add-ons in the pm.

  2. 7 hours ago, Tasso said:

    Guy apparently mortgaged his house to make sure MBP 1.5 could be fully delivered after it ran into problems. KS is littered with projects where the creators faced the same situation and instead let the entire project fall apart (often while pretending for years afterward that some miracle would eventually happen and they would deliver). Guess I’m still going to feel it is unfortunate his vision doesn’t seem to be working out for him when he put that much on the line to get here. 

     

    It wasn't for MBP, it was for this campaign. If you read his statement, because BtM was risky, and his project, he took out a loan on his house so that if it didn't work, Monolith wouldn't suffer.

    2 hours ago, Disciple of Sakura said:

    What the absolute heck? They weren't even live for a day, and cancelled it with time to go, because they hadn't made their goal already?

     

    Ugh. What a frustrating process. To heck with this.

     

    It went live on Monday, so up for two days (I know, that's nitpicky), but the preview was also up for two weeks before that.

    There were more pledges for legacy content than there were for BtM content, and the whole point of the campaign was to launch BtM. Essentially what he did was set his pride aside to listen to what the backers were saying which was basically two things:

    1. They want more content for Adventure Mode and to be able to get the things they missed in the first Conan campaign

    2. They thought the campaign was confusing and didn't understand the point of BtM (and in his statement he takes full accountability for this).

     

    Here's the official statement from the update after the cancellation:

     

    Hello,

    First of all, I would like to thank everyone who followed us and participated in this campaign. 250K remains a very nice sum and I am fully aware that many designers would love to reach these numbers. However, as high as it is, this amount would unfortunately not cover the development and licensing costs necessary for the successful launch of the range.

    It is now more than obvious that the Beyond the Monolith offer did not attract enough pledgers to complete the project. I had high hopes for the concept and take full, personal responsibility for this failure. As I wrote yesterday on my Facebook page, I was unable to properly explain either the concept or the campaign. I thought the discount system was worthwhile and promising, but it quickly became obvious that it didn’t make sense to people and was not an appetizing incentive. I had hoped that the large drop in prices on existing models would outweigh negative reactions to offering duplicates. Again, this was a monumental mistake. I thought that setting a realistic funding threshold in relation to the project’s costs would express our respect and seriousness. [aa1] I made transparency and communication a priority and worked hard to explain the choices we made. Unfortunately, due to my poor language skills, I was only able to do this on French-speaking social networks.

    Is a relaunch possible?

    Yes. But it is now obvious that between BTM and Conan's Adventure mode, the pledgers' hearts are overwhelmingly with the latter.

    If there is a relaunch, the offer will have to be completely revised. Put aside BTM (Who knows? Maybe in a few years, with some work and the right formula...), focus on Adventure Mode only (including Matt’s solo/co-op system), and give the Conan community what it wants.

    I would also like to make it clear that Matt John continuously maintained that we should focus on Adventure mode. We often disagreed, but he has always been the voice of the community. He was right and I was wrong. When I took over the reins of Monolith, I mistakenly distanced myself from the community. He did not. Today, I wish I had listened to him. I know that he often took it upon himself to announce unpopular decisions that were mine. I would like to thank him publicly for his tenacity, which in the end convinced me that I was on the wrong track and that there was no point in being stubborn.

    As far as I'm concerned, today, “down for the count”... But I will get back up. As many of you know, given the experimental nature of the campaign, I financed it entirely from my personal savings so as not to burden Monolith with the risk—I gambled and lost. “That’s Poker”

    We have to proceed in order. Right now, I'm going to focus on getting Batman Season 2 properly delivered. Production has left China and is heading to the Hubs. Here's the shipment schedule:

    -  Australia (Aetherworks): The ship left China on January 13th and will arrive in Sydney on the 24th.

    -  Canada (Snake n’ Lattes): The ship left China on January 9th and is expected to arrive in Toronto on February 5th.

    -  Europe (Meeple Logistique): The ship left China on January 6th and is expected to arrive in Antwerp on the 31st.

    -  USA (Fun Again): The ship left China on January 11th and delivery to Indianapolis is expected shortly after February 6th.

    -  Asia: The shipment is being transported by truck to the VFI Asia warehouses and should arrive in early February.

    Then, once the boxes have reached our pledgers, I will  launch the new Conan KS, which this time, I hope, will be what the community is looking for (I will listen Matt). It will most likely be a smaller, less ambitious campaign, but, after a fall, I prefer to get up slowly.

    Thank you for your understanding and for all your support and feedback.

    Fred Henry.

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  3. 19 hours ago, kodiakbear said:

     

     

    Well I bought Mythic Battles. Pantheon just for the minis even if it is a high rated game, so if this means I can get just the minis for Mythic Battles Ragnarök I am all for it.

     

    It won't work that way. They'll probably release what they are calling a "second life kit" for Mythic Battles (Pantheon and/or Ragnarok), but that would essentially be all the non-miniature components you would need (activation tiles, scenarios, etc...) to use your Mythic Battles minis with the new VS system.

  4. On 11/16/2019 at 10:35 AM, Knight of the Dinner Table said:

    hm ... not sure. Looks nice, but Tainted Grail hast not even started shipping and Etherfields has more or less just recently opened the pledge manager.

     

    The first wave of Tainted Grail started shipping a week or two ago.

  5. On 10/8/2019 at 11:34 AM, Maledrakh said:

    This is the kind of project where I would be all over the monsters, if they were available seperately or in a just the minis pledge. But as it stands it is far too expensive.

     

    They've said that the Mystery Chest (the box of enemy minis) will be available as an add-on in the pledge manager, but I'm not sure if you need to have a base pledge to get it or if you can pledge $1 and do so.

  6. I think price is one thing. It's not the plastic fest that you get from a lot of other campaigns. While it's not quite the value of other games, I don't think the base game itself is too overpriced (it is a little, though). The trees add-on seems to be, though. I'm not sure why two more trees would cost that much.

    The War game at least had a BoW playthrough video, so I wouldn't say there's no substance behind it, but they need to have a workable version of the rulebook if/when they relaunch. The Origins game, on the other hand, was concerning a lot of people because of the lack of information. I think that's where you might be correct in saying that people were pulled in by what they saw and then found nothing behind it.

    In the beginning they were actually very communicative, and reacted pretty quickly to correct some errors on the page, and they did at least try to add some more value to the trees box by adding the bridges to it (although it was still overpriced with those). The communication definitely went downhill when things started to go sideways, though.

    I'm not sure why they haven't cancelled it, and that part is concerning. In their statement they said they're in contact with other game professionals. I know Leo from Mythic wrote a very positive review on his fb page before the campaign launched (and they also shared this in an update), so possibly Mythic or Monolith might get involved, since they're French (complete and unfounded speculation on my part)?

    If they actually work on the bullet points they listed out in their last update and partner up with someone with more KS experience I could see them potentially being able to successfully re-launch it, but who knows?

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  7. 15 hours ago, talion78 said:

    They have quite a few bits for season 2 on their FB page...and yes I believe everything season 1 will also be available

    Even more on the discord channel (I don't have the link on hand). They've asked that those be kept on that channel, though, as it's not an "official" release. They have said that the all-n (for Season 2 only) will be $300, but that there will be a fair amount of alt-sculpts and minor characters that you might not feel you need.

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  8. They've said today that they plan on lowering the price of the reforestation box. I'm not sure how that's going to work since it would affect the all in price and you can't change a pledge tier once it has backers in it. They have been pretty responsive to questions and concerns however.

     

    Here's what they said about the first campaign; "WYSIWYGames launched a KS over last the year to help a game already made to be funded to produce other chapters for this boardgame but the KS had been finaly canceled because the offer didn't match a KS campain. This boardgame had been well sold through retailers instead In France and Belgium."

     

    I'm not entirely sure if that means they took the expansions to retail instead of using Kickstarter, or if they're saying the campaign didn't do well because the game was available retail.

  9. 5 minutes ago, Carnacki the Ghost Finder said:

    Am I just stupid or does the "all-in" pledge (not early bird) cost five dollars more than the backer's choice pledge plus the reforestation add-on?

     

    Yeah, they added the Backer's Choice pledge after people asked for it. Not sure if they messed up the price, or what, but it does come out to cheaper if you do it that way.

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  10. On 6/16/2018 at 5:49 PM, Knight of the Dinner Table said:

    I don't believe that ... but I'm having other misgivings, especially the fact that I find watching those game play videos extremely tedious, partially because the game play does not grab me.

    One thing that they've said about the game play videos is that you have to liken this more to something like a role playing game. Watching videos of people playing D&D can be a downright snoozefest, whereas playing the game yourself is obviously much more engaging.

    It's been a really odd campaign. They're still gaining backers, but so many people seem to have jumped on that early bird "just because" and are now leaving that it's grinding to a standstill. Hopefully they can get it moving forward again.

  11. I'm also in the U.S. and had minimal problems with shipping. I got everything on time except for the RPG book, which Funagain said the post office lost. I also had one mini that was bent to an extreme that I was uncomfortable trying the hot water treatment with, and my core box was split at a cormer. I sent an e-mail to Funagain, and in about three weeks I had replacements for all three.

     

    Gameplay wise I love it. There's so many different mechanics that play into effect, from the draft to the dice to card management. I haven't tried the scenarios yet, but skirmish is loads of fun, and I am not normally a skirmish player (I've never even tried it for Imperial Assault). I know it's just anecdotal, but when we demoed it at GenCon before the Kickstarter two of my friends who don't really buy boardgames liked it enough that they ended up backing. And one of the guys in my regular group said it's the most fun he's had with a game.

     

    I don't know what effect Monolith having sole ownership will have, but I also really enjoy Conan, and I think a lot of people's complaints about that were way overblown. I'll definitely be back all in for Ragnarok, and unless they really screw something up, for Egypt as well. It's a bummer you've had such a lousy experience.

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  12. 2 hours ago, HornedTurtle said:

    I backed Mythic Battles: Pantheon, which is being produced jointly by Monolith Board Games LLC and Mythic Games.  It is supposed to deliver in December, but who knows.  It makes me a little wary for another Kickstarter project to start before the first one is finished.  That said communication has been good on the Pantheon page.

    From everything they've been saying, MB:Pantheon is still on track to ship on time, barring things that are out of their control (Customs, etc...). I'm willing to bet that it was either launch this now, or with the holidays they would probably have to wait until next year.

    Given that we've pretty much seen production samples for almost everything from MB, and I do believe Quirkworthy has stated that things are on boats, I'm not too worried about them launching this one, except where my wallet is concerned.

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  13. 20 hours ago, Rahz said:

    Thiago has stated a few times now that will not be many add-ons and that most SGs will just be included in the base pledge.  So other than folks ordering more than 1 copy (which he's confirmed you can do), I expect a pretty slow and steady run from here to the end.  

    Oh man am I glad to read this. I was concerned with this and Village Attacks happening at the same time, and the PM for Vampire Hunters launching soon, that I'd be in big trouble.

  14. 10 hours ago, pcktlnt said:

    For those that have not closed their pledges, the pledge manager ends on March 7th. No clue what time.

     

    I've read through some comments and updates and found out the game will not have a retail presence. Enough copies will be printed for backers and some will be sold through their online store. Extra prints will be sold through their online presence. In addition, there is no organized play. Made it easier to not purchase all the things.

     

    Went in for the Titan's expansion just cause of solo play.

    Not sure where you're getting the bolded information from. They've repeatedly stated the opposite, that they are very much planning on having organized play. How much not having the game in normal retail outlets will affect this might be a point for discussion, but I've never seen them say anywhere that there will not be OP. They've also said that the retail availability through their store will be mostly affected by the popularity of the items, so it's not necessarily that they will only have an amount of copies equal to the amount needed to fulfill KS orders, sell the rest, and then never be available again, but that the availability/future printing will depend on how well it sells through their online store.

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