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GoldenPiggy

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  1. I'm excited for my first ReaperCon, I just wish I did not have to work this morning. I'll be driving up this afternoon, though. I can't wait!
  2. There is a comment on KS from ReaperJon that says you can add items after you have checked out. Also, the refund policy on the KS says they will offer refunds, minus the 10% KS fee. But that wasn't my question anyway, it was whether I could remove something from my order after checking out, which I assume can not be done. I guess I'll wait until things are clearer before checking out, though.
  3. Is there any advantage to checking out now in the Pledge Manager? For example, will they run out of things so I can't add them if I don't buy early enough? I know we can add more later, and I probably won't change my mind about anything I want now, but since this is my first Bones Kickstarter, I'm still a bit unclear on how this works. Can we remove items after checking out and have credit returned?
  4. Reaper customer service is the best. I ordered a miniature that turned out to be missing a piece, and when they sent me a replacement, this fellow was added to the box too. It reminded me, though, that he never showed up during the Bones 6 Kickstarter despite being one of the earliest previews. I wonder where he is, and whether he will show up in the Pledge Manager as an add-on. He looks fantastic, so I hope he shows up with a bunch of his friends. (And goblins always bring friends, right?)
  5. I think they did that on purpose. You know, to get you to buy the core set.
  6. That lizardman shaman is great. The shamans with the firenewts and the Rotstump goblins are pretty good too, actually. A good Kickstarter for shamans, I guess. What is growing on me, though, is the large terrain from Sullenhall. At first I wasn't going to get the expansion because I had no need for the shrine or the crypt, then I thought about buying the expansion but selling those two big pieces, then I thought maybe I would just keep them. Now, though, I fear I am rapidly moving towards "maybe I'll paint those first." The worst part is I don't even know why.
  7. Ferrunk has internalized misogynistic standards of bugbear beauty. Sad, really. But despite that, I like that miniature a lot. Her facial expression clearly says she doesn't put up with sexist crap, and her mace says the same. And those comics about lizardwomen (is that the right term?) are fantastic.
  8. The Reaper retail site has five bugbears in plastic, and nine different ones in metal; only one of the sculpts is available in both materials, though. (And that isn't even counting the "classic" version with a pumpkin for a head!) Maybe one of the Bones bugbears was not released through a Kickstarter. I had not noticed the lack of missile weapons, though; that is odd and unfortunate. Also, I just want to add that, while I love all the bugbears, for some reason I do not understand I love the pumpkin-headed one the best.
  9. Maybe they should try to have more sets that combine shiny dragons (or other flashy Kickstarter models that don't sell well in retail) with mundane creatures. Put a dragon against a party of adventurers, call the dragon a Kickstarter exclusive, then just sell the adventurers that bring in retail dollars. Have a dragon with kobold hirelings. Make a Cthulhu mythos monster surrounded by zombies. In each case, the flashy thing drives Kickstarter pledges that pay for molds for the future retail product, and by making at least some of the big things KS exclusive, it removes the expectation that they need to bring the big things to the store. Just an idea; I have no particular expertise in marketing.
  10. I feel like there were some surprises, like the beefolk and honeythorn lancer, the scarabfolk, and the werehippo. Both the ants and the mongrelfolk felt surprising at the time, as did the giant crayfish, though in retrospect these are fairly conventional monsters that are not often produced as miniatures. What was missing was not surprises but BIG surprises. In general, Reaper went smaller this time around, which I suspect has a lot to do with production capabilities and issues.
  11. I just had a thought. What if Reaper deliberately tried to keep the Kickstarter numbers lower, fully intending to release a bunch of other things in the Pledge Manager to get the total amount to the same level? Instead of raising, say, $2.5 million in Kickstarter and another $1 million added on during the Pledge Manager phase, they are planning to add a lot of additional stuff in the PM and see more money added there? $1.8M in KS + $1.7M in the PM is better for them than $2.5M in KS plus $1M in PM, because they lose less money to Kickstarter's fees. It's (slightly) higher risk because they won't see all of the PM money up front, but in the long run they make more money. Probably a bit too conspiracy-theory-ish there, but it makes a certain logical sense from a certain perspective (as conspiracy theories often do!).
  12. I want those deep ones. The deep gnomes are a bonus; they look like fantastic sculpts. Looks like Reaper wants a little more of my money...
  13. This is exactly the issue that makes a Bones Chronoscope Kickstarter tricky. Maybe if they had several "core" sets separated by theme (horror, cyberpunk, modern, for example), there would be enough buyers to cover costs of production. Or, even better, skip core sets entirely and make them all encounter-based. Start at 8-10 miniatures for $20 in each set, then add a few as stretch goals are reached. Try for add-ons that would be useful across genres, or at least that will sell really well for one genre. It won't be a multi-million dollar Kickstarter, but I think there are a few hundred thousand dollars out there for Chronoscope.
  14. It amazes me when people say here that they don't see anything they want. I suppose if you already have thousands of miniatures, the offerings may almost all be duplicates, but if that is the case and you don't want duplicates, why would you expect to find anything? If you think these minis are not good value, then you are probably asking too much; yes, the price per figure is not quite as good as it has been before, but costs and uncertainty have gone up, and the value is still very good despite that. If you think the quality of the sculpts is not good enough, your standards are just too high. Sure, there are going to be things you don't like. There are plenty of things here I don't particularly like, but there are so many other options too. I just don't understand the "none of these are worth buying" crowd. At all.
  15. How many sets did they add through the Pledge Manager last time? I figure they will release more Legendary Tales that way, especially if they have already paid for the sculpts. I'm still hoping for the Deep Ones.
  16. This is really helpful, especially the specific sizes of the boxes. I looked up Really Useful Boxes after your post in the Kickstarter thread, and I was a little lost sorting through all the size options. I appreciate having some specifics. Also, the magnets and metal bases is really clever. As for what I do, I have no system. I have a few old cardboard miniature boxes with foam inserts, and I have a few other boxes in which I have added foam for padding. With my collection at *only* a few hundred miniatures, I can do this sort of ad hoc storage, but as I get more (including a few hundred from the Bones 6 Kickstarter in 18 months or so), I really need a better system. I would love to hear from others, though, before settling on anything specific.
  17. More than that, if I don't paint this set first! Probably well over two years. I also have to overcome the problem of a lack of artistic talent. I'll figure it out.
  18. I love this idea in principle. There is just one problem: I am not even remotely close to being a good enough artist to pull that off. I can mostly paint within the lines, I just can't draw the lines myself, so anything fancier than solid colors is a stretch for me. EDIT: I forgot to add that they announced that it would be a standard 1" base. You can see that bit of information (with the pictures) here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/reaperbones5/bones-6-tales-from-the-green-griffin/posts/3492700.
  19. I wonder if one could paint one of the 1" bases the same as the carpet, and use that to fill the gap when nobody is standing on it. It would probably still leave an unsightly circle, but at least it would be removable.
  20. This is an excellent argument that rests on the highly dubious assumption that I will not still make trips to the hobby store, or buy other minis. Oh, I absolutely agree that there is no such thing as too many miniatures. My wife, however has different ideas about that... For the record, it was an offhanded comment, not a major objection. I am a long ways from ruining my marriage here. (Though if she forced me to choose between her and the minis...) These are excellent points, though. My wife is not into miniatures or RPGs or related areas at all, all part of our marriage that works despite a lack of common interests. Fortunately, I can afford this hobby without any real budget concerns; this was not true, say, ten years ago, which is part of the reason why I only took up this hobby again recently. Whether I get them painted or actually use them in a game are non-issues as long as I can work out #4: storage. She hates clutter, and she invariably sees miniatures as clutter. I do need to work out storage solutions, though, as my miniatures currently don't really fit in the containers I have for them. If I can solve that problem, my big Bones 6 order should cause no real marital difficulties. Your storage system looks really good, though; I think I need to abandon my efforts to create low-budget storage and just buy nicer plastic boxes for the figures.
  21. There are much worse problems to have. I'm glad I have some time to think about how to explain the sheer volume of miniatures that will be arriving in 18-24 months. She already thinks I have too many miniatures...
  22. Since I don't have a huge pile of miniatures (a few hundred I would guess, but I haven't counted), I do have disposable income, and I love to paint minis, maybe I am part of the target audience? I'm not sure. I do like most of what I see, and I have the added bonus that shipping costs should not be too bad (even if Texas were to secede from the U.S., I would still be in the same country, just a couple hundred miles down the road from Reaper). I plan to get the core set and four expansions (Hakir just doesn't offer enough that I would actually use in a game to make it worth the $50). I'll get more than a few extras too. I have no idea how I will paint that anniversary dragon since I have never painted anything like it before, but I'll find some way. Then I need to devise a way to get him on the table, to the chagrin of the PCs...
  23. This comment sent me to look at the Bones 5 Kickstarter page and do some quick math. If someone bought all the add-ons from Bones 5, excluding the extra core set pieces, and did not buy either core set or expansions, they would have spent $592. That number for this kickstarter is $268 so far. Leave out the paints (and the learn-to-paint kit last time), and the numbers are $516 vs. $232. I suspect the reduced options are an effort to simplify shipping headaches, but it may have cost a lot of pledges to buy that streamlining. EDIT: I forgot to mention that I absolutely agree that we need some cool add-ons in the little time remaining, both to drive up pledge numbers and because I just want to buy more.
  24. I wonder how many people have said this, then ended up spending a bunch more money by the time the Pledge Manager closes?
  25. I can't speak for others, but they look fantastic to me. A giant lizard was not at the very top of my wish list, but it was in my top ten. A flumph is something I did not know I wanted, but I am honestly excited to get anything that has been around since 1st edition AD&D. I like my monsters old-school and a little weird, and a flumph fits that description perfectly.
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