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  1. odinsgrandson

    World War II Zombie Cake Topper

    I'll be there. Anne and David talked me into teaching some classes even.
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    World War II Zombie Cake Topper

    This is a cake topper that I made for a couple that met through playing Call of Duty: Zombies. Naturally, they wanted their cake topper to be fighting zombies wearing World War 2 uniforms. Couples like this make me so happy. I had a lot of fun researching the uniforms for the topper. I posed the one on the right to be climbing from a lower level of the tiered cake, so in this presentation he looks like he’s doing an awkward dance.
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    Altar Quest

    I think it is interesting how much like Hero Quest everything here looks. I think I have less nostalgia, because I tend to prefer dungeon crawlers that are a bit farther away from that aesthetic.
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    Confrontation: Classic

    I agree that the math is bad, but Sans Detour are either outright lying or they're doing their math very wrong. Here's what they said in upate 56: So- they believe that they have costed out the price of the metal miniatures at the $299 Euro price, and end up with a small profit. So they believe (or at least say) that producing those 254 miniatures in metal will cost a little less than 299. If they think that 'a mini' costs $1 (which is a low average for human sized minis) then that works out. They could even pay as much as $1.30 per mini and it would still work out in their favor (at least at the current exchange rates). $1.30 probably isn't a bad average for a human mini. They'd still need to take a hit on the molds and shipping (I presume that's what the new deal is for). They definitely don't figure that a wolfen is four times as much pewter as a normal human mini, and aren't accounting for the MANY very large models that we're looking at. They claim that the value of the box is "over" $1350- which works out to an average of $5 each mini and is WAY below MSRP for the set (MSRP would probably be triple that number). Part of me really wonders how they got this number.
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    Confrontation: Classic

    - This update is making me think that this project is more about incompetence with an unhealthy amount of safety netting than a true scam with criminal intent. If they intend to deliver, then offering refunds is a great idea. Seriously, it will cost them significantly more to produce and ship a pledge than it will to refund the 300 Euros. The trouble is that I suspect it is still net negative at $500 (they're still only charging $2 per mini). I can imagine how they did their math. They called up their caster, the caster told them how much "a mini" usually costs on average, they assumed that all of their minis were average, multiplied by 254 and viola!
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    Confrontation: Classic

    There have been a few cases in the US where an attorney general of some state has taken a Kickstarter creator to task. The first one that I remember hearing about was for the board game "The Doom that Came to Atlantic City." There was a single backer who took Star Citizen to court, and was awarded a 'refund' of sorts (he had given Star Citizen a LOT of money). The Coolest Cooler campaign went to retail, and it seemed like they intended to ignore their backers for a while. A court ruling made it so that the backers got their coolers. On the other hand, attorney generals have also dismissed cases- like with Super Dungeon Legends (the attorney general said that the evidence indicates that said Kickstarer's failure is not criminal, and indicated that backers were free to pursue the mostly broke company with a civil suit). So far, all of the examples I know of are in the US.
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    Confrontation: Classic

    Yeah- after what Paizo said, I'm convinced this is what happened with Ninja Division. I could see the same thing going on at Sans Detour, but the incompetence has to be even more egregious here.
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    Confrontation: Classic

    - Ok. I want to do some math. Here's the math that I think Sans Detour is doing: I'm going to start with real figures that significantly underestimate the cost of this project. To cast a human sized character will cost around $1-$1.50 each. If somehow those 254 minis could average $1 each, then it only costs $254 to make a set. A box of 250 metal minis is extremely heavy. Shipping a box of that much pewter is going to cost about $60 on the low end (probably a LOT more since they're shipping world wide). Look at that- they're able to make and deliver a single box for $314. They got about $310 per set (convert $299 to dollars and subtract 10% for Kickstarter). So with some serious blinders to reality, they're just barely pulling it in the red. If we account that they charged a bit for shipping, they're just barely in the black. This matches their claim that the Celebration Boxes cost to produce are barely lower than what they charged. Of course, that doesn't account for the 60k that they'll need to spend on molds, it figures that the terrain, dice and books are free, and it assumes a very low estimate on what each mini will cost (have a look at this graphic and tell me if you think these minis will average $1 to produce). I didn't do a count, but I feel like a LOT of those minis are significantly bulkier than a normal human sized mini. I mean, there are a lot of big guys in there - bulky dwarves, goblins and orcs, - really big Wolfen, Demons, Ogres, Ophidians and Minotaurs, and - huge trolls, and a griffon - quite a bit of cavalry- including that massive Orc. If they are making new molds (and they say that they are) then any of these that are more than one piece will add to that cost (there are a lot that are one piece minis, but a lot of them are four or more pieces). Seriously, I'm not sure that they'll be able to make a profit at the $600 price tag.
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    Confrontation: Classic

    NEW NEWS! Sans Common Sense have graciously reopened the pledge manager and WILL ONCE AGAIN BE OFFERING THE CELEBRATION BOX! This is for all of those poor folks who didn't get it because they'd preferred metal. Well, isn't that nice of them? It will, of course, cost more than the Early Bird price that everyone on the Kickstarter got. It will cost 500 Euros at first, then in a couple of months, it will bump up to $600. In a move no one expected, it seems that they will be offering refunds to backers of the Celebration Box (since there are some folks who don't want the metal miniatures). This is undoubtedly a net positive, since it will cost them more to produce a single box than it will to give out a refund.
  10. So, I'm wondering exactly what the right thing to do is. Normally, I'd say that owning up to your screw ups is the right thing to do, but I get the impression that admitting that a project ran through its funds will hurt your chances of pulling enough money together to actually fulfill. Clearly, there's a point at which this is a legitimate business strategy, and at some point it is an unintentional Ponzi scheme. But I feel like it is hard to tell exactly when the one turns into the other, you know?
  11. That's what it looks like- and the comments and funding numbers show that this is what the backers believe. However, Steamforged recently got an investment of $9 million into their business. If they had screwed up their finances, that is (probably) enough money to get them back on track.
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    Devil May Cry boardgame by Steamforged Games, Kickstarter

    The way that Steamforged brings up the investment news when people claim that they're using new KS money to fulfill previous obligations makes me think that they're using the investment money to fulfill previous obligations. However, they have never indicated that they're out of money for any of their projects. While I think that it is possible, it is also possible that this is not the case. It does make me wonder when Kickstarter started up their "Cannot run a 2nd or 3rd campaign before previous ones are done." But the concerns that kept the funding levels low for Devil May Cry were: - Previous unfulfilled obligations seen as red flag that they may not fulfill. - Previous delivered games have serious criticisms. Dark Souls made a fantastic demo, but the finished game has serious pacing issues (there are fan mods, and even two official mods to fix this). Resident Evil doesn't have gameplay criticisms, but some folks really hated on the board design (because it was very dark). I kind of feel like Steamforged need an unqualified hit from one of their Kickstarter games in order to get things back on track.
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    The Goblin King is Angry

    Was expecting to see David Bowie.
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    King of Tokyo!

    Thanks. I was pretty happy with how the purple shading came out against the orange-brown fur.
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    King of Tokyo!

    King of Tokyo is a fun and short game about Kaiju monsters battling it out over their favorite city. The game comes with some nice standees- which I am keeping to use when I feel like transporting the game easily. But I’ve always thought that the game could use some nice miniatures instead. So I set out to create miniatures for it. Each of these started out as one of the old plastic miniatures from Monsterpocalypse. They’ve all been converted to varying degrees (the Cyberkitty took a lot more alterations than Gigasaur). Anyway, here they are the first three. I’ll get photos of the others as I finish them.