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  1. Y'know, I get a lot of bulletins from Kickstarter. I also have a lot of friends on Facebook who post about various Kickstarters. And lor' knows I've helped fund enough Kickstarters. So, yeah, I guess I'm a Kickstarter kind of guy. But this morning, I was thinking: my life, as far as miniatures, used to be simple. There were miniatures I wanted, and miniatures I did not want. That was it. Two categories. Two choices. I either want a given product, or I do not. It's not manufacturer exclusive, either -- there are Reaper products I want, and will buy at some point, and there are other Reaper products I will leave on the pegboard. Do not want. Nothin' against Reaper or the product in question... I simply don't WANT that particular thing. But ever since Kickstarters began popping up like popcorn, and I discovered the joys of a successfully funded one that treats me like a mensch and comes across with the rewards, albeit maybe a little delayed, I've discovered new realms, and new complications... hence new categories. 1. STUFF I WANT. Most Reaper dragons fall into this category, as well as a variety of products from different manufacturers. Some I will buy next Friday. Others will have to wait, for one reason or another. 2. STUFF I DON'T WANT. Sorry, Reaper, I have all the orcs I am ever going to need. You want to sell me orcs? Need something new and outstanding. Nothing against Tre's orcs -- the reason I don't want them is because I already have more than I know what to DO with. But this category is for "minis I will not buy," for whatever reason. 3. STUFF I WANT BUT DON'T WANT TO SUPPORT. And this is where we get into Kickstarters. I can think of one KS that's offering this one critter I would like to have... but I have reason to mistrust the outfit running the KS. I'd have to support the KS to the tune of some forty bucks to get this one item, and that's assuming they're trustworthy and will actually produce and distribute the product before the pigs fly home to their nests for the winter. 4. STUFF I WANT TO SUPPORT BUT DON'T NECESSARILY WANT. And there's a lovely kickstarter going right now with some really impressive looking goblins. They look like they'd be fun to paint. But they are not offering product in a way that makes it easy for ME. That's what Stretch Goals should be about -- I send you five bucks or whatever, and can then access individual items I like, rather than having to buy a cargo pod full of stuff I don't want in order to get what I DO want. I'd sure like a sprue of three or five goblins, but I don't want enough of them to launch a full scale invasion of Canada. Sigh. Yeah, I know, I'm whining. Would that the entire third world should have problems as ugly and debilitating as mine...
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