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I'm also a shade concerned with Mierce. I've backed enough with them (almost every project) that I get their slow release schedule easily slips into years. I'm surprised they've managed to stay afloat this long on the backs of a few whales and the endless SALE EXTENDED nonsense, just a weird business model.

But most of the great sculptors are long gone and I've got stuff in the queue from 2016. Basically one guy digitally sculpts the bulk of the line now, and their concepting has gone from a dern Kopinski to someone who can't even complete a good digital drawing.

The digital guy (Bob) is a decent sculptor, at least, based on the few Jutes I've received that he did. But 5 years for a single mini is a bit much, even for me. At that rate, we'll be into our next Presidency by the time he gets around to the 2 unit host I backed in 2018.

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2 hours ago, CashWiley said:

I'm also a shade concerned with Mierce. I've backed enough with them (almost every project) that I get their slow release schedule easily slips into years. I'm surprised they've managed to stay afloat this long on the backs of a few whales and the endless SALE EXTENDED nonsense, just a weird business model.

But most of the great sculptors are long gone and I've got stuff in the queue from 2016. Basically one guy digitally sculpts the bulk of the line now, and their concepting has gone from a dern Kopinski to someone who can't even complete a good digital drawing.

The digital guy (Bob) is a decent sculptor, at least, based on the few Jutes I've received that he did. But 5 years for a single mini is a bit much, even for me. At that rate, we'll be into our next Presidency by the time he gets around to the 2 unit host I backed in 2018.

 

Yeah, I've pretty much given up on getting my remaining stuff from them (luckily it was only 3 minis).

Even though their Kickstarter progress was slow, they at least used to put new stuff out on a regular basis, now it just seems to be the occasional big, fancy monster.

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Yeah, I still have A LOT of stuff outstanding from Mierce.  I did receive more in November though, so at least there is progress.  And some of the other stuff I requested in metal, so I know that slows things down even more.  But ultimately I think I'm done supporting them in the future.  There are plenty of good digital sculptors out there and I do have a resin printer that costs much less to operate.  I've actually considered asking Rob if they would simply provide stl files instead of the physical models and I'll call it good.

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I’ve never backed anything by Mierce but I did get burned by Jody Siegel of Imbrian Arts so I sympathize. 
 

I’ve grown really concerned about a table-sized battle map that was due in the spring and the creator has repeatedly had issues trying to ship the product. They’ve posted pictures of the completed maps, but the global shipping picture isn’t improving any time soon. 
 

As such, I haven’t been backing as many Kickstarters over the past 6 months and don’t see my concerns abating any time soon. The cost of shipping from the EU has gotten so high that I don’t tend to back projects from that part of the world. 

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lessee... 
As of right now... I've got 23 successful pledges, 1 still open, 3 pledges I canceled before it finished and 1 that the project was canceled.

 

of the successful ones, 17 have finished fulfilment or at least the parts that I backed for are fulfiled. (or 2 I just threw in a no reward on)

I still have open 

Battletech: Clan Invasion - I was in for a buck but talked myself out of going in more, so I guess I have what I want from this one too

Bones 5 - well we know where this one is.

Skies of Sordane - Partially fulfilled, still a bit to go.

Jon Wrot games mystery dice - In development (Estimated Fulfilling in May)

Oroboros Cyber City - In Development

The Ancestors Tenjin - In development

 

 

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Terrain Essentials - received 1/14/21

Mammoth maps table mat (April 2020)

D&D Condition Rings Set - received 1/13/21

Creatures & Monsters (December 2020)

Blacklist Miniatures (December 2020)

Limitless Encounters vol 3 (March 2021)

Shard Tabletop (March 2021)

Bones 5 (April 2021)

Throne Down Games (April 2021)

Immersive Battle Atlas (April 2021)

Wildlands by Dwarven Forge (June 2021)

The Book of Collected Rumors (June 2021)

Monster Scenery: Ice Wilds (July 2021)

Dungeon & Lasers 2nd Edition (August 2021)

The Wilderness Books (December 2021)

Dangerous Destinations (February 2022)

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Backed, no delay yet: 

The Wandering Village (Video Game)

Elixer Dice

Reaper Miniatures Bones 5

Beasts of Mesozoic action figures (first wave figures delivered)

 

Delayed:

Jim Hensons busts

Book of Travels (Video Game)

Away (video game)

Prehistoric Kingdom

 

Probably never delivering:

 

Dino run 2 (Video game)

Prehistoric Skulls and Skeleton brass (very sad about this one, his first KS delivered no problem but went too overboard on this one)

 

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In summary:

Backed: 74

Delivered: 67

Delivered in part (but ultimately failed): 2

Failed/scam: 1

Late: 3

Not at delivery date yet: 1

 

The ones I'm waiting on are Gangfight skirmish system, which gods knows where that is up to, at last count they were trying to finalise printing; Secret Weapon HD bases, which I'm not expecting to be an issue, but I'm not sure if I'll be able to get what I planned; Desert of the Dead, which is shipping and Bones V.

 

More recently I've been backing STLs because I just can't justify postage costs to AU. 
 

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38 bucks US shipping for my Massive Darkness all-in gameplay (plus dice and zombicide kit).

You'd think with unprecedented shipping globally, prices would actually come down due to volume.

 

edited to add: given the experience my purge of CMON packaging last year, the vast majority of what will likely be 2-3 large shipping boxes full of wasteful packaging will likely fit in the core game box. CMON has a serious packaging problem, which is becoming critical as shipping costs rise, even if you're not environmentally concerned.

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You'd think with unprecedented shipping globally, prices would actually come down due to volume.

 

Demand has recently increased, on top of supply chain disruption.

 

Port Congestion: Many countries have responded to the pandemic by imposing lockdown or restricting movement. Some retailers and manufacturers fail to pick up their cargo and containers because their warehouses are full or closed. Some ports remain open but have reduced workforce, which exacerbates the cargo congestion. This causes disruption of the supply chain, including movement of essential goods and foodstuffs. The cargo lying uncollected at ports creates congestion and takes up space, reducing capacity for incoming cargo and containers. Some ports have taken the precaution to declare ‘force majeure’ to pre-empt claims and legal liability. The closure of ports and port congestion have caused disruptions in the supply chain and import and exports.

https://www.maritime-executive.com/editorials/the-impact-of-the-covid-19-pandemic-on-shipping

 

The widening impact COVID-19 is having on retail and manufacturing demand is creating the need for two importing speeds. Cargo owners such as apparel and automotive importers want to delay receiving goods for now-closed brick-and-mortar stores and production lines, whereas importers shipping personal protective equipment (PPE) and essential household consumer goods want them faster. : https://www.joc.com/special-topics/coronavirus-effect-supply-chains

 

The cost of importing containers filled with consumer goods from Asia into the UK has reached a record high after a surge in demand in the weeks before Christmas and the UK’s exit from the EU. https://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/brexit-and-covid-blamed-as-asia-uk-shipping-rates-increase-fourfold/

 

And, for those who have been following toilet paper... " In short, the toilet paper industry is split into two, largely separate markets: commercial and consumer. The pandemic has shifted the lion’s share of demand to the latter. People actually do need to buy significantly more toilet paper during the pandemic — not because they’re making more trips to the bathroom, but because they’re making more of them at home. With some 75% of the U.S. population under stay-at-home orders, Americans are no longer using the restrooms at their workplace, in schools, at restaurants, at hotels, or in airports.

Georgia-Pacific, a leading toilet paper manufacturer based in Atlanta, estimates that the average household will use 40 percent more toilet paper than usual if all of its members are staying home around the clock. That’s a huge leap in demand for a product whose supply chain is predicated on the assumption that demand is essentially constant. It’s one that won’t fully subside even when people stop hoarding or panic-buying. https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/04/03/toilet-paper-shortage-explained-supply-chains/

 

> CMON packaging last year

 

Insert trays I've found useful for storing painted miniatures. Less bulky and no need to buy more storage. (Not that I'm anywhere near painting my CMON mini's... :wacko:

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 Alrighty, I've received two KS I've backed(Desert of the Dead and Ettinstone), so the Fulfilled list grows, and the Successfully backed list shrinks! :D

 

 

Fulfilled projects

 

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Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller

First KS I backed. Also did some alpha testing on this video game. Fulfilled!


Dreamfall Chapters: The Longest Journey

My second KS. Third game in a video game series I absolutely love! Fulfilled!


Visage (Psychological horror game)

Another video game KS. Fulfilled!


Reaper Miniatures Bones 4: Mr. Bones EPIC Adventure!

My first Reaper KS. Got the core set, one expansion, and some other extras. Fulfilled!


Monster Bash! Its all About the Monsters

Tomb Guardians miniatures KS. Only got three miniatures here, including a santa's helper kobold. Fulfilled!


Tome of Beasts 2 for 5th Edition: 400 New Monsters

Got the faux leather cover version and the softcover lairs and adventure books. Fulfilled!


Mystic Realm's Cottage Mini Expansion Act1: Corrupted Forest

A small KS for some some 3D print files for 28mm scale cottages. Fulfilled!

Desert of the Dead, fantasy wargaming miniatures!

Miniatures KS by TrollTrader. Fulfilled!


Ettinstone

Amazing and versatile, magnetic dungeon tiles! Went all in! Fulfilled!

 

 

Successfully backed projects
 

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Scorn Part 1 of 2 : Dasein

H.R. Geiger inspired horror FPS video game. In development.


The Cyanide & Happiness Adventure Game

Another video game KS. In development.


Reaper Miniatures Bones 5: Escape from Pizza Dungeon

Got at least one of everything, and multiples of several. In production.


Blacklist Miniatures: Fantasy Series 1

201 miniatures! Amazing KS! Only backed for $1, but getting this through FLGS. Fulfilling.


Massive Darkness 2: Hellscape

Only backed for $1. Ended up not being too interested. Skipped.


Monster Scenery: Ice Wilds

Would have loved to back more than I did. Love this terrain! In production.


Frostpunk: The Board Game

Board game based on a video game. Looked interesting, but only backed $1. Skipped.


Blood & Plunder: Raise the Black

28mm scale pirate ships and miniatures! Got myself a "Roleplayers Kit", which includes a ship, a set of units, and a "box of plunders". In production.


Dire Alliance: Horror

Another Blacklist Miniatures KS. Not as good as the first one, and this time also includes a board game. $1 only, but getting it through my FLGS. In production.


Thirsty Sword Lesbians

Awesome looking RPG supplement. $1 only though, didn't have money to back more. Skipped.


The Wanderer's Guide - Fantasy Maps For Your RPG Campaign

Another awesome looking RPG supplement. Backed with $5 for PM access. Waiting for PM.


Dark Stones - The Cult Begins

Great looking Cthulhu cult 28mm terrain KS. Backed for €52, but wanted to go all in for prepainted. In production.


Return to Kiluemar

Fantasy novel. Backed it $1 just to show support. Skipped.
 

Siege of the Smallfolk

Miniatures KS by TrollTrader. Backed for $1, will see if I can add more either during KS or PM. Active KS.

 

Interactive Miniatures

Miniatures with spell effects and tokens that slot into the sides of the base. Backed for $1 as of right now. Active KS.

 

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I have a total of 26 KS I pledged.  1 I backed out at only $1.  

Outstanding:

Time Of Legends:  JOA 1.5     Deliverable 11/20              Expectations   4/22

Zombicide 2ed                                               11/20                                         4/21

Reaper 5                                                          4/21                                           4/21

Marvel United                                                 Backed out 

HEL the last saga                                           6/21                                          4/22                            

CMON Comics                                                2/21                                          4/21

Massive Darkness 2                                      9/21                                          11/21

Darkest Dungeon                                           11/21                                        11/22 

Bloodborne                                                     5/20                      Received  1/21

Destinies                                                          Backed out

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