Tuesday, April 24, 2018

When does too much become too much?

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So this came up again while talking to people at Huzzah Hobbies about Warmachine/Hordes: When is too many releases too many releases?

We keep seeing release after release coming from PP including more "limited release mini-factions". We have a Rat Catchers release event today from Steamforged Games which is a mini-faction that works with other factions. They have a hoard of other mini factions (minor guilds like Falconers Guild... seriously... do Falconers need to organize?) on the release schedule.

There is a point where demand stops and supersaturation begins.

Lets begin by looking at Privateer Press. We have 9 main factions in Warmachine/Hordes. 2 semi-factions with Mercs and Minions. 3 limited factions with Crucible Guard being tossed in. In all that is 14 factions to manage. Say, I play one of the major factions: Cygnar (#Cygnarprivilege). I would expect some new things for my faction, reasonably, every 3 or 4 months. Say one model/unit. For every faction player to have that reasonable expectation you would have to make/test/and produce 11 models/units every quarter to half a year (because limited releases get NOTHING! Good day, sir!). Now, without "removing" models from the game, you would have to make sure each of those models interact nicely with all the other models and nothing overlaps or replaces the function of another unit. While that is happening, you have to sculpt and model the models. Send that over to China to be produced, design the cards, paint the models, photograph the models, and package them. Then ship that over from china into distribution. That is a LONG process but do that 11 times every half year.

But then you hit a mark... I don't know where but it is there... where there is just too many models out. The floor space in a store needs so large a footprint that they can't stock everything. Think about this, lets just say it is Year of the Solos! 11 solos come out in 6 months. That means there is 11 blisters on the shelves. 22 models in one year. Next year 44 models. Next year 66 models. in 4 years time you have 88 models on the shelves. Doesn't sound too bad. In my faction that just means there is 4 models I have to pick up.

But, we want more, right?! Not really. We want more that is of substance. Releasing tons of crap fast is still just crap on crap. I would rather have waited a year to get a new unit that is good than have a bag of crap every month.

Adding more factions isn't the answer also. Adding more factions means you have to sacrifice the quality of the current factions or let the new factions fall away (looking at you Cephalyx. Your third caster is coming... we swear /winky eye).

So, what am I getting at?
1. There is a fine line between releasing enough over time to keep customers happy but at the same time not flooding them with too much.
2. Sometimes you need to remove a faction or kill off some models.
3. Putting out MORE doesn't mean that people become happy.

What do you think? What is a good medium of factions to models? Should companies kill off some older factions to make way for newer ones?

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Quantum Beer Break: House Ikaru breakdown

We break down Ikaru, those sneaky robot ninjas motivated by profit. We are drinking a cider and a DIPA, not Japanese in any way.

Just remember: Screw Zero.



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Friday, April 13, 2018

We play Dark Souls the board game

James and Benjamin sit down with Dixon and Bill from the Gamers Lounge podcast to play a game that has been out for a while now, Dark Souls the Board Game!
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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Adepticon 2018 - Bsepisode

So we wrapped up the interviews, broke open a new beer, and just BS'ed for a while with Owen from Gaming with a Cooler. If you expect to learn anything insightful from this episode.... HAHAHAHAHAHAHA






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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Adepticon 2018 - Giga-Robo Interview

This was a fun one! We got a chance to sit down with Giga-Robo and talked about their game of giant robots, throwing each other, destroying cities, and exclamation points!!!!





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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Adepticon 2018 - Breachstorm Interview

We sit down with the first interview of the night, Breachstorm: A sci-fi game small model count game coming to kickstarter soon. We pop a bottle of Dark Hallow and talk about how awesome we thought the game was.



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Adepticon 2018 Has Come and Gone

Between a 17 hour car drive from Northern VA in the snow and a 14 hour car drive back with a sick wife in the car there was an Adepticon! It was an interesting year and some things were better and some things were worse. All in all, this is the good, bad, and ugly of Adepticon 2018.

The Good:
Oh man... there was some amazing things at this year's Adepticon. Star Wars Legion was released and the events were amazing. The staff really pulled together to run events with people opening and playing the first time ever. X-Wing and Destiny had some huge turnouts. Anvil Eight, once again, stepped up and ran some great events and demos. The booth looked great and they were passing out free models to everyone who came by. Even the 40K and AoS guys were bringing it with some amazing tables.

So many smaller and Kickstarter companies were there pitching some original and interesting games (looking at you Giga-Robo and Breachstorm). Even though I didn't attend, we have had reports that the classes this year were better than last year. Even the vendor hall was packed with the regulars and was amazing.

Oh, and of course, our fans being awesome and joining us around the convention and heading off to dinner.

The Bad:
Son-of-a... Seriously Privateer Press. Seriously. Your booth with the size of a postage stamp. There was no demos and even the events were poorly attended this year. I will rip you apart on the swag bags later but, seriously, the biggest Adepticon to date and you didn't bring it. You didn't bring it so hard that the Wyrd Miniatures guys had a bigger room and more excitement at their booth. Wyrd! Why are you making me praise Wyrd?!

We get it, hotel. You don't like people sleeping on the couches and chairs in the hallways but did you have to take every chair and couch out of the area? People carrying a ton of crap around with them would like to sit and rest their backs. While we are at it: $10 for a Guinness?! The hell are you thinking? I could have gotten a 4 pack for $10! It was only $14 to buy a huge loaded up burger from the bar. Oh... and could you get more parking. All lots were filled by 8am.

Ah Crystal Brush... you never fail to disappoint me. Entries were at an all time low. Voting opened late again. Surprise, surprise... the popularity contest went to those people with the biggest following on CMON's site. The "top" prize winners shouldn't have been. Maybe its time you reevaluated what you are trying to do.

The Ugly:
Some you nasty people need to clean yourselves. Dear God.... I walked past one person and it smelled like they shat themselves. I mean, I get it... ha ha stinky gamers but there is a HUGE difference between "Oh man this guy has swamp ass" or "They didn't shower today..." and "HOLY GOD! Did you just give up and shit your pants so you can play more?!"

BONUS ROUND! Swag Bags:
CMON... I hate praising you also... but two thumbs up. Every bag got a two player starter box for Dark Age. Very nice. VIG bags also got two faction books for Dark Age. I was giddy because I love Dark Age and maybe I can get my locals to play.

There was also your smattering of models and bases. Couple of coupons and "buy X get X free!" deals. Wyrd threw in a mini and a storyline for their RPG. There was a Black Library calendar and a hard cover book for 40K. GO STEAMFORGED! A Godtear model AND Kick Off! in every bag! A card box and some pluck foam. Scale 75 threw in a model for their game.. which is fleeing my memory on the name... VIGs got the new Star Trek mini game and a few other small items. Not really impressed with the difference between the VIG and normal bag this year.

And then there is Privateer Press.... They threw in a hard cover book for a faction!... oh wait... those are useless now and there is what... three faction books since you stopped making them. Almost everyone I knew got Trollbloods. But wait! They threw in a starting box for a faction!!! no..no.. my mistake... it was a coupon for buy one get one free at the shop... and when I walked by there wasn't any on display... When we talked to the guy manning the booth he was completely clueless about everything going on...

Wrap Up:
I am not sure that the VIG bag was worth it this year. The whole con felt like there was more but less also. It was weird. It was packed and I am thinking that Adepticon has outgrown this hotel. Maybe it is time to look for a larger, more accommodating, location.

See you next year!
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