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  1. Not to dismiss your post out of hand, but when I first read it I thought it might be a late April Fools post.

    The fact that Wyrd makes such nice minis is a huge draw for me to play this game, so no, I definitely don't want cheaper and poorer quality minis. I think most people see the miniature quality as a major advantage, and the monetary cost is only a slight drawback. You get what you pay for, in this case. A few fiddly boxes aside, Wyrd makes some of the best miniatures on the market, especially given how few manufacturers produce High-Impact Polystyrene minis. Really, the main competition in terms of quality is GW, and they're a massive company with vastly more resources than Wyrd, and GW minis aren't exactly inexpensive.

    I agree that it would be great if it were easier to buy single miniatures when you don't really want the rest of the box, but I think Wyrd has consolidated more minis into fewer boxes to help keep SKU bloat down and to make restocking more straightforward for retailers, which I'm sure we're all in favor of.

    I could see wanting some cheap proxies to try out a model or something before you buy the real thing or while you wait for something that hasn't been released, but you could just use an empty base for this. When I sit down to play, I generally want to see nice (painted) minis across the table from me. The aesthetics are important. 

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  2. On 8/22/2018 at 12:55 PM, dope_danny said:

    Listening to a couple of podcasts about 3rd i noticed a recurring trend in terms of a sentiment that 'asian culture feels out of place and intrusive in the game' and i was surprised to hear it so much.

    I've been listening to all the Malifaux podcasts I can to learn more about M3E and I haven't heard anything like this, but this description makes it sound like this is a common and widespread sentiment. Can you please clarify where you heard this?

    Saying that "asian culture feels out of place and intrusive in the game" sounds...odd at best and perhaps even prejudiced, given the panoply of things in this game, as other posters have already mentioned. I think you'll have a hard time finding anyone who will own up to a statement like that, which is why I ask where you are hearing this.

    To lay all my cards on the table, it's steampunk that I find boring. Can't say it's out of place, but it just does nothing for me.


    Also, for whatever it's worth, the price is also literally just set to - we hope - break even. So, on top of all that, we're not profiting off you. Technically, over the past 6 years, we've actually basically paid to give ya'll the time - NOVA's net profit to date is negative $29,000. Which is cool ... we don't complain about it. We just really aren't doing this to overcharge. We go to a lot of lengths to give all of the above.


    A loss of $29,000 is huge! Who is paying for that and how is this sustainable? Forgive my incredulity, but I find it difficult to belief that anyone is willing to eat the cost for the sake of having a gaming con. Perhaps you're including business contributions which are loss-leaders or something?


    Sounds like fun though; enjoy the con!


    Here's why:

    • Beta testing let us preview the contents of Shifting Loyalties months in advance of the actual release.
    • Though Gencon is not an in-store release date, the majority of people who are going to be at the Nationals probably have it, or have someone in their group who does
    • The models that have changed from the Beta have not changed drastically. Subtle changes have been made to improve them, but for the most part, they are (with a few exceptions) essentially the same thing with tweaked powers
    • The community will also be endlessly discussing the new book in exhaustive detail, either on forums, podcasts, or blogs


    I have no problem with the inclusion of Wave 3 models, but I think you should be clearer about what you are choosing to incentivize. The championship should determine the best Malifaux player (and it is perfectly legitimate to include Wave 3), yet the factors you list above are peripheral to actually playing Malifaux and, worse, they do not effect players evenly. You are penalizing people who do not have friends who went to GenCon, which disproportionately and adversely effects players with smaller play groups or for whom travel to GenCon might prove difficult, either through geography or cost. The location of the NOVA Open is already an obstacle for those of us on the west coast. You are also penalizing people who have no interest in beta testing and who do not want to spend time reading forums, podcasts, or blogs. I do not think that internet media consumption habits, geography, or how many friends you have who happened to go to GenCon should be factors in a tournament.


    Again, I take no issue with the inclusion of Wave 3 rules; they will be released and legal. I do think that the rationale you provided is problematic. 

  5. Yeah, I was in there a few weeks ago on a road trip and there was stuff everywhere. Their in-store boardgame library was overflowing onto the floor to the extent that about a third of the gaming space was not accessible.


    The location is great. Right next to Sundance, my favorite place to acquire hippy snacks.


    Good luck finding some Malifriends!

  6. While we're just speculating, there are a couple reasons beyond rules differences that the Other Side and Malifaux might not be compatible.


    1) While set in the same world, the games might not be contemporaneous. The technology in the illustration looks a bit more advanced, and the Other Side could be set slightly in the future in relation to Malifaux. If this were set during the 1930s or 40s, we could be looking at a transition from steampunk to dieselpunk, which I think would be great!


    2) The scale of the miniatures could be different. I'd love to see the Other Side in 15mm for a true army scale game that does not require an absurdly large 40K apocalypse style table.

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  7. Minor gameplay nitpicks be damned. This is very cleanly produced, easy to follow, and will do more than most henchmen to get new players into wargaming in general and Malifaux in particular.  This obviously takes a tremendous amount of work to create, so thank you for being so generous with your time.

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  8. I'm interested in buying some Guild metals, preferably a good chunk of the faction in one go. I have Bartertown references and I'd expect some form of references from a prospective seller.


    Please PM me with a list of what you have and what you want for it.

  9. Regarding NASM, it looks like the footprints at the bottom might correspond to factions.  Since the prints aren't scaled or super detailed it's hard to tell exactly what they are, but my guesses are (from left to right):


    Raven or Crow

    Bison; while bison hoofprints usually look a bit rounder than this one, the toe isn't as narrow as deer or elk.



    Wolf or Coyote



    Based on this collection of animals, the rattlesnake monster, the figure in the foreground, and the landscape, it looks like it will most likely based on the American west (albeit Wyrded out, of course).  Great to see the design team working on new projects!

  10. In general, I think crew boxes that have multiples of the same minion are easier for new players since there are fewer cards to digest.  For example, once a new player understands what one death marshall in the Lady J starter does, they understand 3 of the models.  Perdita isn't a bad starter box, but it's all unique models so it's a bit more of a hurdle for new players.

  11. What do we not have in the podcast arena that I can try and do?

    A podcast about Malifaux.  


    Since most current podcasts are 40% rambling, 30% lame jokes, 20% marginally relevant anecdotes, and just 10% Malifaux content, (albeit in the form of incomprehensible batreps and announcements for tournaments thousands of miles away), it shouldn't be difficult to improve on those ratios.  


    Well, I guess there are one or two worth listening to.   ;)    

  12. There's no denying that cases of painted Infinity and Dark Age minis and even prepainted X-wing and Armada minis received more air time in Gen Con coverage than Wyrd minis this year. This is a lost opportunity, especially considering that Gen Con is Wyrd's biggest event of the year.

    Wyrd may not want to commit to having every model in the line professionally painted, as that would be hundreds of models. Fortunately, this community is a great resource to draw from.

    This community already punches above its weight in terms of painting chops and could be leveraged to showcase amazing painted miniatures. Wyrd could have one case in the booth dedicated to minis painted by the community, such as those seen in the recent online painting competitions and Wyrd chronicles.

    The display would demonstrate multiple painting styles, which would show new players a range of painting options and interpretations of Malifaux and should also allay fears already voiced in this thread of any one painting style becoming dominant.

    Booth real estate is an issue, but I'd argue that one case would more than pay for itself in terms of sales generated and media bandwith occupied.

    Wyrd could even send invitations to accomplished painters in the community who could then request a free mini to paint and then send back to Wyrd and Justin or Eric would then bring this collection of minis to cons. There could be some rewards program for painters but, so long as the miniatures are provided for free, I'm certain that many of us would happily donate painting time to Wyrd to help grow the game.

    Also, demo crews should absolutely be painted.

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  13. Tom Waits has some really strange songs, prose, and soundscapes that are perfect for the dark setting of Malifaux. A few of my favorites:

    "Just the Right Bullets" from The Black Rider - good for shooty crews

    "Singapore" from Rain Dogs

    "Chicago" from Bad as Me - good song for malifaux at adepticon

    "What's He Building?" from Mule Variations

    "Clang Boom Steam" from Real Gone - Railworkers themesong

    "Dead and Lovely" from Real Gone - song for Molly or rotten belles

    "Circus" from Real Gone

    There are dozens more like these, but that's a good taste of what's available.

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  14. Seems like we've been here before: Okay, this is a little sad...


    I agree that the design and layout of malifaux.com is OK, but because it is so infrequently updated it looks dead.  In some cases, the dearth of new information is nearly tantamount to misinformation.  For example, not updating the "releases" section makes it appear that no new product is being released for the game.  Sure that information is available on the downloads section of this site, but should new players really be expected to find that and then download a PDF just to see what's coming next?  I'm constantly answering new player questions on Boardgame Geek because I can't just send them to the Malifaux website that won't really answer their questions (e.g. the rule book and rules manual have identical descriptions in the Wyrd shop, so what's the difference?).  You really don't want new players to have to dig for answers to basic questions.  


    People are understandably reluctant to invest in a game that appears disorganized or seems to have a murky future.  It is even more frustrating that the Malifaux website gives the impression that the game has stalled since, in truth, Malifaux releases are moving forward and second edition seems to have expanded the player base.  


    I think an easy remedy could be to simply display new model renders, new art, and content from the Wyrd Chronicles to generate a scrolling "news feed" to headline the site.  It would certainly go with the newspaper theme.

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  15. If you don't need a bulletproof bag, Reaper makes very inexpensive carrying cases and pluck-foam trays that work just fine.  I have lots of metal minis which tend to nick paint more easily, but I've never had a problem.  For me it's just transport from my car to inside the game store or my house so not going with the top of the line foam is really no big loss.  If you need to take a bunch of minis on public transportation or something it might be worth looking into high end carry cases.  

  16. I like a lot of the UK shows, and the three podcasts on Guessing Zero are the best of the American casts.  I agree with Tunagami that Desperate Mercs is especially high quality.  I fast-forward when Gaming Done Right covers RPGs, WWX, or Star Trek stuff, but their Malifaux content is solid.  


    A lot of the Malifaux podcasts spend way too much time just yakking about stuff only tangentially related to Malifaux (some friend they saw at a tournament, lame "jokes," excessive navel-gazing, etc.).  This is exacerbated by some painfully slow talkers (1.5-2x playback speed to the rescue).  Some of these podcasts run longer than two hours but have half the content of more focused 1 hr podcasts like those on Guessing Zero.  Whether through editing or just staying on topic, shows like Desperate Mercs set the standard for a concentrated dose of Malifaux goodness. 

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