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I think the reason why GW was able to offer the original Kill Team box at that price was they re-used the sculpts for the minis?
Whereas in Rogue Trader (according to my local GW shop) all the sculpts are new?
(Not that I’m defending GW’s pricing. Just pointing it out).
Yes. SMOG does borrow a little from the L7 : Omega Protocol game with Ether substituting for Stress (or whatever it is the Marines have to hand over to the Alien Overlord).
The game is great. Refreshingly different from most of CMON’s games. And the steampunk theme does set it apart from most other dungeon crawl board games.
But Monolith’s Conan is also a lot of fun and the best take on REH’s Conan yet. The 1 vs many mechanics are also very different from most other board games.
You can’t go wrong with either one. It’s all down to theme : which one do you prefer. (And ignore the whinging on the forum of a particular popular board game site about how the game scenarios are “unbalanced”. Nothing will satisfy these people, it seems 😉 )
Yes. The long wait time (typical 12 -15 months) is certainly not appealing and one of the weaknesses of KS miniatures-heavy games.
I’ve managed to hold off the GW colossus until Kill Team came out. Now I’ve also succumbed and I’m building a Tau Kill Team so GW must be doing something right 😀
I’ve been playing In Her Majesty’s Name, Pulp Alley and MERCS 2.0 for August. Lots of fun!
(Crystal Ball time: I foresee a bit of Kill Team in the future too, as soon as I manage to assemble and paint my Tau Kill team 🙂 ).
To give a counterpoint: the reason why Mythic is going KS-only is the games would have a prohibitive retail cost (due to the amount of content) and they aren’t willing to compromise their vision since KS now offers them an alternative to the traditional retail-only outlet.
As a reminder: Monolith said they actually lost money on their Conan game when it went retail due to the massive retail discounts they had to give.
Also, a lot of other, smaller games are also KS-only (mainly) due to the fact the creators aren’t able to secure distribution deals because they are either first-timers or too small to get s distribution deal.
We can debate the various merits of the games themselves, but having the KS-only route vs the retail isn’t one worth making.
@UH : Oh, yes. IHMN provides rules to build your own companies. I plan to re-purpose my SMOG minis for this game as well. They are a perfect fit.
As for Dust 1947… if you don’t have the new dice, don’t bother. However, you might want to download some updated user-designed cards for the units. Very professionally done and won’t disgrace any of your battle videos, they are that good!
Played a small game of Dust 1947 to re-learn the rules since the 1.5 (FFG) edition.
Then a 250 point game of In Her Majesty’s Name. Would be right up Universal Head’s alley, perhaps, with the emphasis on narrative focus rather than tournament play.
Finally I can do something with the T’au I (very foolishly) bought for Shadow Wars Armageddon 🙂
I’m getting the minis for Pulp Alley (a simply awesome tabletop minis game) and I discovered I can use the Cults and Mythos monsters to proxy the Mythos faction for Dust 1947. The actual CMON game is just a bonus 😉
Agreed. However, note the lower priced pledge only provides paper (cardbaord?) terrain, and it’s the higher pledge that actually gives you plastic terrain. But yes, spider senses tingling indeed.
Yeah. The add ons didn’t impress. I can happily forego Hellboy in Mexico. It was OK as a comic but didn’t grab me.