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What KICKSTARTER(S) are you BACKING and WHY?
Devil Pig stopped production on pretty much everything non-HeroesOf related, laid off staff, and sold off the minor titles in their catalog that they could get $$$ for.
hotseatgames wrote: I saw that and was confused, as I thought the Heroes of Normandie company had been in serious financial trouble, to the point where they were going to be lucky to fulfill a prior KS before they folded. Maybe they got bought?
They aren't really "business" guys, which is what put their company at death's door, and with this latest KS barely scraping $175k it seems like the consumers haven't forgotten the often irritating results of what they do. Example: There is already errata for the newest V2 base game of the Heroes system (Big Red One), and anyone buying into this KS should expect to pay the "first edition tax" and enjoy the incoming errata and rulebook foul-ups that will inevitably be part of this too (even though Devil Pig have been making variations on this game for almost a decade now.) Devil Pig also love slipping limited-edition expansions out the side door into their European webstore that people want but North Americans have to pay $80+ just to get it shipped over here (they used to have a USA webstore with distribution through iello USA, but they imploded, so there hasn't been a direct-buy USA store option for years now, just OLGS for the standard releases.)
And at its core, the Heroes system is actually not the quick-play, fun, cartoony breeze that it appears to be. Plenty of setup time, plenty of iconography to memorize, plenty of wonky rules that aren't always explained well. And a core component of the game are the secret order blocks, which means neutering the game to play it well solo. Plus (opinion) the game itself is actually uglier now than it's ever been. They do the maps as squared-off grids, but they try to make it both visually interesting (which gets overloaded in tough-to-see detail) but also with hard borders delineating different terrain types, so you get an ugly visual representation of a bombed out building with bright red boxes surrounding grid squares, which is just ugly & ruins both ideas of clarity & immersion.
Given the lukewarm reception of this KS, it just feels like the world may have moved on from Devil Pig's offerings, and after a decade of variations on the same theme, maybe it's time.
The new mechanics look kinda questionable too. I mean they sound fun enough in isolation but it basically sounds like everything in the box is going to join Pulse token cards and Fire cards in the "only play these cards if you play with everything that cares about these mechanics" pile of seldomly used content that doesn't integrate well with everything else.
That is all. You may resume your FOMO.
I am thinking about backing Skyrise. I loved Metropolys. Really wish this one played 5 but I think it would be too crazy the way the bidding works.
stormseeker75 wrote: Man, that's a good point. I've been so focused on gas that I didn't even think about people that heat with oil. This is going to be a problem for my mom. Hopefully this facilitates her need to move to smaller house.
I just looked online and heating oil prices are about DOUBLE a year ago, around $5.50 per gallon. I use around 800 gallons per year, so I'm looking at $4K in heating oil costs. FML. And that is for a house with a good roof, new windows 4 years ago and a thermostat set in the low 60s even in winter.