Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Lotta Ins, Lotta Outs - My First Kickstarter Pledge

I've been aware of Kickstarter for a few months, as a way for games and mini companies (amongst others) to get backing support for projects with less (or no) financial risk, while also protecting those who pledge support (aka investors). The model seems to work, but it's only been around for a few years, and gaming only seems to have gotten into it in the last year.

The big Kickstarter story in the gaming world was Steve Jackson Games raising almost $1 million (US) to produce a massive (literally of course) reprint of Ogre. I didn't go for that, as I'm ok with my 1980s Ogre pocket game collection, and to be honest, my old brain was having trouble figuring out the pledges, the "stretches", etc.

However, a recent news item of The Miniatures Page convinced me to get over it. The title "Little Urban Achievers Need Help" was intriguing enough, since I wasn't getting the reference at the time, but upon opening the news item and seeing this illustration, I was in love...So I've pledged at the 3 miniatures level (I don't need the Valkyrie), and since the project has reached its first Stretch level (basically, they know they're turning a profit and can now do more), I'm down for this for another $5:For those not getting the images, or my title reference, they are "inspired by" the classic The Big Lebowski, one of my favourite movies of the 1990s, with great dialogue and performances.

I'm really looking forward to painting these guys, and have already watched the movie in the last couple days to refresh my memory and start thinking about paint schemes.

For gaming, they'd do well for more "adventure" type gaming, say horror or mystery or multiple-teams (meshing with my Blaxploitation detectives, British spies, and Scooby Doo of course!) running around on the table together, facing off against my Copplestone KGB and bikers. Oh and my RAFM Elvises (Elvii) also fit in somewhere. I need to think about it more, it's not something I've really done, I think the .45 Adventure or GASLIGHT rules would be the first to turn to.

Nobody F#$&s with the Jesus...

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