Okay, stop laughing. We all know a small percentage of the solicitations are vaporware (are minis vapor molds?).
As I have in the past, I'll try to list the new items by (1) items I simply must have, (2) items I would snag up if money was no object, and (3) my imaginary store list. If your favorite game of choice isn't listed or is badmouthed by me, don't take too much offense. I simply have decided over months of solicitations that the effort and capital investment is too much.
Want List: Nothing I simply must have.
Mantic: All I knew about Mantic is that they produce some nice fantasy models which are cheaper alternatives to Games Workshop. The 40k "knock-offs" are piquing my interest. Here's a pic of their Corporation Marines
Knowing it's Mantic, I first though 40k, then over to a little Starship Troopers. Then I realized why I liked them: Legions of Steel UNE Non-Powered Infantry! Now they are all metal, but they don't tell you how many figs you get in a box for $44.99.
COLONIAL GOTHIC: THE FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR The setting intrigues me enough to pick up any random book that I could find. At worst, it would be a great read.
Warlord: Everyone who's read the blog knows how ga-ga (sans Lady) i've been over their Rorke's Drift "playsets." Now the individual boxed sets are coming available in the US and it's apparent that even with UK shipping, the full sets are steals.
- Anglo-Zulu War British Infantry $38.66
- Married Zulus $38.66
- Natal Native Contingent $38.66
- Unmarried Zulus $38.66
- Rorke's Drift (building, walls, mealie bags) $299.97
Now, for the quality of figure, $38.66 seems like a decent price and I may pick up a box or two at Cold Wars if price and availability are right. I don't even do Ancients, but the Praetorian Cavalry Command looks sweet (3 mounted figs for $15.47... couldn't get a good pic of it)
STAR TREK DECK BUILDING GAME: THE NEXT GENERATION - NEXT PHASE EDITION
Catalyst: B'Tech, Shadowrun, and Cosmic Patrol
OBJECTIVE RAIDS - JIHAD $34.99
COSMIC PATROL: INTO THE COSMOS $24.99
SHADOWRUN: THE TWILIGHT HORIZON
THE LAUNDRY: LICENSE TO SUMMON
STARBLAZER ADVENTURES: THE DEMAGOGUE DEVICE
Decision Games has a huge solicitation this month, and the majority of their product is actually well-priced (re: under $25)
FLYING CIRCUS: AERIAL COMBAT IN WWI
FOLIO GAME SERIES: AACHEN - FIRST TO FALL
LIGHTNING: NORTH AFRICA
Plus two Strategy & Tactics and other wackier game with low prints focusing on certain types of gamers i may or may not have as customers,so i'd hold off on ordering them.
Crazy amounts of Heavy Gear again, is somebody actually ordering/buying this stuff?
CONSPIRACY X: THE PARANORMAL SOURCEBOOK - Eden still makes Conspiracy X? Wow!
DEATHWATCH: THE JERICHO REACH
MERCHANT OF VENUS : Remake of the 80's boardgame with a '10's price 59.99
MARVEL HEROIC ROLEPLAYING: CIVIL WAR EVENT BOOK - holy crap, a sourcebook to follow-up a superhero rpg. The Mayan calendar was right!
Mayfair: Two new boardgames that are questionable for a small store. Rocket Jockeys looks like a better short-term/quantity seller at $15.00. A generic game called Whitewater for $35.00 is only good when the extra fundage is around, and January/February is not the extra fundage time of year.
Miskatonic River Press:
CALL OF CTHULHU: DISSECTING CTHULHU: This collection of essays about the Cthulhu Mythos
CALL OF CTHULHU: HORROR FOR THE HOLIDAYS -stories geared toward the holiday season.
Call to Arms: Star Fleet releaseas another slew of minis. In the same vein as Heavy Gear, is there a market and are they responding in kind by buying it?
TRAVELLER RPG: ALIEN MODULE 5 - SOLOMAN
Paizo: In addition to 2 3rd party books, Paizo is releasing 5 new products usable for Pathfinder.
Palladium - ooh, Palladium product, a new issue of Rifter, ROBOTECH RPG: GENESIS PITS SOURCEBOOK, and what everyone has been waiting for, RIFTS: PATH OF THE STORM MOVIE SCRIPT for $12.95.
Dystopian Wars - Another mini line, but I've seen some excitement over this. This month's solicitation is for Antarctica (yes, it's a country... or something in this game). Also solicited are scenery sets for the game.
Firestorm Armada - same pile of new releases, although I've heard zero buzz within the area.
Steve Jackson: MUNCHKIN 8: HALF HORSE, WILL TRAVEL and the MUNCHKIN CTHULHU
New D&D and Magic comics: All together now... yay! Not! Let me get this straight, the new D&D comics will be brand new stories in hardcover graphic novel style, and they'll come with an adventure, which may or may not be in the book? I now IDW will sell enough to pay royalties and pull a profit, but really? Plus the "PI" listing means the retailer usually gets a significantly lower dealer rate. I'd tread lightly on these. The Magic comic comes with a alternative art Magic card. Somebody's always crazy for these, although I'm still hesistant to do anything crazy.
D&D from Wizards
- Cathedral of Chaos Dungeons Tiles
- Haunted Temples Map Pack
- Lords of Waterdeep Boardgame - a Euro style D&D game instead of producing quality product. Is Magestones coming out again?
- PLAYER’S OPTION -HEROES OF THE ELEMENTAL CHAOS HC
Magic: Dark Ascension - Hooray Liquid Money! Just in time to pay the rent for March!
WizKids: Marvel Heroclix: Avengers Movie: Slightly gelantinous money! Starters and boosters
STAR TREK HEROCLIX: TACTICS - more liquid money, but there is one thing that worries me. The four ship starter packs sound ok, but they will have ONE SHIP BOOSTERS? At least with Magic, you pull a crappy rare and could salvage the pack with commons and uncommons. With this set-up, everything's fine until you pull your 6th Federation tug in a row!