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The Limited (Availability)

The Limited (Availability)

    Those of us who paid attention to the recent Game Workshop reveals from the Nova Open seemed, by and large, to be pleased. We got photos of a nice, slick-looking new Death faction for Age of Sigmar, some new Middle Earth models, hints at a new Psychic Awakening campaign event in 40k and so forth. And, if you’re me (and countless other gamers) you found yourself really pleased to learn that a Sisters of Battle army box will be available in November with 25 models and the limited edition codex… but at an as-yet-unknown price point. However, my...

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Kickstarter Revisted - A Look at Numbers

Kickstarter Revisted - A Look at Numbers

  I recently came upon some statistics about Kickstarter projects and tabletop games that I think are particularly revealing. According to an article published earlier this year by Polygon, the tabletop gaming category on the ubiquitous crowdfunding site earned more than $165 million in 2018, the most ever – and almost 20% higher than in 2017. A successful tabletop campaign earned, on average, more than $70,600 (unfortunately, separate statistics weren’t available for the how much projects in the “hobby miniatures games” category earned). At the same time, video game Kickstarter projects actually saw their earnings decline, dropping about 8%, with...

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Warlords of Mars - Tabletop Gaming on the Red Planet

Warlords of Mars - Tabletop Gaming on the Red Planet

  There’s something about Mars. I mean, the planet, not the Roman god. Or… the candy bar company, either, I guess. We’ve romanticized the Red Planet for a long time, and placed upon it a lot of the hopes and fears we’ve had about outer space. Some of our most powerful popular cultural moments have come out of our interest in Mars – who can forget, for instance, Orson Wells’ famous “War of the Worlds” radio broadcast that convinced thousands there was an actual Martian invasion on the eastern seaboard of the United States? Books, movies, comic books, TV shows...

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When You Can’t Hobby...

When You Can’t Hobby...

  Summertime is, frequently, “my time” when it comes to hobbying. I finish up a lot of previous projects, I get things assembled and primed so that I can work on them over the winter, and so forth and so on. Summer is the glory of my hobby productivity. This summer, however, has been, well… different is putting it mildly. First, it was unseasonably wet here – large amounts of rain fell all spring and into the early summer. Then, in mid-June, the heat struck. Temperatures in the 80s and 90s, with high degrees of humidity. This meant that, for...

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Keeping Track of Your Hobby Progress

Keeping Track of Your Hobby Progress

    So, as of this writing, I’ve finished 110 separate miniatures this year, so far. This is not meant as a brag (humble or otherwise), but a simple statement of fact – and one that actually kind of mystifies me. I didn’t start keeping track of the number of miniatures I finished in a given year until 2018, thanks to @JewelKnightJess on Twitter and her excellent #Painthammer hobby log sheets. That, mostly, was because for a large part of that year I was finishing up a Death Guard army and I wanted to know how many minis I had...

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