Friday, 21 September 2012
Dreadball Kickstarter update
I know I said I wouldn't be doing these sorts of articles again... and I reneged on that promise with a brief reminder for Relic Knights... and an article about Dreadball and its Kickstarter. Well as you can see I'm doing it again aren't I? Trust me though it is for your own good. The Dreadball Kickstarter is coming to an end. It has only 9 days left to run. Here's the important bit for you guys though... they've had to limit the number of Jake and Striker pledges they've made available to ensure they can produce enough to supply everyone with what they have ordered. That means not only is the time frame limited, but the actual chance to get the best deals is now highly limited! Currently as I type this out there are only 126 Jack level pledges left and 210 of the Striker level pledges left. Now I'm not so sure they'll sell out of them all, but if you've been sitting on the fence waiting to see what happens it might just be the incentive you need. We all know that the last 72 to 48 hours in crowd funding campaigns is when it starts to get a bit metal don't we?
Any way here's what you currently get in the excellent value $150 Striker deal:
Yeah, that's a lot of extra stuff isn't it? !5 free MVP's from both Season 1 and 2, two of which are limited (Nightshade and Wyn Greth'zki). The Kickstarter has already ensured we get the cool looking ref bot miniature in all our games, the Dreadball Trophy, and that each team will have more variety in their poses. It has also meant that they've been able to up the amount of miniatures in each team we get as well, so at Striker level we'll get 14 players for each team. Bargain! There have also been some other pretty nifty add-ons as well, including a signed print, Decal sheets and some really cool acryllic counters... trust me if you've ever played board games like this repeatedly you'll know how valuable hard wearing durable tokens are. the best thing for me though is the 44 Hex Bases that will come with the Striker pledge. Seriously when I was at Mantic play testing the game, this was the number one requested and spoken about thing... given the game is based around the hexagon, it just made sense.
From the designer, Jake Thornton's point of view I guess the most exciting thing has been that the Kickstarter has already been so successful that they've been able to develop the season 2 teams and rules already! As someone who has played the game relatively extensively I can honestly say this was also the most exciting news for me! So we'll be getting the Female Corporation team, the Z'zor team, the Robot team and the Judwan teams. At Striker level you'll get two miniatures from all four season 2 teams included, so you'll get a chance to view them for yourselves. But, if you want them as a full team you'll have to stump up for them. Yep it's time to talk add-on sales:
Yes for $20's you can pick up a set of 8 plastic Robot players or I think the buy one get one free deal for $25's, which if I'm reading it right will net you 16 Robot players. If that's true, that's a brilliant deal.
Like the Robot team, you can get a team of 8 Z'zor for $20's or go for the buy one get one free deal for $25's, which will net you 16 miniatures. The Z'zor are currently my favourite looking team, including the first season teams.
Then there are the Judwan, my second favourite looking team after the Z'zor, that's if the concepts translate well into 3D sculpts! Again we have the $20's and $25's offerings that'll net you 8 and 16 miniatures respectively.
Then there's the team that a lot of people seem to be really excited by... although I'm not so sure why! I'd have just preferred some female options in terms of miniatures in my Corp team, rather than going for a gender split. Ho hum they're here to stay though, so if you want them you can get 8 for $20's and 16 for $25's like with the three other season two teams.
The Hex bases are something they'll I'll no doubt add more of... because in the Striker set you no longer get anywhere near enough. You can get 22 bases for $5's and 44 bases for $8's. I'm really excited about these, and yes I know that makes me a sad git!
The next most exciting thing for me though is the 13 acrylic tokens set. Many of my board games come with card 'chits' and they're great at first, but if your game gets an awful lot of lovin' they'll soon get battered to buggery. These are a must for those of you who will be playing an awful lot of Dreadball. Trust me!
Mantic are also offering us the chance to look really stylish... or exceedingly nerdy... yeah, OK you will look exceedingly nerdy. They're giving you five options though, which will set you back $25's each. So if your wardrobe is light on primary coloured geek-shirts then perhaps these will appeal.
Next up I'll talk about the Dreadball coach figures... truthfully... I think these look like all sorts of fun, but I'm not convinced they'll add much, if anything to my games of Dreadball, so they won't be at the top of my list to add onto my pledge. However, at $15's for all four I don't think that's bad at all and it certainly won't break the bank.
A few extra miniature options are to get another Ref bot for $5's, although for me personally one will be enough, but if you like the ref bot it's there as an option. Much more appealing those for me though is getting the four keeper options for the Season 1 teams for the brilliant price of $15's. That will be being added no doubt.
The trophies really appeal to me. Why? Because I really, really want to start running leagues round by me, and these would make for some nice temporary prizes to give out to those who win events. At $10's for a set of 3 why the hell not?
There are two spiffing laser cut pitch options, the cheaper of the two is a more wallet pleasing $25's, which isn't too bad. However, the really sexy version is the acrylic Co-Prosperity Park Arena pitch, which is a swanky acrylic pitch and is $80's worth of cool. If I had the money I would so be getting my paws on this.
Mantic have also teamed up with Battlefoam to offer a Dreadball specific loadout for the Mantic Battlefoam bag. So if you're flush with cash you can pick up the Mantic Bag with special trays for $65's or get some trays that are designed to fit into the Dreadball box for $35's. This is a nice option, I think I have more than enough foam as it is, but even I'm tempted.
There is of course more on offer. Wrapping up you can get extra season 1 teams, for $20's for 8 miniatures, which isn't bad, but I don't think is necessary IF you go for the Striker deal. There are also a series of 6 dice sets that will set you back $10's each, which is cool if you like that sort of thing. It's also worth pointing out that all the MVP's are actually available for $8's each, now you might ask why you'd need them if you go for the Striker set... and I'd probably be in agreement with you... but two of them are limited edition miniatures, and then there are those of us who will want to have multiple of each MVP so we can paint them up in the various team colours for all those teams we'll be getting. Yes I really am that OCD! You can also pick up another set of the Dreadball game cards for $8's and some further Decal Sheets for $2's. So that's it my one and only wrap up of where the Dreadball Kickstarter is at. I'll definitely be getting extra Hex Bases for sure, and I'm tempted by 3 of the Season 2 teams... the Female Corp Team isn't interesting me right now. I'll be grabbing the the keeper models and see if I can stretch to one of those acrylic pitches and maybe those trophies. Peace out!