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Garrett Guillotte wrote:
It's funny you say that. When I lived in Boston on Boylston St. we had a Dunkin Donuts on the first floor of our building. :)
No. Sales on the Campaign Cards have, unfortunately, been pretty terrible, so we're giving the concept a rest for a while and focusing on other types of card decks that seem to be more appealing.
I'm glad you enjoyed them (doubly so because they were my idea).
I only wish there were more folks like you out there! :)
There is a framing device/story that takes place in the present, during which the six main characters recount stories of their past adventures. Those adventures form the significant majority of each issue, but the framing story does advance the overall storyline of the iconic characters, and picks up directly from the end of City of Secrets.
You'll soon see! :)
Jim is busy with work for Image and Marvel at the moment, but we hope to see him back in the series again. Origins is written by me, James L. Sutter, and F. Wesley Schneider, so there's a very Paizonian take on it. We hope that the character elements will remain strong, and we're sure that players will appreciate the in-world references that come with having co-creators of the campaign setting (and of the iconics) writing their stories.
The City of Secrets hardcover compilation is in the works.
The way the comic business works these days, series get restarted more and more frequently as sales drop off after the first issue almost like clockwork (this is true for Marvel and DC as well as for smaller companies like Dynamite--it's a pretty widespread phenomenon these days).
That said, it's still the same story, featuring the same characters (plus some new ones this time out). The first scene of Origins picks up shortly after the end of City of Secrets, and follows the same continuity.
I know I speak for James and Wes when I say we really hope you like it!
The thing is, though, these figures aren't being created in a vacuum. Before Pathfinder there were hundreds and hundreds of D&D Miniatures, and before that we had first-wave prepainted figures like Mage Knight, some of which are still good enough to be worth using.
Add to that 40 years of metal miniatures, as a lot of gamers no-doubt mix prepainted and unpainted or personally painted figures.
With all of those other figures in the mix, there are still some really weird gaps. Characters with instruments. Female halflings. Basically females of any other race than human, half-elf, or elf, or females who aren't sexualized or wearing full plate armor. So sometimes we do try to fill those gaps.
Building these sets is not always about finding a "perfect" balance of genders or creatures, or whatever. It's in large part about providing the _right_ miniature for a given role. So you might not need 11 female warrior types, but the variety is good for people hunting for a figure for their own character, or for a given NPC at exactly the right moment, or whatever.
Sometimes "providing the right miniature" is dictated by the source material. If the Rise of the Runelords Adventure Path says an important villain is a woman, she's going to be in the set no matter how many other female figures we've done in the past.
That's a big part of the disparity. As we move away from Adventure Path themes (for the time being), we're going to see more picks based on awesome art, or based on filling gender/race/class roles we haven't done yet than on fulfilling a specific NPC quota.
So, there are a lot of factors that go into it. "Women prolly wouldn't have been warriors so foten IRL" doesn't even enter into it.
I think we have a dress/skirt wearer coming up. Can't remember. The Shifty Noble kind of fits the mold you're looking for, but it's not one of my personal favorites.
Orcs/Half-Orcs for representing PCs with minis. Especially for women.
I agree with you, but request at least some credit for producing two half-elf females so far, Irabeth and Imrijka in Wrath of the Righteous.
In any event, I'm on the case.
The Iconic Heroes sets are going to help a lot with these.
Anyways, I'd love to see Erik pull out more things from the NPC Codex. I'm hoping that he at least considers it if the high-quality Iconics line proves a success. Even if they don't, he's shown he's willing to dip into this sourcebook for the occasional PC/NPC-friendly piece, such as the old Gnome wizard from the last set.
You won't have to wait long for this.
My second favorite figure in the whole set (at the moment) is from the NPC Codex.
And I haven't shown him yet.
So noted! I love feedback like this, btw.
Dance of Ruin wrote:
It's definitely something we've strongly considered. My sense is that we're not there yet, and we probably won't be there next year, but if the game keeps growing the way it has been and we keep making good decisions in other arenas, this idea is going to keep coming up until it happens.
As an aside, last year at Christmas I paid $175 in shipping for a Union Jack Dalek toy I could only find from Forbidden Planet UK. I paid the shipping fee without comment, as I realized what it was like to be on the other side of that particular equation.
So, I feel your pain. I hope we can work out a better solution to international shipping (particularly of large items) in the years to come.
This is awful! There's no way I'm going to be able to afford four to eight sarcophaguses! It looks great, but many I've played and run many adventures where you need multiple sarcophagus. At least these look inexpensive to manufacturer, so hopefully there will be two per case and a lot available on the secondary market. If they're rare, or as popular as I expect, then they'll fetch $20 or more each -- ouch!
I honestly don't know which dungeon dressings will come 2 to a case, but I'm almost willing to bet my personal collection that it won't be the sarcophagus.
With three pieces (including what amounts to a regular common figure in the form of the mummy), this thing screams production value. After holding this piece, there's just no way that it seems inexpensive to manufacture.
If it were a "regular" figure, I'm confident it would be a rare.
So, we'll see, but I think this is going to be a chase figure.
I had remarked about the previous Frost Giant, from the Heroes & Monsters set, that I thought he was frail looking for a giant. While I liked his sculpt, he just appeared too lean to me for a creature that was supposed to represent and kick-butt in the cold.
It's interesting to note that Heroes & Monsters contains a small number of fantasy figures Wiz Kids was experimenting with before we partnered with them. The Frost Giant is the best example of this. While the figure is super, super cool, it is not actually based on any Pathfinder artwork, which partially accounts for why he looks a bit different than the Frost Giants in our books.
The more you know…
Berk the Black wrote:
I would not expect a lot of giants in the next two sets.
I grew up in Minnesota, so for about 20 years of my life I was White Castle-adjacent. Three years of college in Boston was, alas, largely slider free save precious return visits to the Homeland.
I returned to Minnesota for a few years and was back in White Castle heaven, but then I got hired by Wizards of the Coast and moved to Seattle in 1999.
Happily, my job involves a fair amount of travel. I have enjoyed White Castle sliders in the following locations.
In my opinion, it is sacrilegious to adulterate a proper slider with any ingredient other than bun, "all-beef" patty, steamed onions, and the requisite pickle.
Even a slice of "cheese" is a bridge too far.
I am ultra-orthodox.
Yeah, I get you. I think I misread your original post.
Another idea I thought of (but not fast enough for this set, alas) is to do certain bits of dungeon dressing you might want more of as promotional repaints. That way, when the extras eventually end up for sale on paizo.com, you can order as many as you want.
1. There are only 6 bits of dungeon dressing, but customers can expect 8 per case. I assume that this implies two sculpts will appear twice (the brazier is a likely suspect). I honestly don't know for sure, and will look into it. I can say with some authority that I sincerely doubt there will be more than 1 of at least 3 of the dungeon dressing pieces we haven't previewed yet.
2. Yes. At least one of the yet-to-be-revealed bits of dungeon dressing is Large. It would need to be to fit a Medium figure inside it, naturally!
Kor - Orc Scrollkeeper wrote:
Guys, this isn't that big of a deal. I am certainly not broken up about it.
I could have selected the same figures on the solicitation sheets to preview, but I wanted to do different ones.
It's nobody's "fault," and it's not really that big of a problem. These things happen.
And, honestly, you guys have been starved for new images for a while, so this way you get even more than you expected!
Yeah, sorry. "There is nothing I feel like doing about it, or worth the time investment it would take to do anything about it" is probably more accurate.
You got me. :)
Temporarily you have a _unique_ mini. Not bad for $1.25 plus shipping.
I just looked at that seller's other auctions, which are mostly prototype action figures with no accessories. I'm guessing it's someone with access to a manufacturing plant who scoops a handful of goodies every time he comes to work.