Things Get Weird

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Well folks, we did it. We made it to the final Pathfinder Battles: Kingmaker preview. Were there delays and complications along the way? Sure. But no kingdom rises from nothing without pain and struggle. And I couldn't have done it without you, fair citizens. Your taxes will go to the establishment of nothing but the finest of statues in my hon—...wait, it wasn't me that got king-made? That means I have to do my job and show off these last few minis, doesn't it?

We're left now with six unrevealed figures that exemplify some of the weirder fantasy elements in the Kingmaker campaign, so I won't bore you with further theatrics. Just imagine what would happen if a bunch of drunk proto-deities made a first draft of the world, threw in some magic and glitter, and then sort of left their creations to evolve in isolation for a few millennia. That's how you end up with things like the strange (but incredibly cute) fey dragon, a Small common figure. How does something so silly looking even fit into an ecosystem without going extinct? By having magic powers, that's how!

It's not the only creature in the set tainted by magic and a pastel filter. Check out this dwoemercat, a creation of none other than Ed Greenwood, for the very first volume of Kingmaker. What better size and rarity could one ask for in a dwoemercat than Medium and common, respectively? No better size and rarity, I say!

Are you liking the fuzzies? Here's another new fuzzy, albeit a waterlogged one. The fur on an ahuizotl clumps to form weird little spikes, hence its name, which translates to "spiny aquatic thing" according to Wikipedia. Originating in Aztec myth, these Large rare cuties like human flesh, “especially nails, eyes, and teeth.” YUM!

But wait! It gets cuter! Who's a good boy? Trollhound's a good boy! Yes he is! Look at that well maintained coat of luxuriant mussed hair and thick hide of trollish green. He's even trained: "Roll over! Sit! Don't eat me!" Well, two out of three isn't bad. Cue Sarah McLachlan music. Give this poor creature a home, because every Medium uncommon figure deserves a chance to murder PCs.

Ok, I admit I may have gone overboard with the whole "things get weird" blog theme, but I'm committed now, so there's no stopping me. Spider-man himself couldn't put an end to my antics! Not even Pathfinder's own version of Spider-man, the web lurker. Less an awkward nerd bitten by a radioactive spider and thrust into a life of crime fighting, secret identities, and heartbreak than a literal man-spider, the web lurker is a Medium common figure who can't wait to be your friendly neighborhood aberrant horror.

Finally, we have the weirdest addition to the set yet, as saving the best for last seemed appropriate: a danged-old gnome! Here, good reader, we have a fine specimen of pedantic, pompous, and generally insufferable gnome alchemist, the inimitable Jubilost Narthropple. In his myriad published works, he makes an irrefutable case for being the best companion in not only Pathfinder: Kingmaker, but in the entirety of Golarion and the history of CRPGs as well. It is only fitting, then, that he offset his Small size with an uncommon rarity, so that no adventuring party suffers the indignity of not having him along to tell them everything they're doing wrong.

Pathfinder Battles: Kingmaker comes out on October 24 in game stores everywhere! Don't miss it! Your king commands it!

Mark Moreland
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It's been over a month now. I'm really hoping for a preview at some point today.

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The Starfinder minis packs are out in stores and they look gorgeous.
They will also have reached most of Europe by next week.

You will have to trust my word as we sadly didn't get any pictures here and get them while they last, as i don't think there will ever be a reprint or any other prepainted Starfinder minis from Ninja Division.


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Marco Massoudi wrote:

The Starfinder minis packs are out in stores and they look gorgeous.

They will also have reached most of Europe by next week.

You will have to trust my word as we sadly didn't get any pictures here and get them while they last, as i don't think there will ever be a reprint or any other prepainted Starfinder minis from Ninja Division.

I agree. The ones I saw were really meticulously painted. I had the odd issue with colour choices and the faces were a bit underdone, but imo it is far superior to err on the side of undetailed faces as opposed to the heavily made up clown look you see from time to time. The ships looked good too, though I expected that as they’re a little simpler.

Like Marco, I’m also very doubtful there’ll ever be a reprint.


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Pigraven wrote:
It's been over a month now. I'm really hoping for a preview at some point today.

Just to add another datapoint - I’m also missing the regular mini preview blogs.

In my case they don’t affect my purchasing habits. However, they have resulted in me dropping by the site less often (a bit less often, anyhow).

I used to make a point of settling in with a coffee a few hours after Erik’s weekly blog hit. After reading the blog, I’d then browse the site and maybe pick up a thing or two.

My point being that fifteen minis every five weeks isn’t equivalent, from my perspective, as three every week. Even if from the Paizo side it may feel as though that’s “the same amount” of previewing. (I appreciate there’s probably a dozen wheels all turning in the background which we don’t see. This isn’t criticism so much as customer feedback that perhaps isn’t noticeable from your side).


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Steve Geddes wrote:
Pigraven wrote:
It's been over a month now. I'm really hoping for a preview at some point today.

Just to add another datapoint - I’m also missing the regular mini preview blogs.

In my case they don’t affect my purchasing habits. However, they have resulted in me dropping by the site less often (a bit less often, anyhow).

I used to make a point of settling in with a coffee a few hours after Erik’s weekly blog hit. After reading the blog, I’d then browse the site and maybe pick up a thing or two.

My point being that fifteen minis every five weeks isn’t equivalent, from my perspective, as three every week. Even if from the Paizo side it may feel as though that’s “the same amount” of previewing. (I appreciate there’s probably a dozen wheels all turning in the background which we don’t see. This isn’t criticism so much as customer feedback that perhaps isn’t noticeable from your side).

Like you, it doesn't directly affect my miniature purchasing habits. And that goes double this time around, as I've already decided to hang and grab the last (we assume) of the PF1 sets. For me, it's more a matter of "why not?" at this point.

But as I've posted here before, everything matters. Perception matters. I currently sit squarely on the fence as to whether I'll step forward with Paizo into Pathfinder 2, or step away. While the official release of that source material will ultimately be the deciding factor on such a jump, my miniatures subscription is one that could survive either outcome. In theory.

But here we are fast approaching 2019, and I'm not even sure it has been confirmed the Battles line will continue after Ruins Of Lastwall? And if it does, will it be a line dedicated to PF2? Such a dedicated line would mean we'd be seeing all new versions of the tried and true creatures that usually make a first bestiary. Or would such a line split between PF2 creatures from the PF2 Bestiary 1 and PF1 Bestiaries 2-6?

This blog series hasn't seen an update since a week before Halloween. As far as I'm aware, there was no "we'll be taking an extended break before continuing with Ruins of Lastwall previews" announcement. It's just been five weeks of interwebs silence. I get it, this blog is way down the list of important issues for Paizo. But we've already been informed several times now that the miniature preview blogs are written out and completed well ahead of time. So if that is the case, isn't it just a matter of turning it in and posting it?

Again, I'll be getting the case itself regardless, but the small bit of fun and excitement that used to accompany these weekly blog posts seems to have completely eroded. I've seen and heard enough trepidation from PF1 players about making the jump that if it were my company, I'd want to do everything I could to maintain a "business as usual" atmosphere throughout as many different product lines as I offered. I don't know if that makes sense to anyone else, but it's how I feel.


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Unlike you, Pigraven, the previews will definetly make a difference whether I continue my subscription for Lastwall. Now, Idon’t need to be fed weekly previews, and actually, the information doesn’t have to come from Paizo’s site directly. I do enjoy hearing what insights Mark (and previously Erik) have to offer about the sets. But, ultimately, I’lljust need to see something about set composition and hopefully an “unboxing” before I OK my subscription.

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Berk the Black wrote:
Unlike you, Pigraven, the previews will definetly make a difference whether I continue my subscription for Lastwall. Now, Idon’t need to be fed weekly previews, and actually, the information doesn’t have to come from Paizo’s site directly. I do enjoy hearing what insights Mark (and previously Erik) have to offer about the sets. But, ultimately, I’lljust need to see something about set composition and hopefully an “unboxing” before I OK my subscription.

I am at the same point as you, Berk.

Kingmaker was such a bad quality and i already had most creatures in the set (Trolls, Manticores & Hill Giants by the dozen).
The Spriggans were cool, but i got only 2 of each.
I also have over 100 different humans, probably over 300 and don't need any more of them - not a single one.
Same goes for Halflings, Elves & Half-Elves.
Dwarves are not so overdone, yet i already have dozens.

Why not more Orcs and other races (like Kitsune)?
I also want 30+ monsters in a set and not more than 33% human(oid)s.

There are lots and lots of creatures that are the same in PF & Starfinder (It was great to have 4 Akata minis) - produce them instead!

The Ruins of Lastwall renders need to be previewed asap, if they are not mostly shown until february, i'll just order one brick & the incentive.

I also won't continue to buy boosters after that set and just grab singles, if i don't know how PF 2.0 will change things in the future far enough in advance.

As it is, i am missing under 20 creature minis from the Pathfinder Bestiary, most of them huge or tiny and D&D looks to be producing most of the huges soon.


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I hadn't thought about Lastwall being the last 1st edition set. Hopefully the 2E Bestiary will be different enough from 1E that the next PFB set won't just be Heroes and Monsters with new sculpts.

For all its faults, 4E changed the MM so much that the DDM sets that followed were just as varied as the 3E sets.

Are this may be a stretch, but I wouldn't mind if Starfinder got a set in lieu of a regular PFB set or if some SF figures were sprinkled into PFB.

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Since we don't seem to get any Pathfinder Battles renders,
here are some pictures of ACTUAL minis from february's Icons of the Realms set:
minisgallery.

Shown are 4 HUGE minis & 2 large minis from the set:

-BALOR (HUGE in 5E)
-BEHIR (HUGE)
-FROGHEMOTH (HUGE)
-GORISTRO (HUGE/D&D exclusive)
-Death Tyrant (large/D&D exclusive)
-Tobriant the Metal Mage (large Iron Golem with Wizards soul inside)

I already know i'm ordering a case!


I'm also in for a case for sure.

In the past it was a case of PF Battle and 2 or 3 brick of Icons of the realms. I will probably switch this in favor of Icons for the early 2019 releases.

I think the absence of blog hurt. More so after a not so good set like the last. In the past I would have bought a case without knowing what was in the set.. but I'm not as confident now.

In fact I'm not yet done unboxing my cae of Kingmaker...

Like others have said, more monster and less humanoid(the common one) would be more appealing...And the next Icons of the realms seems to go that way... and the huges are a bonus.

When I know what's in the next set I may change my mind and go for a case, but I'll wait to see.

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Creatures that exist in both Starfinder & Pathfinder which havn't been done (from Distant Worlds, Alien Archive, Alien Archive 2 & Starfinder APs #1-10):

-Aballonian/Anacite (DW/AA&AA2)
-Android (B5/Starfinder CRB)
-Behirs (DW)
-Bone Sage/Necrovite (DW/AA)
-Brethedan/Barathu (B4/AA)
-Cerebric Fungi (B3/AA2)
-Color out of Space (B4/AA2)
-Contemplative (B4/AA)
-Crysmals (B2)
-Death Worms (B2)
-Devil, Warmonger (B5/AA2)
-Dragon, Lunar (B4/AA2)
-Dragon, Solar (B4/AA2)
-Dragon, Void (B4/AA2)
-Dragon, Vortex (B4/AA2)
-Dragonkin (B5/AA)
-Drow (AA)
-Flumphs (B3)
-Formians (B4/AA&AA2)
-Ghoran (B5/AA2)
-Giant, Moon (B5/AA2)
-Girallons (DW)
-Gloomwing (B2/AP#10)
-Goblin, Space (AA)
-Gray (B5/AA)
-Grick (DW)
-Kurobozu (B5/AA2)
-Kyton/Velstrac (B/Signal of Screams)
-Lashunta (B5/AA)
-Mobats (B2)
-Mohrgs (B/AA2)
-Moonflowers (B2/AA2)
-Nosferatu/Emotivore (B4/AA2)
-Pale Stranger (B3/AP#6)
-Plasma Oozes (B3)
-Reptoid (B5/AA)
-Ryphorian (Reign of Winter/AA)
-Sarcesian (DW/AA)
-Shadow Mastiff (B3/AP#11)
-Shantaks (B2/AA2)
-Shobhad (B4AA)
-Shipmind (Iron Gods/AA2)
-Shoggoth (DW)
-Svartalfar (B4/AP#11)
-Tenebrous Worm (B2)
-Trox (B4/AA2)
-Vampire, Jiang-Shi (B3/AP#3)
-Witchwyrds (B2)
-Xorns (DW)

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Wizkids has updated it's release schedule:

FEBRUARY 2019:
-"Falling Star Sailing Ship"
-Icons of the Realms #11

APRIL 2019:
-Pathfinder Battles #16 "Ruins of Lastwall"

MAY 2019:
-"Pathfinder Battles Iconic Heroes Evolved"


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I’m actually happy we are getting a little more breathing room between sets.

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With the next Pathfinder Battles set coming out in about 4 months and Paizo seemingly not wanting to advocate the Ninja Division Starfinder minis more than they already did (which i can understand), i don't think we will see any more blogs in 2018.
I'll gladly be proven wrong, though.


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The preview images of the Faerie Dragon do not do it justice. It is a gorgeous little figure. The fingernails are even painted!

I mostly just picked up all the figures for the Big Bad Guys of Kingmaker, but they all look great, are sturdy and have excellent paintjobs.

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