Pathfinder Battles: Remembering the Fallen

Tuesday, March 04, 2019

Now that we've shown off all the figures in the standard Ruins of Lastwall set of prepainted plastic miniatures over the past few weeks, that leaves just the premium set for today's blog. Over the history of the line, we've switched between extra-large figures like dragons and giants and hydras and themed dungeon dressing like the Rusty Dragon Inn and the Court of the Crimson Throne. For Ruins of Lastwall, we suggested a cemetery set to WizKids, who at first seemed hesitant to do it (we later learned that they were doing a similar set in their Icons of the Realms product line). When they heard the pieces we wanted to include, however, they got really excited. The end result is one of the most impressive sets of dungeon dressing I think I've ever seen.

Illustration by Joel Holtzman

Each Cemetery of the Fallen Setincludes a working cemetery gate, two 2" fence segments, four 4" fence segments, a mausoleum with removable roof, a mausoleum coffin, four each of two varieties of tombstone, and two each of two stone coffins.

Cemetery of the Fallen is also the first premium set to use new packaging that displays the content inside. You can see both the packaging and a sample set all laid out together at New York Toy Fair a few weeks ago.

Photos: Erik Mona

That wraps up our previews for the Ruins of Lastwall release, due out later this spring from WizKids. When I next grace the blog with another preview, it'll likely be about the forthcoming Iconic Heroes Evolved set, also due out later this spring. Until then, don't split the party!

Mark Moreland
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Scarab Sages

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Cori Marie wrote:
Contrary to popular belief, Mark is indeed a person, and does indeed have other duties in the company than just writing blog posts. My point is mostly that if a release of the mini's lines does less than expected sales, it's not going to ruin the company as a whole. If the rulebook relaunch does less than expected, that's it, no more books, and no more minis.

I guess Mark having other duties ties into that "He's likely busy with other things" that I wrote. We've also had "My bet is that we will not be seeing any previews until after GenCon" and "Everything is being pushed around by PF2's launch" from others, so I think Popular Opinion around here is in tune with reality. I expect Mark will come through with the previews after GenCon, and we are stressing their importance to us as buyers of the product.

My point is that the next case will be coming out soon. Even if PF2 turns into a complete debacle, the next set of minis is still going to be released since they have been produced. We will still be paying for it. Say hypothetically they cancel the next Battles set because of issues with PF2 (worst case scenario), we won't be charged for it. Not a huge issue there, not being charged for a non-product.


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In my mind, this ties into a bigger issue with Paizo's schedule of blogs and other information-disseminating methods. Sometimes it's via twitter, sometimes by press release, sometimes as a throwaway line on a twitch stream...All in all, I think it's fair to say they've been going through a rough patch in this regard lately (the various episodes of IT glitchiness haven't helped, I'm sure).

Personally, I'm of a mind to put it down to a perfect storm - lots of new projects (both rolling out new IT infrastructure and new editions of both the card game and the RPG) plus a very significant turnover in staff - especially those responsible for the webstore and social media. All of it happening under the looming threat of that juggernaut-of-deadlines: GenCon.

I suspect things are going to smooth out in coming months. This set is going to be previewed later than we're used to (some people overseas like to have what may seem unduly long lead-in times to those in the US who can place an order with short notice - if we want to avoid exorbitant duties and get it from a local retailer, we sometimes need to order things a good three or four months ahead of streetdate). No doubt the webpages for all the new products will go up "in the nick of time" and the blogs/twitch streams/other methods of communicating will settle into a new rhythm.

I'm hoping that once GenCon finishes and all the new staffmembers come to grips with the entirety of their roles, we'll get back into a more regular and predictable flow of product information.


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I'd be pretty confident in predicting that, no matter how irritating an individual customer finds issues like this, it is far more annoying to Paizo (and more impactful).


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Steve Geddes wrote:
Personally, I'm of a mind to put it down to a perfect storm - lots of new projects (both rolling out new IT infrastructure and new editions [etc.]

I concur, but it’s a selfmade problem: Changing the website design at the same time as announcing (and playtesting) a new edition?

That was just asking for trouble and getting it.
Rule 1 of programming (or so I was told): „Don’t touch running systems“

The website worked, it was easy to find stuff (even stuff I didn’t know I wanted to have) and most of all it didn’t look like WotC ten years earlier.

The design change put me in a negative mood towards 2E and then the „nope“s just piled up.

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Mark Moreland wrote:

"This set does not include dungeon dressing, a sacrifice at the altar of randomized Huges, but the next set should have them again.

Previews for this set begin next week."

This means 100% creature minis (44 different ones) of which we already know 15:
-the four previewed back in february (Dragon Turtle, Chimera, Fire Giant & Dwarf Wizard)
-the eight from the preview pack (male & female orc, 2 goblins, elf, halfling, bugbear & new hobgoblin design)
-the three from the booster box art (Boar Demon/Nalfeshnee, Shadow, Dwarf Rogue).

preview pack unboxing video


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Marco Massoudi wrote:

Mark Moreland wrote:

"This set does not include dungeon dressing, a sacrifice at the altar of randomized Huges, but the next set should have them again.

Previews for this set begin next week."

This means 100% creature minis (44 different ones) of which we already know 15:
-the four previewed back in february (Dragon Turtle, Chimera, Fire Giant & Dwarf Wizard)
-the eight from the preview pack (male & female orc, 2 goblins, elf, halfling, bugbear & new hobgoblin design)
-the three from the booster box art (Boar Demon/Nalfeshnee, Shadow, Dwarf Rogue).

preview pack unboxing video

Hmm. I guess I should buy one of the next set just to send the right dollars message.

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"Iconic Heroes Evolved" has officially been scheduled for September 18th by Wizkids.

"Legendary Adventures" has been moved to october by Wizkids and will now very probably have an official street date of october 16th - same as Paizo's october products.
That is likely not a coincidence imo.

That means Mark has 8 Werks instead of 4 to show all renders.

We'll likely see some pictures of actual minis from Gencon and i expect an unboxing video three weeks before street date.

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