Depending on the frequency with which these sets come out from now on, I'm at the point where I'm considering dropping the minis line. Pretty as they are, it's just a little too much of a drain on the pocketbook at this point.
Many of the minis are really lovely, though. No complaints there.
Hey, y'all --
Just got the shipment today (Thanks!), but it looks like on the GameMastery Encounter: The Liberation of Prince Thorgrim, I was sent the adventure only option. I had ordered and was charged for the set with adventure and minis. I'm guessing either an oversight, or are you out of stock on the minis?
Let's see. Since the first of the year, I've read the following:
The Fourth Labyrinth - Christopher Golden's novel based in the world of the Uncharted franchise
Last Last Chance - Fiona Maazel's novel about addiction and family drama set against the (remote) backdrop of a Superplague
The Family Fang - a funny novel about the (dysfunctional) children of a pair of (dysfunctional) performance artists
The Debt to Pleasure - part cookbook, part novel, the unreliable narrator is an aesthete with a sinister agenda (highly recommended, though definitely not for all tastes)
The Factory of Facts - Luc Sante's rather slow memoir about his relationship to his past and his country of birth, Belgium
I'm halfway through David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas, the novelistic equivalent of a matryoshka. Six interlocking narratives set in six different times, from the 1830s to an unspecified apocalyptic future. (Really, really good so far.)
Though this was, without a doubt, the worst news I received this week, it's been clear from the line's beginning that Planet Stories has been a passion project, and it's been just as passionately received by those of use who subscribe (and who will continue to do so). I really can't imagine that the line has been anything other than a tough sell for a lot of people; there's a vast difference between "Yeah, I really enjoy pulp and planetary romance" and "Where-in-the-name-of-God-is-more-Manly-Wade-Wellman?!" Personally, I've been nothing but pleased with the output of this line over the years. (Not, of course, that I don't have a list as long as my arm of things I'd still like to see.)
Here's hoping that the business can be restructured in such a way that Planet Stories can continue in some way, shape, or form (and preferably a physical one, at that). I'll confess that the format shift wasn't entirely to my liking, but I've never questioned the worth of the line or Paizo's commitment to making it a quality product.
In short, good on ya, and here's to more Planet Stories to come.
Last year I picked up all 5 of Andrew Offutt's Swords Against Darkness anthologies, and I think some of the material in them might merit (re)collection. I'm thinking particularly of Ramsey Campbell's Ryre stories, which offer a nice blend of fantasy and horror. Though the stories were collected in Necronomicon Press's _Far Away and Never_, I think that's been out of print for some time now.