WISH 48: Money, Money, Money

Perverse Access Memory: WISH 48: Money, Money, Money
The price and availability of miniatures goes up as more companies leave the market. Wood costs lead to extended paper costs, and supplements and gaming systems are becoming a serious financial investment. Is this affecting your gaming any?


Yes, it is slowing my rate of buying and trying new products. The fact that I am currently unemployed is the bottom line. I would like to buy a host of things, but budgeting and finances, and the general expense of game books these days means that I have to choose and pick my battles carefully.
So it has slowed me down considerably, yes. I was tempted, for instance, by a copy of Nobilis that I saw in The Source (a local gaming store) not long ago. Under better financial circumstances, I would not have hesitated to purchase a book that I’ve salivated about for quite a while.
And there are plenty of other books somewhat on hold for that reason–Exalted Abyssal, The Dying Earth RPG, and others.

3 thoughts on “WISH 48: Money, Money, Money”

  1. “The price and availability of miniatures goes up as more companies leave the market.”
    Enter MageKnight. MageKnight (www.wizkids.com) is a Miniature self-contained system of fantasy combat. Each plastic figurine as a dial at the base. As a unit (Hero, Monster, etc) gets damaged, the dial can be clicked indicating lesser strengths, speed and toughness.
    In addition to being a wonderful game unto itself, the MageKnight pieces (Fully painted) can be effortlessly dropped into any Sword-and-Sorcery Fantasy based RPG. Cost? A “Booster” pact generally costs around $8 which will give you 6-7 fully assembled plastic pieces, or around $1.25 each. A lot of stores will even sell individual pieces for just as much.
    MageKnight also has a dungeon system, a newer Egyptian themed system, walls, castle parts, doors and the usual dungeon debris
    (Pronounced DER-BRIS).
    Since their very successful entry, MageKnight has branched out into a Mechwarrior game, a Comic book Hero game (Both Marvel and D.C)and a flight game based on the computer game “Crimson Skies”

  2. There are also a lot of plastic and resin figurines out there for monsters.
    As an old-school painter, I generally find that I’m not happy with the quality of plastic/resin figurines for anything but large and undetailed monsters. But I’m *really* old school: my collection has a significant fraction of lead.
    The switch from lead to other alloys was a huge factor in driving prices up because it meant not only increased metal costs, but in many cases new molds and new sculptures. However, it did leave room in the market for people like Wizkids.
    And then there’s the whole Games Workshop factor. They do some pretty minis, but GW is the Microsoft of the miniatures industry.
    (Can you tell I used to work for a comic/games store?)

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