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Harry Potter Miniatures Game 15 Feb 2018 04:35 #263639

Michael Barnes wrote:
One is 35mm. Ouch. It sounds great- cool ass big models! But if it requires terrain pieces (assuming it will) then you are shut out immediately of a TON of terrain options. You will be at the mercy of Knight Models and third parties to develop this stuff, which will be BIG and EXPENSIVE.

Two is, obviously, Kickstarter. Come the fuck on, a HP game does not need crowd funding and if the company doing it needs crowdfunding to do it, then the license is likely in the wrong hands.

I don't care. So long as this isn't ludicrously expensive, I'm all over it. My whole family is Harry Potter crazy and, in a complete about-face, it's the one game they'd probably complain about for not getting.

Looking at the photos, I'm not convinced terrain is going to be an issue. Looks like it's printed on the board. Sure there might be BIG and EXPENSIVE terrain as an optional extra, but I doubt it's necessary. Besides, a lot of terrain is scale-less. If I have a ruined wall, no-one's going to spot that its 28mm rather than 35mm. I mean sure, I'd prefer 28mm but the bigger scale is going to be attractive to mass market buyers and it does stop you swapping in smaller scale generic figures as stand-ins.

And Kickstarter? My guess is that the plan is to try and absolutely murder the market with stretch goals and add-ons. That's why they've picked it over a standard release. Plus it's a great way to build the hype train, marketed right. And I imagine both tricks will work extremely well with such a hot property.

EDIT: On consideration, one thing does bother me slightly. I presume from the limited information available that this is going to be a competitive game. Now, I'm no great fan of co-ops, but if ever there was a licence that demanded it, surely it's Harry Potter? While there are plenty of Slytherin fans in the world, I can't see many folks wanting to play the Death Eaters?
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Harry Potter Miniatures Game 15 Feb 2018 08:18 #263643

“I hope I will be able to play as Death Eaters.”- MB

What would really sell the game more than large scale is prepainted plastic.

And it does depend on what kind of ruined walls you have. My Ruins of Osgilliath set would look ridiculous, with tiny house elf sized doors.

“I wonder if I can play as Dobby and/or Kreacher.”- MB

This is probably about the only game I would consider a big stretch goal-filled purchase on because HP is also a big thing in my house (we read the books almost every night at bedtime). But every time I say that I chicken out and cancel.

I dunno, one of the key concerns right now is if Luna Lovegood will be properly represented.
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Harry Potter Miniatures Game 15 Feb 2018 10:16 #263654

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EDIT: On consideration, one thing does bother me slightly. I presume from the limited information available that this is going to be a competitive game. Now, I'm no great fan of co-ops, but if ever there was a licence that demanded it, surely it's Harry Potter? While there are plenty of Slytherin fans in the world, I can't see many folks wanting to play the Death Eaters?

People play Vader, Klingons, Borg, comic characters. Why not Draco Malfoy et al ?
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Harry Potter Miniatures Game 15 Feb 2018 10:39 #263657

The jig is up, this is a board game with resin minis and made by a model company- not really a miniatures game.

Board-based, most likely co-op....I will have to make a very tough saving throw...
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Harry Potter Miniatures Game 15 Feb 2018 11:56 #263665

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Board-based, most likely co-op....I will have to make a very tough saving throw...

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Harry Potter Miniatures Game 15 Feb 2018 12:04 #263667

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People play Vader, Klingons, Borg, comic characters. Why not Draco Malfoy et al ?

Two reasons. First, Death Eaters don't, generally, have the air of sophistication or anti-heroism that many other villains do. Most are portrayed as being thuggish and pretty stupid. Second, there's a much stronger draw to side with the heroes because - unlike on film, where viewpoints often switch - the story in the books is told entirely from Harry's POV.

Of course, some people like Barnes are just born contrarians and will enjoy it anyway: I can just see it being an slightly off-putting element for the majority of the market.
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