A couple of things today:
First, if you saw the discussion yesterday in my comments, a lot of things were suggested regarding the character cards, so I went home, did some rearranging and came up with:
This is still A5 in size, but allows plenty of space for any notes the player may want to make.
The only issue that was raised to me just prior to going to bed was the optical illusion caused by putting the Boots Cog between the larger Artifact and Weapon Cogs. It makes the smaller cog look a lot smaller than it is, even smaller than the other equipment cogs.
I will be getting around this by either making the equipment cogs bigger, or the offensive cogs smaller.
Not sure which to do, any preferences? Answers on a postcard or in the comments please :)
Next up was something I was made aware of last night over Twitter.
As most of you know, I do my Malifaux demos at Leisure Games in North London.
Now these guys are a great bunch, they are very accommodating and always looking to encourage games being played in their store. This is because they understand that such activity keeps the holy-trinity of retail happy (Manufactorer-Retailer-Customer).
So I was quite shocked when I was pointed to a thread on the official FFG website about the game XWing and a tournament they were holding in their store.
In short, Leisure Games featured the following comment on their events page:
FFG’s Kessel Run preview event is an exclusive X-Wing tournament taking place December 14 – 16, and a limited number of retailers will have a chance to participate. This exclusive event will provide players their first opportunity to see some of their favorite new starships in action!
This event is free to enter.
PLEASE NOTE: This event is scheduled in anticipation that the tournament kits reach us in time. Further information to follow when available. The Fantasy Flight Games (FFG) web site states that the ships used in this event will be given as prizes, however we want to give more people a chance to see and play with these fantastic miniatures so we will be using them for other events. In order to run the "Kessel Run" event we have to purchase a kit from FFG, they are NOT given to us free of charge, and each retailer can only purchase one kit, so we have to re-use the one kit. We expect to run another event at "Conception" games convention at the end of January. Models will be given to event winners when we have finished running events with this kit.
So what's the problem here? The store has changed the rules (slightly) to mean that prizes will be given out in January rather than straight after the December event.
(I suppose I should give you a link to it) http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_foros_discusion.asp?efid=254&efcid=6&efidt=752608&efpag=0
For those who haven't dredged through multiple pages of teenage drivel, that thread is full of people asking for Leisure Games to be blacklisted because they're committing fraud.
Now I don't know about you, but I was under the impression that fraud is when something is given when it should not, or the reverse, when something is supposed to be given, but denied.
In this instance Leisure Games have clearly advertised their stance and internal rules change on their website well in advance of the event. There is no misinformation, no false advertising and the event is a free to enter event on top of that.
To me this is yet another example of Generation Y and it's requirement to be given everything right now with minimal effort on their behalf.
It sickens me!
Why can't these 'people' get a job if their own, move out of their parent's home and realise what responsibilities there really are in life beyond 'I want'?
Damn I feel old.
And on that note before my gears get truly ground, stay safe and ill see you all breachside!
- Your friendly neighbourhood Doctor Loxley