|The Boneswarm was also a model|
from the old Iron Kingdoms line
As soon as the Boneswarm was announced as a new light warbeast for Domination, many people went online immediately and picked up the old models on discount for as little as only $6. Privateer Press meanwhile faced some scrutiny over the price increase. Some of the loyal fans defended the change, citing increases in the cost of materials (tin - a primary component of the metal pewter - has been increasing in price steadily for the past few years), some have cited development costs for a new model, and others even said cynically that the 200+% increase was due to the cost of printing the card. In either case, in my editorial on being more than just a business, I said:
In this author's opinion, PP needs to tread lightly, as they have done a great job making deposits in their customer "Love Bank" and this is one big withdrawal. This has the potential to blow up in their face, especially considering they have experienced incredible growth this last year (I've heard 400%!) and I'm sure that much of that comes from those emigrating from GW games like Warhammer 40k and Fantasy Battles because of some unpopular company decisions. Let's hope that PP will at least address this issue publicly (they aren't hiding the fact that the price hasn't changed) and reassure their fans. They won't lose anyone, but people will certainly become skeptical, and that's not a place you want to be at in such a niche market.
here, part of which I will quote here for you:
"The Boneswarm model releasing January 2012 is a reissue of the model previously available for the Iron Kingdoms Role Playing Game. The current blister pack includes the Boneswarm’s all-new stat card.
Players who have already purchased the Iron Kingdoms model can request a complimentary copy of the HORDES stat card by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to..."
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