Thursday, November 25, 2021
Miniatures and board games
I don't hate miniatures. I bought several 3D printers to be able to create miniatures myself for my D&D games, before COVID made real worlds games difficult and we moved to Roll20. So I have printed many an orc, and found that a 3D-printed miniature in a single color was in many ways superior to a flat 2D color token on my gaming table. Having said that, I am starting to hate miniatures in board games. To explain why, let's have a look at an unboxing photo of Kingdom Death: Monsters.
The overall result is that there are some board games where I would play them if they came with cardboard standees instead of miniatures. But it is the miniatures, and only the miniatures, which prevent me from buying the game. I find the settlement survival gameplay idea of Kingdom Death: Monster quite interesting (if a bit harsh), but I am sure not going to spend a fortune on something that would take me hours of unpleasant work to assemble. Of course, some people assemble and paint plastic models for fun; but it sure isn't for everybody. Even if 13 people went for the $2,500 all-in pledge at the latest Kickstarter for the game. Me, I'll be waiting for the $100 cardboard standee version, that will never come.
Labels: Board Games