So as you can see by the sidebar of this blog, and probably everyone else's blogs, the second Bones kickstarter is underway.
I'm already in, because they learned a critical lesson - sell early adopters faster shipping.* I pledged almost immediately, after some annoying errors trying to get Kickstarter to tell Amazon.com to let me pledge.
So far it looks good - skeletons I can use, interesting monsters, lesser demons I can use, some "character" figures I can trade or use. I like the Bones for their relative cheapness as playing pieces, and although I haven't plowed through what I got the first time I can always use more. After all, I have minis I bought over a decade ago waiting for paint (some even older - unpainted lead from my 1980s boxed sets), but always handy if I suddenly need a figure of that particular pose and type.
I'm glad they color-coded the a la carte add-ons vs. the core stuff.
I'm a little ambivalent about the "Core Expansion" set idea, though - $50 for a new ever-growing pile of minis is a good deal. But already there is about half of it I really want, in bunches (Derro! Dragon-turtle-thing! Whatever those demon-things are!) and others I don't need even one of (scorpion, dragon, stone giant). So it becomes a real question - do I crack my budget and get it, hoping to trade away the extras for something useful? Do I pass and hope I can get the components of the set I want for less than $50 retail? This is why I passed on the Dwarven Forge kickstarter - lots of stuff I wanted, but bundled with stuff I'll never use, so I'm better off waiting . . . even if the per-item price goes up a lot.
That's annoying, really. Like I said, I have a budget - and now I can't pick only the stuff I want (those water elementals might be nice, I love the rat-men) if I also get that combo. I almost need to find someone to pre-trade with - "you buy the rats and I'll give you X, Y, and Z from the core expansion." That's tricky, though.
Still, I'm pretty happy with the kickstarter and I hope more people jump in. I'd be happier with pre-paints, but Bones are good enough.
* By the way, nothing discourages me more as a backer than limited-run cheaper versions of a backer benefit that is sold out. $25 for the first 1000 guys, $30 after? If I see that and the $25s are gone, I probably don't back the kickstarter because I feel cheated paying $5 extra. Rewarding speed in with speed out, though, that I can get behind - I don't feel like I'm cheated out if I get in late, just getting on line a further down than the others.