This is a little late to the game, as Blood & Plunder from Firelock Games was on kickstarter.com almost 3 years ago. But we finally started. Better late than never! We did consider getting involved in the Kickstarter, there were as usually many enticing stretch goals. However, the timing was bad as we had built but a nice backlog of bolt action miniatures that needed painting couple with the price and the idea of metal miniatures kept us from buying in back then.
This fall though we took the plunge, when we noticed they had introduced a cheaper two player bundle. After some deliberations, nationally we decided to go for the more expensive and expansive nationally bundles – pirates and Spanish starters.
What made us do this? Well we were interested from the beginning, but a few things also changed. First, Firelock Games introduced the first expansion to the game via a second Kickstarter, proving to us the game was not just a one-off Kickstarter, but had enough players to continue develop it.
While we are very excited about the game, there were a few annoyances receiving our plunder:
No foam insert and missing back insert: Being metal miniatures they need to be handled more carefully than for example plastic miniatures on a sprue. Usually when receiving metal miniatures, they are somewhat protected by a foam insert making them less likely to bend
Ship cards not all the same size: judging by the different color as well as size this is probably (hopefully) a never version and an older version. Still it is annoying it is not standardized, making it difficult to buy one set of appropriately sized plastic sleeves.
Nonresponsive customer service: We had inquired about the availability of a unit & character card set. No response on either direct mail and the website form, so we ended up buying it from a 3rd party site. I am happy to write this off as a one off (and we all know that happens with customer service). People have generally praised Firelock Games customer service.
Honestly neither takes anything away from the game, and we are excited to paint and play, but it is a sign that we are dealing with a smaller company than we are used to, and that comes at a small cost, in this case the flair and packaging of the products.
So this spring we are hoping to show off our progress towards our two factions in more detail and hopefully some suitable terrain to go with it.
Until next time, adventure on!