Ok, so before anyone accuses me of being an employee, sponsored, or some kind of shill for Modiphius, I’m not.
But I know a lot of us are still waiting on Modiphius for various things. Whether it’s our entire pre-order, replacement dice, just the terrain expansion (which is what I’m waiting on), or whatever and it can feel frustrating. You may even feel like slinging mud at Modiphius for failing to live up to expectations at launch. And if that’s what you feel you have to do, it is what it is I guess.
But as someone who has backed multiple Kickstarter campaigns and various other pre-order products, I really don’t think the launch of Wasteland Warfare has been that bad. Yes, there have been some mistakes, but relative to a lot of the debacles that I’ve unfortunately had to wade through, things are happening!
Just keep in mind the following:
We all know that the game is actually being produced, and most of us actually have our copies. For years, those of us who backed Myth wondered whether or not the huge sums of money for pledges were ever going to amount to anything getting produced. Like…at all. Nobody has to worry about that here. We all know the game is actually getting made and shipping, albeit late to many who pre-ordered.
We are still in the realm of orders being shipped out a few months late rather than years. This is actually pretty standard for most crowdfunded games. I know WW wasn’t crowd-funded, but it was still subject to most of the same unpredictable variables that a typical Kickstarter is when trying to estimate a deliver date.
The rules of the game actually work, and they work well. No, they aren’t perfect, but they are nowhere near broken. Again, it’s nothing like Myth was upon release where you couldn’t even play the game in a comprehensible way and entire mechanics were just completely missing from the rules. The v1.0 rules are actually pretty good and have only needed very minor clarifications here and there.
Modiphius and the games’ designer have been very responsive post-release. More than most games. I can’t remember the last time I posted rules questions for a game this big and got answers directly from the designer within hours 80% of the time. I’ve actually never seen anything like it, other than homebrew games that have very tiny communities.
The components are every bit as excellent as advertised. Yes, one of the manufacturers screwed up the blue dice, and there are physical differences between the cards that were printed by different manufacturers. But the build quality of the components are excellent and the models are every bit as amazing as we had hoped.
I know most of us are die-hard Fallout fans that have huge hopes for this game. So sometimes we can get a little overly defensive when things don’t turn out exactly how we wanted them to, because we are all so passionate about Fallout. And I’m NOT saying that it’s frowned upon to call out mistakes made by Modiphius or even complain about them. There’s nothing wrong with that.
Just try to keep in mind that you ARE going to get your stuff, it IS going to be fantastic, Modiphius IS supporting the game, and Wasteland Warfare DOES have a bright future. We have two more waves coming next year, and that’s just stuff that we know about.
Now when the hell is my Myth pledge ever going to show up…sigh