Arkham Horror Investigator Miniatures

Wenn es darum geht Geld zu verdienen hat Fantasy Flight Games die Nase im Brettspielbereich weit vorne. Für Arkham Horror gibt es jetzt bemalte Plastikminiaturen. Immer 2 Stück pro Packung und eine Packung im Monat bis alle Helden aus dem Brettspiel vorliegen. Natürlich können die Miniaturen im 32mm Maßstab auch für das Rollenspiel zweckentfremdet werden.

During the winter of 1927-28 officials of the Federal government made a strange and secret investigation of certain conditions in the ancient

Massachusetts seaport of Innsmouth. The public first learned of it in February, when a vast series of raids and arrests occurred, followed by the deliberate burning and dynamiting – under suitable precautions – of an enormous number of crumbling, worm-eaten, and supposedly empty houses along the abandoned waterfront.

Few souls have the bravery and courage to interfere in the machinations of the Ancient Ones. These Investigators risk their very minds as they seek to unravel the lies and hidden plots put into motion by the malevolent evil. Every game is another chance for them to prove their mettle, and every game is another chance to be removed from this plane of existence.

As the hills draw nearer, one heeds their wooded sides more than their stone-crowned tops. Once across, it is hard to prevent the impression of a faint, malign odour about the village street, as of the massed mould and decay of centuries. It is always a relief to get clear of the place, and to follow the narrow road around the base of the hills and across the level country beyond till it rejoins the Aylesbury pike. Afterwards one sometimes learns that one has been through Dunwich.

Over the coming months, Investigators will be fighting against the madness like never before… in 3d! FFG is proud to announce finely detailed, pre-painted plastic Investigators! Our first wave is the tenacious professor, Harvey Walters, and the jet-setting Jenny Barnes. Both of these Investigators see a lot of table time, and the new expertly-sculpted, pre-painted plastic figures will let you immerse yourself in the madness like never before. Every Investigator, from Arkham Horror all the way through Innsmouth will make their appearance in superb detail. From “Ashcan” Pete’s guitar and four-legged travel companion to Michael McGlen’s cigar and tommy gun, every figure is ripped straight from the art you have come to know and love.

He knew his room was in the old Witch-House – that, indeed, was why he had taken it. There was much in the Essex County records about Keziah Mason’s trial, and what she had admitted under pressure to the Court of Oyer and Terminer had fascinated Gilman beyond all reason. She had told Judge Hathorne of lines and curves that could be made to point out directions leading through the walls of space to other spaces beyond, and had implied that such lines and curves were frequently used at certain midnight meetings in the dark valley of the white stone beyond Meadow Hill and on the unpeopled island in the river. She had spoken also of her oath, and of her new secret name of Nahab. Then she had drawn those devices on the walls of her cell and vanished.

Cast in 32mm (compares to 28mm „heroic“ scale) 3to showcase the fine details, these hand-painted figures give new life to ancient horror. Over the coming months, the Mythos will reveal the next waves of Investigators. Keep your wits about you, and your eyes sharp for the coming assistance. Each pack of 2 investigators will retail for $12.95.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Arkham Horror Investigator Packs.

Q: Why the price?
A: Miniatures are very expensive to produce in niche quantities. A similar single figure of metal (pewter) would retail for about $9.95. Instead we are excited to provide 2 high-quality detailed figures, masterfully painted, for $12.95. The eldritch ones expected nothing less.

Q: Why only 2 per box?

A: Placing more figures in a box would have caused the product to become prohibitively expensive. 8 Figures, for example, would have retailed for about $45 with customers being forced to purchase a bundle of 8 figures rather than the figures of choice. We expect to see retailers selling „bundles“ of these figures at competitive prices, which will provide the solution for customers looking for larger sets.

Q: Doesn’t the extra packaging (2 figures as opposed to more) add a lot to the retail price?
A: No, this is near negligible. FFG will print the same packaging for all the investigator packs in volume for cost efficiency, which we can pass along to the customer.

Q: What is the size of the box?

A: The box is about the size of a „Wings of War“ miniature airplane box.

Q: How often will these investigators packs come out?
A: Once the first pack hits the street, the packs should be coming out at a rate of about one per month until all the investigators are out.

Q: Can I use these for my „Call of Cthulhu“ role playing game?
A: For that question, I’m going to have to ask you to make a sanity check…

Stahleck Asylum 09

Und weil wir gerade bei den Mails sind, die folgende hat mich gerade eben erreicht.

hallo COC spieler!
Stahleck 09 steht vor der tür. alle infos gibts auf der homepage:
http://www.mischraum.de/Mischraum_Stahleck/Call_of_Cthulhu.html
es wird sicher noch updates udn weitere infos geben. zb ist geplant auch noch was zum neu erscheinenden Warhammer Invasion LCG zu machen. natürlich wirds auch FFG brettspiele geben.

wer fragen hat, kann gerne die foren threads dazu benutzen:
http://forum.hds-fantasy.de/viewtopic.php?f=60&t=3009 (deutsch, heidelberger forum)
http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_foros_discusion.asp?efid=138&efcid=4&efidt=205981 (englisch, FFG forum)
gerne werden auch emails entgegengenommen.
hoffe wir sehen uns dann dort!

lg
XXX

Also wer Lust auf Collectible Card Games, insbesondere Cthulhu hat, der sollte mal einen Blick riskieren.

Cthulhu und die Miniaturen

Gestern habe ich noch im Cthulhu-Forum diesen schönen Link gefunden, der zu einigen sehr hübschen Miniaturen führte und heute gibt es schon wieder Neuigkeiten für alle Miniaturen- und Dioramen-Liebhaber: Fat Dragon Games wird 3D Terrain für Cthulhu herstellen. Auf der Homepage heißt es dazu:

FAT DRAGON GAMES TO PUBLISH OFFICIALLY LICENSED CALL OF CTHULHU GAMING TERRAIN

Fat Dragon Games is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement with Chaosium to create 3D gaming terrain sets for the Call of Cthulhu role playing game. These cardstock terrain sets will feature some of the best known locations of the Cthulhu mythos, complete with gaming stats using the Basic Roleplaying system.
„It is an incredible privilege to bring these iconic settings to life for Call of Cthulhu fans,“ said Tom Tullis, owner and lead designer of Fat Dragon Games. „Call of Cthulhu is one of my all time favorite RPGs, and I look forward to working with the legendary creative minds at Chaosium on these model sets.“

„I’m looking forward to seeing Call of Cthulhu terrain from our friends at Fat Dragon Games. I’ve always wanted to own a little piece of Innsmouth. Now I can!“ said Dustin Wright of Chaosium Inc.

The first two sets are set for a summer 2009 release, with additional terrain releases scheduled for late 2009 and early 2010.

Ob man sowas für die eigene Cthulhu-Runde braucht weiß ich nicht, aber ein paar windschiefe Häuser aus Innsmouth (samt einiger Bewohner) könnte ich mir gut im Regal vorstellen. 😉

Wo die Tiefen Wesen wohnen

The Deep Ones croaked their terrible croaks
and smacked their terrible lips
and rolled their terrible eyes
and waved their terrible flippers
– Kenneth Hite
Where the Deep Ones are

Für alle Kultisten mit Nachwuchs erscheint in diesem Jahr eine schöne, literarische Überraschung: Where the Deep Ones are wird von Ulisses Spiele übersetzt. Im Forum heißt es dazu:

ULISSES SPIELE bringt im 2. Quartal 2009 die Übersetzung dieser Parodie auf einen Klassiker der Kinderliteratur heraus. „WO DIE TIEFEN WESEN WOHNEN“ ist eine Geschichte des bekannten Mythos Experten Kenneth Hite. In dieser erzählt er HP Lovecrafts „Der Schatten über Innsmouth“ in höchst ungewöhnlicher Art und Weise.
tiefeNach dem der kleine Bobby gierig nach mehr Fisch schreit, wird er ganz ohne Abendessen auf sein Zimmer geschickt. Aber Bobby entkommt, als der Manuxet Fluß direkt durch sein Zimmer verläuft und ein altes Boot mit sich bringt, das Bobby zu einem magischen Ort voll von Fisch und noch schleimigeren Sachen bringt … nach Innsmouth. Wird Bobby sich den wilden Tänzen unter dem Meer anschließen und zum Tiefsten Wesen von allen gekrönt werden?

Mit Illustrationen von Andy Hopp.
ISBN 978-3-940424-78-5
14,95€

Wenn es erscheint werde ich sicher mal einen Blick riskieren, auch wenn bei mir bisher kein Nachwuchs in Sicht ist. 😉

Eine Lovecraft Retrospektive

Denn nur der wahre Künstler kennt die tatsächliche Anatomie des Grauens oder die Psychologie der würgenden Furcht, deren genaue Linien und entsprechende Farbkontraste und Lichteinwirkungen unserem Unterbewußtsein eine unerklärliche Angst einflößen.
– H. P. Lovecraft
Pickmans Modell

Jetzt kommen wir zu einem echten Sammlerstück: A Lovecraft Retrospective. Hierbei handelt es sich um einen großformatigen Bildband, in dem sich verschiedene Künstler mit Lovecraft auseinandergesetzt haben. Auf der Website heißt es dazu:

A Lovecraft Retrospective

A Lovecraft Retrospective
Arists Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft

This 400-page art book features loads of color and black & white art culled from the last eighty years, including several pages of fold-out views. Artists include H.R. Giger, Michael Whelan, Lee Brown Coye, Virgil Finlay, Gahan Wilson, J.K. Potter, and dozens of others in a massive, oversized 12 x 15.5 inch book. Also included are many previously unpublished works, & several major essays. Introduction by Harlan Ellison, afterword by Thomas Ligotti.

For orders outside the United States, please add $45 to the prices below to cover shipping.

Cloth without a slipcase $225
Cloth in slipcase, $395
Cloth in traycase with extra prints, $495
Leather in traycase, signed, extra prints, $2,495

Und wie man sieht ist der Band auch nicht billig. Wer übrigens einen Blick auf das Innenleben des Buches werfen möchte, der sollte im Unspeakable Vault (of Doom) vorbeischauen. Francois Launet berichtet am 22. August (man muss also ein bisschen nach unten scrollen) über den Prachtband und hat auch ein paar Fotos gemacht. Man beachte die Größe! Das Ding passt in keines meiner Regale. 😀