|Death Angel | Published 11 March 2011|
Print on Demand (POD) from Fantasy Flight Games is a remarkable new offering that combines the latest digital printing and shipping technologies. FFG can now produce and ship micro-expansions on-demand that would not otherwise be commercially viable.
The foundation of this new product line is the manufacturing process. Although we have long considered POD, it hasn't been until now that we have found a professional print service that can produce high-quality cards on demand. Our first POD products are a pair of micro-expansions for Space Hulk: Death Angel - The Card Game, adding new Missions, Locations, Combat Teams, and Genestealer adversaries in two small decks of cards. Check back next week for more information about Print on Demand, and how we're planning to take advantage of this exciting new development.
Both Mission Pack 1 and Space Marine Pack 1 Print on Demand expansions can be ordered directly from our webstore. If you are a retailer or distributor interested in carrying our Print on Demand products, you’ll find all the information you need to begin stocking these items on our Professional Zone website.
These new Print on Demand expansions are unique, and come in two different types: Mission Packs and Space Marine Packs; each adds to the base game in a different way. Mission Packs provide new Location and Terrain cards, while introducing new challenges for the players. Space Marine Packs expand your pool of available space marines, letting you take on the deadly Genestealers in new ways.
The Space Marine Pack 1 expansion adds two all-new Combat Teams to the fold. Brother Kaphael adds mobility to the team, while Brother Adron’s Cyclone Missile Launcher will be sure to add a new level of devastation to your team. Brother Metraen’s alertness will ensure that both sides stay covered while Chaplain Raziel channels his pious faith into paralysing attacks.
Each new Combat Team comes with their appropriate Action cards (three for each Combat Team). In addition, the Space Marine Pack 1 also includes eight Combat Team cards to replace the original six Combat Team markers in Death Angel.
While you may have survived the harrowing challenges of Death Angel, the mission is far from over. The Mission Pack 1 expansion brings twelve new Location cards to provide alternate missions for players. These cards are seamlessly incorporated into your Death Angel game - simply choose which deck of Location cards you wish to use (either the base game deck or the one found in Mission Pack 1) and build your mission as normal.
But beware! New terrors have emerged in the form of Adrenal Genestealers: deathly agile and relentless. These dangerous new foes will pop out from every dark corner, unleashing attack after attack.
Also included in Mission Pack 1 is an all-new Terrain card, that will threaten to thrust unfortunate space marines out into the cold embrace of space.
Call in the reinforcements and prepare for the next mission. The alien threat will not purge itself.
Space Hulk: Death Angel - The Card Game is a cooperative card game for 1-6 players. Set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, players take on the roles of Space Marines pitted against the increasing hordes of Genestealers.
A major new development! Congratulations!
I am so glad to hear you are challenging the status of the supply chain in this industry. The situation with the cost and availability of board game production is ridiculous. How base costs for the hobby can be INCREASING as technology such as what you are using here has been coming on the market has been a real problem for me and smells of inefficiency/complacency in the existing supply chain.
Way to go circumventing it. This means wider possibilities for products to us as consumers (like said below, how many other smaller titles can now benefit massively from expandability?), wider possibilities for you as a publisher regarding risk/reward and commercial viability and (I predict) a potential longer-term shake-up of the way we make games, if this technology proves popular (which I think it will) and becomes more advanced.
And lucky for me you chose to demo it on a game I love. I'll be ordering these for sure.
This sounds awesome! Hoping to see this for many other games.
My mistake then, I read this a bit too quickly. Print on Demand sounds a lot better as long as the parts being ordered can be as close as possible to the original pieces. In that regard, this could be a good deal, it would just depend.
BRILLIANT idea. This is a way for lesser selling titles to still benefit from an expansion (or several). I hope this is a sign of things to come, with games like Android and Runewars getting similar treatment.
I've just ordered both. $15.99 to the UK, which comes to be about £9.50
Now the long wait... :)
I added these to the basket and registered so I could see shipping costs. It's not bad at all - $15.99 for both in one shipment :)
My ELGS would probably charge $16-17 for each.
Wytefang, I don't understand your complaint. This is an expansion like any other just this way they only print what they sell. Its all win.
These are not PnP product (which means "print and play"), "POD" (print-on-demand) are professionally printed cards on-demand. You order, they're printed and sent via mail, we've spent a long time on the proces technology and quality of these.. they're great.
However, they are w/o linen finish. We will not make POD card product that "shuffle" with existing card decks. Not only is the linen finish a problem, it would be impossible to match color and card-stock between the two methods of manufacturing. The SH:DA card integrate perfectly with the core SH:DA game, as no shuffle/mix integration is needed.
PnP is incredibly lame for a larger company, imho. It's like foisting the work and manufacturing costs onto the consumer while making a profit off them as well. Pretty sad. I hope this isn't what we've come to these days. :(
This is a great idea.
Now this is very cool!!! Win/Win situation for FFG and fans. They only print what they will sell. I hope these are cut the same size and have a linen finish like the real game!
Charlie Sheen must be running Death Angel now, because this is winning.