|War on a New Front
Battlefront Miniatures to Take Over Distribution of Dust Tactics and Dust Warfare
|Dust Tactics | Published 02 May 2013|
Since its debut at Gen Con 2010, Dust Tactics has grown to include an ever-expanding range of units, a passionate and committed fan community, and the release of its miniatures game counterpart, Dust Warfare. Now, the time has come for the next chapter in the Dust story.
Beginning June 1st, 2013, New Zealand–based Battlefront Miniatures will partner with Dust Studio to publish and distribute the Dust Tactics and Dust Warfare miniatures game lines. On that date, we will transition sales and marketing activity to Battlefront Miniatures.
Below is the official press release for this announcement, followed by a brief Q&A.
Dust Studio today announced that Battlefront Miniatures will become its publishing and distribution partner for the Dust Tactics and Dust Warfare miniatures game lines. Fantasy Flight Games, Dust Studio’s current publishing partner for those games, will transition sales and marketing activity to Battlefront Miniatures on June 1st, 2013.
“Dust has had a wonderful few years, during which we have seen the game’s community grow exponentially,” said Dust creator Paolo Parente. “Both Dust Studio and Fantasy Flight Games have evolved significantly during our relationship, and we now mutually feel that we are both better served by moving in new directions. Christian (CEO of Fantasy Flight Games) and I have known each other for many years, and I can say that this decision is a truly amicable one.”
Added John-Paul Brisigotti, CEO of Battlefront Group, “we are very excited by the Dust universe, and although it is a first for us to be distributing a product other than our own, the fit with our business model made this partnership something we could not resist. During the last few years, we have been moving into new avenues to expand the breadth of products the group offers, and we see Dust as another one of these ranges.”
“We’ve been fortunate to distribute Dust Tactics since its debut at Gen Con 2010, and we’re very proud of our development work on Dust Warfare,” said Christian T. Petersen, CEO of Fantasy Flight Games (FFG). “The last year, however, as FFG experienced phenomenal growth across many of our publishing categories, it became clear that Paolo and the Dust games would be better served by a partner who specializes in the unique business of miniature games. We’re confident that Paolo’s partner choice in Battlefront Miniatures is a strong one, and we wish nothing but the best to them, to Paolo, and to the fantastic Dust fan community.”
Starting June 1st, Battlefront Miniatures will begin soliciting and distributing all new products for Dust Tactics and Dust Warfare. FFG will ship all of its previously solicited new products prior to that date, and FFG will continue to exclusively sell all current Dust Tactics and Dust Warfare items while its inventories last. While FFG will support the Dust Tactics and Dust Warfare regionals events in May and June 2013, all future marketing and organized play for the games will be handled by Battlefront Miniatures, including the scheduled Gen Con 2013 tournaments.
About Dust Studio:
Dust Studio Limited is a Hong Kong–based company that creates and manufactures the Dust Tactics miniatures line, as well as model kits and scenery together with various books and comic books about the Dust universe. For more information, visit www.dust-models.com
About Battlefront Miniatures:
Battlefront Miniatures Limited is a New Zealand–based company that created Flames of War, the WWII miniature game. Battlefront publishes the world’s premier tabletop gaming magazine Wargames Illustrated, and owns Gale Force Nine, the leading manufacturer of game accessories. For more information, visit Battlefront’s website at www.flamesofwar.com.
About Fantasy Flight Games:
Roseville, Minnesota’s Fantasy Flight Games is a publisher of board, card, miniatures, and roleplaying games. Founded in 1995 by Christian T. Petersen, Fantasy Flight Games has published hundreds of successful titles, including licensed products based on A Game of Thrones, The Lord of the Rings, and Star Wars, as well as many original board games such as Twilight Imperium, Arkham Horror, and Descent: Journeys in the Dark.
What Exactly Will Change on June 1st, 2013?
As of June 1st, 2013, Battlefront Miniatures will announce, distribute, market, and promote all new products for Dust Tactics and Dust Warfare. From that date forward, please visit Battlefront’s website for all the latest Dust-related announcements.
What About Previously Announced Products?
From now until our inventory is exhausted, FFG will be the exclusive distributor for all Dust Tactics and Dust Warfare products announced before June 1st, 2013.
Who Will Handle Customer Service?
Issues pertaining to products announced prior to June 1st, 2013 should be directed to FFG, while those pertaining to products announced after June 1st, 2013 should be directed to Battlefront.
Who Will Answer Rules Questions?
After June 1st, all rules questions should be directed to Battlefront Miniatures, regardless of the release date of the product in question.
How Will This Affect Organized Play?
While FFG will support the Dust Tactics and Dust Warfare regionals events in May and June 2013, all future organized play for the games will be handled by Battlefront Miniatures. This means that Battlefront will host all scheduled Dust Tactics and Dust Warfare events at Gen Con 2013. Further, it means that the World Championship Tournament for these games will not take place at FFG’s Worlds Event in November. Further information on Worlds will be forthcoming.
We at Fantasy Flight Games would like to again thank Paolo and the Dust community for three outstanding years. We wish the best of luck to them and Battlefront Miniatures!
Dust Tactics is a tactical miniatures game of brutal combat for 2-4 players. Based on the popular universe created by artist Paolo Parente, Dust Tactics presents an alternate 1940s reality in which alien technology fuels gigantic machines of war, and the world's superpowers clash over rare mineral deposits that could ultimately decide the outcome of WWII.