|Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay | Published 14 December 2009|
The Adventurer’s Toolkit, the first exciting supplement for Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, is now available at your friendly local game store!
As threats to the Empire’s stability loom, some brave individuals step forward to lend their aid to the cause, while others are caught up in fate’s plans to find themselves facing perilous adventures.
With more than 50 action cards, 30 talent cards, 10 new careers, and much more, The Adventurer’s Toolkit expands your options and deepens your Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay experience! Game Masters, too, will find The Adventurer’s Toolkit extremely useful. New career sheets and talent cards can help the GM develop new and compelling non-player characters, enriching the Old World.
With The Adventurer’s Toolkit, you can now play as a sturdy Dwarf Ironbreaker, a formidable High Elf Sword Master, a nimble Wood Elf Wardancer , or as a downtrodden Ratcatcher with a small but vicious dog – or as one of the other new careers introduced. The Adventurer’s Toolkit let’s you face your grim and perilous adventures with more options than ever before. Pick up your copy today!
Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay is a roleplaying game that sets unlikely heroes on the road to perilous adventure, in the grim setting of Games Workshop's Warhammer Fantasy world. Players will venture into the dark corners of the Empire, guided by luck and Fate, and challenge the threats that others cannot or will not face.
Not to get down on Amazon, I believe that's a generally a very reliable company too from my own dealings with them, but when it comes to the preorders, it seems (from my own experiences as well as others I've listened to) they are always pushing back the dates - or they'll have incorrect or confusing information on their site, or multiple listings for the exact same item. I've found that this seems to be especially true of RPG items. You might be better off ordering direct from FFG, especially if it's important to you to get a first printing edition, or to get an item very quickly.
Oh, it wasn't a complaint. I was more surprised, because I hadn't realized the Toolkit was even released yet due to push-back updates from Amazon. I got the items off ebay for the same amount I would have spent at Amazon (well, except for shipping).
I appreciate very much that FFG releases quality products, and are able to do so because some of us are willing to pay a bit more for a quality product. There's not a Dark Heresy product that I don't own, even though the books regularly cost upwards of $40. I'd just mused, that since Amazon adjusted my pre-order to tell me they wouldn't ship until February sometime, that they must have done a very small printing just to gauge interest. I hadn't intended to set off any criticism of FFG based on that fact. It's smart, it's the same thing that Pathfinder did. When there's enough interest they know how much more to print. Plus, it gives the added hype of "it sold out before it was even released!"
In this case, however, it seems like just the major online outlets are the ones who haven't been able to deliver and people have had luck with their local stores or online specialty stores.
A lesson for you in printing and marketing. Fantasy Flight Games, being a more than capable company, considering the quality of their products, have to take into account many things when choosing the quantity of an initial print run. The first print of any book (Unless you're Dan Brown) has to be small enough to sell out. This is for many reasons in and of itself. This creates hype from those that DO get a copy. The word of mouth that is spread creates a demand. It also allows FFG to gather information on where it is selling, and if it sells in places unexpected. For instance, I work in a Barnes and Noble in the Seattle area. My Barnes is closest to the Microsoft Corporate offices. So, you can guess at the volume of geekdom found there. Thus, due to the RPG demands of the area, we were the first in the district to carry Rogue Trader. My own buying and then selling of the product increased the number of copies coming and going from the store, until now, when we can't keep it on the shelf. And that was even under the case that we didn't get it for two months until after release.
Secondly, a smaller print allows for feedback, so that immediate typos can be fixed before a second print is purchased form the printers. Yes, unfortunately, some of us suffer in not getting a book or supplement when it first comes out. Perhaps it sold TOO well in some locations of the world. Of course FFG is going to send more copies to places it will sell. Why? Because they are a company trying to make both good games, and also trying to make money. Board games is not the Billions-of-dollars-a-year business that video games it. And while Board Games as a whole are riding steadily in priority in people's homes, the profit margin is never as good as it could be. RPG books are even lower profit. Glossy color pages sold for $60 did not cost the $5 it takes to print a Hardback novel. You looking at a much smaller profit margin, and thus, a print run that guarantees to make enough money to, perhaps, make a larger second print run, and so on.
As for the increased Warhammer product line, need I point out that when GW prints a game other than the 2 Wargames, they discontinue support almost immediately. The boardgames that GW printed in the 80s and 90s, and even the single print run of the new Space Hulk are no longer purchasable. So the fact that FFG has been given the opportunity to make board games in the ever popular Warhammer settings gives those of us who no longer have time to break out the minis for 6 hours a chance to play a game in a setting that has always been rife with depth and quality.
Let's take this into account before we start complaining about a company who has always provided us superb products. The Economy is slowly recovering. At least we can all say that FFG is still here.
-Inquisitor Ephraim Ares
It´s quiet funny to watch this from the fence of the other side fo the street:
Looking at all the "flames" in the forum, I was hardly expecting this new 3rd Edition piece (which I do not like either;due to desing & price) to sell well.
But as I see the sell-out-complaints, I seems to go well enough for FFG.
In this period FFG have too much warhammer products...I can't say to my mother that there is another product to buy...I must attend...
Considering the kind of feedback they received after each of their previews who can blame FFG to be on the cautious side when calculating expected sales?
After relentlessly bashing everything, now you complain that you didn't get your copy immediately? Oh, my.
....hmmm i am still waiting for the core set to arrive at the Old World Europe
I don't know if I really agree with you darkkami. The company knows exactly how many customers they have? You don't think it fluctuates, or that one product is going to sell differently than another? And yes, new products often bring in new money, but isn't it more work, and more costly, to come up with something completely new and different, than it is to run a reprint? If they thought they'd earn ANY more money with something, wouldn't it be prudent to do another, short run? I don't think they're going to make any costly major changes between one printing and other. They're not going to have Warhammer 3.5. (I think that'd be the equivalent of just throwing yourself into a boiling kettle. haha)
Especially with the way the economy is (though I despise using that media-addled cliche), and with the way that roleplaying game sales in general change, it's important to diversify - it keeps you afloat when one thing or another isn't selling. Not that I'm a market analyst or anything. I guess I just don't like accusations or coloring of the FFG staff when so far I haven't seen anything to really warrant such ideas. I mean, these people make games for a living, and they do it in a style that's completely distinct from boring Parker Brothers or (WotC) Hasbro. If people aren't having fun, and if they're not getting the products that FFG is spending money to put out, then the company's not succeeding. And if they have the staff and gaming community support to come up with a new thing or two or three every month, then I'm glad they have those creative and imaginative people behind them.
Heh, so you figured it out too Vaeron? FFG prints only what they know will sell. They know exactly how many customers they have and produce just enough of each of their products for those loyal or addicted customers that buy anything FFG's logo is on. Then they decide if it is worth printing a second printing with all of the fixes you helped discover in the first run. If a product does poorly in sales like the Quest Compendium did for Descent then instead of fixing the mistakes and making a new second printing, they will just ignore it and say "Look here is Sea of Blood. More shiny stuff for you."
I realized this when they announced the Lord of the Rings Collectors. I may be wrong but for now I have been right on the money with predicting this companies next moves. At the moment they have Warhammer's license so that is what they are hitting on for the time being. Just like they did when they had Blizzard's and produced WoW the board game, then starcraft, then the adventure game, then dwindled off with the character packs until the license ran out.
Instead of being the Old FFG that made their own material, IPs, and systems and the company I became a fan of, this company has settled on remakes and other's works and popular licenses to push product after product. I would rather FFG focus on one game every 5 months and make it their own unique game instead of buying the rights to Blizzard names, Games Workshop names, Disney, Battlestar.
I would be fine if they only made a new game based off of another's license, such as Chaos in the Old World, maybe once a year. But I noticed when I looked at my Gaming collection that I own 55+ FFG products. They are spitting out products faster than Wizards spits out DND 4.0 books.
you can try telling me that they have to do this but then I wonder how companies like Days of Wonder are able to get by. I have to think this goes back to the quantity or quality argument.
Now that really doesnt effect 3rd editon warhammer because you kind of need a ton of material for it. However FFG is using the same marketing for this rpg as they do for board games. IMO not a smart move.
I got mine from FRP Games on Friday. They are an online store only and shipped it to me in one day.
I had to order mine from Ebay over the weekend. Had to buy the core set off ebay too, really. They must be producing very small runs in order to gauge interest, like Pathfinder did.
This morning, the toolkit was NOT for sale through FFGs store. They posted this announcement. 30 minutes later, I see the announcement and come to buy a copy, and it's already sold out. You people are too fast for me!