So there’s Ben’s – sitting on the tarmac and waiting for his Gen Con plane to take off for Indy. Suddenly! A shot rings out. A window breaks. A maid screams. Well, ok – maybe not that dramatic. Still, that’s kinda what it felt like when he flipped to full page print ad for Dungeon Crawler Minis in this year’s Gen Con Guide. More pre-painted miniatures debuting at Gen Con 2012?! Is this advertisement for real? Let’s investigate.
Ben’s absolute favorite new upstart vendor on the dealer floor of Gen Con 2012 was Legendary Realms and its magnificent, pre-painted terrain. Their RPG accessory offerings have it all: creativity, innovation, modularity, affordability and quality. Join Ben in this multi-part review as we give three mighty cheers for the little guys and everything that’s right about our cottage industry.
Pathfinder and Wizkids raise the miniature game stakes yet again with their second set in the Pathfinder Battles series. The paint and sculpt quality take a noticeable increase this time around and Ben thinks you’ll most certainly agree. You ready? Let’s do this.
Yes, that headline is a deep Monty Python reference but trust Ben, it’s comedy gold. The underlying point holds true though. When your game group moves from one module to the next, a good DM wants to make it smooth and seamless. And it just so happens Ben is about to move his party from Thunderspire Labyrinth to the Pyramid of Shadows. Let’s see how he made tried to make this switcheroo memorable and unnoticeable at the same time.
Every Gen Con has a couple exhibitors who essentially produce one-of-a-kind wares just for the big ol’ convention. Arena Gear is one such vendor and has now made Ben’s highly coveted Day One Visit List for two straight years. If you don’t hit these master craftsmen right out of the gate, this particular booth safari could be a bust. With that said, let’s see what unique specimens Ben brought back from Indy.