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    Small Mek reacted to Paraxanthine in Reviving the official wiki   
    I did it.
    Every ship is complete for FA 2.0.
    The objective to revive the wiki is successful, with over 1200 visits per week.
     
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    Small Mek reacted to Paraxanthine in Reviving the official wiki   
    Changelog ;
    - Dindrenzi completed
    - Most of aquan done
    Total ships processed so far : 244
    Ships left to do (some aquan, and all those of the RSN) : 27.
    An then, some Rules, Taskforce stats, and Lore if I find some.
     
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    Small Mek reacted to Warcradle Stuart in new rules set   
    Once Dystopian Wars launches you should expect to start hearing the wardrums for Firestorm! 
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    Small Mek reacted to Warcradle Richard in new rules set   
    It will be 3 years at the end of 2020. I know it seems like forever. And of course we'd like to have had all the games out sooner but, we were clear we didn't want to rush.  The beta will be announced quite soon and we hope you can become enthused about it. The same free rulebook offer will happen for FSA as it has for both WWX and DW.
     
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    Small Mek got a reaction from Toxic_Rat in Warcradle Classics?   
    This is becoming a bit of a... volatile situation. Both parties want Warcradle to succeed, but the same situation looks real different from the two different perspectives.
    Warcradle is doing it’s best to make a game able to support itself, and I can understand why they are trying to play it as safe as possible: they are trying to avoid every misstep Spartan has made (even if it means avoiding some great steps along the way). They are also relying on the same facilities for creating the new Dystopian Wars models, and we all know how critical a launch can be for a game. If the stocks are low, it can spell doom for a system no matter how good. I think patience is still something that Warcradle can ask for, and it is for the good of both of FSA’s and DW’s future. Richard has stated (multiple times?) on facebook (more on that later), that the announcement will happen if everything is ready and not before, because they want to avoid an unsuccessful launch.
    The fans on the other hand are waiting, and to be honest, this close to the release the amount of fanfare is significantly smaller than it was when the IP was acquired. Without insider insight we are free to interpret this however we like, and it is easy to expect the worst (such is human nature), and become impatient. Most of the people interested in this thread are also trying to support the company with their wallets, and even though most can understand the causes behind a delayed delivery, there were plenty “IOU”s under the Christmas tree this year, and it can make people bitter and disappointed (even though I know we shouldn’t forget that the existence of the classics range is something to be celebrated, I won’t be less disheartened by this).
    Another sad fact is that these forums are not the forefront for communication, and even if facebook is reaching a wider audience, this platform is still the official platform for everything Warcradle, and neglecting it is probably not the best thing Warcradle can do.
    In my personal opinion the same patience and understanding is necessary from Warcradle’s part as well, and as everyone is getting more impatient, measures harsher than necessary can create backlashes everyone wants to avoid. I know, we cannot realistically expect Warcradle Richard to make weekly reports of the development or when a new batch of KoB escorts is coming, but something that is not a PR sculpted newsletter would make most people more content.
    And lastly a strictly personal opinion, that might sound controversial, but I have no intent to start a flamewar, so if it is too much, feel free to ignore this. The new DW is not going to make everyone happy, and nor we nor Warcradle should act like it will. Probably the intent was more sugarcoated than it should have been. I personally don’t blame Warcradle for this (who would want to alienate every old fan of the IP from the getgo?), but it’s happening with DW, and it will happen with FSA. Nobody owes the other party anything. We can ask, we can give our honest feedback, and in the end we can vote with our wallet. I’m not happy about this, but that won’t change anything. When (and if) the FSA beta comes, I’ll make sure to give as much feedback as humanly possible (as that system was and is closer to my heart), but for me the DW ship of old times has sailed (And with this marvellous pun, I’ll see myself out).
     
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    Small Mek reacted to RuleBritannia in Warcradle Classics?   
    Why would alienating existing fans by making the setting and models people already have incompatible make something more popular and successful?  And why would fans of a weird Wild West Skirmish be a better market for steampunk boats then people that already buy Steampunk boats.  But I'm no businesstician.  People seem to have big back orders on this very thread of large amounts of Dystopian Wars models they want to buy, while second hand groups seem to do a brisk sale.  If the market is as bad as you say why would people even buy your version with less variety, no fanbase, and a very slow release?  
    More importantly, does this mean that no more Spartan models will be produced or sold by your good selves?  
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    Small Mek reacted to aeshva in Warcradle Classics?   
    It’s a tough one to be honest. Lots of folk genuinely want to see Warcradle succeed with a universe and game that they’re heavily invested in. 
    they’ve put time and effort into their game, and I feel that game would have perhaps had a fairer reception from folk if it hadn’t pretended to be something that it’s not. It’s not dystopian wars, or anything particularly related to the dystopian wars IP - and as a game on its own, it is reasonable. As the next iteration of a venerable ruleset, it faces many hurdles and comparisons that are perfectly fair for a game pretending to be based on something else.
    whereas Spartan was primarily focussed on games rather than profit (a conversation for another time perhaps), Warcradle and wayland are focussed on profit/product over games. 
     
    In itself that’s no bad thing, it’s how the world works; it just means that current and past fans of the setting need to understand in no uncertain terms that any goodwill and support from the IP holder ends when the profitability does. It’s easier in that setting to finish every exciting new update about a game with “until your wallet runs dry, then we’re on to new pastures”. It’s business pure and simple; if you remember uk ultra capitalism from the late 90’s, you won’t be disappointed. 
     
    in terms of some people’s views that the classics range is / is not profitable - unfortunately this falls into a lot of the problems encountered in dialogue with Warcradle - facts. Folk that aren’t in a position to argue the financial facts simply have to accept what Warcradle says, and it can be difficult to understand how a red ball is blue.
    personally, I don’t see how thousands of man hours can have been wasted in the classics range, given what I’ve read in various forums and groups from Warcradle staff about the process, unless of course it’s been woefully mismanaged. That could be true, but it’s still hard to understand how a company that makes its money through the sale (and thus internal logistics) of models, can find it so difficult to spin a profit on a model line not dissimilar in production scale to WWX.
    the point is though, I can’t see all the Financial data, and what I’m being told doesn’t make good business sense, hence the impasse in understanding experienced by some. A case of beautiful clock towers in Salisbury perhaps?
    the one repeated point that really does get on my wick Richard, is your continued assertion that the models don’t sell well because the supposed fans aren’t buying them. You’re not an idiot, so I’m certain it’s not escaped your knowledge that sales will dip for a range you are actively telling folk won’t be supported. If you were actively incorporating those elements into the new edition rather than making them stand out as smaller, less stylistically endorsed models, they would have the potential for a greater fan base. As it stands, the future of the models is constantly bashed by the IP owner, and sidelined to the point where they won’t be profitable. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy, not the fault of the community for not making it profitable.

    if more positive effort had been made using the classics range from the start then I could accept the profitability trope, but as it stands Warcradle have made very little effort to actually endorse the models beyond simply saying “some of these old models we don’t like and won’t support are in our store, buy them”
    Finally, while it’s great that you address concerns and valid points on the forum, as well as on social media, I note that there is still the tendency to ignore, berate, ban folk or censor difficult questions. 
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    Small Mek got a reaction from Pok in Warcradle Classics?   
    This is becoming a bit of a... volatile situation. Both parties want Warcradle to succeed, but the same situation looks real different from the two different perspectives.
    Warcradle is doing it’s best to make a game able to support itself, and I can understand why they are trying to play it as safe as possible: they are trying to avoid every misstep Spartan has made (even if it means avoiding some great steps along the way). They are also relying on the same facilities for creating the new Dystopian Wars models, and we all know how critical a launch can be for a game. If the stocks are low, it can spell doom for a system no matter how good. I think patience is still something that Warcradle can ask for, and it is for the good of both of FSA’s and DW’s future. Richard has stated (multiple times?) on facebook (more on that later), that the announcement will happen if everything is ready and not before, because they want to avoid an unsuccessful launch.
    The fans on the other hand are waiting, and to be honest, this close to the release the amount of fanfare is significantly smaller than it was when the IP was acquired. Without insider insight we are free to interpret this however we like, and it is easy to expect the worst (such is human nature), and become impatient. Most of the people interested in this thread are also trying to support the company with their wallets, and even though most can understand the causes behind a delayed delivery, there were plenty “IOU”s under the Christmas tree this year, and it can make people bitter and disappointed (even though I know we shouldn’t forget that the existence of the classics range is something to be celebrated, I won’t be less disheartened by this).
    Another sad fact is that these forums are not the forefront for communication, and even if facebook is reaching a wider audience, this platform is still the official platform for everything Warcradle, and neglecting it is probably not the best thing Warcradle can do.
    In my personal opinion the same patience and understanding is necessary from Warcradle’s part as well, and as everyone is getting more impatient, measures harsher than necessary can create backlashes everyone wants to avoid. I know, we cannot realistically expect Warcradle Richard to make weekly reports of the development or when a new batch of KoB escorts is coming, but something that is not a PR sculpted newsletter would make most people more content.
    And lastly a strictly personal opinion, that might sound controversial, but I have no intent to start a flamewar, so if it is too much, feel free to ignore this. The new DW is not going to make everyone happy, and nor we nor Warcradle should act like it will. Probably the intent was more sugarcoated than it should have been. I personally don’t blame Warcradle for this (who would want to alienate every old fan of the IP from the getgo?), but it’s happening with DW, and it will happen with FSA. Nobody owes the other party anything. We can ask, we can give our honest feedback, and in the end we can vote with our wallet. I’m not happy about this, but that won’t change anything. When (and if) the FSA beta comes, I’ll make sure to give as much feedback as humanly possible (as that system was and is closer to my heart), but for me the DW ship of old times has sailed (And with this marvellous pun, I’ll see myself out).
     
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    Small Mek reacted to Paraxanthine in Reviving the official wiki   
    Hello again,
    I managed to make several tabs like Wookiepedia, i tested it on the Falcata page : https://firestorm-armada.fandom.com/wiki/Falcata_Class_Cruiser
    However, the tabs are not as pretty or as visible as Wookiepedia's. I searched a bit but couldn't find how to make better tabs than this in Fandom Wiki (which doesn't quite work like wikipedia by the way). If you have leads on the subject i'm interested.
    Tabs titles will vary depending if we are speaking about rules (2.0 / 3.0 / ...) or if we are speaking about lore (Spartan Era / Warcradle Era).
    Once i'm perfectly happy with the system i'll extend it to the whole wiki.
    What do you think ?
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    Small Mek got a reaction from RuleBritannia in new rules set   
    The beta would be a really really really nice present, alas Warcradle is most probably focusing on the release of Dystopian Wars.
    Supposedly there are separate teams working on each title, so it's moving forwards, but I assume the developement structure is not that strict, and if there is something that needs to get done, than all hands will be on that side of the deck.
    The silence however is rather deep. Yes, we have seen concepts and tinylittleminor hints about the fluff, but on the rules front the last thing was that we have heard was the beta will start after the DW beta has concluded. Technicly I haven't heard an announcement that it has officially concluded (only that the last revision is out), but technically the earth will be consumed by the sun after the DW beta is over. Just not for a while yet (hopefully O.o ).
    Sooooo... 2020 Q1? Q2? Any updetes/hints @Warcradle Richard @Warcradle Stuart ? Maybe for christmas? Pretty please?
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    Small Mek reacted to Paraxanthine in Reviving the official wiki   
    Update ;
    - Kurak minor factions completed
    - Some more Directorate ships completed
    - I requested adoption of the wiki, which has been granted, giving me full admin rights. (Yay !)
    - I asked Warcradle if they had any ressources from Spartan's era (images for example) that they could give me, and they answered negatively.
    Have a nice week :D.
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    Small Mek reacted to murphy'slawofcombat in Model availability   
    look I don't know what I may have said that got the answer deleated . Yes, I do think a little constructive criticism is good. we are all hear to make the game better.  I will continue to call it as I see it and let my view  be known.  I also would like to say that I am not mad  at what has happened . I would like to what was said so I my respond in kind .   Thanks
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    Small Mek got a reaction from Lex Orion in Model availability   
    Fishing for a strike no.2? Not nice, @RuleBritannia, not nice at all
    On the other hand this is a topic I'm also following with interest, as I also have ships waiting to be moulded. I really want to show that there's still interest in FSA (trying to vote with my wallet), but on the other hand I know, that I'm not really the target audience, so I don't really expect my personal preferences to be taken into consideration (weird huh? Giving someone your money to show that you care, while not expecting that they will care? I'm sure that there's a word for that mental state ).
    Anyway.  All I think I can do is wait. Wait for my ships, wait for the beta, trying to give my feedback for the future generations to enjoy the product, that is probably not designed to appeal to me.
    But maybe a christmas miracle is about to happen! It's not like warcradle is struggling to meet the demands of holiday orders for their more financiallly sensible lines or trying to build stock for next years Dystopian wars release... oh wait.
    Sigh. This post turnet out to be a bit of a downer, but there are interesting things just over the horizon! I'm sure a teaser from the new rules would elevate the dreadful winter mood here (hint-hint wink-wink to Big Brother who is always watching)!
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    Small Mek got a reaction from RuleBritannia in Model availability   
    Fishing for a strike no.2? Not nice, @RuleBritannia, not nice at all
    On the other hand this is a topic I'm also following with interest, as I also have ships waiting to be moulded. I really want to show that there's still interest in FSA (trying to vote with my wallet), but on the other hand I know, that I'm not really the target audience, so I don't really expect my personal preferences to be taken into consideration (weird huh? Giving someone your money to show that you care, while not expecting that they will care? I'm sure that there's a word for that mental state ).
    Anyway.  All I think I can do is wait. Wait for my ships, wait for the beta, trying to give my feedback for the future generations to enjoy the product, that is probably not designed to appeal to me.
    But maybe a christmas miracle is about to happen! It's not like warcradle is struggling to meet the demands of holiday orders for their more financiallly sensible lines or trying to build stock for next years Dystopian wars release... oh wait.
    Sigh. This post turnet out to be a bit of a downer, but there are interesting things just over the horizon! I'm sure a teaser from the new rules would elevate the dreadful winter mood here (hint-hint wink-wink to Big Brother who is always watching)!
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    Small Mek reacted to murphy'slawofcombat in Model availability   
    deleted again it happens a lot around here.
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    Small Mek reacted to Paraxanthine in Reviving the official wiki   
    Last changelog ;
    Completed main faction pages Added all terran ships Added about half of directorate and relthoza ships Added all ships from a good share of minor factions and marauders. Completed some rulepoints and MARs  
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    Small Mek got a reaction from Banelord in Boxed sets   
    This would be rather... unfortunate. I can understand the benefits of having a lower (monetary) point of entry, but when someone asks on the forums to make an informed decision, the community will quickly make it obvious, that this is not the "real" starting point. We all have seen it, before The real question is that how will the smaller ships be distributed. If they will be single blisters, Everything will be fine. If they will be squadrons... Well. Spartan tried this method, and as I remember it, it was not fun for the fans...
    On the bright side: after giving in to fan pressure, the second generation Spartan starter boxes (especially the Dystopian wars boxes) became unbeatable in value. It won't help rebooting the new DW setting, but if the same lesson is learned, the 2nd generation Warcradle starterboxes will be awesome! (... in 3 years... if the game survives)
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    Small Mek got a reaction from RuleBritannia in Boxed sets   
    This would be rather... unfortunate. I can understand the benefits of having a lower (monetary) point of entry, but when someone asks on the forums to make an informed decision, the community will quickly make it obvious, that this is not the "real" starting point. We all have seen it, before The real question is that how will the smaller ships be distributed. If they will be single blisters, Everything will be fine. If they will be squadrons... Well. Spartan tried this method, and as I remember it, it was not fun for the fans...
    On the bright side: after giving in to fan pressure, the second generation Spartan starter boxes (especially the Dystopian wars boxes) became unbeatable in value. It won't help rebooting the new DW setting, but if the same lesson is learned, the 2nd generation Warcradle starterboxes will be awesome! (... in 3 years... if the game survives)
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    Small Mek got a reaction from Lex Orion in According to Richard Lawton expect news shortly   
    My thoughts exactly. Not saying it's an easy task, but the relthoza design previews for example hinted at that maybe FSA is departing from the functional looking design (as well). Ther is a place for over the top cartoony stuff, and they declared the Dystopian World to be be such place. I'm still waiting to see, if FSA will go in that direction, because there were hints (albeit in the early design stages) that it will take a more... grounded(?) approach in terms of rules. If it's so, the visual designs should reinforce that aspect.
    My only... one of my questions is, that where Warcradle is imagining the new FSA fanchise relative to it's competition? Logically there's still an opening where it's predecessor placed itself - without naming the competition, I think it would be less grounded than the one centered on warfare above a planet's surface, but more grounded than the lightsabre wielding and the grimdark variety space operas.
    I don't think it can (or should) compete with the latter two on common terms (at least in it's fledgeling state). It obviously can change, as there were hints for novels set in the new FSA universe by acclaimed authors (again at the early stages), but even than catching up wouldn't be realistic.
    This is why I'm hoping they won't depart too much from the late Spartan era, as even that that was creeping into the "over the top" territory of the big boys (even if one of them isn't currently active).
    Of course I don't mean that "everything MUST stay the same". I will welcome new designs as any good resin junkie out there. I just hope that FSA won't be centered around space whale torpedoes and the likes. We had enough problems with those pesky aquans in tha past
    (And if that's not the case, I have an advantage over newbies, as my collection features time tried designs with which I know I'm comfortable with, I just have to make sure I remove the designs I might not like from the oposing side of the table asap )
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    Small Mek got a reaction from RuleBritannia in According to Richard Lawton expect news shortly   
    My thoughts exactly. Not saying it's an easy task, but the relthoza design previews for example hinted at that maybe FSA is departing from the functional looking design (as well). Ther is a place for over the top cartoony stuff, and they declared the Dystopian World to be be such place. I'm still waiting to see, if FSA will go in that direction, because there were hints (albeit in the early design stages) that it will take a more... grounded(?) approach in terms of rules. If it's so, the visual designs should reinforce that aspect.
    My only... one of my questions is, that where Warcradle is imagining the new FSA fanchise relative to it's competition? Logically there's still an opening where it's predecessor placed itself - without naming the competition, I think it would be less grounded than the one centered on warfare above a planet's surface, but more grounded than the lightsabre wielding and the grimdark variety space operas.
    I don't think it can (or should) compete with the latter two on common terms (at least in it's fledgeling state). It obviously can change, as there were hints for novels set in the new FSA universe by acclaimed authors (again at the early stages), but even than catching up wouldn't be realistic.
    This is why I'm hoping they won't depart too much from the late Spartan era, as even that that was creeping into the "over the top" territory of the big boys (even if one of them isn't currently active).
    Of course I don't mean that "everything MUST stay the same". I will welcome new designs as any good resin junkie out there. I just hope that FSA won't be centered around space whale torpedoes and the likes. We had enough problems with those pesky aquans in tha past
    (And if that's not the case, I have an advantage over newbies, as my collection features time tried designs with which I know I'm comfortable with, I just have to make sure I remove the designs I might not like from the oposing side of the table asap )
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    Small Mek reacted to RuleBritannia in According to Richard Lawton expect news shortly   
    I think there is a difference from plainness from necessity, and not overly adorning vessels so they look both warlike, realistic, and gives the design shape time to breathe.  Look at things like more recent 40k where overdoing in fiddly detail disrupts the shape and beauty of iconic designs, and how the less adorned Primaris designs have more detail but not more adornment that makes them feel fresh.  One of things that puts me off WWX and some of the British designs isn't the model per se, the basic designs are fine, but its the fact that Warcradle at times don't know when the step back and go, this is fine, this gives both an iconic design, beautiful curves, and a chance for the player to put their mark on the model, a chance to craft their dudes, and also means that even with the vagaries of Chinese plastic manufacture detail won't be lost, but will be stronger.  I think especially with the British, the risk is the over adorning makes the vessels look like something out of 40K rather than High Victorian.   
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    Small Mek reacted to RuleBritannia in Happy 1 year Birthday Dystopian Wars Beta!   
    What a year its been!  Heres to many more!

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    Small Mek reacted to RuleBritannia in Classic model rules   
    Thank you!  Not going to lie, heard it second hand and hoped for more detail!  Various is rather vague...
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    Small Mek got a reaction from RuleBritannia in new rules set   
    Soooooooooo... DW Beta is coming to a close at end of June. Anyone care to speculate about the timeline? Anyone hoping for Q3? Or will the finalisation of the actual DW profiles take much more time and developer resources?
    Do you guys think that the FSA beta can be similar to the DW in that can be concluded without seeing actual profiles for the fleets, or the distinction between them will require stats closer to the intended final versions (Shunting, shields, cloaks, Cyberwarfare etc.)? Too early to speculate? Shall I wait a few more months? Ok ok. Patience. I know. I'll see myself out.
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    Small Mek got a reaction from Bessemer in new rules set   
    Soooooooooo... DW Beta is coming to a close at end of June. Anyone care to speculate about the timeline? Anyone hoping for Q3? Or will the finalisation of the actual DW profiles take much more time and developer resources?
    Do you guys think that the FSA beta can be similar to the DW in that can be concluded without seeing actual profiles for the fleets, or the distinction between them will require stats closer to the intended final versions (Shunting, shields, cloaks, Cyberwarfare etc.)? Too early to speculate? Shall I wait a few more months? Ok ok. Patience. I know. I'll see myself out.
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