|Death Angel | Published 11 March 2011||Rating||41 votes|
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.
Excellent initiative, ordered in the same time with the game ! FFS allready inform me that they are in their way.
Although, on Edge forum, an issue about these card have appeared : it seems that they are quite different than the game, and not with the same quality, I'll see.
I do not recommend buying them due to the fact that the company will take your order then sit on it and not tell you when you will ever get the product. I have ordered both of the Space Hulk POD packs and have been waiting for 3 weeks to get or receive the product or an answer as to where it is. It has made me not want to buy any more FFG products and I used to rate them above any other including Wizards of the Coast. I also have a problem as to how they are producing the Warhammer 40k RPG. They should have made one core book(Each one cost $60!!!) and then supplemental books for all of the other stuff like the Rogue Traders, the Acolytes. People that used to play the miniature game was more interested in the Space Marine part to start with. I am giving up on the whole idea, can not seem to get my gaming group interested either due to the price and lack of complete game at one time. They are becoming Wizards of the Coast too, just like they have been doing with D&D.
Beating the horse to death here, I know, but how about some POD expansions for Mansions of Madness. Given the repertoire of artwork from Arkham Horror and the CoC card game, you have resources enough to produce micro-expansions w/ new scenarios for the next 10 years!
PODs can get expensive because of the printer cost involved in it I think. Normally printers would have a minimum print request before they start printing. If they'll run three sets of PODs in a given week, it'll be very expensive. To keep the costs down, printers would set a minimum order run. I do a lot of POD in my line of work and my printer will never run a request unless we meet their minimum requirement. The logic behind it is that just firing up the print machine, cutting the paper, setting the paper, setting the ink and color, then programming the inserter, already costs the printer and the vendor money, and they have not begun printing the actual product yet. LOL!
Most probably, FFG already ran a minimum amount of expansions and then it's stored in their Fulfilment house in case anyone orders. So it might not really be POD in a sense, but rather it's already been printed and stored. Just a thought.
Will these decks be available for purchase at the FFG Game Center in Roseville?
This is a great idea for minimizing FFG's risk (no stock sitting in the warehouse, collecting dust). However, you should try to partner with a POD company in Europe (and maybe Asia) as well.
This was addressed in the comments below, and I'm not sure whether it would be economically feasible. If you accept the derived cost of cards at 40 cents per card (see my previous comment), then a "full playset companion" for AGoT would cost roughly $140 (350 cards x 40 cents). It would be much cheaper to buy 2 more core sets (which is what most people do, since the overlap in minor, at least in AGoT and CoC; I don't know W:I).
There might be a market for "chapter cycle playset companions" (x2 of all the cards that had a x1 distribution in the original chapter packs). That would be 120 cards per cycle, which might work out to roughly $40-$50; much more expensive per card than the core set, but cheaper than buying every chapter pack 2 more times. The advantage of this would be there would be no additional design needed; the cards already exist. The process just has to be set up. But then I don't know all the factors FFG is facing in pioneering this approach, so this is all conjecture.
Sweet, How bout "Print on Demand" sets for Core sets of the LCG series such as Game of Thrones and Warhammer Invasion that provides the extra cards to make full playsets that should have een in the core set. Actually the fan base is such they should just do this as a standard run...Please, please, please, put all players on equal footing.
I think that for players who are concerned about the card stock being noticeable on the deck, they should think about getting the FFG sleeves. This might mitigate the appearance of the backs of the cards.
I agree about Android. I'd be willing to pay $10-$15, tops for a new investigator, not the $20+ this average would make out for us. (And I believe I heard someone actually involved actually say they had expansion ideas for this game). For us Android fans, this would be great news for sure.
As it sits, I expect to see more micro-expansions first, and perhaps for more popular games until they get to the lower selling items. And I doubt we'll see Arkham Horror PODs, since AH sells so well for them they don't need to worry about print runs.
I think this is awesome, but I think we also need to be realistic about what we can expect from Print-On-Demand, at least, from what we know so far.
1. The price is 12 cards for $4.99, which averages out to about 42 cents per card (plus some cardboard). So a single-character expansion for a game like Android (which would require about 55 cards, some cardboard, and a character sheet) would be about $23. Now maybe as the number of cards increase, the price per card goes down; but if not, I wouldn't mind knowing what people would be willing to spend for, say, a single-detective expansion for Android (I think my price point would top out around $10-12, maybe less.
2. Since the cards won't have the same finish, there are limits on what kind of expansions can be seamlessly incorporated into a game. For example, in Middle-Earth Quest, training cards get shuffled into your preexisting character deck. If the cards from a character expansion didn't match the training cards, your opponent might know when you're playing a training card. (Maybe this wouldn't be enough of a disincentive for the hardcore MEQ gamers, but it's something to consider.)
3. Although the POD eliminates a lot of the overhead (specifically, the need to produce a batch), any product will still have to go through design, playtesting, editorial, etc. So just because FFG can produce products at a lower overhead cost, it's still a gamble if the return is in question. POD lowers the barriers of manufacture, but it doesn't remove them.
All that having been said, this is a really exciting announcement. I think it creates an viable way that FFG can offer some ongoing support to games that didn't generate the amount of sales needed to go ahead with full expansions, but that still have an eager, if limited, fan base.
Amazing. And shipping is surprisingly low! Ordered it of course.
Can't wait for other PoDs for other games!
@FantasyFlightGames: Will you provide localized versions of these POD packs ? If yes, will they be handled through your local publishers ?