There was a lot of buzz around the release of Hawk Wargames' Dropzone Commander. They teased everyone with previews, building anticipation for the launch, and generating such high levels of interest that they were overwhelmed by orders, and muffed things up a bit.
...well, nothing that I heard. I have a fairly wide spread of gaming news sites and blogs I follow, and there's nothing much that has stuck in my mind mentioned about the company or the game post launch. One or two reviews and the like, but not the same ferocious push of coverage I'd seen. I don't know how my input of hobby news stacks up to the general standard out their, but I don't think my blind spots are big enough to loose whole companies and systems.
Anyway, Hawk Wargames and Dropzone Cmmander have just popped back onto my radar, and sadly not in a good way. The Shell Case has run a piece on the current pricing of the game, and especially the resin building kits. Here's a choice quote and a link...
"...but £740 for enough scenery for a 4×4 board? I mean are they fucking high? As they seem to thing they have the muscle of Games Workshop let’s use them as a comparison. Specifically Forge World. Specifically the Forge World Zone Mortalis board set. It costs £350 for a 4×4 board that’s modular. And that is an absolute shit load of resin. So for less than half the money for 15 buildings for DzC you can get a fully pimped 4×4 board. From Games Workshop. The most expensive wargaming company ever."
Read the rest of the piece here.
I'm going to keep tabs on what happens with Hawk Wargames, but I'm quite glad I'm only watching from the sidelines rather than as a player of the game.I'd be interested in hearing everyone's thoughts on this, both if I'm the only one in the media blackout, and what people reckon to the game and the prices.