'BattleTech: Mercenaries' Kickstarter"), it burst out of the gates with $2,361,213 with 8,578 backers (about $275 per backer). Since then, the Kickstarter funding has more than doubled, reaching $4,725,880 with 17,548 backers (about $269 per backer). I will continue to reiterate that BattleTech is perhaps the hottest miniatures game of the last couple of years, and a great deal of this enthusiasm over the game is grassroots-driven by their fan community, as noted by Loren Coleman in a recent interview (see "Catalyst Game Labs' Loren Coleman"). This is a trend worth continuing to watch and perhaps attempt to engage on an organized play level, as more BattleTech products come to market over the next few years.
Times have changed a little, in that regard, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic created many new hobbyists that enjoyed assembling and painting models (while they were stuck in their domiciles), and sharing pics of those models on platforms like Instagram and Twitter. The hobbyist enthusiasm continued on past the pandemic, as evidenced by the number of painting contests being held at AdeptiCon this year. AdeptiCon went from hosting Games Workshop's Golden Demon contest (see "Golden Demon USA 2023") to also hosting Atomic Mass's The Path of the Worthy (see "The Path of the Worthy") and Para Bellum's Resin Beast contest. For retailers, this trend holds potential for running popular organized events akin to social painting nights that art studios often run for their patrons. The events will help get customers in the door and are a casual night for anyone with an artistic flair.
'Warhammer 40,000: Leagues of Votann'"). It is now March 2023. The Strike Force army is a little over half complete and I still haven't played a game of Warhammer 40,000.
Granted, I have many time commitments as the Managing Editor of ICv2, which also factor into my slow progress. But, a six-month build on an army seems like a lot of time spent not playing, especially for new and returning players starting or starting back into the game. I don't mention this as a criticism of Warhammer 40,000 (as I am not the average miniatures gamer); I'm curious to see what the new edition of Warhammer 40,000 (see "New Edition of 'Warhammer 40,000'") brings as far as accessibility and getting to the battlefield faster. Hopefully, Games Workshop can make it faster and more streamlined to pick up and play a game of Warhammer 40,000. I think it could go a long way for retail sales with a lot of the newer miniatures gamers.
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