Before I go into today’s article. I want to make sure that people are aware of a correction I made to my previous article. I will always opt for rule correctness over pride in my articles. While I am hopeful that this does not happen often, if ever, it does not benefit you as my reader for me to treat it any other way. My enthusiasm for 3rd edition cannot be understated. Thank you Randyv2.
The News – Official Infinity Forums Locked on August 1st
First announced on the Infinity Facebook page, the Official Infinity Forums will be locked on August 1st and removed October 1st.
The Skinny – Timing of Forum Closing?
Given the recent troubles with keeping the forum’s functionality up and running, I’m not surprised that the forum is closing. However, the timing of the closing is a surprise. So many posts on the forum are specifically announcements of GenCon evnts planned this year. It seems that they would want to wait until the end of August to lock the forum. That being said, GenCon is a great place to get the word out, so maybe they intentionally closed it before GenCon to make sure people knew to go to Data-Sphere for the new official Infinity forum (in English).
The DiRT – Speculation on Why the Forum Transition
Why am I not shocked that the forum is closing? Before I answer, please know that everything I’m posting here is speculation. Beyond the cost (money and man power) of hosting an official forum not in the company’s native language and timezone, Corvus Belli had to decide what to do with a forum full of 2nd edition rules threads. On my YouTube channel, I have a series of 5th edition 40K rules (posted YEARS ago), and I still get people posting comments about how I got the rules wrong. It turns out that what people are complaining about are rules differences between 5th/6th/and 7th edition 40K. Even though the videos are clearly titled 5th edition, it does not stop people from posting. To avoid confusion with new players, who may be getting into Infinity at the start of 3rd edition, I could see this as being the cleanest method to making sure that confusion is mitigated. Again, this is just me speculating.
|Tabitha Lyons as Kyra (World of Warcraft)|
The News – Tabitha Lyons – Cosplayer or Exclusive Miniature?
Evidently, she’s both. And she (both the person and the miniature) is coming to GenCon to hang out at the Infinity Booth. To avoid any confusion, although the cosplay edition Neoterra Bolt is modeled after Tabitha Lyons, there are no specific rules for that miniature not contained in the Neoterra Bolt profile.
The Skinny – Talented Costume Designers
Tabitha is part of a company called Artyfakes. They design all sorts of costumes and props. One of their recent creations, a 1:1 scale model of an Infinity Spitfire is being given away to the winner of the first Interplanetary Tournament in Vigo, Spain. I’m including a photo here, because you really need to see the commitment to detail within the Infinity range….
The DiRT – More thoughts on Tabitha at GenCon
The exclusive GenCon Tabitha Lyons miniature is awesome and appropriate. Here you have a specific miniature memorializing something specific that happened at GenCon 2014. I have not met Tabitha yet, but knowing that she’s going to be arriving as a Neoterra Bolt (which has enough detail that it could definitely showcase how talented Artyfakes can be), I think she’ll be an amazing addition to the Corvus Belli booth this year. Last year, we actually had a few people show up in Infinity costumes, and each one sparked a lot of excitement from people near the booth. I was even hoping on popping in one day as an Infinity character, but I might have to wait until next year. In any case, the Infinity Booth at GenCon 2014 is shaping up to be a lot of fun.
The News – Infinity GenCon Deal Revealed
Announced on July 10th, there will be a a GenCon complete package available at GenCon (but also available online for pre-order). When purchasing the GenCon Exclusive Tabith Lyons Neoterra Bolt miniature as well as Operation:Icestorm (with it’s own exclusive miniature), you get the newly designed Penthesilea bootleg miniature for free.
The Skinny – Yes, Please
I feel like this is Corvus Belli pretending to be Oprah. “And You get a new mini, and You get a new mini”. Any doubt I had about picking up everything at GenCon is now out the window. I just have to make sure I’m bringing a big enough suitcase to bring back all of the Infinity spoils.
The Dirt – Even More Value With a Playable Bootleg model
While the Penthesilea model is a bootleg model, it also could be used as a true alternate sculpt for the actual miniature. Making Bootleg models that are also completely playable on the table is definitely a bonus for a lot of players and increases the value of this set.
I don’t play Pan-O yet. However, with The DIRT labeled “I want it all, where’s the kitchen sink?” Infinity deal, it appears that I’ll have a 200 point Panoceania army, never mind a boat load of Nomads as well. Not too shabby.
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