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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian12 Jan 2017 7:37 p.m. PST

With Battlefront being based in New Zealand, does the company (and its rulesets) have a large influence on the national gaming scene?

Does the company have a large presence in NZ conventions and clubs?

Do you get a lot of advance exposure to new Battlefront products as they are being tested before publication?

Brian Smaller12 Jan 2017 8:20 p.m. PST

I have friends who play and I am not churlish enough to say "I am not playing that" just because I got banned from BF's forums by one of the owners. Mates and I still use 1st Ed rules as it happens as well.

A lot of people still play FoW here – at conventions there always seems to be a good lot participation rate.

D A THB12 Jan 2017 10:28 p.m. PST

I used to be a Play Tester years ago when you could buy the Green boxed models in my local shop. It was great as everyone locally seemed to play it. However when production switched to Malaysia it got very hard to buy your models locally and then they open up the playtesting to American and British Clubs which was where I left the scene. I hear that it is still played quite a bit but nothing like the old days.

I have trouble selling off my unpainted models at conventions, but have never struggled to sell a painted Army.

McWong7313 Jan 2017 7:44 a.m. PST

It's still big, but not at the heights it once was. I'd argue it achieved its biggest market share in Australia, it was freaking huuuge here. They had a reasonable distributer who serviced both AUS and NZ but went belly up, leading to distribution coming from US to it now being distributed by a bunch of wallies. Those changes had a big impact imho. As far as I know you still can't get most, if not all, of the TY paint range in Sydney after more than a year. Hell, buying from the UK, paying full VAT and premium shipping involving it being delivered to your door on a velvet pillow carried by a nubile blonde riding an elephant accompanied by a sixteen piece marching band is still 30% cheaper than buying locally in Australia and NZ. More so if you forgo the velvet pillow.

Ghecko18 Jan 2017 2:30 p.m. PST

Thanks for the laugh McWong – you couldn't have put it better.

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