Thanks to the support of ENTREPRENEUR VENTURES, one of the leading French actors in the field of Venture Capital, we are pleased to announce the creation of the company RACKHAM ENTERTAINMENT. RACKHAM ENTERTAINMENT has acquired on October 28th, 2008 all assets and production means of RACKHAM SA. RACKHAM ENTERTAINMENT will continue to count on the unique expertise of the RACKHAM SA Design Studio. RACKHAM ENTERTAINMENT plans to continue developing the existing game universes, AT-43 and CONFRONTATION, as well as new game universes including by acquisition of licenses. The Design Studio has already conceived the products for CONFRONTATION and AT-43 for the next 12 months. We are pleased to announce that RACKHAM ENTERTAINMENT will be able to market these new products within a very short period of time. These releases will be available on a monthly basis, and will be released simultaneously worldwide. A new releases planning for the 2009 year will be available in the upcoming days. This sure will delight even the most demanding players. Thus, RACKHAM ENTERTAINMENT is able to announce that the Wave-08 will be available in stores at the end of November 2008. This Wave will be followed by Wave-09 in December 2008. RACKHAM ENTERTAINMENT, and its american partners, will work in unison to ensure the North American stores will receive on a regular basis these new releases as well as marketing and promotion tools. For this reason, in the next couple of weeks North American Distributors and RACKHAM ENTERTAINMENT will start developing various marketing operations, including the establishment of organized play. Very soon we will be able to tell you more about your favorite games and all the suprises we have ready for you. RACKHAM ENTERTAINMENT SAS Lucas VelimirovicWithin that carefully worded statement you will find these salient details: Rackham as we know it is no more. It has been dissolved and reformed into a newly named entity that controls the rights of all the previous efforts. Jean Bay, Rackham’s longtime head and frontman isn’t the guy making this press release, as he often is. There is also no mention of who or how they will be accomplishing this new distribution wonder. Being that Rackham long ago filed for bankruptcy protection, sold its foundry and put its focus more upon expanding markets, it looks like some moneymen have swooped in to either save the day or get a bargain on an established company and take it in their own direction. So which is it? Is Bey in or out? Will the company’s focus still be games, or will that take a backseat to whatever these new plans are? I’m very curious. But I have to admit, I’m happy there’s been some sort of shakeup. I’ve been a Confrontation player for a few years and bought into AT-43, but the community and sales here in Austin are abysmal. Confrontation 3 was marred by constant, almost daily rule changes and updates and a LIVING FAQ that swelled to over 40 pages at the height of the insanity. Following that was their Age of Ragnarok release which I’ve always felt had some issues. The concept was solid and their ruleset is great (save a few slight issues that have arisen) – but in failing to consider cross market appeal of their pre-painted miniatures, they pretty much neglected a market hungry for non-randomized pre-painted miniatures. D&D Players. What D&D players need is simple. Undead. Orcs. Monstrous mythical creatures like minotaurs, centaurs, trolls. Barbarians. Knights. Swordsmen. Wizards. You know, the kinds of things contained in Rackham’s Acheron, Bran-O-Kor, Kelt Sessair and Lions of Alahan armies. What did Rackham put their early focus on? Werewolves, alchemical sci-fi monsters and inquisitors. Not exactly the stuff that fantasy roleplayers want 50 or more of. Sure – Acheron, Alahan and Bran-o-Kor are on their way – but on the heels of WotC’s own non randomized/semi-randomized miniature line. Can Confrontation take off in a big way once there are more mainstream fantasy miniatures in the marketplace? Are the new moneymen at Rackham saavy enough to turn this and AT-43 into the kind of hit that MONSTERPOCALYPSE currently is? We’ll see. You can bet I’ll be keeping an eye on this over the next few months.
Nov. 3, 2008, 9:19 a.m. CST
Retards. Do they even bother checking things like, oh i dont know, the status of the economy?<p> For 300 dollars at a craft store I could buy enough supplies to turn my entire high school gymnasium into the world's largest WH3K game.
Nov. 3, 2008, 9:22 a.m. CST
Not a player of the Confrontation game, but as a guy that drooled over and bought a few of their minis, I think hands down they have the best sculpting and art direction of any game out there. Exquisite stuff. It pained me to see them focus on plastic.
Nov. 3, 2008, 11:22 a.m. CST
Massa, any way you could provide product links for more items in the future..? I normally hate self-serving ad-shilling (gods-knows this site is packed full of 'em), but in this case it would have been great to not have to chase down a decent picture of that GW battlefield...
Nov. 3, 2008, 11:24 a.m. CST
Nerdom isn't a word. It's Nerd-dom. Or Nerddom. I'm A Nerd. But not dumb.
man, for 300 bucks you could probably engineer something pretty neat and portable. 175 or 200, is a deal, but 300?
Nov. 3, 2008, 4:20 p.m. CST
by dr sauch
The amount of jargon, acronyms, and abbreviations was roughly the same as in any serious bioinformatics paper.
Nov. 3, 2008, 4:35 p.m. CST
I've been playing one of the con copies of BSG. It. is. TERRIFIC. This game is going to be huge, and for once FFG is pricing for mass-market (under $30) with quality pieces... they may get into Target with this one. The rules are straightforward, at least for FFG Ameritrash, and every rule implements the theme. This is the best example of theme informing gameplay that I have ever seen in a board game. Crisis after crisis, cooperation amidst suspicion, betrayal... the "sleeper agent" phase, and the far superior implementation of secret-contributions, make this a big improvement over the traitor mechanic in Shadows over Camelot. For fans, this is a complete no-brainer, and even non-fans should enjoy this guy. It's fun with strangers, and it's even better with friends.
Nov. 4, 2008, 1:05 a.m. CST
by Duke of Hurl
Nov. 4, 2008, 9:31 a.m. CST
Waaaay overpriced resin, what idiot would pay that much for something that is cheaper than plastic. FFG singlehandedly is resposible for the state of AT-43 in the US. They NEVER had stock, so I hope Rackham taking over will help.
Nov. 4, 2008, 12:38 p.m. CST
by Massawyrm 1
<p>...that those life skills classes are paying off. But you probably shouldn't be jockeying a keyboard just yet. After all, you haven't quite come to grasp that with FW you are paying for the craftsmanship of the mini and not the cost of the resin.</p> <p>And I'm curious how long you've been with Rackham products. If you'd been collecting them as long as I have, you'd have long since realized that their past three distributors all seem to have the same problem receiving and keeping stock. It kind of makes one pause everytime you hear the "Slow boat from China" and "Caught up in customs" excuses. One has to ask themselves - is the problem the distributor, or the company that had to file for bankruptcy protection? We may never know as proper distribution could either be the result of direct handling...or new management.</p>