I as many other gamers I'm sure - was quite impressed with Mantic when they first burst onto the scene. I liked their elf figures quite a bit and thought when I had the cash, I would use them to build a large Melnibonean themed army (based on the Elric novels by Michael Moorcock).
I signed up for their newsletter and would check out their blog and website to keep up to date on new figures and developments. It was at this time I noticed their "Speed Building Challenge" - essentially, beat their time to assemble a box of Mantic figures (10 figures) to win yourself a warhost (a boxed special costing about 30 pounds or approximately $60 USD. It includes a quite large number of figures and I decided this prize was tempting enough to order a box of spearmen to try and beat the best time posted (at the time, 11:33) especially when I noticed their free worldwide shipping offer.
It's not an easy challenge and I failed by at least two minutes in my first attempt, but this only motivated me more! Around three weeks later I ordered a second box of spearmen and tried again. This time I was successful, beating the time by more than 10 seconds! Was I ever excited, I encoded the video as best I could to reduce the file size and sent Mantic an email. At the same time my excitement led me to buy a special deal they had online, which included some elven models that would not be in the warhost box. This was near the end of March.
Here is a link to my video - be warned it is boring as I have no video editing skills. It is also quite large at 1.5gb :\
I tried to be patient knowing they are a smaller company, but after two weeks had passed with no response, I sent another email. Another week, another email. Another week, another email. Finally after a month I received a response from Mantic. I don't plan to post the contents of the emails as that is unnecessary, but regardless I was given the impression my entry would be reviewed, currently this is late april. Throughout the entire discussion I always asked if there was any problem with the video or anything I could do. Never have I been asked to do anything or told there was any problems with the video.
I waited for more than a month before I sent another email explaining my disappointment in hearing nothing. Another week, another email. Finally I received another response, promising me a prize and asking for the video link again. At this point it has been more than two months since I submitted my initial email. I waited expectantly hoping to come home one day to a box in the mail. No dice.
ANOTHER month passed with no response regarding the contest. During that time I tried to keep in touch regarding something other than the contest - as I saw the person I had been corresponding with had participated in a tournament with poor results. I had just come back from a blood bowl tournament where I ended second from last and thought perhaps some gaming discussion might keep me in his memory. It didn't. I emailed again about the contest after the month had passed and received no response. I waited another week and sent another email. I still have not heard anything back about the contest since I was last promised a prize on June 8th, 2010.
It has been 112 days that this ordeal has been going on. Nearly a third of a year!!! Over a $60 prize. I have had enough. Today I noticed that Mantic has altered their site. The challenges pages are gone (they used to be in the "Mantic" tab). They can still be found through google (http://www.manticgames.com/Hobby/Mantic-Challenges/Speed-building-Challenge.html)
My wasted effort amounts to the below.
- Feb 24, 2010 - I took advantage of their free worldwide shipping and spent $16.26 USD for a box of 10 spearmen.
- Mar 19, 2010 - I took advantage of their free worldwide shipping and spent $15.65 USD for a box of 10 spearmen.
- Mar 26, 2010 - Mantic had a special deal, which I ordered for $49.99 USD which got me 20 spearmen with command, 10 scouts and 5 metal characters (still taking advantage of free worldwide shipping)
Total = $81.9 USD
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