The Bad (Mantic as a company, meeting customer demand, customer service, etc.)
This is how my deadzone kickstarter box arrived. It was very banged up and I consider it fortunate that only 3 miniatures and the rulebook were damaged. Quite easily the counters and any other restic bits could have been damaged.
|piles of unlabeled stuff|
|look at the damage|
Compare this to a post by Joel @ Mordian 7th for his Bug Hunt corridors kickstarter. First - look how lovely it would be to have all the baggies labeled with what they are/should include. It's crazy they even took the time to punch out all the bits. Some labels would have been nice for Deadzone, I had to reference 3 different URLs to do all my double-checking to make sure I had everything.
Now checking the update from Mantic, you have until January 31st to fill out the form for missing bits. A shame if you haven't had several hours to document everything you have vs. everything you should have. I am going to double check the enforcer bits because I assumed I got everything since a lot of the enforcer stuff was delayed to wave 2 to use their new plastics - but now I'm hearing baggies aren't even properly filled so best to check. It will have been close to 3 months the form has been up, but they weren't actually doing anything with that info until the end of this month. Then they will have to order stock since it's more likely stuff missing from your order went into someone elses' package than they have stock sitting around.
At the same time, they have now been selling the product so if I was one of the unlucky one's to get nothing - and have to wait for more stock to be ordered because they'd sold stock through retail already I would be flaming mad.
The Good (The game itself, the value of the figures, definitely the terrain)
Jake has written a very cool game, I really like how elegant it is, allowing the game to flow and at the same time offering a lot of room for tactics & strategy. What is a bit disappointing is the fact that with all the changes via the FAQ @ quirkworthy - I don't know if the rulebook is even a good starting point anymore. There are rules that have no description yet, etc. so for a printed rulebook it's a bit poor form. However with today's shift towards living rulebooks, I am ok with having updated PDFs, it would be great if they would highlight changes they made so it would be easy to hunt down, but I don't think that's going to happen.
A lot of people are complaining about the figures, and I understand they are nowhere near as nice as GW figures or some other stuff out there. But you need to consider the price, thinking that these probably ended up costing you around the $1 per figure range - it's hard to complain. Jake Thornton wrote a piece about cleaning restic - where he "dispels" all the issues with it. He tries hard to avoid bias, but I think he has failed. He mentions it's no harder than cleaning metal or plastic and I heartily disagree. It is much more difficult than plastic and different to metal though probably about the same amount of effort. He also says he hunted through hundreds of pieces to find the worst flash and I again cannot believe that - it seems much more likely to have gone the other way. Many people find the models difficult so it can't just be everyone else is wrong. Also find it a shame he cleaned one of the "sprue" bits rather than a big piece as part of his post. I am not looking forward to cleaning my plague big guy, the flashing is terrible and will make getting the detail right a pain.
The terrain is quite nice - though again I hear conflicting reports. Mantic states it's easy to put the terrain together and take it apart again, but other reports deem it not so easy. Fortunately for me I plan to glue it together, I have so much necromunda terrain that this will just add to it, and I have no need for it to be modular. There are already a great couple articles up about painting the deadzone terrain - I've gone with zenithal technique, incorporating some salt masking to do some battle damage/weathering. Then after gluing them into small buildings I will have a go with the weathering powders from secret weapon miniatures.
I should have pics of the terrain up soon, I got too far along too quick to do a step-by-step but there are plenty of tutorials out there. Hope to get a game in soon.