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« on: October 28, 2011, 02:06:55 pm »

What's the status of Mantic Fanatic/Pathfinder demo folks in the UK? In the US, I've been given stuff for demos and give aways, but that's about it so far.
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« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2011, 05:06:29 pm »

My last response was from Chris on Monday, who said they were trying to decide whether Ken was going to oversee the U.S. Pathfinders, or whether it was going to be the U.S. Sales guy, Joe Neet.  Once they decided, they were going to be in touch with people.

Unfortunately, given that it generally takes about 1 week for things to arrive here (and I'm not insane enough to book a demo without a functioning product and set of rules in hand), that means that, at best we'll have about 9 days to arrange a demo, promote it and get all the stuff ready.

They're making it difficult to try to really build up enthusiasm over here.  I think they're just too overloaded to roll this thing out in the best possible way -- understaffed and all that, so they're not going to get a big splash in the U.S.  That's sad, because the Forgefathers I had gotten to show around a while back got positive reviews going.
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« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2011, 02:17:29 am »

I've shown mine to a couple friends and they've liked it. I wanted to get in on this.
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« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2011, 11:45:22 am »

Got demo stuff here being readied for Launch Party- and already starting to discuss demo events with indie stores, probably roll the first one out in Hereford early next year Wink
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« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2011, 04:52:57 pm »

What exactly is the idea behind mantic pathfinders?
I know it's supposed to be somewhat similar to the pressgangers for privateer press, but O don't fully know how it works or if it's organized in the same way.

I'd be interested in seeing what it is they are doing with this, as I always thought having a representative in that way was a good idea for wargaming companies.
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« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2011, 05:06:33 pm »

I dont think Mantic fully knows yet how they want to run the Pathfinders. They still seem to be in the planning stages, at least for North America.

As has been said, the intention is to raise awareness of Mantic and it's products at a grassroots level by having enthusiastic fans demo games and mini's at stores and events, with some support from Mantic in the way supplying some product to demo as well as giveaways.

Mantic asked a few months ago for anyone interested to contact them. It would seem they've picked the people they wanted involved.
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« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2011, 06:15:28 pm »

Yeah, fair enough.
Although I'm fairly certain that I'm the only one playing their games in the Czech Rep right now.
And after talking to the owner of the only store which sells them here, I have a bad feeling that I'm right.

I was just curious mostly though, especially as this place really needs some hobby love.
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« Reply #7 on: October 31, 2011, 06:33:41 pm »

As I mentioned in another thread, it doesn't hurt to ask. If I were you I'd contact Mantic, maybe PM Nightsword too, and let them know you're interested.

Make sure you tell them about your involvement with the Mantic based podcast, and your activity on the various forums.

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« Reply #8 on: November 01, 2011, 01:52:23 pm »

Is there a list anywhere of who the official Pathfinders are and there locations?

The reason I ask is that I'd love to get involved and help where I can however if theres already someone local doing this I'd rather support them than go off on my own so to speak.

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« Reply #9 on: November 01, 2011, 02:52:25 pm »

I'm sure there's an official list, but not a public one as of yet.

Latest word for the U.S. is that Ken will write up the program, and Joe will oversee it in the U.S.  Finishing touches are due any day now.

I don't know what effect this will have on Canada, as our Canadian brothers sometimes get touchy if you try to pretend they're just a more Northern part of the U.S.  Wink  Similarly, I assume, but don't know, that Ken will be running everything on that side of the Atlantic for now.  I don't know what plans they have for deeper European expansion of the program, or for Australia or other countries where Mantic is making some headway.

If you're interested in getting involved though, I'd send an email to info@manticgames.com with "Pathfinders" in the subject.  Then give an introduction about why you're interested and what your local gaming scene looks like and places where you'd be able to demo the game.
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« Reply #10 on: November 01, 2011, 04:28:46 pm »

Llew, did you hear anything from yesterday's meeting?
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« Reply #11 on: November 01, 2011, 04:51:29 pm »

No.  I'm really not as "clued-in" as it sounds.  I just occasionally get responses to direct questions by email, so I report what little I know.  (For example, I don't even know Ken's last name, but just that he's going to be Lord of the Pathfinders.  Okay.  I made the title up, but it sounded cool.)

I have been unofficially told that they'd be happy to have me as a Pathfinder, but that was before anything official has been organized.  Ergo, I'm not even officially a member as of yet.  I'm hoping that my 4 days at Gen Con proved I can demo the games and speak with enthusiasm for the products though.  But I'm held up on even trying to schedule anything by getting official word on whether I'll have anything to schedule. 

But anything I learn or hear will be duly reported to try to keep everyone in the loop.
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« Reply #12 on: November 01, 2011, 05:01:06 pm »

I think something like this shows how small Mantic really are -- some days I get emails from Ronnie, some days I hear nothing about something like this. Originally, Ronnie wanted me and Joe to work on the US Pathfinders thing, then went quiet on the whole plan. We're all busy people.
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« Reply #13 on: November 01, 2011, 11:02:06 pm »

No.  I'm really not as "clued-in" as it sounds.  I just occasionally get responses to direct questions by email, so I report what little I know.  (For example, I don't even know Ken's last name, but just that he's going to be Lord of the Pathfinders.  Okay.  I made the title up, but it sounded cool.)

I have been unofficially told that they'd be happy to have me as a Pathfinder, but that was before anything official has been organized.  Ergo, I'm not even officially a member as of yet.  I'm hoping that my 4 days at Gen Con proved I can demo the games and speak with enthusiasm for the products though.  But I'm held up on even trying to schedule anything by getting official word on whether I'll have anything to schedule. 

But anything I learn or hear will be duly reported to try to keep everyone in the loop.

I too, will report what I hear.

Was recently told by Chris in an Email reply that my name would be added to the "list".

Whether its a hit list, or a list of potential pathfinders, i'm not sure, although what Orcy did to Alessio at Essen makes it feel precarious.
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« Reply #14 on: November 03, 2011, 10:31:05 am »

For what it's worth, I'm one of the UK Pathfinders (as you probably all have realised by now if you read the Blog!) and so is Stewart Gibbs (although I have no idea who he is apparent way of contacting him!)

I'll email Ken and ask if there's a way of contacting the other Pathfinders.

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