Monsterpocalypse to get non-collectible format

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Feb 8th, 2011
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Privateer Press will be changing Monsterpocalypse into a non-collectible game.

From their website:

While the Monsterpocalypse website has remained relatively quiet since the DreamWorks movie announcement, behind the scenes has been a constant flurry of activity as Privateer Press continues to work closely with our new partners defining the future of everyone’s favorite kaiju game.

In light of the success of the Monsterpocalypse battle miniatures game two-player starter released last October, Privateer Press has decided to move Monsterpocalypse into a new non-collectible format. Privateer Press will be releasing the first follow-up, Monsterpocalypse: Dangerous Monster Zone, in summer 2011. The expansion will feature figures from classic Monsterpocalypse series for the factions introduced in the core game. The new non-random format allows collectors and players to fill out their favorite factions easily, as each box will be clearly marked with its specific faction set.

  • Doc

    wonderful! now I can get started and play with my kids!

  • I’m very excited to read this. I loved the format of the Voltron set. I hope this allows more “one-shot” type of sets as well.

  • PanzerKraken

    Figured this was going to happen after they did voltron and the 2 player starter sets back to back and no news on new sets. Seems like it’s for the best, most CMG gamers seem to be put off by the games complexity, while many people seemed to like the game, but hated the collectible aspect.

  • Rich_B

    Brilliant! 🙂

  • Toqtamish

    Hmm, now I might be willing to give it a try.

  • Grim6

    I might get back into it because of this.

  • nanite (Seth)

    Very much like this idea!

    I wonder if Megas will still be really hard to get?

  • TylerT

    this is an interesting move. i wonder if we will see sets move into locations like toys r us. when you think about it games like bakugan are basically toy aisle blister packed miniatures games.

    hopefully they can find a way to make the symbol/ability link cleaner, as it’s a fairly significant bar to entry.

  • Cool – this is good news to hear.

  • Lord Abaddon of Wormwood

    This is the bestest news I have had all gaming year. I didn’t buy in before due to the blind – thank goodness they came to their senses.

    Lord Abaddon of Wormwood

  • blkdymnd

    I’m curious to the response on this one. Playing Devils Advocate here, Mutant Chronicles started as blind purchase, then went down to non collectable and it ended up being part of (not all of) it’s death. Yet no one has a problem with this. Also, if I had been a player who started this game when it began, and had a lot of money invested in blind purchases, wouldn’t I feel a bit cheated with the way its going now?

    • Zac

      Mutant Chronicles went non-collectible before it was even released. And I think it being non-collectible had nothing to do with the lack of sales. The scale killed it if anything.

    • PanzerKraken

      Well for one, Mutant Chronicles was a complete mess in every category, and just an overall poor game. Miniatures were also awful, bad paint jobs and poor sculpts, and the fanbase the franchise had before was completely ignored with it’s “reboot”. Game never even got off the ground, while Monsterpoc has fans and did well for itself for a while.

      Hard to feel cheated when we don’t really know how the releases are going to be handled, and I have a feeling many of the more rare things like promos and event give aways are not going to be seen again in this new format. Also we don’t know if they are going to reprint the old figs and buildings, or just release some while putting out new material.

  • Now this means I may finally get into it. Wanted to for a while, but I just can’t shell out money for something when I don’t know what I’m going to get.

    • Seconded. And I kept getting outbid on eBay.

  • unihead

    Personally I think they should have done this from the start. It may be too late however; I suspect that the train has now long left the station for many gamers and Mosterpocalypse.

    • Rich_B

      That really would be a crying shame as the game is superb! The only barrier to entry that I ever encountered for anyone I demo’ed it to was the collectible aspect. Remove that and I suspect a lot more players will have a look, especially with the forthcoming Monsterpocalypse movie 🙂

      • PanzerKraken

        Game always seem to be well received and getting a force together was not that difficult, but if you did not have access locally to singles for the game, it was a pain in the ass to collect. Buying singles online makes it easy to get into the game relatively cheap but when you demo the game in stores and such it’s a harder sell I found.

        Also the whole buildings things about the game was the hardest part for ppl to collect. Even buying singles online, getting buildings to play the game with would cost you more than your actual force and availability of buildings due to demand was not the greatest.

  • Osbad

    Liked MonPoc, hated the blind purchase nonsense.
    This could well get me to buy a second faction and/or some expansion gubbins.
    Depending on price of course. US import games are getting rather pricey in the UK these days.

  • GS_topcow

    When FFG came along with the concept of LCGs (non collectible card games) i was sold.

    I loved deck building but hated chasing cards and not being competitive unless loads of money were spent…

    LCGs cleared a lot of this out, it allows me to concentrate on the aspects I love about gaming, whilst keeping costs manageable, i collect 3 LCGs and i feel i dont spend as much money as I did when collecting just on CCG.

    Miniature games are a different animal in my eyes, it will depend on how they handle the nature of the packs. I.E, the LCG format gives you cards for all faction in every release for a moderate price, hence you can collect all cards no problem, and even share costs with other players if you are so inclined (i’m not).

    however, with the costs of miniature manufacture, how are they going to pack this? is the voltron set a template to follow? a faction vs. faction set, buy the ones you want? (this can prove troublesome for retailers, as more popular sets run out and not as much ones lag and die in the shelves…) once it becomes a miniature game, PP will need to seriously bolt down some aspects of the game, so that all factions are as viable and playable as they are in Warmachine,..

    just a thought