FFG preview new Dust Tactic expansions

By tgn_admin
In Board Games
Jan 17th, 2011

Fantasy Flight Games have posted a preview of the upcoming Dust Tactic Observer and Sniper expansion sets.

Special Operations boxs

From their website:

Sometimes you want to eliminate your opponents with pinpoint accuracy… and sometimes you just want to reduce their position to a smoking crater. This spring, you’ll have the firepower to do both. Fantasy Flight Games is pleased to announce the upcoming release of two new expansions for Dust Tactics, the tactical miniatures board game of explosive battlefield combat!

With the Allies’ Special Ops Rangers and the Axis’ Special Ops Grenadiers, you’ll wield the deadly precision of expert snipers and the superior tactics of long-distance observers. Each expansion contains two units consisting of two figures, for a total of four figures per box.

  • PanzerKraken

    Yea snipers! Well now it seems all of the Artillery Strike expansions contents have been announced as separate releases, guess that box set might not be coming.

    Wonder if Operation Cyclone is an indication of how FFG is going to handle the game from now on wtih small campaign box setsand individual figure releases like this? Original indications seem to be that it was going to be larger box sets with symmetrical forces in the expansions.

  • wildger

    It is likely going to be this way. No one wants to dump in a large sum of money to get a bigger expansion even though in the long run it will save them more money. Making people to buy small bits each time is a well proven marketing strategy.

    • PanzerKraken

      Outside of retailers not liking having multiple SKU’s on the shelf. Basically the game is turning into your ordinary miniature game with how it is being sold, which goes against the original idea of a boardgame where you get everything you need in one go. If everything is going to be released piece meal like this, then it’s going to turn stores away from the product when they have to dedicate large shelf space to the game as more and more releases come out.

      Selling the stuff as optional I could understand, but if your going to release the product in a manner that can only be gotten through these individual unit boxes, the game becomes no different.

      As for proven market strategy… seeing how majority of games under similar strategy seem tend to fail… I doesn’t seem all that proven.

      • Marauder

        But I think you do get everything you need in one go. These are all just addons – not unlike other board games. Stores don’t need to bring them all in. Anyway who does want to track them down is going to be able to order them at their LGS or go online. Not everyone is going to get all these expansions – yes the average table top gamer who gets into this probably will, but I think they are trying to also just get some casual board gamer types into the main set.

      • wildger

        “As for proven market strategy… seeing how majority of games under similar strategy seem tend to fail… I doesn’t seem all that proven.”

        Name a few then. These games will fail no matter how they are marketed. On the other hand, MTG has been so successful to that point that people spent thousands of dollars on a whole bunch of totally useless cards. Better get your fact straight between an association vs cause/effect.

  • scarletsquig

    Yeah, boardgame with add-on packs is fine.

    I mean, my LGS only sells the basic settlers of catan boxset, and so does pretty much every retail outlet that sells it. Hasn’t stopped them from making dozens of successful expansions to the game.

    I might get into this, it depends.. still waiting to see what’s gonna happen with AT-43 now that Rackham is gone.

  • Release the individual Mecha Tanks now and reap the rewards of a large infusion of cash for further product development.