Archiv für den Monat: März 2024

BattleTech: Mercenaries – CGL does a shipping booboo? Internet rages!

So the fulfilment of the latest BattleTech Kickstarter „Mercenaries“ is drawing near. Backerkit has already collected the VAT for the pledge. All fine. Now the want to collect postage & delivery fees. Also fine except one thing:

In the campaign CGL said „local shipping rates“ would be to be expected for 90% of all backers. (see picture from campaign)

Now, here in Germany the main delivery service is Deutsche Post/DHL and a 10kg box, 500€ insured, tracked and up to 120 x 60 x 60 cm comes in at 10,49€.

Let’s have a peak on what backerkit is trying to charge:

$35.46 or 32,85€ – more than three times the usual shipping rate. Or almost 50% of my original pledge.

So how did this happen? Did CGL get greedy? I doubt it. Has Backerkit fucked up at some point and is calculating shipping from the US and not the promised EU hub? Maybe? Is there even a EU hub yet? I don’t know. Did some programmer just simply fucked their code up? Also a possibility. Easy to guess that the KS comments and the Facepage groups are „a bit up in arms“ right now.

And what does CGL say? I quote from the KS comments:

Hi there backers,

We have received notifications from backers that the shipping charges for orders, primarily internationally, have been above what was expected for this project. This is to say, we absolutely agree.

For some context, these are not charges that have been generated by BackerKit or Catalyst ourselves. Our fulfillment house has generated these shipping charges based on the current price of shipping as they see it and how it is to be shipped (PO boxes, sizes and amount of boxes to effectively ship, etc.) These charges are not meant to make profit on any backer’s order as they are being paid separately by us.

While we knew going with a higher quality shipper would be pricier, we did not know it would be to this level for some of you. There could be packing inefficiencies with especially small and large orders that could be leading to higher shipping charges to the best of our knowledge. We’ve spent last night spot-checking and pulling some of the more pricey charges to bring to our fulfillment house to see exactly how these charges are being calculated. If there is any part of these charges that does not seem correct to us, we will let you know and have these charges re-evaluated, likely pushing back our lock date.

There is a chance that these charges are correct and this is just the state of mass distribution. If that is the case, Loren and the distribution team plan to come up with a solution to help us stand with our backers.

We can assume that they will not be able to get back to us until after Easter weekend, where we should have a statement that I will post here updating all of you about the re-evaluation.

My next steps will be:

  • sit back
  • watch the mob run around headlessly with torches and pitchforks
  • have a cup of coffee
  • and wait till end of next week.

If it’s an honest mistake it will be sorted. If someone just fucked it up it will get sorted. If CGL comes forth and says „yeah, those *are* the shipping cost“ then I will grab my torch and fork and join the mob.

Have any of you backed at higher levels? How are your shipping costs looking?

Modiphius’ Achtung! Cthulhu Starter Set Available for Pre-Order

Modiphius Entertainment Ltd’s pulp adventure game, Achtung! Cthulhu has a brand-new starter set available for pre-order on 12th March 2024.

In the Achtung! Cthulhu 2d20 starter set, players will get their first glimpse into the hidden globe-spanning conflict between the forces of good and evil, as their courageous band of heroes work to defeat the malignant forces of the occult, and the malevolent might of their Mythos masters.

Achtung! Cthulhu 2d20 will immerse players in a world of fast-paced pulp adventure, occult
horror and incredible feats of derring-do. Explore ancient ruins and gather forbidden knowledge, and battle fanatical cultists, crazed scientists, evil sorcerers, deadly Deep Ones and bizarre alien threats.

These starter rules will quickly launch players into Achtung! Cthulhu’s cinematic world of pulp adventures, with a thrilling 60 page three-act starter mission taking them from Dunkirk to the heart of an alien hive city.

It will feature six pre-generated characters, six huge maps and over 100 tokens to run battles and encounters. It will also include a Limited Edition Elder Sign Dice Set with two 2d20 and four challenge dice.

This new starter set will join Modiphius’ collection of successful tabletop RPGs, which include Star Trek Adventures, the official Dune RPG, Fallout: The Roleplaying Game and more.

John Houlihan, line editor at Modiphius said: “The starter set is the perfect entry point for Achtung! Cthulhu’s exciting world of pulp adventure but also brings some fantastic playing aids and accessories for existing fans. With an exclusive dice set, battle board maps and dozens of heroes and villains tokens it really brings this thrilling pulp world to life. Even the box doubles as a mini-GM screen though sadly it’s no protection against the eldritch sanity-challenging horrors which lie within!”

Pre-orders for Achtung! Cthulhu 2d20 starter set go live on Tuesday 12th March and can be registered at