Am I a bad person for admitting that for the first time ever… I *do* feel guilty about playing this game? :-(
Until this thread I had never thought about the production process behind the minis. I had just assumed that EVERYTHING had been automated, including the painting. I mean, this is the year 2013: there HAVE to be means of applying paint to molded products quickly and with tight precision and without involving human hands… right?
There's no way that people will be completely stripped from the equation but that a game I have quickly come to love and enjoy might result from the labors of those who works in harsh conditions for low wages… well, it's put a damper on my mind this evening.
On one hand, I know that it's not avoidable. It's just the nature of global business right now.
I've even considered that without us wanting to buy and play these miniatures, there would be a number of people who might be unemployed or at least under-employed in China. That's the one comforting thought that I've borne in mind about this.
On the other hand, without some drastic change in their country, these poeple will never get to enjoy the game that they help to manufacture. Worse, they'll never get to enjoy even a fraction of the comforts that you and me and most other people take for granted. And it's our never-ending hunger for such comforts and conveniences that only fuel the continuing businesses practices there.
Wow. Never thought a Star Wars miniatures game would put me in a moral and ethical quandary :-