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  1. ARC Troopers are the only standout I can think of being missing which could be in a second/late-stage Clone wars book as people have mentioned. Be interesting to see how they structure it and what the campaign advice is like - whether they have some sort of squad system for clones for example.
  2. To be clear, Asmodee own FFG, and Asmodee are owned by Eurazeo. Eurazeo are selling Asmodee for x reasons, most likely increased liquidity for future investments, and Asmodee's in a particularly good position for sale given its performance and expansion over the past 4 years. Eurazeo are a roughly $7 billion private equity firm. Eurazeo own just under 60% of Asmodee, and the company is valued at around $1.4 billion for the sale to PAI, who are valued at about $16 billion. Eurazeo will make about a billion in profit over their ownership of Asmodee, so they're definitely happy, and PAI will be expecting to similarly make a return on their investment. In essence, unless there's something seriously wrong inside Asmodee that hasn't come to light, or PAI decide on some Hasbroesque cutbacks (which they don't have an extensive history of doing), there shouldn't be any significant change for Asmodee. PAI's stated intention is: PAI intends to support the current management team in its plans to grow the business further through international expansion both organically and by acquisition. Also: Gaëlle d'Engremont, Partner at PAI Partners, commented: “Asmodee represents a unique opportunity to invest in a fast-growing platform within the gaming industry, as part of PAI’s strategy to invest in attractive consumer goods industries. Stéphane and his team have an unparalleled track record in driving profitable growth both organically and through acquisitions, and we are delighted that they have chosen to partner with us. We are excited by the company’s growth prospects, which include further developing Asmodee’s position in the core hobby gaming market and successfully diversifying the group’s main brands onto other platforms. We look forward to working together to deliver on our ambitious objectives.” PAI Europe VII is a fund intended to purchase shares or outright ownership in companies, to then realise a return for the investors within, typically 2-7 years, so they're expecting Asmodee to expand and increase revenue in that time. The last thing they'd want would be to lose the Star Wars license, albeit if RPGs aren't making enough of a profit they could be dropped, though it's such a tiny part of the overall size of FFG, which itself a signficant but still minority part of Asmodee that it's unlikely to be a priority or cost-saving focus in the short term. Obviously the total lack of communication from FFG on upcoming products is less than encouraging, but it's also entirely typical given their total lack of communication on the assorted delays and issues with the lines over the past couple of years.
  3. Some of the copies of ultimate power that came into the UK have damp/distress damage, indicative of spending a long time in a damp/cold environment. For Fully Operational, the UK was significantly short-shipped, with many stores not even getting the pre-orders they'd made last year, let alone more copies to sell as per normal. Add in Knights of Fate coming out before Cyphers, together with the warehouse move for Asmodee, means it's possible that they've had an issue with damaged books and perhaps cyphers is being reprinted. If they had similar damage to the copies of ultimate power, that might explain the UK/EU not getting the books stores had ordered. Obviously with the lack of communication from FFG/Asmodee, this is just another wild guess to try and explain the trends.
  4. Damp/damaged books Both the copies of Ultimate Power my group bought have 'rippling' damp/uneven pages in the back third of the book from damp. Speaking to the retailer, they've found that all the copies they have left also have that, or worse look like they're faded or discoloured. In some cases the issues are at the front, rather than the back, because of how books get shipped/boxed up. Similarly a couple of friends who bought from other companies have the same, so it looks as if a significant number of the copies shipped into the UK have some damp/distress.
  5. Same day as Fully Operational is announced as being in stores, the specialisation decks are announced as being available. https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/news/2018/3/29/tune-up/ Looking back, I see it was 3 weeks or so after the release of No Disintegrations that the specialisation decks came out. I'm (wildly) speculating that the delay between DoR and Fully Operational might, in part, be because of FFG synchronising the release of the decks, which i'm sure i've read are printed by themselves rather than offshored (?). That could also then link into the delays for the other outstanding books. As i said though, wild speculation.
  6. A) FFG is in no way small. Moreover, to say that 'anything' they make is small, means a major miss on the industry and sales. B) No one of any significance sells everything themselves from their online site. Whether it's drivethru or other pdf sites or traditional three-tier distribution, very few publishers are direct sales only, and of those who are, they're pretty much all exclusively in the 'hobby' category (GURPS being a possible exception in the period when they weren't releasing any physical books but just doing pdfs through E23). X-wing outsells just about everything with the exception of Magic The Gathering and Pokemon. Juggle the months and flip a coin and see who's released what to work out what's selling more. Add in everything else FFG releases and there's a reason why Asmodee is way bigger than WotC. Asmodee, as a whole, is at roughly 2X the annual cap of WotC, and way, way above their market valuation. FFG is the biggest 'chunk' of Asmodee, and at the point they were acquired saw the sales figures of Asmodee jump to roughly the same amount as if they'd acquired WotC. Since when Asmodee has gone up, and WotC have remained roughly flat over that time (with some blips but broadly in line with expected increases). Based on all available information, SWRPGs are, at worst, the 3rd highest selling RPG books. And in any given month can be 1st (the month they release, compared to pathfinder/wizards releases). Asmodee, as a whole, are considerably bigger than any other company in the industry (now around twice the size of WotC, more than 3 times the size of GW and way above Paizo). 10k sales is, in modern RPG terms, massive. Very few products get to that level in anything less than multiple years of sales. Delta Green, the best rated RPG book of all time, had 2,500 backers for its kickstarter. Even at an optimistic doubling at retail (which is not going to the the case), that would be half that 'typical' print run. FFG also do small print runs, as evidenced by how quickly new releases go out of print (See Ghosts and No Disintegrations last year for example). Long-tail is there, but they sacrifice long-term profit for up-front returns. Having worked for 10+ years in both mainstream publishing (both fiction and non) as well as rpg publishing, there are similarities and marked differences to both. An evergreen rpg book hits that level at a much lower level than a fiction book in print. But the highs of fiction are so much higher than rpg publishing as to be laughable in comparison. RPG publishing's rates of pay are at a level that don't even equal minimum wage in the US or the EU. However, that 8k selling paperback book at $7.99 will make less in overall sales for the company than the 3k selling $50 rpg hardback (For which at best the breakdown will be 40/20/40 for publisher/distributor/retailer). But then the print and costs for a large hardback rpg are way higher than a 250 page paperback novel and so we get into the nitty gritty. In short, the 10k figure bears no similarity to the realities of the industry today, and likewise to claim that FFG/Asmodee are a 'small' operation, as a 2.5 billion dollar company and 550+ million of yearly sales is pretty ludicrous.
  7. The ideal time to ask 'what is going on' is right now, at the GAMA trade show. If your FLGS went, and you can get a message to someone there, maybe ask them to pop by FFG's booth and just ask if they can get any info?
  8. If DOR had 'gone to shipping' a week before, maybe even a day before the other books, then I could understand the problem. I think @Absol197 had at least one of the books as still not being out by this time based on historic trends. Different port to dock at, customs delays etc. It's just the fact that they all went at the same time that suggested they'd all be released around the same timespan, or the same month even. It's hypothetically possible that they did go on different ships, and they just happened to switch status at the same time, but the other ship got lost, spent a while sailing in circles, then hit a delay on port entry for a few days, then a customs delay, then a truck broke down and the driver had no power to his phone and had to walk for 8 hours to get to a payphone but didn't have any cash and is currently badly busking to earn the 50 cents to make a call (I admit to having no idea what the price of a payphone is in the US these days). All joking aside, it's the communication gap that's frustrating. My FLGS, which is the biggest customer of Esdevium (The EU Asmodee distributor) in the UK didn't go to GAMA this year, so I couldn't bug someone to ask FFG wtf is going on. They've tried asking, but it seems the EU distributor just checks FFG's website and has no more information, apart from when they're giving wildly wrong dates (x is not due for months, turns up on available stock the next day, etc.)
  9. Given the huge price of tooling for plastic miniatures, this is just another ridiculous unsupported, spurious guess. Albeit it reinforces how the lack of answers and information leads to this happening.
  10. Legion was never a late Q3 release. For about 2 months (aug-sep) at most, it was down as Q4 and then switched over to 'early' (Q1?) 2018.
  11. That's the distributor. It's come in, but Esdevium are already 'out of stock', meaning that any store that hadn't already ordered copies, won't be getting any. Hence, say, if you look at Leisure Games' website, it's showing as 'out of stock' because all of their copies are already assigned to pre-orders. So yes, upside is it's out over here next week, downside is that like Special Modifications, or No Disintegrations, people who haven't pre-ordered it could be out of luck (X amount of FLGS will have it in and on shelves, so it's not going to be impossible, but is another 'buy in the first two weeks or wait 6+ months to get).
  12. Dawn of Rebellion is out of stock at the EU distributor before it's hit stores (as in they only had enough to cover the initial orders, which means anyone ordering it 'as it's released' could well be out of luck.
  13. Why does it make the slightest difference to you that anyone is wanting better customer service? Frankly, no, im not going to do you any favours.
  14. UK waited 10 weeks after it was on sale in the US for No Disintegrations, which was then out of stock at the distributor within a week of arriving over here (and is still out of stock with them). Special Modifications went out of stock 3 times within a week of its original launch, and each reprint, a friend only got his this week having tried to buy it multiple times before. At the moment, over here, 9 books are unavailable from the distributor, incuding 2 of the core rulebooks.
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