With LOKA leaving the warehouse at high speed to wing its way towards waiting Kickstarter backers around the world, it only seemed right that I should crack a copy open and let you have a look at the lovely contents! Everyone seemed to like the DreadBall Ultimate unboxing I did a while ago, so let’s what you make of this!
So there we have it! Having rooted through the box, I’m really impressed with the quality of the miniatures and other components, and I can’t wait to get some games in! Unfortunately, I’m really not very good at chess, but I’m bound to get some practice in now. That’s all it takes, right? If that’s tickled your fancy, head over to the Mantic store and order your copy now!
My Bishop’s Got A Bendy Staff
We’ve had a couple of emails from backers who have pointed out that a couple of their pieces (usually the Bishops) have been a little bit bent out of shape during transit. Good news, though – it’s the easiest thing in the world to fix! Being the helpful sort that I am, I thought I’d post a little guide so you could see how easy it is.
You want to get a bowl or mug of hot (not boiling) water. It probably needs to be a little hotter than what comes out of the hot tap, but not by much. (I boiled a kettle for about half as long as it normally takes.) Dunk your model in for three or four seconds. Yes, it really is that quick!
When you take the model out, any thin parts that have been in the water (like the bishop’s staff) will be slightly malleable. They won’t lose their shape or detail, but you can easily straighten out any bends. (Magic!) Just hold the piece at the correct angle for about five second and it should cool sufficiently to stay in that shape. Sorted! Told you it was easy.
Incidentally, this technique also works for restic (the “sprueless plastic” that most DreadBall figures are made of), so it’s definitely one worth knowing about.
While we’re on the subject…
Alessio’s put a lot of work into building the world of LOKA, and he’s followed up this game with a new Kickstarter project!
The Tarot of LOKA is a new card game inspired by medieval tarot and illustrated by industry legend Ralph Horsley. If you like LOKA, and you want to see more, you’d be crazy not to back this project! At just £18 (about $29) for a deck, it’s an absolute steal. If you’re quick, there are even some Early Bird packages left, where you can get the deck for as little as £16!