Chaos Alliance History
After the message I received this morning I realized there is some information out of the internet that I hopefully need to clarify. Hopefully this explains things fully and if the feelings of the backers is that there is an issue ... I have no issues pulling the team even if it might hurt the KickStarter a bit. It is more important to me that Impact! is seen as an honorable company than the money that one team could make for us. So PLEASE feel free to comment here or message me your thoughts ... as the bottom line here is the right thing is the most important thing for me. I've spent many hours and many dollars doing everything I can to personally make the fantasy football community as great as it could be ... whether is was spending 5 years working on a rulebook, helping organize tournaments or support them with prizes or just answering questions ... this community means a lot to me and being a company that represents what is good with this game is very important to me.
Okay with that said ... the message I had from the large league order that just pulled accused us of dirty company policies and recasting in regards to the Chaos Alliance team. In addition, they were upset that I was making the previous limited edition figures worthless. So I want to be very upfront to address both of those and let the backers give me their thoughts. If that is the case ... I'll pull the Chaotic Alliance team from the KickStarter and just deliver to the backers that locked in already to get a metal version of the team but mark it sold out and remove the image from the KickStarter. Like I said ... doing the right thing here is much more important to me than some cash.
The Chaotic Alliance team has at its core figures that were created for the Chaos Cup tournament. This was a tournament that I have either helped organize or actively supported with tournament prizes and miniatures since the 2nd one was held in Chicago. To make each event special ... a miniature was given away to represent a famous Chaos fantasy football team. Some of these figures were limited in their release and some where not ... the theme was the main thing. So where did the theme come from:
The above is a famous fantasy football team created and painted by Phil Lewis many years. I purchased this team of Phil Lewis and have been in contact with him many times over the years regarding it. This team is one of my favorite teams in my collection. When I purchased the team I received greens from Phil for some of his original sculpts that he did for the team. These were a great bonus and I talked with Phil and he agreed to give me permission to produce those figures.
Some of the figures in Phil's team were off the shelf figures that anyone could get so those I ignored as they were entirely the property of the company that created them and some patience on Ebay could get you those figures.
However 5 of the figures in Phil's team were conversions. Half original work and half protected material. When the decision was made while I was the tournament organizer of the Chaos Cup to every year give out a figure that helped re-create Phil Lewis' team we were left with a problem for those 5 figures as they could not just be cast up. So I discussed this with Phil and I discussed this with the company employees at the store run by the original IP holder and the decision was agreed to that I would pay to have those 5 figures resculpted but the sculpts would look as similar to Phil's original team as possible to fit in with the theme. So I paid some talented sculptors to re-create those 5 figures and they were all given to players directly with the approval of the company employees hosting the event.
If you get a Chaotic Alliance team ... those 5 figures are original sculpts not recasts. Do parts of them look like other figures ... yes and the reason for that was because we were trying to recapture that famous team and all parties were aware of what was going on. So based on how the team was created ... I never left that those figures would be considered recasts. However I realize today that if you do not know the history of the team or my involvement with the Chaos Cup and my direct working with Phil Lewis ... it would be easy to come to that conclusion. Those 5 figures are inspired by the originals but are not recastings of the originals and again it was done because the goal was to allow someone to play with Phil Lewis' team.
So that is the history and explanation of the history of the team and the 5 sculpts in the team.
On to the 2nd point of the dropped league pledge. I'm making the previous releases of the limited edition figures worthless. I realize that people have different definitions of what limited edition means. For this one ... I need to give you another story. I was a serious player of Magic the Gathering. I traveled to attend tournaments ... I actually was able to reach as high as 13th rank in my state at one point. Good enough to feel good but not brag about. I actually sold my Magic card collection for $12,000 and used that money to establish Impact! Miniatures (so I was in it from earlier days). When Revised came out and they reprinted the Dual Lands. I was not upset. Everyone of my friends (and myself) thought the black borders of the original limited cards were better to own and we were happy to be able to get the Dual Lands again more easily. On the internet though I would read about how Wizards was destroying the value of the black bordered cards especially the Dual Lands. I didn't think this was accurate and after the dust settled it was not accurate. The black bordered cards were still much more desired and still went for a much higher price their the new releases.
I had the same mindset when I offered the Chaotic Alliance team. There were a lot of people over the years that have told me they would love to own Phil Lewis' team but because the figures are limited edition metal it was not possible for me to cast up more and add them to our shop for everyone to buy. With Trollcast, I had the opportunity to bring those figures into a different medium for casting and leave the original metals still limited. The 25 copies of the metal team in this KickStarter is because that is all that there is of the metal versions of the full team. We are not casting up 25 more figures of the limited figures ... the offer was from the stock I have left. Just like the change in Dual Lands ... while I love the Trollcast teams and personally think it is awesome to be able to get an entire 16 players (or more) team for $35 (or less with this KickStarter) in my opinion ... I see pewter as a better material just like the black border cards were better in my opinion. The pewter teams are just as limited as they were before and they are a better material. I personally if I was collecting the figures would prefer to get the pewter versions than the ones in Trollcast. So since the value of a limited figure is to the collectors of the world ... I personally did not believe I was destroying the value of the metal team. I saw it just like my friends did with the dual lands ... I have a value collectible and now my friends can enjoy a mass produced copy that is not as good as the original but will still be fun for them to own.
That's all the information on the team. When I offered the team I was truly trying to offer a very fun team for the betterment of the fantasy football community that did not violate any of the rules of miniatures production world. If I errored on that ... I have no issue at all acknowledging the error and removing the team from the KickStarter. If I make mistakes ... I explain what happened and I fix them. I will say one more time ... the honor of my role in the fantasy football company and the reputation of Impact! is much more important to me than a few dollars.
I welcome ANY and ALL feedback ... even the negative kind. Feel free to message me if you do not feel comfortable responding publically to the udpate. I hope this update explains everything and if not .. I'll do my best to answer any other questions.
Tom Anders/GalakStarscraper @ Impact!