Sunday, February 8, 2015

Makin' Deals, Friends and Opponents

Hi Malifolks!

This post was supposed to be just a simple introduction to the faction I'll be focusing on in 2015. Allen has claimed the mantle of chief Arcanist and John is weaving wicked deals with the Neverborn so I've got to do my best to draw a line in the sand and stand by it. I have an infamously poor track record when it comes to committing to a single army/faction/crew for any real length of time, but it's a new year so let's see if I can change my bad habits.

So break out the moonshine, I'll be playing Gremlins!

Bacon flavored whiskey? Yes please!

With that being said, this post is much more than a drunken proclamation. No, this blog will be explaining HOW I managed to get my grubby hands on this new faction without spending any cash from my depleted coffers. I'll also showcase a few corners of the interwebs where gamers can get miniatures on the cheap themselves. If a poor bayou bum such as myself can do it- so can you!

Makin' Deals
Who doesn't like a sweet deal? The internet has several great places for miniatures players to get new toys on the cheap. Let's take a look at a few.

Good ol' B-town! I've been trading with this community for years now and have had nothing but positive experiences. The forum based site hosts several threads for gamers to acquire Malifaux, Warmachine/Hordes, Games Workshop, Infinity, RPG books, comics, video games, CCGs and more!

Players can trade, buy and sell for their wanted items at prices that are generally 40-50% off of retail or better. While there is always some risk when it comes to dealing via the internet, B-town has been around a long time and boasts a "reputation archive" for each transaction that is done on its site.

 Make sure you do some research on the person you are dealing with and make sure they have a solid track record. If they are a new trader with little to no history, it is common B-town policy to have the person with the lowest rep make the first move in regards to sending funds or shipping items. While there is no one overseeing your deals like with eBay, you get to decide the details of the transaction and don't have to kickback any fees.

First off, if you don't know about this awesome Malifaux-based Facebook group you should go and join it right now. Seriously, do it, I'll wait. Now that you are a member of one of the best Malifaux communities on the net, let's talk about makin' some deals! A Wyrd Place is a great place to hammer out a trade or buy/sell Malifaux pieces. Due to the fact that this is a premier Malifaux group, most people are very knowledgeable about the game as well as Wyrd's product line so you can be rest assured people know the value of items and will push for a mutually fair deal. It is also a great place to find rare Malifaux items such as Gencon and Black Friday exclusives that can cost a pretty penny on Ebay. 

While there is currently no reputation archive like with B-town, most people in the group are regulars and conduct themselves with integrity. This is a group of players who truly love the game and it is reflected in their community. I have had several trades using this site and have had nothing but positive experiences.

One thing to note, A Wyrd Place only allows people to post on topics relating to Malifaux so that means you'll have no luck dealin' for Space Marines here.

Despite its generic name, this Facebook group has been a great place to find deals as well as meet some pretty cool people. It is similar to A Wyrd Place in regards to how deals are made via Facebook posts, but it also boasts a collection of reputable traders and transactions which can help ease your mind when you're researching and planning your next deal. It is also open to other types of items such as Warhammer 40k, Malifaux and even Magic cards. Like with all online trade venues, be sure to exercise some caution and check references before planning any major transactions. I've made a few good deals here and check it often to see who is looking to part with what!

Hello Stranger! What'a you buyin?

Makin' Friends and Opponents

I won't spend too much time on this because the concept is a simple one. If you conduct yourself with integrity, have open and honest communication and are generally a cool person you are going to meet some great people who enjoy the same hobbies you do! The only thing better than making a great deal is making a friend (hallmark moment).

Throughout the course of my online trade history, I've met many people I've done recurring deals with and the trust and reassurance that comes with that is very valuable. A few of these people have become friends and are always up for a chat on aspects of the hobby and theorycraft. One or two of them have even become noble opponents via Vassal and are there to get a game in when you can't make it to the LGS.

In Conclusion

- I'm playing Gremlins in 2015 (with models haggled over via online trade sites)
- There are great places to get awesome deals online if you are willing to do some research
- Build a reputable name for yourself as a trader of integrity and you will meet cool people and save loads of cash by bartering for mutually beneficial deals

Ya'll keep readin' and we'll keep postin!


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