[18:19] <bravebird> question about AS: the unit cards will be different than the quick-strike cards? not only aesthetically but rule-wise too
[18:31] <@Habeas2> Bravebird - Not significantly. There are some minor tweaks happening--mostly just to add a designator for unit types--but the Quick-Strike cards should be accurate (though I should note that if you have a Quick-Strike card that measures Move in MPs, they translate at 1 MP = 2" in Alpha Strike).
[02:22] <Nerroth> On another topic, how well is the work on Alpha Strike proceeding? Does it still look like a good bet for GenCon/September?
[02:24] <@Habeas2> Nerroth - It is too close to say.
[02:26] <Nerroth> Will FM:3145 be out before or after Alpha Strike? Assuming all goes well production-wise.
[02:30] <@Habeas2> Nerroth - Before.
[03:23] <BirdofPrey> SO Herb alpha strike. We've heard a bit about what it is and what it does, but what are your expectations for it? Are you hoping it brings in more people from say the WH40K crowd, how well do you expect/hope it does, etc.
[03:26] <@Habeas2> BirdofPrey - I really hope it brings in more wargamers. To be honest, the classic players are great, but I have more and more been seeing people who just don't have the hours to spend on BT in its present form. We're all getting older, leading busier lives, and have more things to do with our time, after all.
[03:28] <BirdofPrey> I can agree with that asessment. last game we had other wargamers who, the first thing they said was surprise BT is still alive, and many hours later others came over wondering if we were still playing the same game
[03:58] <Nerroth> Last question: how much background and historical data will be included in the Alpha Strike core rulebook, or would new players be directed to find a copy of Era Report: 3052 in order to get up to speed on the time period to be featured?
[03:59] <@Habeas2> Nerroth - We're taking a kind of minimal approach there, but there will be enough for the players to get a feel for the Inner Sphere circa 3050s. Supplemental PDFs are planned to support eras as far back as the Age of War for Alpha Strike players.
With AlphaStrike and the new Box Set, it will hopefully be a very merry BT-Mas! At one point he says they have 15 employees. This sounds like a lot and like not very many. I'm fascinated by how these companies make or don't make money. Of course, they have Shadowrun, Leviathans, and ?