Like you I am annoyed and a little sad for LNLP with its most recent release.
Digging through whose fault it is and who why it happened is pointless.
Even a fanboy [me] has to acknowledge poor attention to detailk. As a long time fan of LNLP product I have grown used to the occaisional missed counter, forgotten chart or inexplicably sized box.
America Conquered takes us to new heights …and lows. When I first opened the box I was of course annoyed knowing nothing would fit back in once punched, but I had long given up on the ‘keep it all in it right place’ method of storing with LNLP product, so no big deal. In fact I like storing by formation, and do so in Plano boxes.
Counters looked good at a glance, and the rule book is for sure a big improvement. Charts were full color and nice stock and the maps were excellent.
When setting up the first scenario is where problems began.
Which nationality is which? It can be hard to discern the background flags. What is the flag for Venezula anyway?
There are some move rate differences for HQ’s, compared to units in the formation tsk tsk.
Some very minor offsets
Some incomplete OOB OR failure to note such in the Scenarios.
Finally – proofing of wording, for reference to SSR and counters i.e. Cutter Bay Swat Team formation chit in the SSR is really just SWAT chit. New players are going to waste time trying to find counters that do not exist or have a different name.
Given the extended delays this could have gone out to the fan base for review and correction.
The good news is it does all work and it is highly enjoyable. I felt like LNLP was on an up swing, this mars that perception. Back in the day when I was CEO of a software company my CTO and developers had specific processes for testing code, checking production steps and confirming documentation. This business feels like it needs the same level of attention.
As someone who becomes VERY frustrated with sloppy work I am disappointing about all of the errors. I certainly expect that a small company will have delays, will have errors and mistakes. This pushes the limits – huge delays, a seemingly a lot of errors and major change in shipping practices all costs the company money, but more than that goodwill.
Now am I saying do not buy this? NO! Go check my videos on America Conquered out. It is a hoot. the scenarios are fun and the story line is excellent. This is notice to those considering buying who are new to LNLP. While there are some errors they are all surmountable (Designated Formation markers, Landing strip counters/Pier/Beachhead counters etc etc) with common sense. Fans of WaW will know what to do, noobies drop me a note here and the community can chip in to sort you out!
But this is also a note to new management and current management. Wake up time. Your fans will help. Your fans will be patient and loyal. But for me please do not release product in this state, in the manner that you did again. You can do better and we know it, look at how awesome The Untold Stories is (rumour has it a new print is in the works!!)
From a production quality stand point the game is almost flawless. Great job there LNLP! Lets focus on Production and Operations. Fans will help drive new users and adoption, and good product can sell it self.