Author Topic: Privateer Press- A response to the players  (Read 1999 times)


  • God
  • *****
  • Posts: 2549
  • Pay where you play.
    • Email
Privateer Press- A response to the players
« on: February 01, 2011, 11:59:03 PM »!&p=703811&viewfull=1#post703811
I'll try to shed some light on this:
The 'distribution problems' are really 'manufacturing delays' that have occurred as a result of the great influx of new players that we've seen over the past year. So, as one poster summed it up earlier in the thread, the problem is a result of success. We know that no matter what the issue is, it's inconvenient for our players, and don't take that lightly and are doing everything we possibly can (within reason) to accelerate production and meet demand. It doesn't serve us at all to have unfulfilled customers and it's our goal to make sure everyone is satisfied as quickly as possible.

This isn't as easy as it sounds. Our miniatures are made by hand, as are all pewter hobby minis. A human being has to our molten metal into a mold, spin it, remove it, do a quality check and then send it on to packing. The bottle neck in our production pipeline comes from the limited number of human beings we have to do this. Our metal casters, I believe, are the best in the world. But it takes training and it takes a certain level of commitment to the craft that is difficult to find. Casting isn't something that just anyone to do -- maybe they could go through the motions, but speed and accuracy are huge factors here because if the person casting can't produce a certain level of quality product in a given amount of time, then they become a liability for the company. Finding these great people isn't easy, but we're constantly searching for new people to add to our staff.

The other side of this is that we have always been and will always be cautious not to over hire staff just so that we can push product out the door. As with any good organization, we care very much for everyone who is a part of our crew, and we never want to be in a situation where we must dismiss someone because their job has been made redundant. I take a great deal of personal pride in the fact that Privateer Press has never in its entire history had to lay anyone off because of financial considerations. While the rest of the world have been downsizing through the terrible economic crisis of the past few years, Privateer has retained every role. Most recently, we're even expanding. But we do this cautiously, and the truth is, right now demand on the product is simply outpacing our ability and willingness to increase staff. Some companies are happy to staff up, get a job done, and then cut people loose. That's not Privateer and it never will be, even if it means our customers, whom we care for very much, have to wait a little longer to get product.

There's some good news in all of this too:
First, the fulfillment issues aren't economically motivated. In other words, this isn't a sign of Privateer having financial problems. 2010 was our best year ever in the history of the company. It's also not an indication of a flagging industry. The game industry is healthy and strong and we know this because we're moving a lot of product through the same channels we always have.

Second, we have made a great deal of headway over the last couple months in fulfilling the orders. I keep tabs on production and where we're at and the report last week was that we had cut our restock orders down by more than half. Of course, we received a deluge of more orders last week as well, but we're making a lot of progress! :-) The progress has come from expanding our production with ore equipment as well as having located some great new staff and getting them trained up. Balancing this is tricky, as I explained, but confidence is high in production right now as they're seeing the light at the end of this tunnel of huge restock orders.

I can't say specifically what this means for any individuals wait on an order, but I did want to chime in and let anyone concerned know that this is our top priority right now, and that if anything, this difficulty in getting your hands on stock is an indication of the popularity and health of WARMACHINE and HORDES. The community is growing in leaps and bounds, and that more than anything is going to be what ensures the longevity of our favorite games into the future.

Thank you for your patience, your understanding, and your support.

-Matt Wilson (some dude at Privateer Press)

It seems like it's pretty much what people have been surmising.  Kudos to him for being open and it's a good sign for the Warmahorde players as there is lots of strength and seeming staying power in the game now.


  • Guest
Re: Privateer Press- A response to the players
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2011, 12:03:39 AM »
In other words, ill get my withershadow combine... 6 months from now  :'(

Ian Mulligan

  • God
  • *****
  • Posts: 1730
  • Egotistical Powergamer
    • Mutants and Shit
    • Email
Re: Privateer Press- A response to the players
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2011, 12:15:18 AM »
Matt Wilson is the founder and CEO. I love how often he gets involved with the players.
beep bop boop


  • Global Moderator
  • God
  • *****
  • Posts: 5433
    • Email
Re: Privateer Press- A response to the players
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2011, 02:44:47 AM »
I am having an easier time getting most models these days, but I don't know if I agree with his philosophy.

Kudos to him for not wanting to "sell out" or compromise the integrity of his company and all that... but it seems like it's costing him (and LGSs like BG) money.  He seems okay with that, and is basically telling us all he's okay with that.  It's cool of him to address the issue regardless.

There's obviously more to it.  I'd just like to be able to get people the models they want, when they want them, so that the game can grow at the pace it wants to instead of at the pace they decide to allow it to (which probably costs them players).

It's been a lot better lately though.  I was actually able to restock the rulebook for the first time in 2 months last week.  :)  I only whiffed on two of the 30+ PIP models I ordered this week.  That's really, really good as far as ACD goes and UNHEARD OF as far as Privateer stuff is concerned.
"In the absence of orders, go find something and kill it."
- Field Marshal Erwin Rommel