It's very difficult to write a review of a year objectively and more importantly, honestly whilst trying to ensure everyone get's a fair crack at the whip. So, I won't.
2010 was for me, and I know the Master Chef shares these sentiments, a year of the good, the bad and the ugly.
If I have to pick one company that I feel stood above the rest as the powerhouse of 15mm Sci Fi gaming, it has to be Critical Mass Games. At a glance they brought out:
5x ARC Fleet AFV types plus variantsNot simply a pack here or there. The Kaamados Dominion alone have what, 4 different troop types, 77 different miniatures! And of course we can't forget the Mercenaries. The Mercs have proved to be a constant delight, ensuring 15mm Sci Fi character gaming is here to stay.
17x ARC Fleet Buildings/Structures
3x Protolene AFV types with multiple variants
17x packs of Kaamados Dominion Infantry
3x Kaamados Dominion AFV types with multiple variants
2x packs of The Praesentia
4x packs of Arc Fleet Infantry
Not everything was to my taste. It doesn't have to be. But everything was well designed, well cast and cleaned at the workshop before it went out or binned if it didn't pass muster.
2011 will be a year of tightening belts. Less jobs, less money to go round. Critical Mass Games brought their casting in house to have greater control over the costs that are passed onto us. It will also ensure the consistency of production quality. Craig and Dale are prepared to put their money where their mouth is, so that we know in advance that each range will be supported by a good number of unique troop types, vehicles and accessories where appropriate.
15mm Sci Fi Praesentia
Hyperion War Drone
Looking ahead to 2011. I see Kaamados buildings and structures, the RAL robotic infantry, Praesentia drones and much, much more. Above all, I see more of the same. That is, a company that continues to demonstrate a love for the hobby, faith in it's own products, and exhibit a genuine respect borne of professionalism for their fellow gamers and customers.
Critical Mass Games, 2010 was your year. Here's to 2011!