Hello folks and welcome to March’s Roll To Hit Gaming’s choice for Critical Hit! The pick goes to Cool Mini Or Not as a game design and publishing company which is a very long way from their foundation as a website created in the “hot or not” style for painted miniatures. Credit is certainly due as they looked beyond their foundation, branched out and have grown their portfolio and done so with a great degree of success. Their financial numbers released this March showing the increases comparing year end 2015 and year 2016 show significant positive gains.
Cool Mini Or Not has of late brought more than a few board and miniature games to the market. Some of them like Rum and Bones, Xenoshyft and Blood Rage are critically acclaimed making various “Top of” lists from around board gaming’s media. Blood Rage is currently ranked 17th (at the time of this article’s posting) on Board Game Geek’s ratings listing.
The main reason they received this month’s nomination (aside from providing me with some enjoyable gaming time across several games) is for what they have been doing of late to shore up in-house talent. Cool Mini or Not has at the beginning of 2017 made significant moves to add well respected players in the game design and hobby fields with the additions of Mike McVey in February and both Eric Lang and Adrian Smith in March. If you check the pedigree of those three guys I’m sure you will have played and enjoyed something they have put their hands on if you have been gaming for more than 3 or 4 years. It won’t have been just a regular “something” either with it most likely having been a game well received by the overall gaming audience.
Cool Mini Or Not is also taking advantage of crowd funding via kickstarter to bring their ideas to market which has the added benefit of producing games that people want made. If a company is honest with themselves about the cost involved for them to make a profit and deliver the product relatively on time they can and will experience success via kickstarter. If their products are good, they will have continued success. Cool Mini Or Not is doing just that. Their current kickstarter for Rising Sun finishes up later today and is currently over 1200% funded, at $3.7+ million of its asking goal of $300K. When you next consider that Cool Mini Or Not has plans for later this year a kickstarter to A Song of Ice & Fire Tabletop Miniatures Game, tapping into the hot A Game of Thrones IP gold that other companies like Fantasy Flight Games have also done, the future looks bright!