Oh, I still expect it to work out and everyone get their stuff, but after the new plan to release by "maybe May but definitely June" for the new "First Wave" release, the guys at PB/ND choose to reveal that they are just finishing up doing the Pods and hoping on getting 3D prototypes of Valkyries "soon". Core units, two of the three most common First Wave models and they aren't to molds yet? Oh well....someday.
So, you have a little trouble with your internet connection, then you get a new laptop with a new OS, continuing to have a little trouble with your internet connection. So, you get the new laptop mostly setup, but have to stop because your internet connection is going to crap every few minutes. Not only that, but instead of just hitting your laptop, it is hammering your entire network. So, you call the cable company and they ping your modem and see everything is fine. Next, you replace your router and all the cables, but the problem still persists. Back to the cable company, who sends out a real nice cable guy, who goes over your troubleshooting with you, agrees that the problem must be with the cable....but all testing shows that the cable modem and cable are 100%. Now two of you are scratching your heads and you think...what if I shut down the new laptop? TADA! The problem is the brand new laptop has a wireless on the fritz, that when it "fritzes" decides to actively jam your wifi signals. Back to the drawing board...
Anyway, if nobody is keeping up, Robotech RPG Tactics Kickstarter is delayed and now being split into two waves. So, it will be a while before I see those minis. Hopefully, Palladium Books and Ninja Division have gotten a clue about how to deal with the Chinese for minis. Their screwups are fairly obvious to me, they tried to do all the preproduction work for the entire line before talking to the Chinese, when they actually could have been tooling, scheduling and running blocks of minis off if they had started talking to the factory as soon as the Kickstarter too off like a rocket.
Why Robotech? Well, it was fairly easy to see that if the FLGS doesn't stock a game, drumming up interest in it is an uphill battle, especially in the current economy. Which kills Dust Tactics and Dropzone Commander, but makes it interesting because the FLGS owner is planning on stocking and supporting Robotech. Now all that is needed is a good enough game to keep some interest up.
But, now that I have some time to kill, I think I might have a bit of fun and perform the silly time waster of writing a real Codex:Black Templar for my own amusement. I've already roughed it out, it took a couple of days, I just need to check some details, get it formatted like I like it and polish some of my notes about why I chose certain things. I'll get to that if I get bored with everything else and feel the urge to type. The saddest thing...this was seriously so easy to do, including looking and considering choices between "mainstream" and "fluffy" rules choices, that there is really no other reason for GW to have not produced an actual codex except for a desire to streamline their product and do away with the Black Templars as an independent group of loyalist Space Marines.