This is where, the investment in excellence comes to fruition. GMT’s games printer had a recent retiree, sure enough the ‘replacement’ had a less stringent or exacting standard for perfect it would seem !
GMT is reviewing its printing for HOPLITE and UCS. Thankfully the usual excellent customer service is on the job.
Our kids….my kids receive the same story every day (or so it seems to them) – strive for Excellence and Mastery versus Mediocrity and modest capability in all things.
We can know our math facts or we can master them. We can know how to shoot that ball, but have we mastered goal scoring in Lacrosse?
Which would you prefer to be able to do? Are you prepared to do the work to achieve that level of excellence, and the rewards to come with it?
Gene (Owner of GMT) has mentioned over on CSW (that is a mildly scary place for Grognards to gather and kick dust) that they are reviewing ALL of the boxes for errors to see what needs to be done with the US printer. No doubt seeking a reprint at the printers expense.
That said one of my copies has the info counters registered significantly wrong, but playable. The other has minor registration errors on formation/unit counters. Again very usable, you can see the luch art and good counters in this post. Interestingly this is across various counter sheets for buyers, whereas often this happens to just one counter sheet in a set.
I’m happy with mine ( I have a gazzillion info counters) and wont be seeking replacements. They have done enough free of charge for errors or my own stupid actions (remember the Map tear recently!).
On a higher level, as the masters and true artisans of the mechanical world move on, what will we accept as the new norm in society?
Will planned obsolescence, and higher fail rates be the new norm outside of Mega Corps too?
Will younger generations of people working with production equipment be happy with a lower standard?
Will a generation of ‘you are awesome’ kids now grown up deliver mediocrity as the new perfect?
Lets hope not.