March 27, 2015

Retailer Review: Games & Hobbies NZ

I haven't posted one of these for a while but my experiences ordering X-Wing over the last week or so have prompted me to write this little Retailer Review.  This time its about Games and Hobbies New Zealand an online retailer based out of Wellington.  They specialise in board and card games but you can get some specialist Miniatures games through them including X-Wing.

I came across these guys via Facebook after I saw a couple of other local gamers like them and post details of some of their sales.  They weren't a retailer I had heard of before as they don't stock GW, Battlefront or Privateer Press products.

If ordering gaming stuff I always check out local vs. international sellers to see what the best deals are.  A lot of the time you can save big by ordering from overseas even with exchange rates and postage costs thrown in.  Where the savings are minimal I tend to go with local retailers as if its only a matter of saving say 10% on something I'd rather support a local shop.  Plus you get your stuff quicker as well.

So far I've purchased the following stuff through Games and Hobbies:

  • X-Wing Core Set (1st order)
  • Tie Interceptor Expansion Pack (2nd order)
  • Tie Fighter Expansion Pack (3rd order)
  • Imperial Aces Expansion Pack (3rd order)
Yes I know I would have saved on postage had I combined the orders but I was sneaking the stuff in piecemeal and hadn't sorted out what I wanted.  So how was the ordering/shopping experience?

The Online Store A
Extremely easy to navigate, each item has a full description and good images.  Prices are clearly displayed along with any discounts and shipping/store information is readily available.  There are no surprises on what is a very user-friendly website.  Quite easy to get side-tracked looking at all the shiny stuff...

Ordering A
Is very simple - unlike a lot of stores where you have to create an account Games and Hobbies don't require you to.  Just add your goods to the cart, go to checkout, enter your details (which your browser will remember if you are repeating an order) and off you go.  

Payment Options A+
A big plus for me is that there are two payment options - direct deposit into the stores bank account or the standard online credit-card/Paypal route.  Paypal I like and its one of the few online systems I trust, but the direct deposit option is also a great feature and its what I used for all 3 of my orders.

Delivery A++
WOW!!! Talk about quick.  For example my Core Set was ordered on a Thursday, payment set up to go through overnight that night via direct deposit (I emailed a reply to my order confirmation letting the store know) and a courier delivered it the very next day!! Same thing happened with my next order as well, and has done for my 3rd (although AHH my wife will be home when it arrives as I'm teaching this afternoon so I can't hide this one from her).  Deliveries can also be tracked as they are sent via Fastway Couriers.

Nice Surprise
Remember Slave to Painting?  Great online retailer in Christchurch.  Amazing range of stuff well one bonus with their orders is they used to send you a lollipop and a sticker with each order.  Games and Hobbies send you a little Whitaker's chocolate bar.  Even better.

So big thumbs up from Stumpy-Heaven for Games and Hobbies

Final comment - stupid Google+ has locked me out of my account on pretty much every computer I use except this one (a spare desktop at one of my work units) because of 2-step verification.  Anyone else have issues with this system?  So until I get access back posts might be a bit slow in coming.

March 26, 2015

Post 1000 for Stumpy Heaven

My 1000th post on the blog since it all started way back Feb 7th 2008. my hobbies, gaming and other stuff have all grown since then. so far I've played WHFB 7th & 8th Ed, Fields of Glory 15mm, Warmachine 1st and 2nd Edition, Flames of War, and now X-Wing. And I've even gotten into 30k and the Horus Heresy

Collections have come and gone. my WHFB Vampires were sold, so to my 15mm English, a massive collection of Menoth and even more models added... Alot more stuff than my wife knows abouT...Well probably not

2015 is shaping up as a very changeable year with WHFB 9th due out, Ogres taking over from Dwarfs as my army of choice, 30/40k looking increasingly appealing, X wing taking off and possibly a return to Warmachine.

Regardless my thanks to everyone who has read StumpyHeaven over the years for your comments and feedback.  Here's to the next 1000 posts


March 23, 2015

Kids love X-Wing!!

Got my X-Wing starter set on Friday incredibly quick delivery by Games and Hobbies in Wellington, just awesome stuff, and took some time to introduce to my two oldest kids (8 & 6).  Used simplified rules with no tokens or anything just turn dial, move, shoot, throw dice and blow stuff up.

My son as Luke Skywalker and his sister as a Rebel controlled Tie fighter closing in on my rear
They picked it up quick and more importantly enjoyed it... consequently, I've had 4 days of non stop demands from them (especially my son) to play it again and again.  Just awesome

AH HA HA Dad's in my gun sights
And BOOM!!! Dad is Dead!!
Yah!!! Dad is Dead!!!
Not completely sure that my wife is sold on the idea... and apparently I'm buying my son the Millennium Falcon for his birthday now (according to him anyway).

March 19, 2015

WHFB Battle Report: Ogres vs. Dwarfs 2400pts

"The Ogres of the Mountain Claw tribe are no more and their chief and Slaughtermaster "Bigears the Noddy Killer" is dead his stomach exploded after he ate a dozen too many Gnoblars in a failed effort to appease the Great Maw and end the earthquakes and volcanic eruptions ripping apart the Claws mountain home.  Marching away from their destroyed homes the Mountain Claws battle survivors of other Ogre tribes also fleeing the mountains.  From the bones, bodies and guts of the those who remain a new tribe has emerged the Stone Claws at their head the Tyrant "Fathead Dragonbreath" his Great Mace still bloody from pummelling the Mountain Claws temporary chief the Butcher"Pugwash Ratboiler", whose skin now adorns the Tribes new Slaughtermaster "Yhturkstain the Flayer".  

Marching into the Northern ranges of the Worlds Edge Mountains following the scent of death and decay the Stone Claws encounter an ancient and somewhat tasty enemy, Dwarfs of Clan Louden.  With many an Ogre belly empty from the long trek the sight of so many Dwarfs, already battered and bruised from the destruction of their hold by Skaven, is too much. Mouths open and saliva running heavy down their chins the Stone Claws rush forward to battle and to feed...."

The opening moves of the battle - the Stone Claws spread wide and charge straight ahead into the waiting Dwarven ranks

March 18, 2015

X-Wing arriving soon

Pay day today and after a productive PhD meeting at work on Monday I decided to treat myself by ordering this...

Should be here in a couple of days.  Ordered from a local retailer Games & Hobbies as at current exchange rates the price was the same as with using any overseas source (well that I trust) and I get it quicker.

Going to be a great chance to get my son into gaming as he is obsessed with Star Wars