As the title says! I've looked through this forum and cannot see a definitive answer anywhere, although I may be missing it.
My favourite thing about WoW was collecting all the boxed games and card packs and getting all my family and friends into the game before finally putting down the cash for a load of planes once everyone was convinced.
I'm even more certain that I will want to do the same for SoG - mainly because I have a lot of age of sail ships that I could proxy with cards until I finally lay out the cash for a load of SoG ships, which I certainly would inevitably do. So does anyone know what it will be - cards, models or both?
If its models only from the get go this will probably be a serious financial impossibility for me and will inevitably count me out of this one (unless they release a loss leader starter set for the game - which won't do them any favours anyway). I defiitely want both and I think they'd get more sales for models if they also release cards. I would never have bought a ton of WoW models if I hadn't played the game loads with cards only first.
Both would certainly sound preferable to me. With reference to your note about WofG WWII having a model only starter set this must have presumably been when the new company (?) took over the game (and the change of name). I bought the original WoW WWII game and this was card only and a long time before any minis came out for it. Its also a perfect example of why the options of cards is better for me. By the time the WWII version came out I had been playing the WWI game for some time and absolutely loving it. As a long time wargamer obsessed with WW2 I was incredibly excited about the WWII version of WoW. Had minis been available with the first boxed game I would have probably bought loads straight away..... and really regretted it because I really don't like or ever play the WWII version of WoW - don't ask why that's another thread entirely. I can't afford to make a costly mistake with SoG which is why minis only would be a mistake for me. Both cards and minis has to surely be the best for everyone (maybe even the manufacturer) - that way you can go with whatever you prefer and everyone can add more minis as they wish.
Given the obvious need for card "proxies" during gameplay (two models overlapping), I'm guessing that Sails of Glory will take the same approach as the other Wings of Glory titles from Ares Games: models only with a representational ship card in each box — card only blister packs or expansions are highly unlikely.
Ahhh, sorry I missed this thread when I posted and thanks to all that have replied. Just had a look at the first models and they certainly look great but if I'm honest I'll be surprised if they'll be available at a price point here in the UK that I'll be able to justify to my domestic manager... but I shall watch and wait with interest.