Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Genre

We've talked about it before, but one of the things we're really excited about is mixing different genres in our parts system. Our stretch goals for genre expansions have only just begun, but we're already really thrilled about what they will mean for people who use our service. As anyone who plays, say, a space western or a sci-fi fantasy knows, finding miniatures for those rarer genre overlaps can be difficult. This is even more true for the world-builders out there who have developed original and creative setting with all kinds of exciting or outlandish elements pulled from various genres. Though we expect that just about everyone who buys minis will be excited about the prospect of customizing them, the audiences we think will most benefit will be the ones that simply didn't have many, if any, options before.

That said, we've already unlocked three stretch goals, including a genre expansion that we've been especially looking forward to: sci-fi. Two stretch goals away is the next genre expansion: western. Our awesome backers, and potential backers, have been really vocal about what genres they want us to include, and what order they'd like to see them added. Some people have asked why we've chosen the order we have thus far. Sci-fi is clearly the next biggest genre, but why western? 

It was a matter of synergy. Though there may indeed be a good number of folks out there who play in a straight-up, non-fantastical western world, we're more interested in enriching a user's choices when it comes to adding western-flavor of other genres. Western is a fantastic seasoning for fantasy (Elven revolvers, dwarven blunderbusses, desert towns run by orcish law-men) or sci-fi (space cowboys!). Basically, western includes all kinds of stylistic elements that we think people will want to see included in their worlds.

So what's next? You'll have to stay tuned to find out! Though I expect you won't have to wait too long...

4 comments:

  1. I know that I for one can't wait to have a gnome wearing a cowboy hat!

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  2. Add Victorian/Steampunk and I'll have to pledge enough for 6-7 characters!

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  3. Add the Steampunk genre and I'll pledge enough for 10 figures!

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  4. With steampunk you indeed get a large group extra: the whole Warhammer 40,000 genre.

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