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#31906
Poll: New settings, or expansions for old? 5 Years, 7 Months ago  
I think I agree with expanding the existing lines - I love Aracon's ideas - and a sewer addition for MBS andor Fantasy would be fantastic.

Personally I'd like to see individual pieces for sale too (old and new) - particularly the RoTA stairs.
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#31907
Poll: New settings, or expansions for old? 5 Years, 7 Months ago  
As things stand right now, we have the following:

Fantasy (MM)
Cavern(ous)
Medieval Building Sets
Den of Evil
Realm of the Ancients
SciFi

Of these, DoE and RotA are limited editions for which 1500 units of three sets will be produced. Everything else is "permanent".

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I am much more interested in expansions for Fantasy than I am in anything else. As I've mentioned elsewhere, I consider this to be THE quintessential line, the most versatile product that DF puts out, specifically because it lacks any kind of specific decorative motif (unlike DoE and RotA, which have VERY distinctive visual themes). In addition to new types of pieces or themed expansions (such as sewer, castle, etc), this line is also prime for small specialty sets that would allow builders to create limited motifs in a larger Fantasy setup.

I think that Caverns is also a line that needs to be expanded (or refined), partially because I suspect that it is probably THE big seller. Caverns have got a lot of love over the past couple-few years (from DF and customers alike), and I'm not sure how much more expansion there is to do to the basic line, but Ice and Lava are perennial favorites here on the boards, as well as Mines.

MBS needs very little to flesh out the actual architectural pieces, but it is wide open for accessories (furniture and doors especially).

I'm not a fan of the SciFi line, so I can't speak to it. (I don't mean it isn't great, I just don't have much use for it.)

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So yes, I really want DF to expand the old lines, and to keep producing the existing sets. However, I do not need expansions on a set schedule, nor in any particular order.

I also understand that the cargo container can only hold a certain number of boxes, so I realize that every set might not be restocked with every shipment, and that's okay too. If certain sets have to be stocked in rotation or only every fourth shipment or whatever, then that's how it has to be, but I would like to be able to come back and purchase ALL of these lines at a future date, even if it takes a couple of years for all of the sets to come in.

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Having said all of that, I also want new settings like DoE and RotA. Again, they don't have to come on any schedule, and I know that work on one project probably excludes work on any other project.

What we should also understand is that every new setting has to compete for room in the cargo container, which is why (I believe) they are being made as limited editions, and being restricted to three sets each. However, I hope that DF will be open to the idea of re-issuing a previous limited edition setting if demand for it reaches a certain level, and/or after a certain amount of time has passed.

The limited number of sets in each new environment also has the advantage (in my view) of forcing DF to make choices about what types of pieces will be included, and allowing each set to have unique pieces. The last thing I want is for Stefan to have a checklist of pieces that he HAS to include in every new setting, or the feeling that if he makes a new piece for one line he will HAVE to go back and make another version of it for all of the other lines. If Stefan decides that his Dwarven Halls only have curved corners with translucent crystal in sconces, then that's what DF Dwarven Halls look like -- going back and making equivalent pieces for Fantasy, or including them in a future new setting, actually reduces the uniqueness and the visual impact of the Dwarven Halls.

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So that's my take. Expand the old lines, and introduce new settings as limited editions when inspiration strikes.

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In a (hopefully) related question, how receptive are we to the idea of sets that includes equivalent pieces for multiple settings? For example, if there were a Thrones set that included one throne for every line (perhaps even a command chair for Sci Fi), would you buy it because you can get lots of different thrones, or would you not buy it because you don't want thrones for settings you don't own?
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#31908
Poll: New settings, or expansions for old? 5 Years, 7 Months ago  
For myself I am only interested in expansions of the old lines. I am not interested in any of the newer lines although we may look at the MB sets. The last thing I want is limited edition sets.
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#31909
Poll: New settings, or expansions for old? 5 Years, 6 Months ago  
Although I really like the ROTA, I won't be buying this line - price hikes with sterling dropping against the dollar makes "another environment" not all that attractive when I already have loads of Dungeon, Cavern, DoE and MBS. I would be tempted by any more cavern or MBS compatible ranges as these are my favs and the ones I use the most. I think it is possible to combine the "new environment" feel with the old set compatability e.g. the mansion as a "posher" version of the MBS that can be combined together.

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#31910
Poll: New settings, or expansions for old? 5 Years, 6 Months ago  
I, too, would lean towards more development of current series over totally new ones. Although, I feel that the ROTA can be combined with the standard fantasy stuff to represent a castle or other "dungeon" that has been built on the ruins of an old civilization.

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#31911
Poll: New settings, or expansions for old? 5 Years, 1 Month ago  
I may be in the minority, but I would like to see outdoor sets as well.

Roads, Hills, forests, beaches, mountains, rivers, streams, lakes, sink holes...

Environs: moderate, desert, artic, rainforest, etc...

These expansions could conceivably go on indefinitely.

Maybe go a different way on this and break the sets into smaller groups or more single items, so it would be easier to mix and match or go crazy with stuff you want bunches of.
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#31912
Poll: New settings, or expansions for old? 5 Years, 1 Month ago  
MBS expansion (another kind of building or some more stuff to go in the buildings) or, if Stef fancies a change and wants to do something new, how about a speculative sculpt into the great outdoors?

Dave

(Still the lone voice in the wilderness for a narrow caverns set!)
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#31913
Poll: New settings, or expansions for old? 5 Years, 1 Month ago  
I'd like to see another little fantasy furniture set. A couple of bookcases, a desk, an alchemical table, ect..

I know there is a company in Europe that does that, but you have to paint them and its not metal. Its plaster. I'd like the quaility the DF is known for with these items.
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#31914
Poll: New settings, or expansions for old? 5 Years, 1 Month ago  
I'd like to see another little fantasy furniture set. A couple of bookcases, a desk, an alchemical table, ect..
Yes for the love or Moradin YES!!!!
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#31915
Poll: New settings, or expansions for old? 5 Years, 1 Month ago  
MBS expansion (another kind of building or some more stuff to go in the buildings) or, if Stef fancies a change and wants to do something new, how about a speculative sculpt into the great outdoors?

Dave

(Still the lone voice in the wilderness for a narrow caverns set!)

Dave, as someone who sets up some pretty amazing outdoor encounters, how would you see DF pulling off an outdoor set? Would it be flat tiles? Tiles of various elevations? Stream and lake tiles? Road tiles? Would there be trees? Bushes? Boulders?

I just can't envision it....
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#31916
Poll: New settings, or expansions for old? 5 Years, 1 Month ago  
I don't have any specific ideas but sets based off of specific old school d&d modules would be awesome. I don't know how possible that would be with licensing type issues.
Or maybe campaign setting type sets. A dark sun set would be awesome!
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#31917
Poll: New settings, or expansions for old? 5 Years, 1 Month ago  
Sewers!
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