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#61273
Re:Features VS Furnishings 6 Months, 3 Weeks ago  
If given my choice, I would prefer DF to focus on tiles and features as opposed to dressing. While I do love the dressing, I can get nice dressing everywhere. I can not find tiles and features in dwarvenite in too many place.

This is not to knock DF dressing, but If I have to choose I would prefer their focus to be on tiles and features.

I would put i a plug for Flights of Fancy. nice detail, great work, can customize paint if you ask.

stores.ebay.com/Flights-of-Fancy-Miniatures
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#61278
Re:Features VS Furnishings 6 Months, 3 Weeks ago  
It seems to me that DF has figured that their best course is to focus on tiles / features. Particularly with the the multiple options offered by their two lines of resin and Game Tiles, it really puts them head and shoulders above the competition, and better suits their relatively slow-restocking business model. (It seems like dressings are best done in a more reactive fashion, where small batches of individual pieces can be made / ordered as needed.)

I think their dungeon dressings are great but as others have said there are numerous other places where one can get nice stuff in that category... though it might involve a lot of hunting and shipping expense. Personally I'd be more keen to see, say, a Game Tiles version of their medieval buildings set, or other modular sets. Though I'm also delighted when there are a few dressings among the stretch goals.

...I also wish that some of their individual dressing pieces could be ordered as single pieces / small sets, particularly things like the secret doors. But, again, I'm not sure that's very easy for them to do based on the way they order large batches at large intervals.
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#61281
Re:Features VS Furnishings 6 Months, 3 Weeks ago  
I certainly wish DF sold more accessories. The Dwarvenite line must be creating a larger market for these pieces, so it would be a shame not to be able to capitalize on it with in-house products. Regrettably, I think it's unrealistic for that to happen right now. They'd need a really good licensing arrangement, but the profit margins would be too low for that to work.

Otherwise, I'm with the general consensus: too much has to be bought piecemeal from a dozen different overseas vendors.

My dungeons are going to be bare for a while.
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#61283
Re:Features VS Furnishings 6 Months, 3 Weeks ago  
If DF keeps having KSs each year they could add a lot of accessories/furnishings to their line as add ons. They would not all have to be made of Dwarvenite. Heck they could say if they sold less that a certain amount they would be made of strong resin and if over they would be Dwarenite.
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#61284
Re:Features VS Furnishings 6 Months, 3 Weeks ago  
@Null,

What would you need a licensing agreement for?... Stephan can sculpt or they could commission sculptors to sculpt accessories.

@Everyone else who commented about DF doing accessories,

I don't see doing accessories as taking away that much focus from the tiles. To me it's a perfect fit and adds not only another, more consistent revenue stream to the business, but it also helps in a couple other ways:
1. A lot of people selling accessories or complimentary pieces actually use the DF IP as a very prominent marketing feature ("Compatible with Dwarven Forge", etc.), regardless if their stuff is perfectly compatible or not, or whether it's of the same quality/standards. DF seems to be the only company that's not really taking advantage of their own IP in that regard. They really should be, just on that basis alone. By creating a line of accessories that you can control the quality of and match to your pieces, you create that much stronger of a brand.
2. It can fill the gap for buyers between restocking of the resin sets. It also helps buyers get value for their dollar... every one of you has made the point that purchasing accessories from various other retailers (often overseas with larger shipping charges) can begin to add up.
3. I want to stress the point of revenue stream again. If your business model is reliant on restocking every year or 1.5 years that means you put yourself in a continual boom and bust cycle. Ever walk into a physical store and see the shelves half empty? Not many people look at that in a good light. It erodes customer confidence and can put serious strain on a company to the point that small factors can affect the business in serious ways. Take the increase in resin costs. That will inevitably factor into the closing of some shops within a year. A miniature business that has a steady revenue stream will probably be able to weather such changes much more easily.

Now, as it stands, the Kickstarter model and the new line of dwarvenite tiles seems to be a huge benefit for DF and, I would bet, is probably saving their butts. However, I think it's also providing a good opportunity that could allow them to further expand their product line (still within reason) and further grow the DF brand and reclaim it a bit from everyone else who's using it in marketing their accessories.
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#61296
Re:Features VS Furnishings 6 Months, 3 Weeks ago  
jchunick wrote:
@Null,
What would you need a licensing agreement for?... Stephan can sculpt or they could commission sculptors to sculpt accessories.
My thinking is that DF is still a small business, and expanding too fast carries some risk. Both production methods in resin and PVC require a long time to bring new products market. I'm sure we'll see some interesting accessories in the next Kickstarter, but it could otherwise take years to build a range of pieces.
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#61301
Re:Features VS Furnishings 6 Months, 3 Weeks ago  
While growing too fast can be a business risk, so can growing too slow, especially with a new, innovative product line (Dwarvenite).

If DF is too slow to keep up with what people want, and can't keep sets in stock, eventually someone else will seize upon the opportunity to have something similar in stock that people will say is "good enough" rather than waiting and eventually business starts to decline.

Happens all the time; look at any business industry and when the front man gets complacent and relies on their brand name to propel them, but don't keep up with those who want their market spot, they lose it.

DF has me worried with their consistent out of stock resin options. I understand that they're expensive to produce and they're shifting their product line, but I'm still worried. I hope they do better at keeping the GT in stock than they have in resin.
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