[Phipps Studios] Survey of the Fans

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[Phipps Studios] Survey of the Fans

#1 Postby Charles Phipps » Mon Oct 27, 2008 7:47 pm

Hey folks, as we get Winterweir's layout finished up and trudge away on Black Hole's manuscript; the folk here at Phipps Studios (myself, Michael Suttkus, and a few other friendly faces) wanted to hold an informal survey.

Basically, we're forming our business plan over the next two years, and wanted to get fan feedback on some things.

1) What product are you looking forward to most? Winterweir, Black Hole, Streets of Frenzy?

2) Why so?

3) Is there any genres you'd like to see more work done in?

4) Do you want to see more individual settings or supported settings?

5) If the latter, what sort of supplements would you want to see?

6) What sort of fan support would you prefer from a creator?

Thank you for your time.

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#2 Postby jscifert » Tue Oct 28, 2008 1:53 am

Here ya go!

1) What product are you looking forward to most? Winterweir, Black Hole, Streets of Frenzy?

For me, it is Winterweir.

2) Why so?

I am a sucker for fantasy. Shaintar is sating a lot of that need, but it is certainly designed, at least in my mind, for more "heroic" level play - by that, I mean where the heroes are the assumed good guys and have noble interests at heart, with very little internal struggle on the choices for their actions. Winterweir appears to help meet that other craving for me of a darker, atypical fantasy where the outcomes are not always as certain and character's struggle with "what is right and good - or ,at least, does the ends justify the means" is a central theme. That is why I like FFGs Midnight and why I think this setting intrigues me as well.

3) Is there any genres you'd like to see more work done in?

I would like to see a more historical fantasy, ala King Arthur, Deryni, or other semi-historical setting.

4) Do you want to see more individual settings or supported settings?

Supported settings to me are a key. I prefer the tools to be given and I can tweak and adjust as needed to fit my campaign. Having the support certainly helps me out as a GM from a timing perspective and gives great insight into how the authors view the setting as well, which I find to be helpful.

5) If the latter, what sort of supplements would you want to see?

PDF supplement adventures are great; World books detailing out more specific areas of the world in detail are extremely helpful; NPC backgrounds and motivations provided in a supplement is also a plus!

6) What sort of fan support would you prefer from a creator?

I love Figure Flats for creatures, typical NPCs, etc. I also love GM screens, Adventure Deck customized cards, etc.

Thank you for your time.

Always welcome!

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#3 Postby highpriestrsw2 » Tue Oct 28, 2008 2:32 am

1) What product are you looking forward to most? Winterweir, Black Hole, Streets of Frenzy?

I'd like to see them all! I guess if I had to choose I'd say Winterweir first.

2) Why so?

Winterweir is the sort of dark fantasy setting that you rarely see RPG companies have the insight to release either for fear of limited interest/sales or just because they're not creative enough to think this kind of awesome concept up. My group loves Midnight but we all thought it was too vanilla and toned down to make it easier to sell to kids. We're really excited about a dark fantasy concept that is marketed at adults!

3) Is there any genres you'd like to see more work done in?

Hard scifi ala Transhuman Space or alphaomega and anything martial arts related. 70's kungfu/blacksploitation genre would be cool too!

4) Do you want to see more individual settings or supported settings?

I'm on the fence with this one. I'm gonna mash the two up and say more settings with a minimal amount of support material because either/or or possibly both would be great!

5) If the latter, what sort of supplements would you want to see?

Player's guides, setting companion, figure flats, one sheets

6) What sort of fan support would you prefer from a creator?

I'd like to see a indepth look at the game world similar to what SPF does for Shaintar on the Talisman Studios boards. Also chat sessions on a social networking site like rpglife.com (The chat w/ SPF was very cool!) and/or podcast interviews @ theplaysthething.com or pulpgamer.com (I love these 2 podcasts!)

Thank you for your time.[/i]

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Re: [Phipps Studios] Survey of the Fans

#4 Postby Savage Yinn » Tue Oct 28, 2008 6:13 am

Charles Phipps wrote:Hey folks, as we get Winterweir's layout finished up and trudge away on Black Hole's manuscript; the folk here at Phipps Studios (myself, Michael Suttkus, and a few other friendly faces) wanted to hold an informal survey.

Basically, we're forming our business plan over the next two years, and wanted to get fan feedback on some things.


  1. What product are you looking forward to most? Winterweir, Black Hole, Streets of Frenzy?

    I'd like to see Winterweir because it sounds like a very interesting background for a fantasy world and it's one I'd like to play with.

    I'd like to see Streets of Frenzy because I love Big Trouble in Little Chinatown and I'm a huge fan of that style of story-telling.

    I'd like to see Black Hole as like Winterweir it sounds awesome.
  2. Why so?
    (see above)
  3. Is there any genres you'd like to see more work done in?
    No! I'm like a child in a candy store at the moment I already want to run (or play) Solomon Kane, Deadlands: Reloaded and Slipstream. With the added products which you are producing I'll have more than a years worth of role-playing all set for me.
  4. Do you want to see more individual settings or supported settings?
    One of the great things which Savage Worlds books introduced is the whole plot point concept, this should be embraced and hopefully extended to all RPG's.
  5. If the latter, what sort of supplements would you want to see?
    On the Free side; One Sheets, Character Sheets, Maps (if appropriate) etc.

    On the Pay side; Anything that makes my life as a GM easier.
  6. What sort of fan support would you prefer from a creator?
    More background information. One of my favourite RPG's is SLA Industries and the 300+ page main rule book has about 60 pages of "crunch" and the rest is "fluff."


Thank you for your time.

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Re: [Phipps Studios] Survey of the Fans

#5 Postby burningcrow » Tue Oct 28, 2008 6:36 am

Okay, I'll add my €0.016 ...

1) What product are you looking forward to most? Winterweir, Black Hole, Streets of Frenzy?
Winterweir.

2) Why so?
I'd love to see a dark fantasy setting ... don't get me wrong, I like Shaintar but it's not dark enough (actually it's a standard fantasy setting) and love Sundered Skies but it is not really a classical fantasy setting ... ;)

3) Is there any genres you'd like to see more work done in?
I love "urban dark fantasy" ... i.e. Gaiman's Neverwhere or games like Changeling: the Lost ... where a mystic/magic parallel society lives right next to our mundane world ...

4) Do you want to see more individual settings or supported settings?
I prefer more settings instead of less settings with more books ... that's to say as long as there's a plot point campaign in the main book.

5) If the latter, what sort of supplements would you want to see?
Don't.

6) What sort of fan support would you prefer from a creator?
Most important is a decent rate of replies in the Pinnacle forums ... so you're on the safe side ... ;)

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Re: [Phipps Studios] Survey of the Fans

#6 Postby SnowDog » Tue Oct 28, 2008 8:02 am

Charles Phipps wrote:1) What product are you looking forward to most? Winterweir, Black Hole, Streets of Frenzy?

That's a hard one but I will probably have to say Winterweir.

Charles Phipps wrote:2) Why so?

What I have read about it, it is just what the doctor ordered for me. While Black Hole is also extremely interesting the dark fantasy is just so intriquing.

Charles Phipps wrote:3) Is there any genres you'd like to see more work done in?

Espionage and cyberpunk/post-cyberpunk.

Charles Phipps wrote:4) Do you want to see more individual settings or supported settings?

It depends on how stand-alone product the first setting book is. Usually I like supported settings.

Charles Phipps wrote:5) If the latter, what sort of supplements would you want to see?

Data on places and people. Scenario ideas.

Charles Phipps wrote:6) What sort of fan support would you prefer from a creator?

Dev. blog and forum presence.
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#7 Postby steelbrok » Tue Oct 28, 2008 3:00 pm

For me it's Black Hole

Mainly to cannibalise ideas for my own homebrews which tend to space travel (sometimes with magic sometimes without) and having someone else do some legwork and come up with something to read is pleasant

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#8 Postby Stephen Peto » Tue Oct 28, 2008 4:54 pm

1) What product are you looking forward to most? Winterweir, Black Hole, Streets of Frenzy?


Winterweir

2) Why so?


I love fantasy, and theres definitely room for a setting thats not black and white. A degree of moral uncertainty means players have to make choices, and live with the consequences of their actions.

3) Is there any genres you'd like to see more work done in?


An egyptian themed setting would be cool. There are a load of miniatures out there just waiting to be used in a rpg.

4) Do you want to see more individual settings or supported settings?


Supported settings, but I guess this depends on how well they sell!

5) If the latter, what sort of supplements would you want to see?


Adventures, adventures and adventures! As someone who finds it very difficult to come up with decent storylines, I am always looking for decent adventures. I also think that good adventures can bring a setting to life, they can show how different factions and elements interact. Failing that a book of plot ideas and adventure seeds.

6) What sort of fan support would you prefer from a creator?


Having a creator answer questions in the forum is always cool

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#9 Postby Dont Die » Tue Oct 28, 2008 7:00 pm

1) What product are you looking forward to most? Winterweir, Black Hole, Streets of Frenzy?
Definitely, Winterweir

2) Why so?
A darker fantasy setting is just what I'm looking for. Just tired of the run of the mill fantasy worlds, need something with darker overtones and for a more mature audience.

3) Is there any genres you'd like to see more work done in?
Urban Fantasy ala Jim Butcher, Neil Gaiman, Simon R Green and many more.

4) Do you want to see more individual settings or supported settings?
A bit both. Depends on how stand alone the core books are and what kind of support.

5) If the latter, what sort of supplements would you want to see?
NPC's/Rogues Gallery type books, detailed locations,

6) What sort of fan support would you prefer from a creator?
Character sheets, cheat sheets/gm screens, forum and/or blog postings.
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#10 Postby Charles Phipps » Thu Oct 30, 2008 4:06 pm

Thanks everyone for your responses! They help give me a better idea of fandom's wants!


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