Last week we launched a new community survey and after analyzing the 200+ responses we got we’re finally ready to share the results with you.
This has been our biggest community survey so far, and we’re really excited that so many people took part in it and are helping shape the future of our project, so I’d like to thank everyone for participating! :D
Just like last time there’s some people that used the “other” sections to ask specific questions about the games and the project, however since we don’t collect e-mail addresses we have no way to reply to you.
Please if you have any questions and feedback, go ahead and post them on the forum so that we can give you an official answer: http://onepagerules.proboards.com/
With that out of the way let’s get to the survey results…
Would you be interested in participating or spectating in an OPR game jam?
Right now 72.1% of players said they’re interested in a game jam, of which 1/3rd are actually interested in participating, which is super awesome.
These results have given us a lot more confidence in pulling this off, and if more people from outside the dedicated OPR community join in we could well have over 100 games submitted to the jam!
We’d like to organize the jam for some time in the spring or summer, but honestly having never hosted one we’d like to take some time to properly figure everything out before jumping into it, so no date has been fixed so far.
Which one of these settings would you be interested in for new full games?
This was an interesting one because we made this list first thinking of what players would like to see, and then sprinkled in a few settings that would be our favorites to work on, hoping players would vote those ones the most. :P
Luckily for us it seems that other players are also excited about the same sort of things we like, and here are some of the top results from the list:
- Gritty Fantasy
- Space Battles
- Star Wars
So yeah, you can definitely expect us to be working on these settings in the near future, for all sorts of games. What we’d like to do is create a couple of new game engines, and then see how they fit together with these themes whilst also modifying them for the specific quirks of the setting, but we’ll get into the specific of that another time.
Even thought they didn’t make the top of the list we’re also really considering working on at least one historical game and one small-scale (6mm/15mm) game, because we feel that there’s people out there that would love the style of our games but simply don’t try them because they’re not historical or small-scale games.
There’s also been a lot of people asking for us to make a mecha game, so we’ll definitely think about how we can work that out, or if maybe we can somehow include the mecha rules into a 6mm/15mm sci-fi game.
Would you be interested in printable paper fantasy miniatures?
Here we got a 58% interested response, which honestly is much higher than we thought it would be, but I guess it goes hand in hand with the DIY nature of our games.
Seeing so many people interested is making us think about a couple of different things we could do in the future, both for OPR as well as for other projects.
For example we could provide a basic set of paper miniatures for all of our future games, especially for settings that don’t have a huge selection of miniatures out there or that not many people already have miniatures for.
It could also be really interesting to start a new project fully dedicated to a game that comes with new paper miniatures and missions on a monthly basis, though that would probably have to be its own separate thing…
Would you be interested in physical miniatures?
No surprises here, 73.1% of players are interested in physical miniatures, however what is interesting is that in the comments lots of players said that they’d be interested in 3D printable miniatures for higher patreon tiers.
I can’t make any promises, but I’ll be getting in contact with different 3D model makers regarding that to see what’s feasible to make within our budget, so look forward to more news on that.
About the actual physical miniatures, we’ve gotten a few comments from people that are worried about us making games that could only be played with our own miniatures, or that we start yet another competitive wargame that then just dies like many others.
The answer to these concerns is a definitive no and no.
Right now the idea is to make a game that can be played with any miniatures, and we’d be providing our own miniatures for those that want them. So if we fund it on Kickstarter you could imagine that there would be 3 pledge levels: digital rules only, digital rules + physical book, and finally digital rules + physical book + physical miniatures.
Also the game we’re thinking of making would be developed to be played in 3 different modes: as a narrative campaign like rangers of shadow deep, as an open ended campaign like mordheim, or as a single skirmish encounter like GFF or AoFS.
We want to give players something that they can play solo, coop or versus, and that doesn’t rely on continuously pushing you to buy more models. At the end of the day we’re good at making rules, so that’s always going to be our primary focus, and cool models are just a bonus.
Which one of these expansions would you be interested in?
This was a question related to our currently available games, and it was very interesting to see that 70.3% of players are interested in Narrative Campaigns over anything else.
Since our games are so light on narrative we’re going to have to experiment a little with narrative campaigns, and are currently thinking of doing a first “test” campaign that is released in multiple single-mission episodes.
This way we can collect feedback as the missions come out and improve our format, instead of committing to something that might not work and wasting a lot of effort on it.
Now let me say one thing: I’m not good at writing stories, and I think that’s very evident from the little lore we have in the game. :(
Because of this I’m going to be looking for some writers that can help me out, and soon I’ll be making an announcement for people to recommend writers or apply as writers for our narrative campaigns. So if you know anyone that might be interested or would like to do it yourself, then you’ll be able to apply for the position soon.
Which Grimdark Future armies do you play?
Here we always have the usual suspects at the top, however it’s interesting to see that HDF players have leapt forward a bit whilst Orc Marauders have lagged behind.
Compared to our last community survey it’s cool to see that in general we now have a higher percentage of players that own less popular armies, and we’re hoping to see that trend continue so that maybe one day they can also share some of the spotlight.
Which Age of Fantasy armies do you play?
For Age of Fantasy once again Dwarves are at the top of the list, and just as with Grimdark Future it seems that Orcs have gone down a bit, thought in general the played armies are still more evenly distributed than in Grimdark Future.
Here again it’s very cool to see that some of the smaller armies are being played more, and even the freshly released armies are getting a solid amount of players. Let’s see what the future brings, as we suspect more fresh fantasy armies to be released this year. ;)
Do you have any suggestions for things we should do with OPR?
Finally there is no graph that I can show for this one, and we got so many different comments that it’s hard to see many trends, but still let me delve into the highlights:
There are still players that are still unaware that there are full rulebooks and point calculators available, and some that say the website is confusing, which is definitely very alarming for us. We’re going to look into re-structuring our website at some point this year, trying to streamline it further and make things clearer.
Quite a few players suggested that we start selling physical versions of the books, and wouldn’t you know it, we’re actually working on that already. No official date on when that will happen, but we’re thinking of partnering up with Wargames Vault for the on-demand printing right now.
Digital Tabletop Game
Some players said they would really love a digital tabletop video game for GF/AoF, which seems kind of logical seeing how many people like to play our games using Roll20 and TTS. That being said, whilst we’d love to jump into something like that, making a video game takes a lot of time and money, and we’re not even really sure that it would pay off.
Don’t get me wrong, this is definitely something we’re going to keep in the back of our minds, and if the project grows enough we could definitely do it (maybe use KS as a platform to properly gauge interest), but as of right now it seems impossible.
Of course if you know anyone that could help us work or any studio that might be willing to partner up for such an adventure let us know!
That’s it for today, hope you enjoyed this insight into the results of the community future, and that you’re as excited as we are for what’s coming next in 2020! :D
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