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Which of the following would you be MOST LIKELY to ACTUALLY BUY?

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#1 Saber-Scorpion

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Posted 14 March 2010 - 01:04 PM

Hey, guys! Who wants to help me come up with some ideas? I've been wanting to expand the selection of items available for sale from my site for some time now, but I'm not sure what to work on. So I want to know...

What would YOU consider buying?

Feel free to come up with your own suggestions that seem even marginally related to my website, but below are some specific areas you can respond to:

POSTERS
What would you buy posters of (available in a variety of sizes, printed on demand)? Would you buy any of the following?
- Comic-style drawings of LEGO-looking dudes in various settings, like sci-fi and fantasy (possibly letting customers choose which face to use for the main guy or even "put decals on him")
- "Recruiting posters" for the various Nova Refuge factions. Some very early concepts of the basic designs can be seen here:
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- Some other kind of Nova Refuge or Wulfgard poster (suggestions very much appreciated!), even if it's just the cover of Warrior Born.
- Big maps of the world of Wulfgard and/or Terra Nova from NR.
- Commissioned art (pay me to draw stuff and I draw it and sell you prints)
- anything else that wouldn't infringe on copyrights (I can draw things that indirectly reference Halo, for example, but I feel like a drawing of Master Chief and the Arbiter or something would almost certainly be illegal)

SHIRTS AND STUFF
If you have any idea of a website that operates like CaféPress but doesn't charge those ridiculous prices that leave no room for profits, I would LOVE to know about them. Love so much that I would use even more italics when thanking you for the link.
Ideas for shirts are also welcome, as long as they don't infringe on copyrights (again, I could draw or write things that indirectly reference Halo, for example, but something that looks like obvious Halo merchandise would be illegal). Is there anything even vaguely related to my website (LEGO, gaming, sci-fi, fantasy, NR, Wulfgard, etc.) that you think would sell?

COLLECTIBLE CARD GAME
I announced an in-progress Nova Refuge CCG (or TCG, Trading Card Game, if you prefer that moniker) a while back, and, well... it's still in progress. The rules page so far can be found here (warning: way too colorful at present): http://www.novarefug...s/ccg/rules.htm and any suggestions in that area are also welcome. Each starter deck would include one Squad Leader card with a name chosen by the player (like Sgt. YOURNAMEHERE). I've done some artwork for a few of the cards now, but progress is slow thanks to school and other projects (as always). Also, I have been trying to think of a way that I could print the cards on cardstock myself and still achieve a professional-looking result. I've investigated different kinds of cardstock you can buy, as well as different kinds of cutters, corner-rounders, and ways to laminate and protect the cards. Again, anything you can say that might help, awesome!
Also most importantly WOULD YOU BUY IT? If no one is interested then I'm wasting my time and should concentrate on other things because I've got my hands full enough as it is (as you can see by my long dry spells in updating).

LEGO ACCESSORIES
NO, I DON'T KNOW HOW TO MAKE THESE so please don't give suggestions on what to make. I was just wondering if you had any info about HOW. I would LOVE to make something along the lines of Brickarms or Brickforge, but my knowledge of how they do it is sparse. If anyone has any intel on how I could get into the business (preferably from one of the aforementioned sites) that'd be great, because I have some awesome ideas I'm sure you'd love. Info on how the items are designed or manufactured, even specific programs or companies, would be most helpful.
Price is not a factor. I'm willing to make the investment.

COMIC BOOKS
This is a sure-to-happen thing, so I guess I don't know why it's in here. Since 2005(!) I've been working on a Wulfgard comic that will finally see the light of day very soon(ish). This has been a personal project of mine that I'm very passionate about so it will be a thing, I swear. My current plan is to put the whole comic story for free online and then sell a print version that would be like a "special edition," with more information, extra pages, and improved coloring and effects on many of the pages themselves. I might also do a Nova Refuge one in this manner at some point, but right now I'm concentrating on Wylfgard because to be terribly honest, as much as I enjoy writing sci-fi, fantasy is just way more fun to draw. :D

MORE DECALS
I'm really looking for something other than decals, but hey, if you want to suggest something here too, go ahead.

ANYTHING ELSE THAT MIGHT SELL
Before spouting random ideas, think about whether or not YOU would even consider buying it. If the answer is no, think harder and try to come with something reasonably within the realm of possibility that would also sell to people like you.

I hope I can get some useful information on at least some of these topics from the membership of SSLF. Thanks in advance for any and all replies!

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#2 The Arbiter

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Posted 14 March 2010 - 01:10 PM

Art Commissions and Art Assistance. Those are what I want/interested in.

OH MAN. ADDING THIS. If you could make an Enomeg helmet? :o With lights too. As long as it doesn't cost the standard Daft Punk 60,000 dollars.

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#3 Saber-Scorpion

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Posted 14 March 2010 - 01:19 PM

Art Commissions and Art Assistance. Those are what I want/interested in.

I've always been open to the idea of doing commissions, although I'm never quite sure what a good standard fee is... But hey, if you like my style and are willing to pay me to draw something, shoot me an email at sales@saber-scorpion.com any time!
I'm not sure exactly what you mean by Art Assistance, but I'm willing to give tips from my own limited knowledge if that's what you want.

An Enomeg helmet, huh? Wow, I can't even come up with a good way to make a LEGO one, much less life-size... it probably would end up costing like 60,000 dollars. :P

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#4 Michaelangelo

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Posted 14 March 2010 - 01:52 PM

An Enomeg helmet, huh? Wow, I can't even come up with a good way to make a LEGO one, much less life-size... it probably would end up costing like 60,000 dollars. :P

Simple, my friend. The same way Halo fans make Spartan armor. Cardstock, a printer, resin, fiberglass resin, paint, a lot of patience, etc.

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This site explains the process better than I though. Although I think you'd have to make the 3D model yourself. I'm not too sure about custom armor jobs though.

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#5 Dr. Dood von Doodstormer

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Posted 14 March 2010 - 01:52 PM

I've always been open to the idea of doing commissions, although I'm never quite sure what a good standard fee is... But hey, if you like my style and are willing to pay me to draw something, shoot me an email at sales@saber-scorpion.com any time!
I'm not sure exactly what you mean by Art Assistance, but I'm willing to give tips from my own limited knowledge if that's what you want.

An Enomeg helmet, huh? Wow, I can't even come up with a good way to make a LEGO one, much less life-size... it probably would end up costing like 60,000 dollars. :P

For commissions, I would suggest charging by the factors of size combined with color or B/W, like that one Allan guy does. To me it seems like a reasonable method.

Now, I'll go down your list.

Posters:
While posters are cool and all, they work far better as freebies you throw in with prize packages and limited edition sets than just selling them straight. For example, for your Warrior Born book, you could sell a "special edition" set that has, say, the book with your autograph on the first page, aa random faction recruiting poster, a bookmark, some decals from the same faction as the poster, and maybe a special edition card for the card game. That way you'd basically be giving a whole sampler of what you've got. If they like the card, they'll buy more. If they like the poster, they'll go for another. If they like the book, you'll have an interested fan waiting for the sequel/to buy G4M3.

Ooh, and a T-shirt. T-shirts are always a plus.


Shirts and Stuff:

While T-shirts, coffee mugs, and pens make for good merchandise for one of those cheesy fundraisers run by old ladies/desperate 12-year-olds looking for money, I don't think it would work so well for Nova Refuge and such. Start off with just a T-shirt with your logo on it though, see how it does. You need to advertise to a broader audience than just a few people who stumble in and want more Halo crap.


C/TCG:

YES. So very much yes. Especially because you allow personalizing.

Also I believe that craft stores sell the kind of material that stuff like Yu-Gi-Oh and Pokemon are printed on (I know you hate them both but the cards are pretty good quality-wise)


Lego Accessories:

I honestly don't know how. You could do like the Brickarms guy and spend thousands for each mold, or you could attempt to discover Brickforge's secret. Either way would be expensive.

Although you could try and become an official resaler. It might make people want to buy more decals because hey, why just by an M16 when you can buy an M16 AND decals for the Solid Snake fig it was going to be used on?


Comic Books:
If you do it, stick it in their with that Nova Refuge special edition pack. It probably won't be quite worth it as a single comic unless it's one of those really long comics.


Decals:

I know you're crazy busy, but you should bring all your decals up-to-date with example pics. That way all of them will be of the same quality and people won't be disappointed/astonished when they compare their newly purchased Master Chief and Solid Snake decals to their Aragorn and Resident Evil decals.


Anything else that might sell:

Minifigs. I know you hate selling Lego but I think it would be worth it.
Some kind of Nova Refuge "guide", like the old DK books where it's basically just a crash course through the whole universe, with a big map that doubles as a poster.
Speaking of guides, you should make something on your process when you build models of pre-existing things, like that Mass Effect doohickey and the Metal Gear. Not a step-by-step specific guide, just a simple "this is how I do it" type thing.


Really the Card Game is probably the best one because if it catches on, you'll be attracting quite a bit of attention to Nova Refuge and your site, although before you release the card game you should snazz up the Nova Refuge site like some kind of prized racehorse. Blinky lights and whooshy noises. A beastiary. Guides to all the vehicles, characters, and weapons you release in the card sets. You can't just do your characteristic "So yeah I really haven't got much on this, it's been lying around a while so I finally took pictures", you got to sell it man.

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Posted 14 March 2010 - 02:21 PM

Some Discworld stuff like posters, I would love to have some Discworld ones, But have the characters done in a lego form .

And maybe like print the So you want to be a Adventure comics and sell those becasue I would love to have copys of them.

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#7 Blade

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Posted 14 March 2010 - 04:41 PM

I for one would like to see a few packs, Collectors Editions if you will. For example, let's say all of this new stuff pops up on there store. Some random person decides he thinks Nova Refuge is cool and would like to become a part of it, and wants to order a poster, Warrior Born, some decals and maybe some Trading Cards. He looks at the price, and decides that's just a bit too steep for his current income. Then he scrolls down a bit more and sees a pack containing the same stuff, minus the decals (or Trading Cards), but instead comes with a bookmark or maybe an autograph (just an example, it could be anything- extended edition of the book, some piece of merchandise not available for regular purchase), and the price, although the postage an handling is a bit higher, is altogether a cheaper than what it would cost otherwise.

So because I still haven't learned how to summarise properly, instead of getting a poster, Warrior Born, some decals and Trading Cards, he forks out a bit more for postage and handling, pays less for the items and gets them altogether, complete with some sort of special item he wouldn't get normally (like, say, a special trading card, some rare instructions, bonus coupon for more stuff etc). Of course, this all rests on how how you intend to set it up. Not being an expert, I would guess that printing trading cards and a novel would be fairly pricey, and if you're sending it to someone a fair distance away (like me in Australia for example) the postage and handling could be a fair bit too.

It's just a suggestion, anyway. I'd love to see some specialised commissions, as it's almost impossible to actually find a place that does them here, let alone does them well. I'd love to get my hands on a Space Marine drawing, or heck, even just a NR Poster with a whole buncha soldiers on it.

#8 Kasab

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Posted 14 March 2010 - 08:33 PM

Personally, I'd love to be able to commission art.
I love your drawing style, and you have some great universes to pull sketches from.
Of course, I'm sure 14,000 people are also requesting it, so take your time...

My problem with a TGC would be that it would be very costly to produce.
I'm sure Warrior Born and G4M3 both burned a hole in your pocket, and I doubt you've recovered the funds back.
While it would be a good way to get the universe known, I don't think it's practical. Maybe make them printable cut-outs or something.
And while the idea of more members does seem great, selfish ol' Harrow is wondering whether it would be that great. Surely you've seen the spam-holes that are other, more popular forums.

All in all, I'd like to see more or less what everyone else has requested. I have to admit, I haven't read Warrior Born or G4M3 as paying £7.00 for postage, no matter the cause, is just ridiculous for me.

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#9 Anasazi!

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Posted 14 March 2010 - 10:12 PM

Some Discworld stuff like posters, I would love to have some Discworld ones, But have the characters done in a lego form .

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Posted 14 March 2010 - 11:01 PM

T-Shirts:

Have one for each Nove Reguge and Wylfgard character (Once LoTF is out) you could probably make a buttload of buisness by selling shirts with various character's on them, with a backround and maybe a quote. Like, have Tom in front of a Castle or a battalion and have a quote from him either beneath him or to the side. Have Scorp wiuth the Battle of Shardasha in the backround and the quote: "A soldier made, but a warrior born." Y'know, something like that.

Posters:

Maps. I would totally buy a map of Wylfgard that is like, 6 feet X 6 feet, and looks like it is on that old yellow crinkly paper.

One thing you could do is have a special deal for sponsors and sutff, or people who just buy a crapload of stuff from you. Like, if somone buys over $100 of stuff fom the shop over a few years, offer them an "Arkanian Creations" mug for about, $10. Have the mug available at the shop for like $35 for people who don't get the deal.

And once LoTF comes out, you could do the same for that, instead of a mug, have a textured flagon or something.

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Posted 14 March 2010 - 11:39 PM

I recall I sent you an email a few years back about a Yavakaro t-shirt, I would still totally buy one if you sold it. Though, I don't know anything about t-shirt selling sites, so no help there.

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Posted 14 March 2010 - 11:42 PM

To be entirely honest: nothing.

Now, don't get me wrong, I love this place. However, I'm not all that into LEGO anymore, and I've never really been a Sci-Fi person. If there was more Fantasy things, beside LEGO Decals here, I'd buy them. But, currently, none of this stuff really interests me. Sorry.

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Edited by Saber-Scorpion, 15 March 2010 - 01:07 AM.


#13 Saber-Scorpion

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Posted 15 March 2010 - 01:28 AM

So no one has heard of any good sites for buying what I need to make this kind of stuff, or some kind of distributor like Cafepress but better? Oh well... I think I've found a few now that look a LITTLE better, though the prices still aren't great.


Doostormer: Okay, some good ideas here. I have considered selling whole minifigs in the past; it's more likely to happen than seeing me sell whole LEGO "sets." And the guidebooks sound pretty neat too.

Blade: If I manage to get a bunch of stuff made I will certainly compile it into collector packs based on theme. I already have the 2-pack for both of my books and several people buy that to save on shipping if nothing else.
And like I said if you're serious about paying for a commission just send an email to my sales address. ;)

Harrow: I've never had anyone request a commission, not where they were willing to pay for it. If you're serious about it, send an email to my sales address, by all means.
As I said, cost is not a factor. I'm willing to make an investment. You underestimate the amount of money I'm already making in decal sales. I just want to increase it. ;)
Would you believe that the postage I charge for overseas shipping is actually a little LESS than I actually have to pay to ship the things? I wish I could lower the price, I really do. But unless you know of a good way to ship a book from America overseas for cheap, the best thing I've found is USPS Priority Mail International, and the rate is around $12.50.

Anasazi!: How could it be an SSLF shirt without a scorpion on it?! Quit this crazy talk.

Thrawnie: When I find a good site, faction shirts will be my top priority. ;)

Lord Boar: That's why you're supposed to suggest things. <_< If you like fantasy things, suggest fantasy things you might buy. As I said in my post, I'm already working on some fantasy projects.



EDIT: I have now added a POLL at the top and posted the NR poster concept image instead of just linking to it, in case anyone overlooked it.

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#14 Kasab

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Posted 15 March 2010 - 02:33 AM

I highly support this thread.

And just as a heads-up, I'll be purchasing some decals and stuff from the store.
Mainly your wonderful collection of Crusaders and some Mass Effect decals.
I mean, it's a win-win situation:

Buying stuff helps keep the site running and lets me join the elite Novae if I spend over $10, not to mention that I recieve a bunch of well-made decals.

So yeah, I'd like to buy decals from the site.

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#15 Deceptus

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Posted 15 March 2010 - 02:53 AM

LEGO Winged Hussars, just for the sake of having them on my shelf. I could have Vienna in my house to ogle.

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Posted 15 March 2010 - 03:21 AM

Comics and/or books definitely. Loki needs more Warbringer dammit!

Edit: T-shirts would probably be cool too, depending on the shirt.

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Posted 15 March 2010 - 03:43 AM

I think some casting stuff would be pretty awesome, as you could make the Halo weapons that Brickarms refuse to make (Battle Rifle, etc). Also, some Nova Refuge weapons would look awesome too.

But I can't see a card game catching on, as there would be next to no-one to play against.

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Posted 15 March 2010 - 04:04 AM

Thrawnie: When I find a good site, faction shirts will be my top priority. ;)

http://www.printfection.com

I'm not sure how much it is. But I've seen a fella from another forum who makes custom T-Shirts (that are awesome and hysterical BTW), and you can even choose the different colours on certain shirts, etc. It can get pricey ($23 for this Bear Cavalry T-shirt), but I suppose they're worth it. *shrug*

Check it out, see what you think.

EDIT: Hell, they even have hoodies. Check it.

http://www.printfect...hirt/_p_4064818

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Posted 15 March 2010 - 05:29 AM

I'd probably be more inclined to buy the comics than anything else, though everything seems fun. Maybe the card game.

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Posted 15 March 2010 - 06:13 AM

Difficult to choose when thinking realistically about the expenses that it would cost...but who cares about realism. :P

Truthfully, I've been looking forward to many more Wylfgard products. A comic of NR or Wylfgard would be pretty cool, mostly because Takeover Mordark wasn't completed and I didn't get to read Warbringer. Oh, and I am definitely looking forward to the sequel of Warrior Born, great stuff man.

Posters:

Maps. I would totally buy a map of Wylfgard that is like, 6 feet X 6 feet, and looks like it is on that old yellow crinkly paper.

I agree with Wiffleball.

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