This post is mainly aimed at the Fria Ligan Crew, but I would definitely want to know what you think about it.
It is about play helps like cards, dice, and standees, minis, battle mats. While I do not use minis and battle mats, I would personally be an avid buyer of anything that puts rules on cards. Monster cards, weapon cards, planetary system cards.
I am a senior GM with little time on his hands to prepare sessions, and these types of products are a boon!
Also, since a lot of the art already exists, I suspect these would be relatively easily designed and produced. And it’s a great way to get more money from the existing player base.
The last advantage of producing such products from an editors standpoint, is that you drastically augment shelf space vs other games that don’t offer such products. Your in-store visilibility is multiplied by 4 or more, easily.
When you go in any store, D&D and Pathfinder stand out because the RPG section is covered in their logos and products! Next in the visibility hierarchy comes the FFG Star Wars lines, then TOR, Doctor Who and Cthulhu games.
I know FL games are Indy games, but they have such a powerful art direction that given more visibility, they would attract the casual gamer IMO.
For Coriolis, you could produce:
Stock NPC cards
Weapon and gear cards
Planetary system and space events cards
I would personally buy all sets.
What I’m saying is, I guess, that these products are also a powerful marketing tool. And they make the game easier to manage for GMs!
(The GM screen is excellent, in that regard, by the way.)