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  • #172001
    Ross Franks
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    Hey there all. I’m Ross Franks, long-time gamer, painter, modeler, 3D graphic designer known as Pancreasboy. I’ve been out of the gaming world for a while and I want to see what’s being played these days, their positive and negative aspects and if my 3D design skills can contribute in any way.

    To do that I’ve created this questionnaire that should only take 5-10 minutes and I’ll release the results in the future.

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdf1pi9GXy1Ja7vp5m8WkXkx4JHbVLDAFppfGZXOPMAT3MntQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

    Looking forward to your comments.

    #172014
    Mike
    Keymaster

    Not sure about others. But the first few questions and then some others later on put me off.

    #172015
    willz
    Participant

    Not sure about others. But the first few questions and then some others later on put me off.

    You and me both Mike, too much data harvesting.

    #172016
    Oh no….
    Participant

    Can’t see why you need to design such a detailed questionnaire for people to answer just to find out what is being played? Which seems a bit more in depth than that to me.

    Maybe I’m a bit more suspicious than others…..

    #172017

    I am all for data harvesting, if it means he makes the stuff I want and not waste time on the stuff I don’t.

    Mick

    #172020
    Tony S
    Participant

    Google and Amazon collect far more detailed and predictive data about me pretty much each and every day.  I didn’t think the questions were too invasive.

    Mind you, I felt some questions that were required answers didn’t apply to me at all, so I’m not sure how useful that information will be.

    I hope the aggregate responses get published here.

    #172024
    MartinR
    Participant

    It was a bit more than 5 minutes! It is very hard to put together effective  questionnaires though. I ended up writing in a lot of stuff as many of the Qs seemed to be aimed at people with very different interests and approaches to mine.

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    #172174
    Ross Franks
    Participant

    No worries guys, thanks for those who have given feedback so far, and feel free to tell me if questions or information was missed, but “Aethelflaeda was framed” is right, I want to make stuff you guys want and not waste time on the stuff you don’t want otherwise I’m just guessing.

    If you haven’t used the Questionnaire yet feel free to give it a go when you can.

    Thanks again.

    #172186
    Sane Max
    Participant

    The ‘invasive’ questions all had the ‘Mind your own business’ option, so I had no issue with this.

    #172204
    Guy Farrish
    Participant

    What SM said.

    And let’s face it the whole thing was optional.

    Wasn’t it?

    #172209
    Mike
    Keymaster

    I want to make stuff you guys want and not waste time on the stuff you don’t want otherwise I’m just guessing.

    Indeed, just not sure how my gender, age, where I live, how long a wargame should last, where I play, what social media sites I use, or when I went to a convention last help you determine that?

    #172211
    Mike
    Keymaster

    Sorry for being cynical and grumpy.

    #172212
    kyoteblue
    Participant

    I went ahead and filled it out, but right now I’m building 1/700 USN and INJ fleets for early WW2 Pacific actions with GQ 3.3 and its companion Soloman’s campaign.

    #172213
    Ross Franks
    Participant

    @Mike Nah that’s cool. I guess this is my first questionnaire to get a broad idea of what’s going on, and seeing whether or not it’s worth making stuff (or even designing a game itself) specifically for casual or convention gamers.

    Hope that makes sense.

    #172214
    kyoteblue
    Participant

    Ross Franks, I have two very silly Convention games I’ll let you have, if you are interested the first is Pearl Harbor for Kids of all ages. You get 8 USN Battleships and use chalk to make Ford island then the Japanese players fly 1/72 Vals, Kates, and Zeros and drop marbles for torpedoes erasers for bombs while the USN players use squirt guns as AA fire, red food coloring marks a hit on the planes which are painted white.

    The second one is In Ukraine Tractor Gets You!! I’m using a diecast tractor and 1/100 15mm Team Yankee T-80s and the Ukrainian players are farmers looting abandoned Russian tanks or are they????

    I think kids will enjoy them but then I am old and crazy…

    #172218
    Mike
    Keymaster

    To answer the question:

    “Can you make money selling 3d designs?”

    The answer is very much yes.
    There is a butt tonne of people doing so, there is also a butt tonne of people giving away stl files for free.

    #172226
    Mike
    Keymaster

    First thing to consider:

    Sell to the public to print and play?
    Sell to a company so they can use it as a master?

    #173028
    Ross Franks
    Participant

    Hey there all, as promised here’s the results to the questionnaire I provided recently, on my Facebook account: https://www.facebook.com/groups/twistedpancreasgames (or if you sent me your email address you should have received it already, check your junk mail).

    Thanks to over 560 responses (and more people are still contributing) I’m looking to start with something that was fairly in demand and yet serves all genres of gaming… modular Battle Mats which I’ll start a new post about it here ( https://www.thewargameswebsite.com/forums/topic/battle-mats-your-thoughts/ ) or on my above facebook group link.

    Thanks for all your help again and hopefully I can provide you all with some exciting and useful items for your wargaming!

    Game on!

    #173046
    Jim Webster
    Participant

    A lot of questions I had to click ‘other’ and write ‘none of the above’
    Same when it asked for forums etc I followed. I just wrote ‘too many to mention’

    With no disrespect to Americans but the form came across as very American, assuming we all took figures to conventions to play games. (I suspect many Americans assumed it was some damned Brit thing on the same evidence 🙂 )

    https://jimssfnovelsandwargamerules.wordpress.com/

    #173048
    Guy Farrish
    Participant

    I filled the questionnaire in and was quite looking forward to the results in my own geeky way, and Ross, as promised, sent me the link in an email (same link as above ).

    Unfortunately they are hidden away behind a private Facebook group account and you need to be on Facebook to join. I shall have to go and read opinion poll results from the Brexit campaign to satisfy my stats cravings by the looks of it. I’m not on Facebook and suspect I can live a little longer without being on it.

    Best wishes for the endeavour though Ross.

    #173063
    vexillia
    Participant

    I shall have to go and read opinion poll results from the Brexit campaign to satisfy my stats cravings by the looks of it.

    This might help your cravings:

    https://blog.vexillia.me.uk/2022/05/adlg-2022-survey-results-part-1.html

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    #174131
    Ross Franks
    Participant

    Hey there guys, for easier access I’ve released a direct link to the questionnaire I provided recently, here https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wKVMxZByydSS-exA-O1qGERX5Rsuzq8X/view while I’m considering the Battle Mats option I’m also looking to start with something that was fairly in demand, ie humour, modularity and quick games, that will be great to casually invite new players into the hobby and also give veteran gamers a bit of a beer and pretzel game.

    It will be called “Bad Goods”. Think aliens who turned our everyday “goods” into killing machines against humanity, only for them to rebel and turn on the aliens as well. Now the Bad Goods roam the planet seeking their enemies and fighting amongst their own factions whilst upgrading themselves.

    Basically before and in-game you will be able to change front and back sections (Numbers 1-3 in the linked image below) with different chassis then you can loadout the “Bad Goods” with addons and weapons (Numbers 4-7 in the linked image below) all with a snap together system. And then let the carnage begin with scenarios, speed ramps, teleporters and more!

    Anyhow I thought I’d see what you all thought and you can see it’s all in the early stages with very simple 3d models and some test 3d prints (which will eventually be resin print files with post apocalyptic details, such as chains, skulls, damage, etc).

    Keep in mind I will also be creating some popular scenery files for other games as well at the same time.

    So thanks again for all your help again and hopefully I can provide you all with some exciting and useful items for your wargaming!

    Game on!

    Feel free to follow future updates here https://www.facebook.com/groups/twistedpancreasgames

    #174152
    Sane Max
    Participant

    Good Lord, appears I am still in the younger proportion of the hobby…. just 🙂

    #174153
    Mike
    Keymaster

    Cool, though this confuses me a touch?

    #174155
    Not Connard Sage
    Participant

    Cool, though this confuses me a touch?

    Doesn’t matter Mike. If nearly half the responses are from one country the survey’s so skewed as to be useless.

    Having subsets of the Horse & Musket genre and no Pike & Shot doesn’t help either.

    Obvious contrarian and passive aggressive old prat, who is taken far too seriously by some and not seriously enough by others.

    #174157
    Mike Headden
    Participant

    Stats based on a self selecting group are more than a little dodgy to begin with.

    “There are two types of people in the world – those who can work from incomplete data”

    Growing old is mandatory, growing up is entirely optional!

    #174190
    Ross Franks
    Participant

    Yeah no worries guys, this was my first time setting one of these up, so learnt a lot in setting up a questionnaire so thanks for your patience.

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