So, the D&D Miniatures line is being revamped. The minis themselves are becoming solely an RPG accessory, and the skirmish game is no longer going to be supported.
Personally, I have no problem with this. I never really cared for the skirmish game. (Though I had some fun a few weeks back with the star wars minis. Lost twice, and had Vader and a diplomat attempt a suicide melee rush.) I’ve always just used them for D&D anyways.
But I just noticed that nobody was looting the body.
Allow me to explain.
With DDM (and Dreamblade before it) defunct, there is now a community of minis gamers with no home. It’s not a huge community, but they need a place to go.
Why is one of the competing minis game producers (WoW minis, for instance), not offering something? Produce stats for the DDM minis that these people already own that are compatible with your own game! Or even just list equivalencies (DDM Orc Berserker may be used with WoW minis Orc Thrasher, for instance).
Heck, even WotC did this when they introduced D&D Minis (well, two years later, in 2004). They brought out a big table of equivalencies for old Chainmail players to update their sets with.
Why is nobody doing that for the crumbling DDM fanbase?
Even a statement of intent would be good enough for now.
Seems like a missed opportunity to me.
(There are, of course, some legal issues with copyrighted names, but you can still do 90% of the minis, leaving out Elminster and the copyrighted monsters like Beholders. Hell, you never even have to list the DDM names anyways, since every mini is numbered! Tordek (from Harbinger) could just be “DDM Set 1 #13”. The Eye of Flame (Dungeons of Dread) could be “DDM Set 15 #14”.)