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Mushroom C1oud wrote:
edit* I will likely still get the tokens as a way to support Foundry and Paizo. However, I still believe the cost is too high for art that was already previous sold in book format.
That's not market price, lol. How many months of subscription are you assuming to support this person? Because if it's only one or two to get the packs and leave, oof, very bad form. Not only that, but it says in his bio that his patreon isn't to make money, it's to get a little extra support while he primarily makes maps and tokens for free.
How about other actual businesses, such as other VTTs?
You're also clearly ignoring the amount of art that wasn't already in the bestiaries, or the rest of the work they put into the tokens, like adding proper transparency to the ones that come out of their frames. Not only visual transparency where it makes sense, but also still being able to interact with player and other tokens underneath those overhanging images, so there's no loss of functionality.
First, I've been following Caeora for a long time and I purchase his maps and tokens whenever there's a pack I like.
Second, kudos to Paizo for taking over 1200 digital art assets that are sitting in a file and repurposing them at $60 per person. Taking each art piece and shrinking it onto a token background an amateur artist could do in a weekend is very profitable. Clearly this was a very wise investment for Paizo as the fanbase is very quick to defend the price and obviously willing to spend the money.
If these were on cardstock, then I would say that this was a very good deal as the overhead would be very high. But let's be real, there was not a lot of overhead to make these tokens. If they were all original art, then I wouldn't have a leg to stand on.