Conscience: “there are other historical periods and – gulp! – other universes to explore…
I can’t understand how so many people voted something so awful like ‘WW2 Female Resistance’ or something absolutely vapid as ‘Classic Fantasy Dwarves’….”
A lot depends on how you look at it, of course.
A mix of male and female “WW2” Resistance and any company’s WWII American GIs vs. WargamesAtlantic’s giant spiders or the proposed Martians or Retro-Scifi-Guys, and you’ve got a 1950s B-movie universe, for example. Those female Resistance, like the male resistance, would likely be wearing clothing styles that span beyond WWII from the late ‘20s to the early ’50s, and would thus likely make splendid characters for pulp horror and detective games (just add any of the great variety of Lovecraft monsters, vampires, werewolves, etc. that are available for generic fantasy games!) They’d mix well with gangster and police kits, if anyone would make such kits! Kit-bash them with the proposed corporate security for Cyberpunk Noir characters, and kitbash them with fantasy stuff for “Shadowrun” style fantasy-cyberpunk games….
There are many suggestions that seem “boring” by themselves, but become much more interesting when mixed with other genres, or kitbashed out of their default genre, for anyone willing to think outside the box (or, think outside the box art and labels!)
That said, there are sooooo many WWII Americans and Germans, and so many Generic Fantasy Dwarfs, Elves, Goblins, Orcs, and Undead being made by other companies, that more of the same just feels redundant. One would really prefer seeing something nobody else is doing, in genres or historical periods that nobody else is doing, in concepts that allow more crossover potential than the generic WWII and Medieval/Dark-Ages Euro stuff everyone else is doing, or would be allowed for by the high-concept stuff that seems to be most popular (Space-Germans are a bit tough for me to think up uses for… generic Lizard-Men with a range of medieval, steampunk, and sci-fi weapons are priceless!)
So, rather than Generic Fantasy Dwarfs, if someone were to do dwarfs dressed in generic outfits other than medieval/Dark-Ages chainmail and plate armor (perhaps Renaissance, Victorian, Puritan, or noir civilian costume?), with a range of (non-axe) medieval, dieselpunk, and sci-fi weapons, I’ll be quite a bit more interested: nobody else is doing that, and they’d open the door to some of those other universes beyond generic fantasy and European-theater WWII that everyone else has solidly covered!