It’s likely that this feature will be added eventually. I think it’ll be a lovely addition to Shmeppy.
But you’re right, it’s low in my list of tasks to tackle, so don’t hold your breath .
It actually used to be a high-priority feature, but after giving it a lot of thought earlier this year its priority dropped a lot. For those who are curious I’ll try to share some of my thinking around why it’s a low-priority feature…
Why uploading background images is a low-priority feature
If I implement this feature, I’ll be expanding Shmeppy into a new market: I won’t just be targeting people who are looking for an online wet-erase mat, but also people who are looking for a way to use pre-made maps with some fog of war and tokens.
My ads’ tagline of “Your wet-erase mat. Online.” won’t be all-encompassing anymore. I’ll want some different ads to get at this new market, or I’d need to tweak my ads to target both markets (perhaps by embracing a more general “it’s a virtual tabletop” statement).
Adding a feature that targets a separate market is (in my mind) equivalent to making a new product within Shmeppy. This feature would be very integrated into Shmeppy, and it’d probably feel great. But it’s a new product.
This is likely a good thing to do eventually because it’ll let me reach more people once I’ve reached as many as I can within the market I’m currently targetting. But I think the market of people looking for an online wet-erase mat is big enough to sustain me financially on its own, I just think I need to make Shmeppy better for that market.
Like when I compare this feature to something that I have prioritized highly like Mobile Support, it’s obvious which is more important. Mobile Support will help many of my current users, it doesn’t muddy the waters of Shmeppy’s marketing at all, it’s been requested by plenty of people who’ve checked out Shmeppy casually, it should even make Shmeppy feel more like a wet-erase mat since a touch interface will be closer to using a wet-erase pen than using a mouse does.
There’s a lot of things to do (like Mobile Support) that are just more important.