For balance I'll add a no vote here. I am actually suffering from Kickstarter mini exhaustion. I don't think every game needs a mini. I definitely think minis are out of place in Near & Far and I have no interest in them.
Obviously if they were added as an optional add-on, I wouldn't care, but if they were bundled with gameplay content in a future expasion, I'd be miffed -- minis would definitely stop me from buying an expansion (because they inflate the price of the product for something I really don't want).