Friday, December 23, 2005

Merry Christmas

I've definitely heard that the RPG industry doesn't have a Christmas rush. Sales at Indie Press Revolution this year definitely put the lie to that collective wisdom, however. In the first three weeks of December, sales were two to three times greater than usual. In the last week, it's dropped back down to a more typical level. I think Christmas has a lot to do with that.

I wonder if this isn't because of the longer print cycle of indie games. It's tougher to plan for Christmas wish-lists on products that have a three-month shelf life, but indie games are around for a long time, and many people plan to buy games for months or even years before they get around to doing it. Much easier to put a product like this on a Christmas list. No matter the reason, that's good news for both IPR and small publishers!

8 Comments:

At 9:52 PM, Anonymous Judd said...

I can think of a few indie-RPG playin' friends who don't normally purchase games that they aren't playing RIGHT NOW who are getting games from their wives or lady-friends for the holidays.

 
At 6:21 PM, Blogger xenopulse said...

I alone am responsible for three indie game sales that I put on top of my Christmas list (and my wife, praised be, gave me all of them :).

 
At 7:28 PM, Blogger Brennan Taylor said...

Yeah, I really think this seems to be the trend. It's a lot easier to say "give me Capes for Christmas" rather than "give me the third Orc supplement from Massive Damage Publishing."

 
At 4:34 PM, Blogger Alexander said...

I would have been responsible for more if I'd got my act together and sent my Beloved the right link(s). Instead, I got "A Theory of Fun", which was a very decent alternative!

- Alexander

 
At 7:18 AM, Blogger Ben said...

As someone carried by you, I'm very glad for the news.

yrs--
--Ben

 
At 1:36 PM, Blogger Bankuei said...

I know the folks over at Endgame in Oakland set up 3 shelves just for indie games, and sold through most of the stock in less than a week. I bet they're contributing a chunk to that sales in their reorders right now :)

 
At 11:17 AM, Blogger Brennan Taylor said...

Yeah, Chris, Endgame has been great! What I was discussing in the original post was direct sales only, so Endgame is just a bit more icing on the cake.

 
At 12:08 PM, Blogger gains said...

Should we symbolicly shake our fists at the parapets of WotC HQ? Or is that premature?

 

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