RPGs are fighting for their life if you look at the new ICV2 numbers:
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Our store sales are pretty steady. No decline, but no ramp up like you might imagine as the store grew. I got into this business mostly through my love of RPGs, so it's been a little disconcerting to watch the market evaporate before my eyes.
EDIT: 2008 should break the cycle of decline. We've seen Dark Heresy emerge as a strong player, and D&D 4 will catapult sales for the year. Shadowrun has suddenly become very popular, with the last two releases selling better than most D&D titles. Small, independent titles are also strong. Trail of Cthulhu has sold well beyond expectations, as has the new Robotech RPG, by Palladium. The Dresden Files RPG, by the same folks who brought us Spirit of the Century, will definitely dominate small press titles when it's released late in the year.
Good to hear that Shadowrun is doing well in your store!
As for the ICV2 numbers, I'm always a little skeptical of them. I remember when they put Big Eyes, Small Mouth in their Top 5 RPGs of 2005 list ... 2005 being right after GoO laid everyone off, and there were _no_ new releases for BESM that entire year, and the couple that came out in 2004 were, to my recollection, poor sellers.
We're seeing renewed interest in both Shadowrun and Battletech. Keep up the good work over there!