Sunday, August 15, 2010

Summer Role-Playing Sales

I was crunching numbers for RPG Countdown and figured I would share our stats. These are from June until now:

Top 10 Role-Playing Sales
  1. Dresden Files RPG: Volume 1
  2. Pathfinder RPG: Core Rules
  3. PF Advanced Player's Guide
  4. Dark Sun Campaign Setting
  5. D&D - Monster Manual 3
  6. Pathfinder RPG: Bestiary
  7. Dresden Files RPG: Volume 2
  8. D&D - Psionic Power
  9. PF Gamemastery Guide
  10. Legend Of The Five Rings 4E
Dresden was a smash hit; no surprise there. The real story for us is the enormous number of Pathfinder core books we've been selling. You'll notice there is no D&D 4E Player's Handbook on this list. I think this is round two of the transition from 3.5, rather than some exodus from 4E. There would be an interesting story there if you actually had solid numbers.

The Pathfinder Advanced Player's Guide did outsell the Dark Sun Campaign Setting, but it's not exactly apples to apples, and with the Dark Sun monster book and adventure, D&D 4 was a much bigger release. As for Dresden Files, it has been a huge release, but it has slowed down quite a bit. It did very well at Gencon, so we're hoping we see some additional interest from that.  Great game. Pretty book. Check it out.

Top 5 Role-Playing Games
  1. Dungeons & Dragons
  2. Pathfinder
  3. Dresden Files
  4. Legend of the Five Rings
  5. 40K RPG/Rogue Trader/Dark Heresy
Once again, we've almost got a tie for first place, with D&D outselling Pathfinder by about 3%. Our organized play for the two games is incredibly strong, as we witnessed on Thursday when our RPGA/Pathfinder Society group expanded beyond our capacity and were playing in our retail space.

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