Happy Halloween everyone!
The weeks got away from me this past month, with a recent trade show and a convention that G&S is vending at in November, so I’m a little late on this. So let’s dive right in!
Here’s the top 20 selling RPGs by volume at Games and Stuff from the period of July 1, 2016 to September 30, 2016
- Dungeons and Dragons (Q2 Rank #1)
- Pathfinder (Q2 Rank #2)
- Shadowrun (Q2 Rank #4)
- Star Wars (Q2 Rank #3)
- Call of Cthulhu
- Warhammer 40,000 (Q2 Rank #20)
- The One Ring (Q2 Rank #5)
- Lamentations of the Flame Princess (Q2 Rank #18)
- Through the Breach (Q2 Rank #6)
- 7th Sea
- Dungeon Crawl Classics (Q2 Rank #15)
- Fate (Q2 Rank #16)
- End of the World (Q2 Rank #12)
- Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay
- Savage Worlds (Q2 Rank #10)
- Cypher System
- Night’s Black Agents
- Numenera (Q2 Rank #7)
- Traveller (Q2 Rank #9)
So what’s to talk about? Star Wars and Shadowrun continue their little dance in the #3 and #4 positions, and Pathfinder maintains it’s hold on the #2 spot even after the sweeping changes I made back in July. I’m feeling pretty good about that move. I cut the real estate dedicated to the brand in half, without any appreciable decline in sales.
What’s really interesting is those next three spots. Any other quarter this year and the sales of The One Ring would have been enough to seal the #5 spot, but with the September announcement of the end of the Fantasy Flight Games / Games Workshop licensing deal, people scrambled to pick up what they could of the 40K RPGs before they disappeared. (Indeed, my old friend Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay even showed up again at #14). I’ve got plenty of stock on a lot of the 40K stuff, but with the core rulebooks vanishing, I’m not sure how long the sales will last. I would recommend picking up a few copies of the Dark Heresy 2E Core book at the very least. As of this writing, there’s still stock out there.
And of course, the #5 position is held by the release of the new 7th edition of Call of Cthulhu. Despite having singled it out as an important new title this season, going into the release I was worried I had order a bit too heavily. The opposite proved to be true, as just a few days after street date I was scrambling to get quantities on the four SKUs that released that day.
Wyrd’s Through the Breach continues to sit pretty in the Top Ten, and Lamentations of the Flame Princess rose in the ranks thanks to two new releases. The release schedule for Lamentations is only getting stronger and stronger, and any store with an OSR community should really have this in stock.
I’m very happy to see 7th Sea make the list. I’ll be eager to see if they game has legs. A lot of it will depend on the release schedule. I know a lot of folks picked this up out of curiosity or out of nostalgia for the game, but the response has been a bit polarized. I still want to spend some time with it. I’ve been told it’s more cinematic than the old system, and that sounds right up my alley.
I’m also happy to see Night’s Black Agents finally break into the list. The Dracula’s Dossier stuff deserves all praise it gets.
What should be on your radar for the rest of the year?
Well, on the fifth edition front, Volo’s Guide to Monsters releases this Friday. That hobby exclusive cover is something new. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t be leveraging this a lot. I know I expect to move a lot of them. Then Adventures in Middle-Earth releases on November 9th. This will likely be the biggest RPG release of the year for me. And don’t forget to get in on that Tome of Beasts reprint from Kobold.
The One Ring will make an attempt to battle its way back into the Top 5 with both Journeys & Maps, and Erebor hitting very soon.
And finally, don’t underestimate No Disintegrations for Star Wars Edge of the Empire. It’s the bounty hunter book that everyone has been waiting for since almost the launch of the game. It’s even got some guy named Fett on the cover.
Full disclosure: I am a part-time marketing assistant for Cubicle 7 Entertainment, publishers of both The One Ring and Adventures in Middle-Earth.