Last week poll was on how often you purchased a variety of RPG products. It revealed some interesting buying patterns.
When it comes to game systems, we have all bought rule books at some point. When we last did this was pretty consistently spread with between 20% – 30% of the vote going to each of the ‘last week’, ‘last month’, ‘last year’, ‘more than a year’ categories.
Campaign settings proved the least common purchase. Only 16% had purchased one in the last week or month where as 42% of your haven’t done it in over a year. This ties with the previous poll that revealed only 24% of people wanted to play commercial campaign settings. Stand alone adventures appear to be more regular purchases than campaign settings. 34% of voters opted for ‘last week’ or ‘last month’.
Miniatures, such as 6d6Fireball’s own fantasy miniatures are more divisive. 18% have never bought any, the highest % of the four questions. But 14% had done so in the last week, the second highest percentage of the four questions. Suggesting that there is a percentage of regular figure buyers and a percentage of people who have no interest in them.
Comparing these results with WotC publishing strategy is interesting. Wizards made a policy decision after acquiring D&D to sell less adventures and more rule books because it is in the core & expansion books the money can be found. Certainly the relative lack of 4e campaign settings matches peoples buying patterns though stand-alone adventures still seem to be popular.
Had this survey been done a year ago, before 4e’s release and before the economy started such a serious downturn would the results of been different? I suspect not. Gamers like to buy new rule systems, even ones we don’t expect to play, so 4e was just another game system to be purchased rather than a landmark event. Stand-alone adventures always sell because GMs need them. Miniatures always have been a hobby in themselves and either you get them or you don’t.
Overall our current buying patterns don’t seemed to have change much in 20+ years I’ve been gaming.