18 Months of RPG Sales

Posted by on May 29, 2010


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About a year and a half ago, I published two role-playing PDFs, an adventure (War in the Deep) and a sandbox setting (The City of Talon). I’ve posted my earnings-to-date one year ago and six months ago. Here’s what I’ve earned since then:

Sales For The Past Six Months (December 2009-May 2010)

Product Number of Sales Gross Net
War in the Deep 2 $10.00 $6.50
The City of Talon 2 $10.00 $6.50
TOTAL 4 $20.00 $13.00

Sales For The Past Year (May 2009-May 2010)

Product Number of Sales Gross Net
War in the Deep 7 $35.00 $22.75
The City of Talon 7 $35.00 $22.75
TOTAL 14 $70 $45.50

I won’t bother charting the month-to-month sales, as they’ve obviously tailed off even more dramatically than six months ago.

Web Traffic

Total hits for War in the Deep on DriveThruRPG: 8,549

Unique pageviews for War in the Deep on the Musaeum in past six months: 6

Total hits for The City of Talon on DriveThruRPG: 5,389

Unique pageviews for The City of Talon on the Musaeum in past six months: 34

Source Pageviews
bluedwarf.co.uk 18
Direct 10
ENWorld.org 9
roleplayingtips.com 2
Yahoo 2
Bing 1

The keywords used to find Talon: “rpg medieval city maps” (2) and “talon city fantasy” (1)

bluedwarf.co.uk appears to be a text adventure inspired by Red Dwarf. No idea how that links back to Talon; maybe somebody linked to it on their forum?


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I described each project here on my blog in a couple of different blog posts. I’m a member of the RPG Bloggers Network, so those posts showed up there.


RPG adventures and settings see big initial sales, then rapidly dwindling sales over time.


I still want to publish more supplements.  I’ve been horrifically slow at publishing them, though.  I now have another setting and another adventure each at the 80% mark.

So. Need to finish those and get them published.  I’ve added them both to my list of active projects. But a plan without a date is just a dream, so:

  • By June 5 — Finish drafts of The Goblins of Winterkeep and The Pyrrean Depths and send out for review.
  • By end of June — Receive feedback on Winterkeep and Depths, and start first draft of second adventure.
  • By end of July — Incorporate feedback on Winterkeep and Depths, finish polishing them, and publish them.  Finish second draft of second adventure and send out for review.
  • By end of August — Receive feedback on second adventure, and start first draft of third adventure.

And so on.  With this schedule, I should be able to publish three supplements a year.

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