…Santorum surges from rear.
Erm, sorry. I don’t know where that came from.
Tuesday saw the release of ICv2’s quarterly report on the top-selling RPGs (and other things, but we’re less interested in those right now) in the hobby stores. Its contents are not surprising. Pathfinder RPG leads, as it has since last summer. With the 5E announcement, it’s been speculated that Dungeons & Dragons might even fall to the third place, since interest in the outgoing edition tends to wane as the new one draws near, but time will tell. My understanding is that it’s quite a gap between the second and third places on that list, and D&D would have to do badly indeed (or FFG’s games tremendously well, which would actually be less surprising) to fall to that spot.
Fantasy Flight Games’ Dark Heresy, Rogue Trader, Deathwatch and the most recent member of the family, Black Crusade have been hanging on the third spot for a long while now and nothing seems to be able to dislodge them. I suspect there’s a similar gap between #3 and the rest of the list, which tends to fluctuate more – though Dragon Age seems to have also cemented its hold on the #4 spot, which is a real achievement with a release schedule of four products since 2010. I have no personal experience with the game, but I understand it is solid work (Unlike the property it is based on, which bored me out of my skull. If ever a game needed the option to skip fights…).
On the fifth spot, we have a new contender, The One Ring, Cubicle 7’s brand new take on the age-old idea of the Lord of the Rings RPG, which knocked Shadowrun off the list. It’s another game I’m not familiar with, and don’t even have any idea if it’s succeeding on its own or Professor Tolkien’s merits. A big licence like that, just in time for Christmas, as the Hobbit hype is beginning to build up… mmm. Either way, good for Cubicle 7. Now can we finally get our goddamn penguin game? I know you have it. Just print it, box it and ship it already!
I am well aware that the ICv2 report is not the final word on who’s selling the best. Nobody is releasing their numbers and this is just through hobby store distribution. However, the Amazon.com sales ranks aren’t all that different: Pathfinder RPG Core Rulebook at #2 in Science Fiction & Fantasy Gaming Books, the D&D 4E Player’s Handbook at #13. However, there’s a surprise contender that’s far too new to appear on ICv2’s list, Marvel Heroic Roleplay at the #5 spot, from Margaret Weis Productions. Actually, it’s not even released for another month. It’s yet another of MWP’s licenced RPGs using the Cortex system, and looks rather promising. I’m fond of their previous work, though I’ve never actually gotten to play any of it (ah, Leverage, our love has been denied consummation for far too long!). I’m now making the bold prediction that Marvel Heroic Roleplay will be making the 2012 Q1 list.
For a Finnish view, we have the most sold RPGs of the last 30 days from Fantasiapelit, which is always amusing reading. You don’t really need to sell like hotcakes to make that list, which explains stuff like Cyberpunk 2020, a game released 22 years ago, at #9. Apart from that, we’ve got three WH40K books, five Pathfinder books, a new Legend of the Five Rings release, 3:16 Carnage Amongst the Stars and one 4E book, Player’s Handbook 3 (3?! How many of them are there?!) at #15.
So, that’s the state of the realm today.