The thing is, back in the eighties, anyone could buy into the hobby. These days, in this economy, with these price points, you aren't going to grow the hobby, which means you aren't going to get the sales your parent company seems to be so... intent... on.
Look, I get that HCs are expensive these days, but is a soft backed set so much to ask? Look at the second paragraph in the linked article. Understand that you aren't trying to make money on core books, but support materials.
Why, oh why, with the production capacity of Hasbro behind you, are you farming minis to third parties? Already the tiny grain of hope I had for this new edition is being worn away.
This is key, "I think that long term, a core trio of books at this price point is the end of Dungeons and Dragons." I tend to agree. Especially if you don't do some serious price breaks for the pdfs. The Pathfinder corebook is $10 as a pdf.
I've so many questions about the logic behind some of the decisions that have been made with the D&D line that I don't even know where to begin. I mean, there must be some logic to it all, but I can't figure it out. Maybe, Hasbro wants some thing to "compete" with Games Workshop, so their building an overpriced "lifestyle" brand? I guess?
Whatever. I've got plenty of other RPGS. Pathfinder is just the bad ass orangutan in the room when you talk about direct genre competitors. I've only got so many $150 dollar purchases I can make in a year. If that's where you're going, well, I'm out. Plenty of smaller companies selling more complete product for less than $50 a pop for me to want to drop that kind of scratch on just the rulebooks.
It was a blast, D&D. It really was. I hope someday you get out of the horrible relationship you appear to be locked into now that WotC has that tyrannical boss in Hasbro. Peace.
That said, pdfs are the way to go if you can get an affordable tablet.
I still maintain that there is an event horizon of sorts past which we aren't really in the realms of "Science" any more (Doctor Who, Star Wars, I'm looking at the two of you in particular. Star Trek, you are on awful squishy ground). However, we agree on "Science" as a label because the trappings are at least twentieth century rather than second or what have you. THIS subject however, could be a whole blog post. Science Fiction versus Science Fantasy versus wtf-ever. Whatever, is it fun? It is? Yay! I'm in!
Everyone that isn't Dave: This is what happens when I am game deprived and over stimulated by video games and OSR blogs.
I... Really love it, and it might just become my latest unfinished project when I love steam on Sprawl/Opera.
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