D&D General All Basic, B/X and BECMI and Rules Cyclopedia set sales, from Ben Riggs.

overgeeked

B/X Known World
I wonder if thst played a part in the 1984 collapse: an edition change that split the fanbase?
It certainly might have been a factor, but I doubt sales would have fallen off a cliff like they did if that's all it was. The decline is too sudden and too drastic. The combined figures would have stayed strong as the split fanbase would have kept buying but the sales numbers are combined. There were big stories in the Satanic Panic in '84. Another thing to look at is the economy and other games or entertainment options coming along in '84.

For example, video games. In 1983:

"In the United States, home video game sales are worth $2 billion (equivalent to $5.44 billion adjusted for inflation)."

But in 1984:

"In the United States, home video game sales fall to $800 million ($2.1 billion adjusted for inflation)."
 
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Parmandur

Book-Friend
It certainly might have been a factor, but I doubt sales would have fallen off a cliff like they did if that's all it was. The decline is too sudden and too drastic. The combined figures would have stayed strong as the split fanbase would have kept buying but the sales numbers are combined. There were big stories in the Satanic Panic in '84. Another thing to look at is the economy and other games or entertainment options coming along in '84.

For example, video games. In 1983:

"In the United States, home video game sales are worth $2 billion (equivalent to $5.44 billion adjusted for inflation)."

But in 1984:

"In the United States, home video game sales fall to $800 million ($2.1 billion adjusted for inflation)."
The 1983 video game collapse was pretty dramatic, that's for sure.
 






Parmandur

Book-Friend
Same with D&D, apparently. I wonder what happened in 83-84 to cause that.
Correlation is not causation, to be fair: the video game collapse is widely believed to have been caused by consumers losing confidence in Atari after a string of highly priced yet terrible games. Pac-Man for the Atari 2600, which sucked, cost about $100 when adjusted for inflation.
 



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