Pathfinder, Cthulhu, Level Up: D&D Competitors Start To Sell Out

One side-effect of 'OGL-gate' is that games other than Dungeons & Dragons are starting to see increased sales--in some cases, drastically so--as gamers explore other possibilities. Games like Pathfinder, Call of Cthulhu, and our own Level Up, are all experiencing sales surges right now in scenes reminiscent of WotC's 'Game System License' backlash in 2008, which also led to a boom in Pathfinder's popularity.

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We at EN Publishing have sold as many copies of Level Up: Advanced 5th Edition in the last month as we did in the 6-months prior. Paizo talks about Pathfinder's recent sale boom -- "Thank you for the kind words these last few days, and for the overwhelming support of our product and our OPENGAMING sale. It has been a critical hit!" -- and shared that the Pathfinder core rulebook has sold out (a new print run will arrive in April).

We were inundated with many weeks' worth of orders. We have brought in additional hands to help with shipping, and are working overtime to send you your new print products as quickly as possible. We apologize for longer than normal ship times as we work through the queue.

Additionally, we have run through what was an 8-month supply of our Pathfinder Core Rulebook in the last 2 weeks, and demand on our Beginner Boxes is surging too. We have already ordered another print run of the hardcover Core Rulebook, which will arrive in mid-April.

In the interim, we have some supply of the Pocket Edition still available. Happily, Pathfinder exists in many forms

Chaosium also reports a similar surge, reporting that they will be running out of Call of Cthulhu starter sets months ahead of schedule (they also have a new print run coming in).

Woah – there's been a truly monstrous surge of "Cthulhu curious" gamers coming to Chaosium.com in the last two weeks! As a result, we're likely going to run out of Call of Cthulhu Starter Sets, months ahead of schedule.

But never fear, there's already a new shipment on the way – it's due in early February, and there's an even bigger Call of Cthulhu shipment coming by sea in March!

To Call of Cthulhu fans, thanks for your support and for sharing our eldritch game with curious newcomers. And if you're new to tabletop gaming in the Mythos, we look forward to journeying with you into the black seas of infinity...
 
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overgeeked

B/X Known World
February 1, 2023
– Goodman Games is pleased to announce that January 2023 is the best sales month in its two-decade history.

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For anyone interested in jumping into DCC be aware that they have a $35 first-time fan kit. Their stock of regular books is so low they’re selling an $80 slipcase edition of DCC as part of that $35 first-time fan kit. Along with a $10 module, a $20 referee screen, and a full set of funky dice that glow in the dark (that also retail for $35). It’s an absolute steal. Though, just know they’re getting slammed like everyone else so shipping times are a bit longer than normal.

 

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Retreater

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For anyone interested in jumping into DCC be aware that they have a $35 first-time fan kit. Their stock of regular books is so low they’re selling an $80 slipcase edition of DCC as part of that $35 first-time fan kit. Along with a $10 module, a $20 referee screen, and a full set of funky dice that glow in the dark (that also retail for $35). It’s an absolute steal. Though, just know they’re getting slammed like everyone else so shipping times are a bit longer than normal.

Apparently the Mutant Crawl Classics first time kit is $30, if you're wanting something a little different.
 

When every facial tissue is referred to as "Kleenex" so that the brand name doesn't have real meaning anymore.
The principle applies in most places, but that specific example doesn't.

A UK example would be "hoovering the carpet" rather than vacuuming it.
Kleenex, Xerox, Shopped, Slinky... It happens a lot more often than you might think!
Xerox doesn't really apply here either.

If "Shopped" means "Photoshopped" then that's maybe the closest we will get to a universal example.

The only slinky I know is a pre-compressed helical spring toy (description courtesy of wikipedia), which is a bit of a mouthful.
 


qstor

Adventurer
WotC is really shooting themselves in the foot with all this "deauthorize the OGL" nonsense.
I still think a LOT of people will continue to stick with WotC products a large amount of gamers won't care. They're in established 5e games and will continue. PF 2e doesn't seem hugely popular around me.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
I still think a LOT of people will continue to stick with WotC products a large amount of gamers won't care.
Of course. D&D will remain the giant in the room by an order of magnitude.
PF 2e doesn't seem hugely popular around me.
Only compared to 5E. Compared to the rest of the industry it's enormous. That's a bit like saying Bruce Wayne isn't rich, because look at that Elon Musk. To everybody but Elon Musk, Bruce Wayne is stupendously wealthy.
 



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