Sunday, September 13, 2009

One Bad Egg Expires

Even though I'm not a D&D 4e player, I was sad to see One Bad Egg turn off the lights this week. They did a number of products (such as their Shroud line) which I felt were potentially inspirational for GMs of other fantasy RPGs and systems as well.

It's a shame their sales weren't where they wanted or needed (edit: I should add that is not their only given reason for closing up shop), but I guess that's the lay of the land. The support model for 4e D&D is different than it is for OSRIC or 3.5/OGL, and that's just how it's going to be.


ChattyDM said...

I think that the only 4e products that could be sustainable (in the sense that they could sell over time)are adventures and Campaign Setting.

Tim Shorts said...

I'm curious as what they expected in sales and what they did. I remember them having a few #1s at RPGNow. Were their expectations realistic being a PDF seller?

I agree with ChattyDM. There has been a lot of discussion about the need for more adventures.

Fred Hicks (Evil Hat Productions) said...

The site is hopefully only temporarily down, but I did post some explicit commentary on the sales in our going out announcement. I also said that sales weren't the only factor, but a number of sites that have picked up on the event seem to be pointing out the sales as the primary factor. They weren't.

At any rate: very few of our products sold over 100 copies, maybe one or two sold over 200, and none broke the 300 mark.

Zachary The First said...

@Fred: Thanks for the update. I apologize if I misconstrued your explanation on the site. You guys had some killer material.

@ChattyDM, Tim: I thought adventures were the domain of Mr. Goodman. Do you think there need to be more?

Tim Shorts said...

Options are always a plus. Goodman and his crew do a great job, but their campaign world leaves something to be desired. I would absolutely like to see someone else, like James and others, to publish more of their home brewed stuff.

Cedric said...

I wonder though is WotC is paying attention to this. One of the cited reasons is the great success of DDI making it harder for 3rd party companies to compete since it's hard to import rules into it.

I've heard consumers say that they won't even consider 3rd party stuff because of that very reason.

Even Goodman acknowledges the effects of DDI and WotC's popular living campaigns limiting sales of their 3rd party supplements.

Is WotC aware of this? Are there any plans to address this? Anyone know?

Fred Hicks (Evil Hat Productions) said...


Honestly, I think that WOTC has no intent nor obligation to address these things. Third party publications do not make WOTC money.

They're doing a good job of offering the possibility of third party support, while leveraging their large financial resource base to ensure that the third parties can't steal their thunder -- which I think the third parties *did*, back in the 3E era.