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Edge of Midnight

My friend Rob Vaux tells me that his Edge of Midnight game of modern, magical noir action is getting ready for release. Rob developed the game while at AEG, and the great and wise John Zinser allowed him to take it with him when he left. That’s a great thing for those of us who enjoy this sort of blend of shotguns and sorcery, especially when you put a talent like Rob behind it. Can’t wait to see this one.

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  1. This is one of the games I am very much looking forward to this year. Though as a purchaser of games, I am beginning to become concerned with the price spike that is happening in the industry. I know that in “real dollars” many books are still a bargain, but some of the book pricing seems out of whack.

    BTW, I’m not writing about Ptolus. That’s expensive, but huge and with a CD-Rom, full color, etc. A “coffee table book” with similar page numbers would cost a similar price.

    Specifically, I am referring to Paradigm Concepts “Caliphate Nights” and Fantasy Flight’s Anima. Both of these books are coming in around $45. Add to that the fact that the Paradigm book doesn’t appear to be full color and I begin to question their printer selection. Though I do appreciate that the Caliphate Nights pdf is only $20 giving a decent discount as a great deal of the expense is usually in the printing of a book. One of my gripes with DriveThru is the lack of price break for pdf vs. print books and Paradigm looks good on that front.

    Come to think of it, since printing costs are one of the larger expenses and since printing is cheaper when done in larger runs…I guess my complaint is that not enough people are buying these games.

  2. This is one of the games I am very much looking forward to this year. Though as a purchaser of games, I am beginning to become concerned with the price spike that is happening in the industry. I know that in “real dollars” many books are still a bargain, but some of the book pricing seems out of whack.

    BTW, I’m not writing about Ptolus. That’s expensive, but huge and with a CD-Rom, full color, etc. A “coffee table book” with similar page numbers would cost a similar price.

    Specifically, I am referring to Paradigm Concepts “Caliphate Nights” and Fantasy Flight’s Anima. Both of these books are coming in around $45. Add to that the fact that the Paradigm book doesn’t appear to be full color and I begin to question their printer selection. Though I do appreciate that the Caliphate Nights pdf is only $20 giving a decent discount as a great deal of the expense is usually in the printing of a book. One of my gripes with DriveThru is the lack of price break for pdf vs. print books and Paradigm looks good on that front.

    Come to think of it, since printing costs are one of the larger expenses and since printing is cheaper when done in larger runs…I guess my complaint is that not enough people are buying these games.

  3. I see your point, Christian. However, this does feed into Ken Hite’s argument about how RPG publishers should admit they are small press publishers. If so, they should charge like them, which means: more.

    Small-press books (whether games or not) are a luxury item. That means if someone wants them, they’re usually willing to pay whatever the going rate is. There’s a limit to this, of course, but companies like Fantasy Flight pay close attention to how prices affect their sales. If the answer is, “Higher prices do not lose enough sales to hurt profits and instead increase profitability,” we’re going to see even higher prices to come.

    This makes it tough for those of us who love to check out games of all sorts, but at least there are cheaper PDFs for many of these games. That way we can read them on our computers and buy them if we decide we’re actually going to use them.

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    I see your point, Christian. However, this does feed into Ken Hite’s argument about how RPG publishers should admit they are small press publishers. If so, they should charge like them, which means: more.

    Small-press books (whether games or not) are a luxury item. That means if someone wants them, they’re usually willing to pay whatever the going rate is. There’s a limit to this, of course, but companies like Fantasy Flight pay close attention to how prices affect their sales. If the answer is, “Higher prices do not lose enough sales to hurt profits and instead increase profitability,” we’re going to see even higher prices to come.

    This makes it tough for those of us who love to check out games of all sorts, but at least there are cheaper PDFs for many of these games. That way we can read them on our computers and buy them if we decide we’re actually going to use them.

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