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Ron Edwards
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« on: April 06, 2005, 07:10:18 AM »

I'm not sure why, but Trollbabe has been selling like hotcakes for about a month. I wonder why? Usually such things happen due to a review at a widely-visited site, or to an advertisement or reference in someone else's game.

Dogs, maybe? It includes some kind & appropriate references to Trollbabe.

Or perhaps one of the extra-Forge discussion venues had a Trollbabe-specific exchange?

Best,
Ron
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Larry L.
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« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2005, 07:12:19 AM »

I broke down and bought, seeing as the alleged print version may be a while.
http://www.indie-rpgs.com/viewtopic.php?t=14549

I'm only one customer though.
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« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2005, 07:39:21 AM »

I'd love to see a print edition of this sometime. For some reason, I never get around to playing the PDF games I buy. Something about a book sitting on the shelf motivates me to run a game.
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« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2005, 09:43:01 AM »

Hi Ron,
I'm a part of that sales surge. Like Larry, it was the recent discussion of a print version that prompted me do it. I'd been holding out for one, thinking I wouldn't feel the value of my money spent on a pdf. But seeing a print version will be a long while off if it happens at all, I broke down. It seems odd to me now that I waited. Having only given it a cursory read, the $10 already seems well spent.

If you do go ahead with a print version (and I've gotten some good use out of the game by then) it's likely I'll be part of that sales surge too.
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Jesse
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Rob MacDougall
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« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2005, 09:46:50 AM »

I'm in a multi-session game of Trollbabe that's started up recently and we've talked it up a little at 20x20 Room and some of its affiliated LiveJournals. I doubt we have true hotcake power, though. I think it's also getting namedropped at Vincent's blog. Vincent's blog plus Dogs could well be the vector.

It's also just a great game, mind you. That's gotta count for something.
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« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2005, 10:57:00 AM »

Well don't look at me. Dogs' sales are spiking too. I mean, I suppose maybe Dogs' spike is leading Trollbabe's, but even if so that wouldn't explain the spike in general.

I wonder how broad it is. Anybody else?

-Vincent
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Andrew Norris
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« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2005, 12:57:14 PM »

I'm a data point. I bought a copy last month, because I couldn't find the copy I'd gotten a year ago, and I somehow had multiple Forge Bookshelf accounts.  (I just like giving Ron money, I guess -- I lose Sorcerer supplements every time I move).

I picked up a copy to run one-on-one with my fiancee. Now that I think about it, seeing it mentioned in the back of Dogs might have been what brought the idea into my head.
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« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2005, 01:16:35 PM »

Ron,

I was looking for something to run with my wife since she doesn't reallly play much anymore (and niether do I for that matter) and was reminded by Dogs.  I figured it was about time I buy a copy since it will be perfect for us.  However, I doubt it will be Trollbabe, but rather Damphyr (or however you spell it).  Same principle (character is the destabilizing element between two "worlds"), just more to here sensabilities.

Keith
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« Reply #8 on: April 06, 2005, 03:13:46 PM »

I'm another random statistic.

I was thinking "Hmm, you know, I'd really like to nail down the most basic elements to having a cool Nar game. Hey, doesn't Trollbabe have stuff like that?"

I do think that the print discussion and DitV ad played a part in refreshing itself in my mind, though.
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MarcoBrucale
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« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2005, 01:39:38 AM »

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originally poted by sirogit:
I was thinking "Hmm, you know, I'd really like to nail down the most basic elements to having a cool Nar game. Hey, doesn't Trollbabe have stuff like that?"


Exactly what I thought, too. Maybe I'm a statistical anomaly (always wanted to be one) but I don't own DitV and I wasn't influenced by the print discussion.

BTW, Trollbabe is 100% pure gold, as all the other material by Ron Edwards I own.

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MB
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« Reply #10 on: April 07, 2005, 09:56:09 AM »

Matt Wilson tells me that he is not experiencing a spike. This surprises me; last two times I had a spike, he did too.

Any other publishers?

-Vincent
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Eero Tuovinen
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« Reply #11 on: April 07, 2005, 10:04:41 AM »

Well, Arkkikivi had a spike (we're mostly retail, though). Although if my humongous news-letter a couple of weeks ago didn't cause it, then I'm rather screwed and on the mercy of international markets.

I bought Trollbabe earlier this spring (a couple of months ago), and it was just because I remembered it's existence on an opportune moment. No particular inspiration.
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« Reply #12 on: April 07, 2005, 10:23:19 AM »

Matt Wilson tells me that he is not experiencing a spike. This surprises me; last two times I had a spike, he did too.

Any other publishers?


No spike.

Paul
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« Reply #13 on: April 07, 2005, 10:24:16 AM »

The low value of the dollar is probably a contributing factor. I just bought a number of games through IPR because of that. (And the service there was excellent, incidentally).
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« Reply #14 on: April 07, 2005, 02:19:24 PM »

Hey has this sales spike also lead to a play spike?  If so would new Trollbabers(?) like to play online with an experienced player and GM?
Lately I play online at the #indierpgs channel on magicstar.net  , where some of the leading lights in indie gaming also hang out.
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