Sunday, May 17, 2009

Swords & Wizardry #1

As of May 15, Swords & Wizardry occupies the first place for the latest sales competition. I think that's pretty significant, if only because it suggests the March victory by Fight On! magazine wasn't a fluke. Obviously, the old school community remains a niche market, but, far from being a haven for tight-fisted old grumps who haven't bought any new gaming products since 1984, it's pretty clear to me that grognards will shell out for good products that genuinely speaks to their preferences. Little wonder then that there are several existing game companies that are planning to launch old school product lines over the next few months.

The old school renaissance continues apace. Fight on!


  1. The Swords & Wizardry storefront is located at, if anyone is interested in taking a look.

    And if you're buying print copies in the USA, type MAYCONTEST10 into the coupon code, and lulu gives you 10% off. They're only doing this through the end of May.

    (sorry for the advertisement) :)

  2. While this may be indicative of an "old school" renaissance, I think more importantly it shows that if you make a quality product, people will respond.

  3. I do not want to belittle the the achievements of the Sword and Wizardry team but I think that these results reflect more on the weaknesses of Lulu's business model than on the strength of the old school movement. Never the less I am rooting for Mythmere games to win.

  4. Excellent news. I'll happily add to Mythmere's sales numbers. Rock on Old-Schoolers!

  5. Right on! This is a very nice thing to see.

    I have to wonder if the 800lb gorilla will do the same... It wouldn't be a difficult thing for them to do.

    Still, I don't think they could match the spirit of it. I believe big companies and hobbyist gaming are antithetical.

  6. In would like to see the include the core rules hard back -- in celebration.