As reported over at 6d6Fireball (among other places), Adamant Entertainment have ended their $1.99 pricing model on all of their products and returned to regular pricing, citing that it isn’t sustainable for their business.
This is sad news indeed. What Adamant Entertainment were doing was spear-heading the transition of the PDF RPG market from being one which mimics the print market, to one which more closely models Apple’s App Store. This would have done wonders for the industry; imagine picking up a small adventure for a couple of dollars, or a professionally designed map, or a quick pick-up boardgame. Imagine RPGNow being transformed into some kind of huge RPG-centric App Store with countless fan-made products rubbing shoulders with the professionals for your two dollars and five minutes of fame. Imagine an industry born from a casual gaming model where people will buy something for a few dollars just to try it out. D&D is not Angry Birds, but it should be.
RPGNow is so almost there right now. It’s just the pricing model which needs to change. Gone should be the days of $30+ pdfs (I’m looking at you, Castle Keepers Guide).
Adamant Entertainment were at the forefront of this, and now it’s gone. Their decision has put the potential growth of the industry back months, if not years.
And you know what?
It’s not their fault.
To those of you who bought ICONS when it was $1.99, I salute you. You have one of the two best superhero RPGs currently available. What is more, you supported both Adamant Entertainment and this pricing model. By buying it you did your bit to show that this pricing model deserves – nay, needs – to work, but it only works if buyers support it.
To those of you who didn’t buy it, hang your head in shame. Even if Superhero RPGs aren’t your thing (they’re not everyone’s cup of tea, granted), Adamant Entertainment produce no end of great products for all manner of systems and genres.
Would it have been too hard just to spare a couple of dollars to support what they were doing? Really?
To Adamant Entertainment, I say this: I understand, and I’m sorry. We let you down.