Monthly Sales for April

Wow, what a month. We added Sword Noir on 3 April and we’ve sold 106 copies by 30 April. Considering that makes it our third highest selling product (not counting free stuff), that’s a heck of a paradigm shift in sales. It buoyed up sales of For Simple Coin—which has short stories in the Sword Noir genre—and possibly Arcane Kingdoms, though excellent reviews of both might have helped. Still, for those reviews to have an effect, there had to be visibility. That’s through Sword Noir.

This upcoming month there will be a Sword Noir adventure coming out, tentatively titled Sword Dogs—though that will almost certainly change once I come up with a good title. The next release likely won’t be until July—when Kiss My Axe will appear.

Here’s a question for anyone: would you consider helping to finance—though something like IndieGoGo—a further genre-specific version of the Sword’s Edge System, this time for Roman Legions. The book would likely be 3/4s a discussion of running legionary campaigns in the Republic, the Principate, and the Dominate, and 1/4 rules adaptation. Let me know and I might set out a budget and see if we can get any joy.

Sales for April
Arcane Kingdoms
Arcane Kingdoms       8
For Simple Coin       12

Spec Ops
Canada’s Combined Security Reconnaissance Section       1
Covert Forces Redux       1

Sword’s Edge System
Sword’s Edge System, Free Rules 325
Sword Noir 106

Total Sales
Albenistan: Election Day (Modern Dispatch 113): 28
Khorforjan Gambit: 86
Qalashar Device: 100
Raid On Ashkashem: 139

Covert Forces
Canada’s Combined Security Reconnaissance Section: 81
Covert Forces: 100
Covert Forces Redux: 128
In Her Majesty’s Service: 113

Arcane Kingdoms
Arcane Kingdoms: 17
For Simple Coin: 22

Sword’s Edge System
Sword’s Edge System, Free Rules 325
Sword Noir 106

Cyber-state Avatar Toolkit: 35
Line Zero: 32
Relief Effort: 52

Modern Medieval
Gunpowder Plots: 73
Man-At-Arms Advanced Class: 36
Mercenary Advanced Class: 39
Spy Advanced Class: 34
Modern Medieval Compilation: 46
(for Japanese Disaster Relief)

Roles & Classes
Capable Hero: 84
Combat Hero: 83
Counter-Terrorism Assaulter: 95
Covert Hero: 92
Spec Ops Recce: 93
Special Operations Marksman: 93
Talent Trees Assembled: 68

Treasure Chest Unlocked
Gems: 66
Incense: 7

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2 Responses to Monthly Sales for April

  1. Runjikol says:

    Looks like you’ve got a roughly one-third conversion to sales on the free Sword’s Edge system. That’s great! I hope it builds momentum.

  2. Fraser says:

    There have only been 24 people who have purchased both Sword Noir and SES after SES was released–though this is a rough calculation at best, as I know there are some individuals who “purchased” Sword Noir and SES together. The maximum conversion rate–which we know to be faulty–would be 7%.

    Not the best conversion rate, but there’s a lot of anecdotal evidence which indicates people with any level of interest above 0 download free stuff, but that people not already interested usually snatch it up for later evaluation, and then rarely actually read the free product. I knew that going in, so 7% actually isn’t that bad.

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